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

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Thunderstorms in the High Sierra reached a climax on Monday, Aug. 11, and have since dissipated.
  The clouds stayed away long enough for all who looked at the night sky on Sunday to witness a spectacular moonrise of another Super Moon. On Monday, clouds gathered again over the Sierra and overflowed to Three Rivers, dropping just enough rain to really show how dirty local vehicles get in the summer. As for the  forecast for the next couple weeks, it’s typical August weather: highs in the...
Left to right: Cindy Howell, CSD general manager; Vince Andrus, vice president of the CSD board; Sarah Campe, Our Place Playground activities' coordinator.
  Our Place Playground is now a more conducive place for summertime play, thanks to a shade sail that was recently installed. The structure was purchased with a grant from First 5 Tulare County. Generously providing matching funding for the grant were the Three Rivers Woman’s Club, Friends of the Three Rivers Library, Three Rivers Community Services District, and more than 15 community members...
Joelle Morris, the River View popular KJ.
  The fact that Jimmy Buffett recorded a song about karaoke with country legend Toby Keith on his latest CD, “Songs from St. Somewhere,” is proof to the uninitiated that karaoke is hugely popular in bars everywhere. The Buffett song bemoans the fact that there are so many wannabe singers lined up that if you aren’t careful while waiting your turn, you just might end up “Too Drunk to Karaoke.”...
A fire in the area across the highway from Sierra Lodge began Wednesday morning, Aug. 13.
A blown transformer in the 43000 block of Sierra Drive is the suspected cause of a fire that quickly spread to the hillside vegetation. The fire began about 10:30 a.m. today, and local engines were on scene within minutes of the 911 call. Several other crews arrived within a half hour to assist. Two Cal Fire spotter planes kept an aerial eye on the fire while a helicopter with water bucket made...
How could a bear resist this invitation?
  One of the attractions of living in Three Rivers is observing the parade of wild critters  — deer, fox, coyotes, raccoons, turkeys, bobcats, and bear — but every so often one of those species becomes a little too comfortable with humans and gets too close for comfort. When that happens, especially in the case of a hungry bear that can do some serious damage, a distraught property owner is left...
  With the current round of public meetings concluded in July, wilderness visitors and user groups will have a unique opportunity to participate in one more roundtable discussion relative to the Draft Wilderness Stewardship Plan for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. All comments are due Monday, August 25, so the Thursday, Aug. 14, webinar will be important for those who need more...
Rain rolled into elevations above 4,000 feet in the nearby mountains on Sunday, Aug. 3, mildly replenishing parched vegetation and helping to put a damper on some small, lightning-caused wildfires in Sequoia National Park.
  The pool at Lake Kaweah (27,500 acre feet) is surprisingly normal for this time of year. The lake bottom trails are reappearing and a multitude of herons, egrets, and pelicans are feasting on small fishes and amphibians trapped in the shallows at the receding water line. Cool mornings are the best time to visit the primeval-looking wetlands and rewards are plenty for those willing to kayak,...
A glimpse at the terrain and vegetation that firefighters face while battling the French Fire.
  A day-long deluge of rain in the local mountains last Sunday, Aug. 3, effectively doused all the lightning-caused fires that had popped up throughout the parks. However, a suspicious fire  was detected Saturday, Aug. 2, just two or so miles from the Road’s End area in Kings Canyon National Park.  The Lower Tent Fire was burning near the Copper Creek Trail near Lower Tent Meadow. Originally...
   The Tulare County Fair has extended the deadline for indoor entries, including fine art, photography, preserved and baked goods, bonsai and more. The application form is available online at www.tcfair.org and entries are due by Friday, Aug. 15. A processing fee of $5 per exhibitor will be charged for online entries; the fee for hand-delivered entries is $10. The fees help offset the cost of...
  1. Don’t let pets “play” with wildlife. Even though your dogs and cats might play nicely with each other, the same can’t be promised for their interactions with wildlife. Make sure you supervise your pets when they’re outside, cats and dogs have an uncanny ability to sniff out baby rabbits and other small critters. 2. Only use nontoxic substances in the yard. Chemical pesticides used in...

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