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Citing visitor safety and park resources concerns, unmanned aircraft is now prohibited in the airspace above all lands administered by the National Park Service. So don’t get any ideas about having a drone make a food drop while on an extended backpacking trip in a national park. All permits previously issued for unmanned aircraft will be suspended until reviewed. Superintendents who have...
If you live in Three Rivers or any other part of the far-flung 23rd District of U.S. Congress that stretches from Bakersfield to Ridgecrest on the east and all the way to the foothills and mountains of Sequoia National Park, your congressman is now the U.S. House of Representative’s majority leader. Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R) was elected Thursday, June 19, to fill the majority leader position...
  On Tuesday, June 17, detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s STEP unit conducted a raid on two grow sites located several miles up Dry Creek on private ranch land adjacent to BLM land. Law enforcement officers eradicated a total of 20,369 plants, but made no arrests. According to a former supervisor of the STEP unit, large scale operations like these continue to attract...
Searchers initiate recovery operations near the Mount Whitney trail.
  The body of John Likely, 60, of Dumont, N.J., was discovered during an aerial flyover on Thursday, June 19, and recovered the following day after an extensive multi-day search. Likely had reached the summit of Mt. Whitney on Saturday, June 14, and was descending to Outpost Camp where his companions awaited his return when he went missing. Likely, who only recently moved to New Jersey assist his...
  Center Stage Strings, one of North America’s premier classical music camps, returns to the Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center in Three Rivers with a stellar lineup of world-class faculty members and a growing tribe of enthusiastic students. There will be 30 of them this year, and they will arrive from all over the United States with their violins, violas, and cellos strapped to their backs...
A westbound Chevrolet pickup veered off the roadway just west of Horse Creek Bridge on Wednesday, June 11. The Highway 198 crash occurred at 7:30 p.m. when Derek Renteria, 20, of Lindsay drove across the shoulder, where his vehicle left the roadway and careened down an embankment, then rolled over and crashed into a boulder. According to the CHP report, Renteria was traveling in excess of 65 mph...
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: Ed Zahniser (right) and Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, at the conclusion of the Wilderness Speaks program at Three Rivers Arts Center last Friday night.
  There was cake, a slideshow on continuous loop of Sequoia-Kings Canyon’s wildest places, and a small contingent of wilderness lovers who gathered Friday, June 13, at the Three Rivers Arts Center to commemorate the ongoing celebration this year of the 50th  anniversary of the Wilderness Act.   On September 3, 1964, Congress passed and President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act. This...
  It hasn’t happened in 12 seasons, but last week, the two teams from Three Rivers that play in the Exeter Little League both won championships: the Cardinals (ages 10-12) won the Majors division; the Thunder (ages 8-10) won the Minors division. (Little League team names are chosen based on whether the team is in the Majors or Minors. Majors’ teams typically choose a Major League Baseball team...
The landscape is so dry it looks like mid-August. Saturday will mark a return to triple digits, and that will be the local weather for the next five days. Forecasters are predicting 108 for Monday, which would set a record. Now is the time to get radical about water conservation. Widespread system failure of wells in California is already occurring. Current storage at Lake Kaweah is 81,169 acre...
  At Monday night’s (June 2) Town Hall meeting, the American Red Cross “Wildfire Stoppers” staff facilitated a discussion with Three Rivers residents, Cal Fire and Tulare County Fire personnel, and Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies with the sole purpose of upgrading disaster preparedness. In the midst of tinder-dry, summer-like conditions, the biggest threat for a local disaster is wildfire....

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