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

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Preparing to airlift a hiker injured in an avalanche in the Mount Whitney Zone. For some incredible video footage of this rescue, go to https://www.facebook.com/CHP-Coastal-Division-Air-Operations-276737786013059/.
  An avalanche on the approach to the Mountaineer’s Route on the east side of Mount Whitney  in Inyo National Forest injured a male hiker and required an aerial rescue. The avalanche occurred on a 45-degree slope at about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, at 9,300 feet elevation.   The avalanche victim, identified as Sung Kim, 64, of Fullerton, was airlifted to Southern Inyo Hospital for...
The Middle Fork, and all forks, of the Kaweah River are currently swift, cold, and dangerous.
  The first 90-degree temperatures of 2017 will arrive this week providing a not-so-subtle reminder that summer is on its way. These first hot temperatures of the year will make a dent in the monster snowpack that’s still clinging to the higher elevations. That snowmelt will enter the creeks and river drainages as icy, fast-moving water. Please, please, PLEASE stay far away from the river’s edge...
Mountain yellow-legged tadpoles and frogs at Wanda Lake along the John Muir/Pacific Crest Trail in the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park.
  The National Park Service is seeking a permit to administer a pollutant in pristine high-country streams. To that end, a presentation was made in Three Rivers to describe the process.   According to Danny Boiano, aquatic biologist for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, the application of the organic piscicide is necessary as part of a 10-year program: “Restoration of Native Species in...
  During a press briefing held Wednesday, April 26, following the signing of the Antiquities Executive Order to review national monument designations, President Trump said that the previous administration had used a 100-year-old law known as the Antiquities Act (1906) to unilaterally put millions of acres of land and water under strict federal control. He said these monument designations...
FIRE WORK: Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, worked with 
Sequoia-Kings Canyon firefighters to burn dead and downed forest debris during a visit to the parks on Friday, April 14.
  Ryan Zinke, the 52nd Secretary of the Interior, marched into the forest clearing in his fireproof Nomex uniform as if walking onto a stage. He met the rest of the crew (or cast) members, five of them, who were anticipating his arrival on this chilly morning.   Zinke was handed a handheld drip torch, and he played his part by lighting an organized mound of forest debris. Joe Suarez, Arrowhead...
HELPING HANDS: Suicide  Prevention Task Force presenters (from left to right) Sgt. Alan Knight, coroner; Carla Sawyer, nurse; and Noah Whitaker, SPTF director.
  When Carla Sawyer, a public health nurse, opened Wednesday night’s meeting at Three Rivers School, nobody in the audience of 35 could have been prepared for the shocking story she told, Carla’s abrupt career change, which has led to dedicating her life to suicide prevention and helping families affect by suicides, began on August 3, 2007, while she and her family were on a Hawaiian cruise.   By...
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  Work is ongoing on a new restaurant at the Grant Grove Village complex in Kings Canyon National Park. The restaurant is slated for opening later this spring. The former restaurant, which was nearly 50 years old, was torn down in May 2016. The front of the restaurant (first photo) will have a large courtyard that will seat about 75 diners, located behind the Grant Grove gift shop. The back of...
Snow level on April 14 on the highest point on Sequoia National Park's Generals Highway.
  According to a report out this week from NASA, the 2017 California snowpack is close to being the largest on record. On April 1, NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory mapped the Tuolumne Basin’s snowpack, which showed that it has twice the volume of last year’s snowpack and is 21 times larger than the snowpack of 2015, the lowest on record.The data also show that the Sierra’s snowpack is bigger than...
Minimize time spent at the Sequoia entrance station by purchasing a park pass online.
  In an effort to find the best solution to expedite lines at entrance stations, the National Park Service has a new pilot program providing visitors the opportunity to purchase an entrance pass online prior to arriving at the parks.   The “Your Pass Now” program gives the public the opportunity to purchase their Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks park-specific annual passes or entrance...
Crystal Cave’s artistic spider-web gate.
  Work on improving the visitor services at Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park has commenced. This is the first major upgrade to the cave’s facilities in more than 30 years.    This current project will accomplish needed repairs to provide an improved visitor experience, while protecting the area’s important cultural and natural resources. The recently approved plan includes repairing the...

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