News briefs: Lake Kaweah closed, Grocery Outlet research, and Miracle March

Rainbows mean wet, unstable weather. A weeklong series of March storms brought three inches of rain and several feet of snow in the nearby mountains when it was needed most. Current season precipitation totals in Kaweah Country are at 50 percent of what they were one year ago.

Lake Kaweah closed

As of Thursday, March 26, all facilities at Lake Kaweah, including recreation areas, parking lots, the marina, boat ramps, and campgrounds will be closed until further notice. Last Sunday’s huge turnout at the Slick Rock and Cobble Knoll public areas convinced Lake Kaweah managers that something had to be done for the safety of employees and visitors.
Phil Deffenbaugh, general manager at Lake Kaweah, said the indefinite closure will not inhibit Lake Kaweah staff from their USACE mission priority — flood control and water delivery.
Not withstanding the closure that will have lots of users disappointed, Deffenbaugh said there is also good news to report.
“The storms of the past week have added some significant snow in the high country so seasonal projections for the Kaweah drainage are much improved,” Deffenbaugh said. “We come close to filling the basin nearly every year and 2020 should be no exception.”

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All gates at Lake Kaweah were locked on Thursday, March 26. Anyone accessing the lake sites, whether driving in or on foot, could be cited for trespassing on federal property.

Grocery Outlet in Three Rivers?

The prospect of another grocery store in Three Rivers is only in the conceptual phase, but Mike McCoy, owner of the property to adjacent to Three Rivers Mercantile, has been searching for the perfect fit for the 2.7-acre parcel ever since he opened the Do it Best affiliate hardware store nearly two decades ago. 
McCoy, who has already developed and operated successful businesses, said adding a Grocery Outlet to Three Rivers might be a viable option. He has been approached by Dollar General on several occasions but he does not see that retailer as a good fit for Three Rivers.
McCoy is a meticulous business researcher and in this initial phase of research wants to ensure his development adds something to the community that locals will support. Part of that research includes input from locals — his customer base — to develop this study into a realistic and appropriate design. 
Leave a comment to weigh in on McCoy’s latest venture. He wants to know and values the community’s opinions. 


March miracle easing water woes


Not sure if the past week qualifies as a bonafide miracle, but when it comes to precipitation this year, any news is good news. The storms of the past 10 days have added three more inches to local collection stations in Three Rivers.
Total rainfall year-to-date at the 1,000-foot elevation level is 9 inches, nearly double the total before March 15, 2020.
One year ago (2019), the total was 18 inches, double the amount in the current rainfall season.
April 1 snow totals will be available soon. That data will tell the seasonal water content tale up and down the Sierra Nevada region.
At Lake Kaweah, dam tenders are in a holding pattern so the level in the basin will gradually rise. As of Thursday, March 26:
Total storage— 38,386 acre feet (21% full)

Elevation— 622.98 feet

Inflow— 379 cubic feet per second
Outflow— 29 cfs
 

13 thoughts on “News briefs: Lake Kaweah closed, Grocery Outlet research, and Miracle March

  • March 27, 2020 at 9:26 am
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    We LOVE grocery outlet and have been shopping at the Visalia store almost weekly since it opened. Save us a trip to Vtown!!

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  • March 27, 2020 at 3:49 pm
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    Guess we won’t be getting a Trader Joe’s around here, and Grocery Outlet is next best for the adventurous shopper. Excellent prices, and the wine and deli sections
    are especially fun. Bring it on, Mike.

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  • March 27, 2020 at 10:05 pm
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    In total support of a Grocery Outlet in town!! Perfect fit for Three Rivers.

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  • March 28, 2020 at 8:32 am
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    Do we really need a Grocery Outlet here in Three Rivers? Could it be successful financially in our rather small community?
    Our local and historical Village Market along with the smaller convenience services at our other community shops seem to be adequate for locals and travelers. I would be very reluctant to support a store which may put our local markets out of business. True some may find it convenient to not have to drive down the hill to town but many members of the community enjoy this.
    To me the big question is. What does Three Rivers really need and what do we want? My wife and I discussed this and actually had a challenging time coming up with ideas as from our perspective we seem to have our basic needs met pretty well thank you. Of course we would like a town and art center, park and river access areas, etc etc. but these are not investments entrepreneurs are generally interested in. Of course Stephanie would love to see fabric store in our community but how many folks sew any more?
    How about a bike and outdoor activity sales, repair, and rental store Mike?

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  • March 28, 2020 at 2:54 pm
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    I think a grocery outlet store is a great idea! I have lived in 3r for well over 20 years & I do try to spread my money around all our markets but it does get a little pricey for those of us that can’t always go down the hill. I do think it would b a great fit! I think that true locals do the same as I do in trying to support all our local shops! Times r hard & a grocery outlet could carry some items that the others do not & maybe help save a few pennies for those who need it! I say, right on Mike! GO FOR IT! 👍👍

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  • March 28, 2020 at 11:24 pm
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    The Merc and the storage units were smart new businesses that filled community needs. I applaud the desire to fill another community need, but we have a great locally owned and run grocery store already that will special order items and stocks most everything. Adding another will threaten that one, I fear, and if our town can’t sustain two then both will go out of business and we’ll be left with no store at all.. What about a business we don’t already have? Or developing an existing structure instead of building a new one? I’d love to see the golf course/restaurant reopened instead of sitting empty, or one of the other existing commercial properties that’s vacant opened up again. I think the Kaweah Commonwealth did a survey of the businesses people wanted to see in town–? I realize it’s not a moneymaker, but I am still wistfully hoping for a bookstore, maybe in combination with a more lucrative business (wine bar?).

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    • March 31, 2020 at 8:28 am
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      100% agree. Grocery outlet would likely put the local market out of business, and then find that their bottom line wasn’t there, and they would close – and then no groceries in Three Rivers. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. We live in the mountains in a beautiful rural community and one of the things that comes with it is some inconvenience and cost. We have got by fine for decades and done well. While a grocery outlet would be nice, so would a Starbuck’s, maybe a Big 5 or a Jiffy Lube. Let’s leave that for Visalia.

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  • March 29, 2020 at 1:55 pm
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    My vote is for a full-service gym with an affordable flat monthly membership that includes all classes and maybe a pool? I personally prefer employee-owned Winco over Grocery Outlet if you’re set on bringing in a chain grocery store. But I’d also feel terrible if it put Village Market out of business, so prefer to brainstorm other ideas… low income housing, perhaps?

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  • March 29, 2020 at 2:07 pm
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    Or…how about a shuttle transit center/parking area?

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  • March 29, 2020 at 7:17 pm
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    I’m not really a fan of chain stores potentially shuttering other local businesses. But if you think Three Rivers could support a second grocer, I’m in support. I would love to keep my dollars in the community but it’s tough – I just can’t afford shopping at Village Market for everything (even though I think they are a great business).

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  • March 30, 2020 at 6:13 pm
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    No. No Grocery Outlet, No Dollar stores…please.

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  • March 30, 2020 at 8:00 pm
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    Having another grocery store might save some here a few bucks now and then, but at what cost to our town’s locally owned and operated Village Market that’s been here for us for so many decades. I refuse to do my grocery shopping anywhere else, The Village Mkt carries just about everything you can think of in grocery and liquor items and if you want something other than that then make the trip down to town or buy online and have delivered. I will continue to show my appreciation for our own Village Market and hopefully more of our people here will re-think their enthusiasm for a competing grocery store in our small country town.

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  • April 12, 2020 at 8:03 am
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    How about a Harley Davidson dealership.

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