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

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A contraption created by a Three Rivers resident to deter bears from the commercial refuse containers provided by Mid Valley Disposal. Email bearproof3R@gmail.com to arrange retrofitting of a trash can. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  After the shooting deaths of four bears in Three Rivers in 2014 — a mother and two cubs in July; an adult male in November — as a result of the bears being assigned “depredation status” by California Department of Fish and Wildlife, some Three Rivers residents have become determined to avoid this scenario in the future.    Coexisting with bears in 3R One proactive husband-and-wife team is on a...
SNOW GOING: The paltry snowpack on the Dennison Mountain ridgeline at about 8,700 feet elevation as seen from the Garfield Grove Trail on the South Fork of the Kaweah River. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  The temperatures are trending down this week, a little closer to the seasonal averages. A storm system is showing up in the 10-day forecast for the last couple days of February. There is a 50 percent chance of precipitation for about four days during that period.  UPDATE: There is rain forecast to reach the region by about noon on Sunday, Feb. 22. There is a chance for thunderstorms in the...
The Sequoia National Park entrance station is seeing an increase in visitors coming through its gates.
  There’s nothing like a fee-free, three-day weekend and picturesque spring-like weather thrown into the mix to stimulate tourism. The pleasant but unseasonal winter conditions may have farmers and the water watchers worried but they have tourists flocking to the local national parks. And those visitors also stay in rooms outside the parks; buy gas, groceries, and souvenirs; and eat at...
South Fork Drive is a narrow, curvy road that extends 12 miles from Highway 198 to its terminus at South Fork Campground within the boundaries of Sequoia National Park.
  It started as a scenic bike tour by a group of cyclists from the San Joaquin Valley riding up South Fork Drive and back. However, on Saturday, Feb. 14, the ride ended in a serious crash for one of the group.  A 44-year-old male cyclist, identified only as “Andrew,” reportedly went airborne over his handlebars for an unknown reason and landed on the side of the roadway adjacent to 44403 South...
The measles rash normally begins on the face and works its way down the body.
  In California, there were more cases of measles reported in January 2015 than there were in all of 2014, and since measles is highly contagious, those numbers have continued to climb. Since December, there have 113 documented cases of measles in the state, the most in any of the 50 states, with the majority of the infected being unvaccinated individuals.    Tulare County measles-free This is an...
BEST BUDS: Lupine and poppies (California's state flower) are in bloom along Dry Creek Drive. Now is the time to view wildflowers in the Sierra foothills, including the Three Rivers area. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  It doesn’t take a climatologist to explain what’s going on in California’s weather. There’s a deep ridge of high pressure parked over the western U.S., and it looks a lot like last year.   Where the weather is— The jet stream that brings all this country’s prevailing wet weather from the equatorial Pacific is entrenched north of California, dips southward over the Great Plains then dives again...
PLANNING AHEAD: The first-ever planning documents for Three Rivers from the 1970s and '80s.
  Question: How can a community devise a planning document for its future growth upon which every resident can agree? Answer: It can’t. That was about the only consensus at the Three Rivers Community Plan Update meeting on Monday evening, Feb. 9. There were 13 Three Rivers residents in attendance at the 12th monthly meeting, led by Michael Spata, director of Tulare County’s Resource Management...
QUADRUPLE QUAIL: A couple of couples of quail huddling for warmth on a winter's morning along Kaweah River Drive in Three Rivers.
  There you are, out for a peaceful evening stroll, when suddenly masses of quail explode from the bush in front of you. After your heart starts beating again you can hear them calling to each other, waiting for you to leave so they can reclaim their roosts for the night. The California quail (also known as valley quail) is common year-round in the brushy chaparral of the foothills around Three...
The Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls, based in Three Rivers, performed multiple shows in the Ag Expo arena. The World Ag Expo is held the second weekend of each February in Tulare. (Click arrows for additional Ag Show photos.)
  The three-day show, World Ag Expo, was held Tuesday, Feb. 10, through Thursday, Feb. 12. The 48th annual show, which was held at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, Calif., included attendees and exhibitors from all over the world making it the largest outdoor agricultural expo in the world. This year, the Expo consisted of more than 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, housed over 1,...
A logo has been created to commemorate Sequoia National Park's 125th anniversary (September 25) in 2015 and Kings Canyon's 75th anniversary (March 4).
  Anyone who has ever worked for or volunteered in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks with these organizations: National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Sierra Nevada Network, Sequoia Natural History Association and/or the Sequoia Parks Foundation is invited, along with their family, to the party of the century. The local parks are planning a Celebration of Service and Stewardship,...

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