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

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PHOTO CAPTION: The three most recent superintendents of Woodlake Unified School District gathered to cheer for Woodlake Tigers varsity football as they victoriously competed Friday, Nov. 9, in Division 5 playoffs on their home turf. From left to right: Alfonso Gamino (current superintendent), Tim Hire (2007-2012), Drew Sorensen (2012-2018). Tim Hire is the projected winner of the Tulare County...
Smoky air was experienced in Three Rivers for 16 days.
  WEATHER WATCH: The rain dances worked! The first substantial storminess of the season arrived just in time for the busiest travel day of the year (Wednesday), Thanksgiving Day (Thursday), and the craziest shopping day (Friday). But if the rain dissipates the smoke that has caused "Very Unhealthy" air quality this week, it'll all be worth it. As this holiday storm heads east, another one is...
Noelle Thompson (third from right), owner of Sequoia Coffee Company and Josh Moore (third from left), head barista, welcomed their after-hours visitors. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  The occasion was the Lighting of the North Fork Bridge, the first time the 62-year-old bridge had been adorned with Christmas lights for more than 40 years. An estimated 200 community members and visitors turned out Friday, Nov. 16, to see the lights go on at 5:30 p.m.  Immediately following the ceremonial lighting was a Progressive Mixer. Celebrants of this holiday kick-off event made their...
Rachelle Ledbetter on the computer screen while at California's Central Coast, attending the Dynamic Lives event in Three Rivers via technology. Also pictured are her daughter, Meaghan (left) and Lynne Firpo, her "Story Gatherer."
  The gift of clean air, which many of us take for granted, has been choked out of Californians recently with the seemingly never-ending wildfires, most recently the Camp Fire. Coughing incessantly, throats raw and dry, sinuses plugged, breathing with great difficulty, not leaving the home as all these symptoms will worsen with each exposure.    And the daily joy in life? Harder to find in these...
League champs: The undefeated TRUS baseball team. Front row (left to right): Cody Pelham, Avery Thorn, Jakob Bischoff, Jordan Price, Clayton Vincent, Carson Beedle, Brendan Pack, Sayem Hossain. Back row 9l-r): Matt Miller (coach), Frank Capalare (head coach), Gabe Scharn, Dillon Howell, Dylan Mills, Henry Hagen, Cal Williams, Edmund Pena (coach).
Nobody can remember the last time it happened, but it’s been at least two decades since the Three Rivers Union School Eagles won league championships in baseball and softball in the same season. The boys’ baseball team, coached by Frank Capalare, finished undefeated with a record nine wins and no losses. According to Coach Frank, the secret of their baseball success was the combination of a few...
Over the years, the two-day Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned Woodlake Rodeo has been the nexus for the evolution of 10 days of what’s now called Woodlake Western Week. Western Week now features 10 days of activities from fundraisers, concerts, a soap box derby, and coronation of the Rodeo Queen, culminating with the Rodeo Parade on the Saturday morning of the Rodeo’s opening day...
The five AmeriCorps team members with Jonathan Humphrey (right), Sequoia-Kings Canyon plant biologist. The AmeriCorps crew hails from all parts of the U.S. and has been living at Lake Kaweah while completing projects there and in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Since early April, an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team (NCCC) — Green 4 — has been working with the National Park Service at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to combat invasive plant species and restore sensitive habitat areas. For the past month, the group of five young adults has been attacking periwinkle, Italian thistle, stinging nettle, and horehound while also...
County candidates: Addressing the audience at the May town meeting were (from left to right) District Attorney candidates Ralph Kaelble and Tim Ward and Sheriff’s candidates Mike Boudreaux and Dave Whaley.
In an election campaign, the opportunity to size up the candidates as each one delivers a statement and answers questions from the audience is as good as democracy gets. The outcome of a meeting with the candidates like the one held last Monday evening, May 5, at the Three Rivers Memorial Building translates to more informed voters making better choices in the upcoming June 3 election. The...
Three Rivers School students watch with much anticipation as eggs and their contraptions are dropped from an airplane.
Students in grades four through eight had their eyes on the sky on Thursday, April 10. They traveled to the Woodlake Airport to take part in the school’s annual Aerial Egg Drop event.  In previous years, however, the school’s annual Egg Drop project has culminated on the roof of McDowall Auditorium at TRUS. This year posed more of a challenge for the students since TRUS’s fourth/fifth-grade...
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