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Bob Woodie.
  A body discovered last week by some Pacific Crest Trail hikers has been identified as Robert Woodie, 74, who went missing in the area last October after inclement weather. Woodie, an experienced backpacker who was familiar with the terrain, was on a four-day, solo, backcountry fishing trip when he disappeared.   The Manhattan Beach resident started his trip on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, from...
This SEKI CC trail crew made some improvements to the Mineral King area. From left to right: Jessica Speich (Irvine, Calif.); Yvounnette Quintanille (Andrews, Texas); Diana Lopez (San Bernardino); Lilia Villarino (NPS trail crew); Valerie McCampbell (Eagan, Minn.); and Jaime Shinn (San Jose).
  Women are no strangers to the physically demanding work that National Park Service trail crews do each season in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. But to have a single SEKI CC (Sequoia-Kings Conservation Corps) unit made up of six women is a first.   The history of Conservation Corps workers in national parks is rooted in the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs) and the...
Waterways will continue to pose hazards but have stabilized. There is still snow that is melting, but flooding is no longer a risk. IN PHOTO: East Fork of the Kaweah River. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  JUNE 26 - JULY 9, 2017   Sequoia National Park   Ash Mountain   June 26— Rangers issued a citation for possession and use of a crossbow at Buckeye Flat Campground.   June 26— Rangers are investigating theft of recycling occurring in the Ash Mountain area.   June 27— Rangers responded to a non-injury motor vehicle accident at the Sequoia entrance station. An RV collided with one of the stations...
The entrance to the upgraded, modernized, and larger Grant Grove Restaurant. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  The eagerly anticipated opening of the all-new Grant Grove Restaurant occurred Friday, June 30, just in time for the Fourth of July holiday rush. Delaware North’s $6.3 million project includes dining space indoors, in a courtyard, and on a deck, accommodating  a total of 225 diners. There is also a walk-up window for takeout orders.    The new LEED Gold-certified project, which replaced the...
Smoke from surrounding wildland fires can affect air quality. But, as of Tuesday, July 18, the Kaweah canyon is smoke-free.
  There are more than a dozen wildfires burning in California, including the Schaeffer Fire, a lightning-caused burn just south of Sequoia National Park, and the Whittier Fire that destroyed 20 homes in Santa Barbara County. The residual smoke from nearby fires is causing the air quality to decline, especially in the stagnant afternoon hours. And there’s no relief in sight: Temperatures are going...
State Highway 198 around Lake Kaweah is curvy with steep drop-offs.
  On Wednesday, July 12, Three Rivers commuters were witness to the aftermath of a serious accident that occurred at 6:25 a.m. just west of the entrance to the Kaweah Recreation Area (second boat ramp). John “JP” Souza, 57, of Three Rivers was headed eastbound toward Three Rivers when his 2006 Chevrolet 2500HD Series truck crossed the highway, left the roadway, and traveled down a steep...
Bill Sycalik logs some marathon miles on Sequoia National Park’s High Sierra Trail. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  Because all who are reading this live in or are otherwise connected to Three Rivers or the nearby Sierra, it’s probable that every reader can relate to Bill Sycalik’s story of big-city burnout. Bill, 45, was living the dream in New York City while working there as a successful management consultant. But he began to feel as though he was living in a cage. No matter how hard he tried, there was...
Matt McWilliams in his Three Rivers beer-tasting room.
  For Matt McWilliams of Three Rivers, the highly anticipated opening of his Three Rivers Brewing Company tasting room appears to be just around the corner. After Tulare County gave him the go-ahead this week, all that’s left to do is have his brewery facility complete the Alcohol Beverage Control inspection.    The facility is in the commercial building next door to Sage Roots Organic Produce...
OFF ROAD: A driver failed to negotiate a curve and ended up in a gully along the Mineral King Road
  Sequoia National Park   High Sierra June 23— A 31-year-old male became ill near Crabtree Ranger Station complaining of difficulty breathing. He was assessed by wilderness rangers and determined to be a critical patient. He was evacuated by air to the helibase and transported to Kaweah Delta by ground ambulance.   Mineral King June 16— A vehicle drove off the road near High Bridge. The driver...
RVs that are 22 feet (above) in length or more won't be allowed on Sequoia's Generals Highway while road construction is underway.
  Driving an RV in Sequoia Kaweah Country has weathered these restrictions before on vehicles traveling the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park. Anyone who is planning to drive a recreational vehicle or with a trailer in excess of 22 feet, take note.  Beginning, Wednesday, July 5, drivers of 22-plus feet RVs will be turned around south of Hospital Rock or north of the Giant Forest Museum....

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