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

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Clover Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  In response to a complaint that during June and July effluent was overflowing at Sequoia National Park’s Clover Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board is currently conducting an investigation of 110 violations that have occurred since 2008. Following an inspection of the Clover Creek facility on Wednesday, July 6, by CVRWQCB staff, Sequoia...
Little Baldy near the north boundary of Sequoia National Park.
  On Saturday, Oct. 1, at about 7:30 p.m., park dispatchers were notified of an unconscious female lying at the bottom of a 30-foot granite face on the side of Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park. Rangers and an ambulance were dispatched, arriving to the location near Little Baldy Saddle at about 7:50 p.m. The victim was later identified as Alexandra Braund, 22, of Durham, N.C. A witness...
Little Baldy is near the north boundary of Sequoia National Park and about five miles from Wuksachi Lodge. The summit can be reached by a two-mile trail. But there are also nearly two dozen mountaineering routes that climbers use to ascend the granite slab.
  SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK   Lodgepole September 30— An illegal, escaped campfire near the Upper Sherman Parking Lot was discovered burning freely. An investigation revealed that it was several days old and had been smoldering in the duff. The park fire crew extinguished the fire. October 1— A hazard tree was identified near Site 209 in the Lodgepole Campground. Several adjoining sites were closed...
A former prescribed burn in Sequoia National Park as seen from Three Rivers.
  UPDATE - Monday, Oct. 10: Following a successful test burn this morning and a determination by the burn boss and fire management staff, the Dorst Prescribed Burn has started in Sequoia National Park. Ignitions will continue for two to three days. -National Park Service press release   * * *   The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Fire Management Program has a list of several prescribed...
View from the course of the Kaweah Country Run.
    To read previous articles: Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 - Week 4   What is cross training? Cross training includes all forms of resistance training, stretching, and non-impact endurance training activities such as bicycling, swimming, and the ellipitical machine. Why cross training? No matter what your sport of choice, cross training is key to remaining injury-free. If you’re a beginning runner...
Caltrans will be applying chipseal to a couple segments of Highway 198 in the coming week.
  Caltrans will be conducting maintenance work on Highway 198 in a couple locations in Three Rivers next week over the course of two days. Drivers should expect delays and plan accordingly to get to their destination on time. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.— One-way traffic control will occur on Highway 198 between Cherokee Oaks Drive and Eggers Drive (by Three Rivers School). Motorists may...
Oak Grove Bridge, built in 1923.
  Earlier this month Caltrans, after conducting a procedural public hearing, posted a 10 mph speed limit for the Oak Grove Bridge on the Mineral King Road. The 1923 multiple-arch concrete structure has been determined eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Reed Schenke, Tulare County’s chief engineer of Public Works, in an update he presented to the Tulare County...
The view of the Great Western Divide from the Bearpaw dining room porch. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  With little fanfare, Bearpaw High Sierra Camp was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The inclusion in the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation became official on April 21, 2016. The camp is one of seven  backcountry High Sierra Camps in existence, and the only one outside of Yosemite National Park (all of Yosemite’s camps are on the National Register of Historic...
  This bear family (in photo), which was first reported on in last week’s issue has been spotted in several areas around town. Sequoia National Park wildlife biologists and bear technicians first began monitoring this group of bears on September 10 after it was reported they got into food left out by visitors at the Pinewood Picnic area in the Giant Forest area, according to Zach Behrens, acting...
Diamond Tree
  The Diamond Tree, discovered, measured, and named by the late Big Tree hunter Wendell Flint and sidekick Mike Law, is the 20th largest giant sequoia on the planet. It is also the tallest of the biggest Big Trees; at 286 feet in height, it is 11 feet taller than the General Sherman Tree. The Diamond Tree, so named because of its distinct diamond-shaped scar (in photo) about halfway up its trunk...

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