News Briefs: River View reopens, TRUS plans back-to-school, Lake Kaweah graffiti abatement, multiple vehicle accidents

River View reopens
After a three month closure, and a change of ownership, the sign says it all.

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

 

River View reopens
TRUS Eagle 2020 grads were honored with a parade around town on Friday, June 5 on what have would have been the last day of school. The bus, emblazoned with EAGLES SOARING, and it’s entorage of parents and well-wishers, made a brief stop at Village Market where the Dixons treated the kids to cupcakes. In Cherokee Oaks, each grad was presented with a $5 bill by an anonymous donor, and at the end of the route at the Memorial Building there was one final Eagle chorus of cheers. The 2020 TRUS graduation has been rescheduled to Tuesday, July 7 at 8 p.m. The district is planning a socially-distanced event with Big Screen video of the proceedings for all grads and their families to have as a keepsake of the memorable evening.

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. 

River View reopens
ABOVE: Cafeteria restroom. BELOW: Up-top restroom. (Submitted photos)
River View reopens
A contingent of parents offerred comments addressed to the school board that a part-time janitor could not keep up pre-pandemic so with the sanitizing protocol that will be necessary when school is back in session, the position should be upgraded to full time.

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

 

River View reopens
BEFORE: Graffiti removal operations at the Cobble Knoll Recreation Area are accessed from a parking area west of Western Holiday Lodge.  
River View reopens
AFTER: Graffiti abatement… weathering and erosion should finish the removal of traces left on the granite surfaces after they were pressure washed.

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.  

 

 

11 thoughts on “News Briefs: River View reopens, TRUS plans back-to-school, Lake Kaweah graffiti abatement, multiple vehicle accidents

  • June 19, 2020 at 11:33 am
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    Those pictures of restrooms – do we really expect anyone, especially our children, teachers and other school employees to use those? Why have they not been given priority scheduling in renovation and rehab of the school facilities? I can’t think of any excuse for delaying renovation. It should be completed before school reopens..

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    • June 20, 2020 at 11:13 am
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      Nadine, I have learned that cleanliness of TRUS bathrooms (renovated or not renovated) have been persistent issue for last few years. This will be my son’s 3rd year at TRUS. He recently told me that him and some other kids will “hold it all day” because bathrooms are dirty. I was shocked! Therefore, at least for now, I decided to keep my child away from school until school hires “permanently” a designated person who will be thoroughly cleaning these areas on daily basis.

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  • June 20, 2020 at 2:09 pm
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    Filthy restrooms is a problem that has been complained about yet has persisted as long as my kids have attended TRUS. The school went months without a dedicated cleaner before the shutdown for COVID. At the time of shutdown even the brand new bond funded bathrooms were filthy with urine stained toilet seats and molding tile.. The school still hasn’t hired someone to do the job for Fall 2020. In spite of parent concerns expressed at the last School Board meeting there is no agreement to expand the janitorial position which many see as necessary to achieve any consistent level of cleanliness. TRUS administration has consistently failed to make bathroom cleanliness a priority. With no hire in place, and a history of dismissing expressed concerns regarding cleanliness, I as a parent do not yet feel confident the school will comply with health standards, much less COVID guidelines.

    Thanks to 3R News for publishing the photos.

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  • June 20, 2020 at 3:35 pm
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    My 3 children have been enrolled for the last 2 years at TRUS. I am part of the percentage that would like them to return to school for the fall (August) term.
    As in all small schools, there is an amazing amount of juggling duties, volunteer heroes, and countless examples of staff going above and beyond.
    Recognizing and correcting the lapse in oversight of the area of basic cleanliness of restrooms (staff and after-school restrooms included) does not discount all of the incredible services available to TRUS students.
    TRUS Superintendent: Please prioritize the hiring of a full time custodian that is Covid-19 trained, and capable of the physical load of cleaning our school. Please support that Full Time employee with part time staff so that our school has the best chance of staying open when, inevitably, we start dealing with shutdowns in the fall. Volunteers do so much for TRUS, but they can’t do it all.

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  • June 22, 2020 at 2:38 pm
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    As mentioned above this has been an ongoing issue for the 3 years we’ve been at the school. Definitely not returning until full time custodian is hired. Part time janitor won’t cut it, especially during times of a worldwide pandemic.

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  • June 22, 2020 at 2:44 pm
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    An external cleaning service seems like a great investment during these times. Are there any applicants?

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  • June 22, 2020 at 2:54 pm
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    One more thing, does it not seem like there’s a lack of student accountability with cleanliness? It’s disappointing to see trash around campus, especially in brand new (expensive) facilities. Perhaps some good old fashion life lessons deserves at least a brief lecture in each classroom, since it’s apparent some students aren’t learning that at home.

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  • June 22, 2020 at 3:33 pm
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    Why doesn’t the school offer a course in “Homemaking” for the older students. Then have them clean the bathrooms throughout the day as part of that class? I had “homemaking” in the 7th grade “back in my day”. Maybe if the older children (grades 6 – 8) cleaned up they would help insure things didn’t get so messed up.

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  • June 23, 2020 at 7:38 am
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    Seems like a full time custodian dedicated to school cleanliness could help to further both student accountability and facilitate student participation in campus cleanup.
    Kids learn by example- providing that example in a friendly and capable cleaner, along with the new rigorous standard of cleanliness, would be both imperative for the health safety of staff and students and a great moral booster.
    Since proper cleaning of TRUS has been so long ignored, I can only assume the administration and school board does not perceive the level of frustration around this issue. Talking about plastic student desk “dividers,” separate school materials, staggered lunches, taking student temps- all those measures mean nothing if the bathrooms and cafeteria/ gymnasium are not clean and well maintained.

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  • June 23, 2020 at 7:53 am
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    The bathroom pictures would shock me if I hadn’t seen them for myself, or seen my 5 year old sprint in the house as soon as she got home to use our “clean” bathrooms. It’s really upsetting.
    If there isn’t a full time janitor in place I don’t feel remotely safe about sending children to school during a global pandemic. Cleaning isn’t a luxury , it’s a necessity, especially now.

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  • June 24, 2020 at 10:57 am
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    Well said Jalene,

    Plastic dividers, separate school materials, staggered lunches…just additional expenditures on useless supplies !

    Sue Sherwood not only needs to make up her mind/plan but also turn it to the action “clean bathrooms on daily bases “.

    I don’t want to be asked over and over again if I plan on sending my kids to school ….until I am assured School is able to comply with basic health and safety laws and regulations.

    Which brings up another issue! Proper ventilation in classrooms is one of the key aspects of NEW health and safety standards. Not everyone in community knows that Sue Sherwood decided to turn one of the brand new, fully renovated classrooms to the Lab/Storage space. With that being said, over 100 of parents signed the petition and agreed that TRUS Principal is denying rights of students to utilize the space to it’s full potential! And yet, Sue Sherwood and School Board members are ignoring the importance of this matter!
    At one of the School Board meetings, Sue Sherwood stated that old classroom space is just as good as newly remodeled classroom space. Her explanation was that no one ever complained to her of it’s bad condition. So she doesn’t see a problem with keeping kids in old classroom space. Ridiculous!

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