Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

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A portion of the steep, narrow Golden Staircase on the John Muir Trail where a 62-year-old Ridgecrest man succumbed to injuries due to a fall.
  Coroners for Fresno and Tulare counties released updates this week on two hikers who fell and suffered fatal injuries while hiking in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.    The first accident occurred Monday, Aug. 14, when Scott Davis, 62, of Ridgecrest and his son were hiking a section of the John Muir Trail known as the Golden Staircase north of Mather Pass in Kings Canyon National Park...
Smoke from the Pier Fire east of Springville, Calif., blankets the Kaweah River's East Fork canyon.
  Strong high pressure that has brought scorching heat to Three Rivers also results in stagnant air. The air quality was on the decline but deteriorated rapidly due to smoke from the Pier Fire near Springville. The high pressure is also causing some isolated thunderstorms in the Sierra. Excessive heat is forecast to continue through Labor Day weekend. This puts the area in the running to break...
Skid marks on the North Fork curve near where a fatal accident recently occurred.
  Serious car crashes are all too familiar to neighbors on North Fork Drive who live in the vicinity of the old Barton pasture, one-quarter mile from the North Fork Bridge. On Friday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m., Joshua De La Riva, 20, of Tulare was killed when the 2007 Hyundai Elantra in which he was a passenger careened off the roadway, hit a boulder, and came to stop on its roof.   A California Highway...
  UPDATE: The planned power outage for Thursday, Aug. 31, has been rescheduled. The new date is Thursday, Sept. 14, for the same timeframe: 2 a.m. to 12 p.m. More information will appear in the September 1 issue of The Kaweah Commonwealth. *** A spokesperson with SCE confirmed that work being done by contractor will require a community-wide power outage for more than 1,700 Three Rivers business...
A quiet morning in the Zion Narrows. This sought-after route in Zion National Park has become overwhelmed with crowds that in peak times are packed in, canyon wall to canyon wall.
  The growing crowds at U.S. National Parks have become unmanageable, jeopardizing the natural experience the parks were created to provide. With attendance this summer continuing to shatter records, officials are considering limiting use of the parks in order to save them.    Zion National Park in southwestern Utah is the poster child for the crowding of America’s most hallowed natural places....
A section of steep trail on the Golden Staircase portion of the John Muir Trail, where a backpacker died on August 14.
  It's been a busy season for Kings Canyon National Park rangers: For the past few weeks, Kings Canyon National Park rangers have been kept so busy with incidents that they haven’t had time to write their reports. But here are two notable emergencies that were attended to, according to a National Park Service press release.   —On Monday afternoon, Aug. 14, park officials were notified of a hiker...
A stunning alpenglow on August 18 in the aftermath of a thunderstorm in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park.
  Temperatures are forecast to spike, rising to around 6-12 degrees above normal through the week. Nighttime lows will be 10 or more degrees higher than they were this week and are not expected to drop below the 70s. If this hot air collides with the cooler air aloft over the Sierra, the chance of thunderstorms will continue. The region could also experience residual moisture from Hurricane...
Marina Ambriz (click arrows for additional teacher photos)
  There are some new faces at the front of the classroom as the new school year commences at Woodlake High School. Meet the newest teachers on campus:   Marina Ambriz   Special Education Marina Ambriz was raised in Tulare and is a graduate of Tulare Union High School. For the past eight years, she has been living in Visalia while she earned a B.A. degree in liberal arts from Fresno Pacific...
Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) out and about in the 23rd District, pictured here on Mount Whitney in 2013.
  After six monthly meetings in the past seven months, Wednesday afternoon’s 23rd Congressional District’s field office visit was attended by only three constituents. The frustration expressed at the June meeting, when more than 40 attended, might be the consensus.   At that meeting, several attendees said that all the meetings were sounding like a broken record. Some Three Rivers attendees...
  Anyone who will be 62 or older before Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, and does not yet have a Senior Pass that provides free admittance to national parks and other public lands should purchase it immediately. Through Sunday, Aug. 27, the cost of the pass is $10. On Monday, Aug. 28, the price will be raised to $80.   The Senior Pass is valid at more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, including national...

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