River View reopens
Even in these crazy pandemic times some things still go as planned. On Tuesday, June 16, after a three-month closure, the River View reopened. New owners Lisa Bonds and David McDermott looked as relieved as the rest of the mid-afternoon crowd. FINALLY, the River View is open.
Topping the new scaled-back menu was, of course, the award-winning burgers. The Three Rivers Burger — “our signature triple burger, layered with pepperoni, Jack, American, and Swiss cheese, and topped with bacon and pastrami ” is a real heart-stopper. On the other end of the spectrum, there’s a Black Bean Burger. River View reopens
The popular sweet potato fries are among 10 appetizers. There’s the Boss House Made Chili on fries, an open-face burger, a hot dog, cheese potato, or by the cup. For the lighter eater, there’s a soup and garden salad combo or a small-size basket with chicken strips or fish and chips.
Top it all off with the Brownie Sundae: homemade brownie, loaded with two scoops of ice cream, chocolate syrup, and topped with whipped cream. The weekend live entertainment schedule returns in July. In the meantime, stop by and say hi. River View reopens
TRUS plans return to in-person learning
Topping the agenda at the Wednesday, June 17, Three Rivers Union School board meeting, held via an online platform, was an extensive review of the projected 2020-2021 budget. Several items were discussed that would have bearing on those numbers including the hiring of a new seventh-grade teacher, a COVID-19 protocol for a return to the in-person learning in the classroom scheduled for Wednesday, August 12; and the hiring of a janitor (full or part-time to be decided).
Before Three Rivers students can return to the classroom, Superintendent Sue Sherwood said: “…there’s a lot of planning that has to happen, and we need to expect some surprises.”
Surprises like, what if a student or staff person gets sick and tests positive for the coronavirus? The majority (teachers and the students) want to return to school on August 12 but what that will look like is problematic. Sherwood said she has already purchased thermometers for all the classrooms, and any student or teacher that tests 100.4 or higher will be sent home and potentially tested for the coronavirus. River View reopens
Superintendent Sherwood also revealed the results of a survey that was sent home to parents. The majority of respondents said YES to returning to classroom learning, and the number-one priority is there needs to be new standards of cleanliness and sanitation. Several parents offered comments that a part-time janitor being proposed will not be sufficient, and the position should be budgeted for full time. Sherwood responded by saying she would intensify her search for candidates to fill the position.
Candidates to fill the seventh-grade teacher vacancy will be interviewed Monday, June 29. Sherwood said there were 23 applicants for the position that by the interviews will have been scoped down to the most qualified three.
The next meeting of the TRUS board is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. For more information: 561-4466.
Graffiti removed from Cobble Knoll Recreation Area
This past week, a Kaweah Maintenance crew, led by Bill Oliver of Lemon Cove, has been busy removing graffiti at one of Lake Kaweah’s public recreation areas. The Cobble Knoll area, which contains the Holiday Falls portion of the Kaweah River, is a popular gathering place for picnickers and river swimmers from Valley cities.
On June 27, 2013, Cobble Knoll was the scene of a murderous shootout between two rival gang members that left two dead and two more injured. Oliver, who has a janitorial contract with the U.S. Amy Corps of Engineers at Lake Kaweah, completed the work with funds from a program for graffiti removal.
With 10 years experience in removing graffiti, Oliver uses an eco-friendly process. The crew is able to work in remote stretches of the lake bottom by hauling their equipment in a Kubota RTV, a heavy-duty all-terrain vehicle (ATV) that is ideal for rugged terrain. The graffiti is removed from the river boulders with a generator and submersible pump to convey water to a portable pressure washer.
Oliver said it gives him tremendous satisfaction to see the graffiti removed and couldn’t do it without all the support he gets from the Lake Kaweah community. River View reopens
Traffic accidents spike as park reopens
It never fails, when the visitor numbers increase so do the the traffic accidents. This past weekend was case in point with at least five reported accidents for the two weekend days of June 13-14. On Saturday, there were three reported “fender benders” as traffic began to back up at the Ash Mountain entrance station to Sequoia National Park. The one at 2:21 p.m. was typical of the lot when Carson Penney, 28, of Auburn, Calif., driving a 2019 Ford F-350 pickup, rear-ended a 2017 Dodge Journey. This accident occurred on Highway 198 just 100 feet west of the Pumpkin Hollow Bridge. There were no reported injuries and only minor damage to the vehicles.
Also on Saturday, June 13, about the same time officers were responding to Ash Mountain incidents, a car versus motorcycle accident occurred near Horse Creek at Lake Kaweah. In that accident, Yvette Sanchez, 51, of Visalia, driving eastbound in a Chevy Cruze, pulled off the roadway to make a U-turn. In process with the U-turn, Sanchez clipped the side of a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Rafael Poppa, 32, of Riverside. The motorcycle hit the pavement but Poppa was not injured. The Harley sustained significant damage.
On Sunday evening, June 14, at 7:25 p.m., a 2020 Range Rover driven by Eric George of Beverly Hills left the South Fork Drive roadway 1.3 miles south of the intersection with Mountain Road 319. George was headed southbound when his vehicle left the roadway, careened down an embankment, clipped some boulders, and rolled over.
George, 51, whose family owns the nearby Redwood Ranch, a wedding and special events venue, was unhurt in the rollover accident. According to the CHP report, DUI was not a factor in the solo vehicle crash.