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

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The rental car that plummeted into the South Fork of the Kings River and contains the bodies of two South Florida University post-graduate students. (Click arrows for 7 additional photos.)
  VISIT TO KINGS CANYON ENDS TRAGICALLY FOR TWO UNIVERSITY EXCHANGE STUDENTS In early August, details started trickling in of two missing post-graduate students from Thailand. The pair, Thiwadee Sangsuriyarit, 24, and Bhakapon Chairatanatongporn, nicknamed “Golf,” 28, were exchange students at South Florida University.  It is probable that the facts of this mysterious disappearance will never be...
The cover of Echoes of Three Rivers. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
    Echoes of Three Rivers: Landmarks and Lore $22.50, paperback, 364 pages by Earl A. McKee Jr. and Gaynor B. McKee with Carol Nadine McGrew (2017, Kaweah Echoes Press) Available at Three Rivers Historical Museum and online     There is only one reason that someone should endure the painstaking process of writing a great book — they have something important to say. Even a cursory look through...
The Sequoia National Park entrance station near Three Rivers is a busy place this summer.
  Sequoia National Park   July 23-29: 4,012 vehicles entered via the Ash Mountain Entrance Station.   August 6-12: 10,982 vehicles entered through the Ash Mountain Entrance Station.   August 12: 1,391 vehicles entered through the Ash Mountain Entrance Station during the “Buffalo Soldiers” fee-free day (wait times were less than 20 minutes).     Kings Canyon National Park   July 23-29: 3,589...
A ranger (center) assists a man and woman who were swept down the rapids near Potwisha Campground in Sequoia National Park and became trapped on a ledge beneath a house-sized boulder.
  SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK     Ash Mountain   RIVER RESCUE. August 5— A 13-year-old male jumped off a rock into swift water on the Kaweah River. Patient was underwater for several minutes before being assisted out by a family member. The patient was transported by ambulance.   August 6— Rangers made a traffic stop on a vehicle for crossing the double-yellow line near Tunnel Rock. The driver became...
Afternoon thunderstorms in the Sierra are expected during the upcoming week. There is even a chance of some droplets of water from the sky in Three Rivers.
  The temperatures have dropped below the century mark for some reprieve for those weary of the sweltering heat. The days are gradually getting shorter, and the nighttime temperatures are starting a downward trend. With local schools starting next week and the Labor Day holiday weekend just around the corner, autumn must not be far behind. For the next few days, there’s a chance of some...
A map of the entire path across the continental U.S. To experience the total eclipse, be somewhere in the dark band on eclipse day.
  On Monday, Aug. 21, the moon will completely eclipse the sun, and millions of people all across the U.S. will get to watch. This will be the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years.   An eclipse is when the moon covers the sun in its path across the sky. A total eclipse is when three key conditions that rarely occur happen all at the same time: (1) There has to be a new moon, (2) the...
Time to go back to school, WHS Tigers!
  As Woodlake High embarks on its second century when school bells signal the end of summer break on Tuesday, Aug. 22, it’s doubtful that grads from two decades ago would recognize much in the 21st century classroom. Now every student at Woodlake’s high school and middle school gets a Chromebook to complete their schoolwork and interact with their teachers — all done online.    Just when most of...
A quiet street in Three Rivers, Calif.
  In the two decades since the monthly town meetings have become a regular part of the Three Rivers community calendar, there have been several hot-button agenda items including the demise of the Three Rivers Ambulance, river access, public safety, fire protection, and how to coexist with bears. But none have elicited a greater response or more emotion than the recent proliferation of vacation...
A mountain lion stares down two backpackers from a rocky perch.
  A video-recording on a cell phone of a wildlife sighting went viral this week as news agencies widely shared the footage. The two-minute video of a mountain lion encounter was taken in the vicinity of Little Blue Dome on the High Sierra Trail in Sequoia National Park.   On Sunday, July 23, two San Luis Obispo County men were on the first day of an 11-day outing that would take them from the...
Crystal Lake and dam (elevation 10,800 feet), still ice-covered. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  There has been hydroelectric generation on the Kaweah River for more than a century. There are three powerhouses in Three Rivers, miles of flumes, three forebays, two diversion dams (near Sequoia National Park’s Potwisha), and four dams in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park. These components make up an intricate system that produces enough clean energy to annually power thousands of...

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