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  C16 is a black-colored bear with a white blaze on her chest and outfitted with a radio collar. She is accompanied by her two cubs, and both have a tag in one ear declaring them D16 and E16.   Two separate photos were submitted this week that document the human-caused downturn in these bears’ lives.   One photo was taken August 22, after the bears gained access to a dumpster full of food waste...
A view of the Kaweah Country Run's beautiful 10K course.
    To read previous articles: Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 - Week 4 - Week 5 - Week 6 If following this training program, then you may have discovered that the increase in exercise has been accompanied by an increase in appetite. I call this the runchies. Not all food is created equal when it comes to refueling after exercise. Of course you could indulge in cookies and other sweets — after all, you...
A sign that suddenly appeared along Highway 198 at the entrance to Three Rivers last winter and just as quickly disappeared.
  At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 12, the Tulare County Planning Commission approved a special use permit and final site plan for a 9,100 square-foot Dollar General store five miles southwest of Springville. The company’s 13th store in Tulare County will be located on a 1.34 acre parcel on the north side of Highway 190 at the intersection with Montgomery Drive. The vote to approve was 3...
  Nathan Leedy (left in photo) of Three Rivers was officially sworn in as a judge of the Tulare County Superior Court on Thursday, Oct. 6, by Michael Sheltzer (right). Leedy is among five Superior Court judges who have ties to Three Rivers, including Sheltzer, who formerly resided in Three Rivers and raised his children here. The three others grew up in Three Rivers and attended local schools:...
Rangers on site at the illegal grow site in Sequoia National Park.
  Pot growers have been here before on the North Fork, and they probably will be back after the next season of any appreciable precipitation. Last month, a National Park Service law enforcement team, including a contingent of the California National Guard’s Counterdrug Task Force, dropped in on a remote marijuana grow site in the Yucca Creek drainage near the western boundary of Sequoia National...
A firefighter stands watch over the Dorst Prescribed Burn.
  The ignitions that were started on Monday, Oct. 10, were completed two days later in the Dorst Creek Campground area of Sequoia National Park, near the park’s northern boundary. The total project area is 191 acres. Residual smoke impacts were experienced in Three Rivers in the late night and early morning hours throughout the past week. According to fire managers, the completion of the...
The last supermoon of 2016 occurred Saturday, Oct. 15.
  Northern California will probably see some hefty rainfall accumulations over the next seven days as a series of storms take aim at the West Coast. While the heaviest rainfall and strongest winds with the upcoming storm series will be focused at the Pacific Northwest, the northern third of California will experience periods of intense precipitation and strong winds through the next 5-7 days....
The Sawtooth trailhead parking lot in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park was full during the first weekend of October. During one of the busiest years on record for Three Rivers and the local national parks, the crowds show no signs of relenting.
  SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK   High Sierra October 8— A group of hikers was reported overdue while hiking to Alta Peak. After confirming the vehicle was not at the trailhead, the hikers were reported to have returned to their hotel room.   KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK   Cedar Grove October 5— A Korean citizen was reported 48 hours overdue while hiking the Rae Lakes Loop. The trailhead was checked and...
Get outside and start training. Everybody's doing it!
  To read previous articles: Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 - Week 4 - Week 5   This week, you just came across your first environmental challenge. It wasn’t a rainstorm, it wasn’t excessive heat. It was a quandary about if you should or shouldn’t run due to unhealthy air quality. Smoke has blanketed the Kaweah canyon each morning for most of the past week. That makes it uncomfortable to sleep and...
Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
  Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks since April 2013, has been asked by the regional director of the National Park Service, Laura Joss, to serve as acting superintendent of Yosemite National Park for at least the next four months. Smeck will fill the vacancy created when Yosemite’s former superintendent, Don Neubacher, announced his retirement last week...

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