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WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE: A rise in the various forks of the Kaweah River occurred when 3 inches (or more, depending on location and elevation) of rain fell during the 24-hour period of December 15-16. In photo: The North Fork of the Kaweah River at Airport Bridge.
  The winter solstice arrives in these parts on Wednesday, Dec. 21. This marks the first day of winter, but it also means that the daylight hours will slowly but steadily increase. Some cold days and nights are on tap once the storm of December 15-16 moves east. Lows on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are forecast to be at or near freezing.
  The history of Three Rivers is fascinating and intriguing with an eclectic cast of characters. So a quarter century ago, a group of proactive citizens set about creating an organization that would collect and preserve these stories from the past.   That organization, today well known as the Three Rivers Historical Society, never realized during its early days that it would one day itself be...
Moro Rock after being dusted with snow during a Thanksgiving weekend storm.
  After being left out of the fall storms that dumped some significant moisture in the Pacific Northwest and the northern Sierra Nevada region, it appears that the prevailing pattern for the rest of 2016 will be on-again-off again for periods of snow and rain in the southern Sierra. That storminess that arrived in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, Dec. 8, dumped nearly a half-inch of rain in Three...
  As if there wasn’t enough confusion swirling about the passage of Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana use for adults in California, Tulare County Supervisors adopted an interim zoning ordinance prohibiting commercial nonmedical marijuana activity in the unincorporated areas of the county. The interim ordinance, passed with a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, Dec. 6, also prohibits outdoor...
  On Thursday, Dec. 8, the House of Representatives reached an agreement and passed the FY17 Water Resources Development Act. The landmark legislation provides funding for immediate measures and long-term solutions.    Once the bill is finalized and passed by the Senate, it goes to the White House for President Obama’s signature.    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) released...
At the beginning of the Middle Fork Trail in Sequoia National Park.
  When a Phoenix, Ariz., resident embarked on the Middle Fork Trail on Wednesday, Nov. 18, he fully intended to be back with his family and friends to partake in Thanksgiving Day. But the holiday came and went, and Vince Scalise, 41, left an empty chair at the table.   The solo backpacker was reported overdue on Saturday, Nov. 26. Sequoia National Park searchers were informed that Scalise...
A new speed limit sign will slow drivers down in the Cherokee Oaks neighborhood of Three Rivers.
  Life just got a little slower in the Cherokee Oaks neighborhood. The County of Tulare recently installed 25 mph speed limit signs, a reduction from the previous 35 mph.
The broccoli-topped giant sequoias of Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park with a fresh dusting of snow.
  With the passing of the last storm on Saturday, Nov. 26, the Three Rivers environs  at 1,000 feet elevation received another 1.41 inches of rainfall. That nice freshet had most area totals at 2.76 inches or, at slightly higher elevations, right at three inches for the current season. More clearing and sunshine is in the weekend forecast with daytime highs in the 60s. Another low pressure system...
A bear on North Fork Drive just before the Bailey Bridge captured the attention of residents and passersby for awhile Wednesday afternoon. The bear indulged in some Hachiya persimmons from a nearby tree...  (Click arrows for additional photos)
  The latest prognostications for the first quarter of 2017 have been released by the National Weather Service, and Kaweah Country is sitting in an all-too-familiar position. The climate prediction maps for January to April 2017 have the central San Joaquin Valley and the southern Sierra region sitting on the fence — virtually on top of the line of demarcation between above average and below...
Kuyler Crocker
  The Tulare County Elections Office is announcing results weekly and will continue to do so until they finalize the results of the November 8 general election. That will occur on or before Tuesday, Dec. 6.    Of all the races in Tulare County, there is just one that is too close to call that affects Three Rivers — District 1 supervisor.   The two candidates that emerged from a field of eight in...

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