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

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  Several oversized pieces of bent, broken, and rusted steel were hauled from the river by Southern California Edison Company crews. A small but hardy group of river users has also been on a mission to clean up the river of dangerous deposits left over from previous floods (“Hazardous debris being removed from Kaweah River’s Middle Fork,” December 27, 2013).  “This season’s unusually low river...
  Santa Ana winds will persist in the Southland keeping firefighters in California on alert. Fire danger from extreme drought is the order of the day from the Southwest east to Texas and the Oklahoma panhandle. The Rockies have tons of snow, the result of a storm track that remains parked north of California. Closer to home, the Central Valley is in a foggy pattern while Three Rivers basks in...
Wild pig
  With a minimum pool in the Lake Kaweah basin and only a ribbon of water in the river channel, a herd of wild pigs has been roaming over a large area and frequently sighted in the vicinity of the Slick Rock Recreation area by bikers, hikers, and runners. At least one person, who was walking a dog, has had an encounter with a pig that got a little too close for comfort. Phil Deffenbaugh, general...
The White Horse Inn is currently fenced off and closed due to damage sustained in a December fire.
  The Friday, Dec. 27, fire at the landmark White Horse Inn in Three Rivers started in the room on the west side of the structure that housed the water heater. Officially, the cause is “undetermined.” Captain Kevin Riggi, lead investigator for the Tulare County Fire Department, said that he could tell where the fire started but there was no definitive cause as to why a spark from the water heater...
  Has influenza found its way to your house yet? If not, be careful because it’s lurking right outside the front door, waiting for a crack in your family’s immune-system armor. The Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency reports that flu numbers are increasing and is strongly encouraging residents to get vaccinated. In addition, the H1N1 strain, the pandemic influenza strain, has been...
While there is a minor disturbance heading this way that will drop the daytime temperature on Saturday, there continues to be no significant rain- (or snow) maker in the seven-day forecast, meaning that Three Rivers is heading into its sixth week  of no measurable rainfall in what are normally the wettest two months of winter. Still have a lawn? That green grass, planted for aesthetic purposes...
  The National Park Service announced December 18 that the section of the Generals Highway connecting Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park would close January 6 through April 15 since it would not be plowed when snow-covered. The thoroughfare remains open, however, since there is no snow to hinder travel.  In fact, although usually a cross-country ski trail this time of year, the...
  Two separate incidents on Wednesday, Jan. 1, in the foothills region of Sequoia National Park were a reminder to national park personnel that rescue skills may be required at any time in a variety of scenarios.  The first incident was an all too familiar case of a fisherman climbing down a steep embankment to access the pools in the Kaweah River below the Generals Highway. The call for help...
SNOW GOING: On Wednesday, Jan. 8, the Silver City webcam image (Mineral King area, Sequoia National Park) revealed the lack of snow at the 7,000-foot elevation level.
  It doesn’t take a weather expert to know that this region looks like summer, feels like spring, and has not even experienced anything resembling winter yet. In fact, the entire state is experiencing one of the driest starts to winter ever recorded, proven by the cloudless skies and temperatures that have been at or near record highs on a daily basis. As if anyone needed confirmation that...
  It was the third solo-vehicle accident within a week that involved Three Rivers drivers. A 60-year-old woman was driving her late-model Nissan SUV eastbound on Highway 198 on Thursday, Dec. 26, shortly before dusk when she lost control, crossed the westbound lane, and careened down an embankment in the lot next to Rio Sierra Riverhouse near the highway’s intersection with Eggers Drive. The...

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