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

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A sign at the Cal Fire Station in Three Rivers reminds all to be proactive in fire prevention.
  The Eden Fire is a lightning-caused fire that started October 4 during a series of thunderstorms that came through the area the first week of October. Located in the Eden Creek Grove of giant sequoias south of Mineral King Road in Sequoia National Park, the fire is estimated to be approximately five acres in size.     While smoke may be visible from the Mineral King Road and other high points...
Deputy Mark Frick
  It’s not official yet, but administrative details are in the works to promote Mark Frick, Three Rivers resident deputy, to detective. No replacement has been officially named to take over the Three Rivers position but a leading candidate is a former Tulare County Sheriff’s Office deputy who lives in Three Rivers and is currently working for another Tulare County city police department.   In...
  The Alder Fire is creeping along the forest floor on the north side of North Alder Creek in a dense stand of timber in Giant Sequoia National Monument. Located about 35 miles southeast of Three Rivers, this lightning-caused fire is the most likely culprit of the hazy skies in Three Rivers this past week.    Sequoia National Forest fire managers report there is heavy fuel on the ground and lots...
  There is no greater danger or risk facing Three Rivers than wildfire. Fire in the foothills and the Kaweah canyon is inevitable. It’s not if a fire will start but when.    “When the next fire occurs, ask yourself, am I prepared? Have I been proactive in creating defensible space? Are my house and outbuildings protected and will they survive an approaching fire? Does my family have an evacuation...
The facade of the new mission-revival-style building. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  On Friday, Oct. 19, as civic officials and project principals celebrated, Rudy Mendoza, Woodlake mayor, cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially mark the opening of the new Woodlake Community Center. More than 150 community members attended the grand opening that included tours of the new facilities that house a new city council chamber, a recreational gym, and a state-of-the-art kitchen. 
IN TANDEM: Participants in the 2018 Haunted Night Ride.
  An adventurous group of thirty cycling enthusiasts saddled up and hit the dusty roads that wander through the Kaweah lakebed. On Saturday evening, Oct. 20, Visalia Cyclery hosted the fourth annual Haunted Night Ride and BBQ.    This event started in 2014 with a few of the shop’s employees taking a casual expedition around the lake bottom. It has now grown to include bike shop customers, friends...
  Riata Ranch International proudly presents Roots, Rock, and Reggae Party Saluting America and the Arts, a Rocky Hill Entertainment event   THE VISION— Roots, Rock, and Reggae Party: Saluting America and the Arts will take the stage Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11. The event is the brainchild of professional announcer and former U.S. Marine Chad Nicholson of Three Rivers, who is CFO and a...
A grove of aspens glow in the late afternoon sun. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  The aspens, willows, cottonwoods, and more are currently boasting their autumn colors in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park. The road to Mineral King is scheduled for winter closure on Wednesday, Oct. 31, so venture up soon to view the seasonal splendor.
From the Sequoia National Park entrance station (in photo), it is 12 miles and takes just over a half-hour of driving time to reach the construction zone.
  The second season of road construction along a one-mile section of the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park will begin to wind down in the next month. Work on this segment has been extensive with rehabilitation or construction of new retaining walls, improved drainage, and new pullouts, among other improvements.   With the construction season coming to an end, more time is needed to allow...
A rendering of the new road sign that is coming to Three Rivers to direct Sequoia National Park travelers away from North Fork Drive, where GPS readings have been taking them.
  If you live or spend time up North Fork Drive or the Mineral King Road, you have undoubtedly noticed vehicles with occupants who look like they are lost. They look that way because they have been lost, usually bound for Sequoia National Park and following GPS data that’s askew.    It’s true there are entrances to Sequoia National Park at the end of North Fork Drive and 11 miles up the Mineral...

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