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

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A field of pot near the Badger area of Tulare County was eradicated by law enforcement personnel.
  Voters in seven states — including California — one U.S. territory, and at least 17 cities and counties across the nation will face a marijuana initiative when they go to the polls in November. For some, the question is easy: They’re either for some level of legalizing marijuana or against it. But for others, the issue is not so cut and dried. Decriminalizing marijuana can be good for the...
The Friends of the Three Rivers Library support group is currently accepting donations of books and other media for its annual Fall Book Sale fundraiser.
  Garages and garden sheds are no longer needed as there has been a major upgrade in how the Friends of the Three Rivers Library collects and stores donations of used books and other media from the community. The Tulare County Library has provided a container unit to the Three Rivers Library where all books will now be stored. The Friends and their friends held a work party to install a shelving...
The plaque at the Three Rivers Veterans Memorial Building that acknowledges those residents who served their country during World War II.
  The Tulare County Library, as part of its three-month “War Comes Home” program sponsored by Cal Humanities, is offering veterans the opportunity to submit their war experiences to the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress. Interviews will be held October 1 through November 7. The interviews will be conducted and recorded by the Library’s teen volunteers, following Veterans History...
BEST SANDWICH: Participants in the Best of Kaweah Country readers’ poll said Sierra Subs makes the BEST heroes (aka sandwiches). We didn’t have the heart to tell the gang at Sierra Subs they misunderstood. (Click arrows to view additional poll winners.)
  In looking back since 1999 when the The Kaweah Commonwealth first began its annual readers’ poll, it has become the one issue where all the amenities and the best-kept-secret places to recreate and sightsee have been revealed and celebrated. Along the way, businesses have come and gone, and even the poll itself has changed, as well as who participates and seizes the opportunity for some good-...
The yellow Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks helicopter transported the injured pilot to the Ash Mountain Helibase, where the patient was transferred to the SkyLife helicopter and flown to Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia. (Click arrow to see an additional photo.)
  On Tuesday, Sept. 16, rangers from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks participated in the successful rescue of a 67-year old man from San Jose who crash-landed his plane in a remote and rugged area of Sequoia National Park. The plane was reported missing when it failed to arrive at its destination as scheduled on Monday afternoon (September 15). The pilot was flying solo. Sequoia National...
Soon the aspens in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park will turn the valley from verdant green to a shimmering golden as summer turns to autumn in the high country.
  With the recent run of triple digits ended and the cooler nights here to stay, seasonal-like weather will accompany the autumnal equinox on Tuesday, September 23. It marks one of two days annually when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. The word “equinox” is derived from Latin, meaning “equal night.” For Kaweah Country, the shorter days will...
The award-winning Guitar Honor Group from Lindsay High School will perform at this year’s Concert on the Grass.
Concert on the Grass Saturday, Sept. 27, 1:30 pm 44879 Dinely Drive, Three Rivers Free; open to the public Information: (559) 561-0610 One of the county’s longest running autumn traditions, and one of the most pleasant, continues at the end of September when the Three Rivers Concert on the Grass presents its 34th annual variety show on the shaded lawn at the end of Dinely Drive. Always a...
Two bears in the Sequoia National Park foothills enjoy the green grass that comes with springtime (photo taken April 2013).
  Evan King, wildlife biologist with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, told a Three Rivers Town Hall audience on Monday night (Sept. 5) that conflicts with wildlife are accelerating in all mountain and foothills areas due to the persistent drought.  King, whose territory includes Tulare and Kings counties, said there is little natural feed like berries and acorns so wildlife, especially...
LOW FLOW: An early morning shot of the main fork of the Kaweah River on September 12, 2014, with prehistoric bedrock mortars in the foreground, shows little, if any, movement of water down the channel.
  Water. We need water. A trace from the sky Sunday night and Monday, but the source was just the remnants of Hurricane Norbert. According to Bill Pooley’s Kaweah River Page (www.c2.com/kaweah/), the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River is flowing as low as a paltry 9 cfs. Water temperature is reported to be above 80 degrees at several Middle Fork locations, and the river is filled with green algae....
An aerial view of the Sawtooth on the St. John's Golf Course in Woodlake, where the effects of the prolonged drought have taken a toll.
  California’s drought has reached historic proportions. Its effects are creeping ever closer to home, bringing it from happening mostly somewhere else — highlighted by a brown, parched landscape, dying foliage, and stories on the news — to a troublesome reality directly affecting Tulare County’s residents. At Monday’s (Sept. 5) town meeting, Chief Joe Garcia, Tulare County Fire Department, said...

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