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

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It’s that time of the season. Carloads of Valley visitors come up to Kaweah Country for some fun in the sun. For one group, a springtime outing on Saturday, April 19, nearly ended in tragedy. An investigating CHP officer reported that a 1995 Nissan Maxima driven by Crystal Barajas, 19, of Visalia was westbound at 6:10 p.m. on Highway 198 with four passengers, ages 17 to 28. According to the CHP...
Residents need to increase their vigilance as the annual influx of visitors and vacationers begins to escalate. In the past few weeks, there have been at least three reported burglaries of homes and another at a storage outbuilding that resulted in the theft of some valuable items. The total loss in the four reported burglaries has not been made public but is estimated to be several thousand...
  These days, if someone has access to the Internet, the possibilities for research, study, and connecting are endless. And that is exactly what the administration of Sequoia Union School in Lemon Cove will be taking full advantage of when they roll out a new pilot program for the 2014-2015 school year. Because education is evolving away from the one-size-fits-all approach, students and their...
PLAY BALL: The ceremonial first pitch on opening day at Woodlake’s new Willow Court Baseball/Softball Complex.
  Woodlake’s youth baseball program had all the excitement of opening day on Saturday, April 5, but this city’s version was arguably the best one anywhere this season. Not only did more than 100 kids and their coaches get special introductions in front of fans and a host of civic dignitaries, but the City of Woodlake used the season-opening event to dedicate two new state-of-the-art playing...
  Even in a below-normal snowpack and a lower than average runoff season, the swift current and chilly springtime water of the Kaweah River can be dangerous. In fact, the lower flows can be even more alluring, enticing river-goers in for a dip on a warm evening. That’s evidently what happened to Edgar Macias who entered the river near the Slick Rock boat ramp. Shortly before 8 p.m. on Saturday,...
SHEEP HERDERS: California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists Dr. Alex Few and Dr. Tom Stephenson release bighorn ewes at a site near the Big Arroyo to re-establish a herd that has not existed for over 100 years.
  If you’ve ever seen a Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep in the wild, count yourself among the lucky ones. They are elusive, they are rare, they inhabit the most remote and treacherous terrain of the mountain range. And, since January 2000, they have been officially endangered. But state and federal wildlife managers aren’t going to let this genetically distinct wild sheep population die out without...
At the most recent round of Service Awards, held during an all-employee meeting on Thursday, April 10, at the Three Rivers Memorial Building, Woody Smeck (standing, left), Sequoia-Kings Canyon superintendent, presented awards to (standing, left-right) Philip Gross, Karen Folger (back), Katrina Young, Michael Brown, Erika Jostad, Joanne Boswell, Tyler Jacobus, Chris Trotter, Thor Riksheim, Bill Schenher, and (front, l-r) Danny Gammons and Stephen Karnatz.
  Over the past several months, Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, has been kept busy presenting commendations to his award-winning staff for longevity and performing above and beyond the call of duty.  Three Rivers residents may rest assured knowing that the local parks are under the capable care of the following award recipients, many who reside in Three...
Thursday’s clouds cooled temperatures and caused a sudden drop in the flow of the river. The mean inflow of 777 cubic feet per second recorded at Lake Kaweah at 7 a.m. (April 17) incredibly might mark the peak flow for the season. The storage of 40,382 (April 17) is less than one-quarter of capacity. The forecast of 95,000 acre feet as the high-water mark for the season is only a remote...
It’s a fact of life in a gateway community — visitors to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks pump millions of dollars annually into Three Rivers. At a special town meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 24, National Park Service officials will highlight details of a recent visitor study and reveal ways for local business owners to earn more of those tourist dollars.   The meeting will be held...
Fees at the four most popular campgrounds in Sequoia National Park — Lodgepole, Dorst Creek, Buckeye Flat, and Potwisha — will increase to $22 per night (from $18) on May 1. This is the first fee increase for Sequoia National Park campsites since 2003. The fees will provide better customer service and pay for the cost of additional sites being available on the parks’ reservation system. Potwisha...

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