News briefs: Sierra Subs reopening, TRUS extends closure, April 1 snow survey

Sierra Subs reopening
Dane Millner, with his wife, Allison, has owned and operated Sierra Subs and Salads in Three Rivers for the past decade. In these uncertain times, Dane said, one thing is for certain: Sierra Subs will reopen soon at their new location. “We’ll probably begin with a walkup window and go from there.” Sierra Subs reopening

Sierra Subs reopening soon

When Sierra Subs purchased the Anne Lang’s Emporium building four months ago, who would have predicted that in March 2020 a coronavirus pandemic would forever change life as we know it? Sequoia National Park is closed indefinitely, schools are shuttered, and reservations at more than 750 lodging units in Three Rivers remain cancelled at least through May and maybe longer.

Several essential local businesses remain open for take-away food, supplies, and prescriptions but they are only doing a fraction of what they need to be sustainable. Through it all, the remodeling of an old building, inspections, and permits, Sierra subs owners Allison and Dane Millner remain committed to reopening at their new location that they will share with Molly Lawson’s Sage Roots. 

How that location will look coming out of the box is uncertain but the sandwich shop will open soon with take-away food.  Like so much else in this brave new world, the owners are not yet sure how or when. Sierra Subs reopening

For now, Sierra Subs is featuring their renowned fare in the form of take-and-bake meals, available via delivery only. erra Subs reopening

“We are putting together a plan that will allow us to open and create takeout while taking the utmost care to ensure that everyone visiting our restaurant stays safe,” Allison said. “Stay tuned. When we know, we’ll let you know.” Sierra Subs reopening

Sierra Subs reopeningSage Roots, owned by Molly Lawson and Sierra Subs, are partnering at the new location. Initially, walk-up windows will be available to ensure the safety of customers and the workforce.

Three Rivers School extends closure through April

At the regular board meeting of the Three Rivers Union School board of trustees, held via Zoom on Wednesday, April 1, the board voted to defer the decision of cancellation of the remainder of the school year until the May 6 meeting.

Sierra Subs reopening
TRUS board members met Sunday, March 15, and cancelled all school activities through April 13. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, that closure is now extended through April and  could be extended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Sue Sherwood, TRUS superintendent/principal, said all teachers and staff will continue to be paid. If and when the decision to cancel the remaining 2019-2020 calendar is made, it will be in accordance with what other districts in the surrounding counties are doing.


The decision to cancel will be based on four key criteria: 

→Has the Governor ended “shelter in place”?

→Are social distancing directives still in force?

→Group size guidance.

→Has there been an increase in the Central Valley region’s positive cases in the past two weeks?

Sherwood also said the annual eighth-grade San Francisco trip in May is “off the table,” and graduation for the Class of 2020 could potentially be held as “a night under the stars” in late June or July.       

Snowpack is 53 percent of normal

Alta Peak (11,343 feet) is currently sporting several feet of snow above 9,000 feet. During climate change, late-season snow accumulates at higher elevations, meaning less water reaches the Kaweah drainage. More rain and snow is in the Sunday-Monday forecast with one to two feet of new snow expected above 7,000 feet. The April 1 snowpack (average) for the Sierra Nevada is 53 percent.

California water officials announced Wednesday, April 1, that the statewide snowpack is 53 percent of the April 1 norm. The late March storms were no miracle and could not offset a dry January and one of the driest Februaries on record.

This year, we’re probably going to have one of the 10 worst snowpacks in California history. —Chris Orrock, California Department of Water Resources

The March snowstorms has California much improved over one month ago but 2019-2020 will go down as a dry year. Three of the smallest April 1 snowpacks on record have occurred in the last decade.

Fortunately, last year’s above-average precipitation has left California’s reservoirs in good shape.  More rain and snow is in the 10-day forecast (starting Sunday-Monday, April 5-6) so that could help California’s water supply inch up some more.

As of April 2, 2020, the Three Rivers rainfall total year-to-date is 9 inches. O April 2, 2019, that number was 18.30 inches, slightly more than double this year’s total.  




One thought on “News briefs: Sierra Subs reopening, TRUS extends closure, April 1 snow survey

  • April 8, 2020 at 9:41 am

    But April has turned out to be the new ” miracle march ” 🤣


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