News Briefs: Lone Pine earthquake, Green Nest opening, Three Rivers food giveaway

Lone Pine earthquake is magnitude 5.8


On Wednesday, June 24, dust blanketed Whitney Portal from rock slides in the aftermath of an earthquake centered near Lone Pine. Whitney Portal campground and store (8,374 feet) is the main access for climbers and hikers summiting Mt. Whitney. (Sierra Mountain Guides photo)

UPDATE – Friday, June 26— The Whitney Portal emergency evacuation will remain in effect at least through Monday, June 29. The area was evacuated in  response to the June 24  5.8 earthquake near Lone Pine, Calif., and subsequent rockslide at Whitney Portal. U.S. Forest Service geologists will be working through the weekend to determine if there are continued safety issues as a result of the rockslides. Inyo National Forest wilderness rangers will continue assessing if there is damage to the trail systems in the area. The Inyo National Forest will also coordinate with Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to assist long distance hikers who were permitted to exit at Whitney Portal. All Mt. Whitney wilderness permits are cancelled through July 2, 2020.

Closures: Whitney Portal Road, all Whitney Portal campgrounds,  Whitney Portal cabins, National Recreation Trail, Mt. Whitney Trail, Meysan Lakes Trail, and the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek Trail (Mountaineering Route).

On Wednesday, June 24, at 10:40 a.m., a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, centered 12 miles from Lone Pine on the east side of the Sierra Nevada, shook a wide area from Nevada to the San Joaquin Valley. Lone Pine is 60 air miles east of Three Rivers. The rolling and shaking motion came in two waves to Three Rivers at 10:41 a.m. and lasted for about 15 seconds. Lone Pine earthquake

One resident of Three Rivers said it was the strongest earthquake they had felt since the Coalinga quake of 1983. That temblor measured 6.5 in magnitude, did millions of dollars in damage near its epicenter, and injured 94 people, many who were hit by falling debris in downtown Coalinga.   

Residents of Central Valley communities reported that they felt the Lone Pine earthquake. Nearly 3,000 people reported feeling the Lone Pine quake within minutes after it was recorded on the USGS web tracker. The quake triggered several high-altitude rockslides. The biggest slide discovered so far occurred south of the main parking area in Whitney Portal. Lone Pine earthquake

There were approximately 40 vehicles parked in the vicinity and most were covered in dust but there were no injuries or apparent damage. The Whitney Portal store was also blanketed with dust. Aerial reconnaissance and reports from hikers identified several other slides; one directly above Lone Pine Lake, another a quarter-mile above the lake near the main trail, and three slides on the face of Mount Whitney. 

It is not known if the Mount Whitney Trail has been damaged. On Thursday, Inyo National Forest rangers will search the slide areas for stranded hikers. Permits for day-hiking and overnight summits of Mount Whitney will continue to be cancelled until further notice.

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Green Nest opening Saturday (June 27) in Three Rivers

Nate Higgins puts the finishing touches on the new sign for The Green Nest. The Nest opens Saturday with demos and free samples of eco-friendly household and body products.

The Green Nest, a shop for eco-friendly home and body goods, will open Saturday, June 27 ,at 10 a.m. The Nest, located at 41663 Sierra Drive, is an extension of Gathered (art gallery/gift shop next door) and the latest addition to the Three Rivers business scene from owner Dayna Higgins. Featuring refillable household and body products that make sense in a pandemic world, The Green Nest hopes to fill a niche for consumers who want to make the planet a happier, more eco-friendly place.  

Higgins, a Three Rivers artist, entered the local scene as a gallery owner first in a shop adjacent to Three Rivers Brewing Company. In 2018, she assisted the brewery owners with marketing the launch of that business. Before her commercial ventures, she worked in management positions with both the Sequoia Natural History Association and its successor Sequoia Parks Conservancy.

Higgins, who makes several household products she uses at home, said she sees a window of opportunity for small businesses like The Green Nest with so many stores closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During Saturday’s opening day, there will be free samples of these eco-friendly products. Lone Pine earthquake

Store hours: Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information: Call Dayna at (559) 730-6848.  

Tulare County Sheriff’s Office distributes 500 food boxes in Three Rivers

 A  PAL volunteer displays a sample of the fresh produce that was distributed to Three Rivers residents at the food giveaway on Friday, June 19. Lt. Harold Liles, incident commander for the event, said it’s a great way for the TCSO to reach out to the rural communities of Tulare County.

Last Friday, June 19, from 10 a.m to noon, there was a steady line of local residents in a makeshift drive-thru at the Three Rivers Arts Center to pick up donated boxes of food. The boxes of fresh produce were distributed by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the USDA and Seven Oaks Church in Visalia. 

Incident commander for the food giveaway event was Lieutenant Harold Liles, who for the Three Rivers event brought his Police Activities League (PAL) championship girls’ basketball team and the department’s Explorers, all who served as volunteers. Three Rivers VIPs Leah Launey and Don Thompson, along with Kyle Stark, Three Rivers resident deputy, also assisted with the food giveaway.    Lone Pine earthquake

Lt. Harold Liles (far left) has coached his volunteers well; when it comes to youth development, the TCSO’s Police Activities League is number one.





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