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

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  The U.S. Department of the Interior is conducting a review of 27 national monuments in order to implement President Trump’s Executive Order 13792 of April 26, 2017. The purpose of the order, according to an administration press release, is to assess whether these public lands designations violated the original intent of Antiquities Act of 1906.   Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and his...
  It is problematic crossing any creek in the High Sierra this season. Snowmelt, especially as temperatures warm in the afternoon, has waterways so swift and cold that it is difficult to locate a safe place to cross or know what method will be best.    On Saturday afternoon, June 17, a 26-year-old female hiker slipped while crossing Silliman Creek (7,250 feet elevation), in the vicinity of where...
RUSH HOUR: Rafters stack up on the Kaweah River’s Middle Fork above the North Fork Bridge as local commercial outfitters are filled to capacity for their daily trips.
  WEATHER WATCH: Summer blasted its way into the Northern Hemisphere on Tuesday, June 20, at 9:24 p.m. (PDT). As of Sunday, this heatwave will break a record because it will be the longest stretch of 100-degree days ever in June. Last Sunday’s thunderstorms wreaked some havoc, and there is a possibility of more of the same on Saturday. Relief is in sight after Monday, that is, if temperatures in...
East Fork of the Kaweah River at Cold Springs Campground 
in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park, June 2016. Click the right arrow to see a recent shot of Kaweah River for comparison...
  Currently in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, the most problematic hazard for visitors is crossing a waterway where there is no bridge. Early-season hikers are running into difficulties and, last weekend, a woman lost her life less than two miles from the trailhead.   Hiker tales— Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail thru-hikers are being challenged by the high-water scenarios. Several...
Cal Fire on scene at a vehicle fire along Sierra Drive in Three Rivers. (Clcik arrows for additional photos.)
  The vehicle fires that occurred Thursday evening, June 15, in Three Rivers and Friday afternoon in Sequoia National Park are prime examples just how extreme the fire danger is this season.    An emergency 911 call for the Three Rivers car fire came into the county dispatcher shortly after 6 p.m. Dennis Villavicencio, a paid-call firefighter who was in the vicinity, was on the scene within...
MOUNTAIN MUSIC: Jason Rigenberg (left) performed at the Saturday, June 17, campfire program in Mineral King.  (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  Millions from all walks of life visit the national parks annually. Thousands are so inspired by their visit that they return and give back by volunteering and become a VIP – Volunteer in Park.    In Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, volunteers donate untold hours and complete dozens of projects yearly. Volunteers act as campground hosts, restore habitat, fix trails, count birds, monitor...
Shopping in the pot aisle.
  At the Woodlake City Council meeting on Monday June 12, elected officials considered a proposal for large-scale marijuana cultivation in industrial zones within Woodlake’s city limits.  Jason Waters, community services director for the City of Woodlake, outlined a plan that could potentially add jobs and tax revenue. The monies could be used for vital services like road maintenance, law...
Click arrows for additional photos.
  The Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park first opened to traffic in 1926. The nearly century-old road is narrow and curvy, yet scenic and memorable.    A large-scale, multi-phased  modernization of the highway began in 1995 and has been continuing intermittently for the past 20 years to bring it up to Federal Highway Administration design standards.   The high-traffic season on the highway...
Trish Ekema stands at the SCE flume and points in the direction of her home to show the vicinity of where the Dinely Fire started. The cause of the 339-acre blaze remains under investigation. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  When a wildland incident like the Wednesday, June 7, Dinely Fire breaks out, it’s an understatement to describe those initial moments as “all hell breaks loose.” It’s a frenetic scene.    The Dinely Fire’s most frantic moments all happened near the flashpoint at about 11:20 a.m. and continued with the first air tanker retardant drop 25 minutes later.  According to Trish Ekema, an eyewitness and...
As of this week, the Kaweah River is meeting Lake Kaweah at the Holiday Falls area, west of the Slick Rock Recreation Area and boat ramp. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  With the first extended run of triple digits for 2017 forecast for this week, and all that snow still melting in the high elevations, there will be lots of water coming down the Kaweah drainage, but Lake Kaweah will not fill to capacity this year.    “It’s a little disappointing because it’s wonderful to see a full basin but it’s just not coming down fast enough,” said Phil Deffenbaugh, Lake...

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