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

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  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...
State Highway 180, the only road that leads to the floor of the Kings Canyon, has been closed for the winter so Caltrans can complete some roadwork while the Kings River is running low and slow.
  Due to unexpected Caltrans road work on Highway 180, the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park will close for the season on Monday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m., three weeks earlier than planned.    Crews will be taking advantage of low water flows to shore up the embankments along the highway. The Highway 180 closure will be just east of Hume Lake Road, about nine miles past Grant Grove.   The...
The view from Three Rivers when a prescribed fire is burning on the Giant Forest plateau in Sequoia National Park.
  UPDATE - Friday, October 19, 2018: The Sherman Prescribed Burn, scheduled for ignition on Friday, Oct. 19, was postponed by National Park Service fire managers after a test burn revealed that fuel moistures were too high, which would have resulted in a high output of smoke.   The 488-acre Sherman Prescribed Burn that was scheduled to be ignited by Sequoia National Park fire crews earlier this...
  SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK Lodgepole   October 8— Rangers responded to the report of a stolen vehicle by a Wuksachi Lodge guest. The vehicle was found in the main lodge parking lot; the guests had forgotten where they parked the vehicle.     Mineral King   October 8— Late in the evening, rangers received a report of an overdue 32-year-old male. An initial investigation was conducted and a plan was...

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