News in brief: Weekend DUI accident, T-Mobile in 3R, and rain on the way

DUI crash at Sequoia Motel

On Saturday, February 22, at 9:56 p.m., a 2003 Ford Expedition heading eastbound failed to negotiate the curve as it approached Sequoia Motel in the 43000 block of Highway 198. Instead of bearing left, the 28-year-old male driver, a resident of Three Rivers, continued straight, left the roadway, crashed into a row of mailboxes, took out the motel sign, and came to a stop after hitting a boulder on the south side of the roadway.

The driver waited at the scene for the 40 minutes it took for CHP Officer Alex Mantilla to arrive. The driver, who recently had completed probation for a previous DUI, was arrested at the scene and transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center prison ward for bloodwork and examination of his non-life threatening injuries.

The Three Rivers man, who was reportedly the only occupant in the vehicle, was booked on charges for misdemeanor DUI and taken to the County detention center.

The DUI charges will be enhanced because of a prior DUI and  driving without insurance. An uninsured motorist count carries with it an automatic $1,000 fine and also means there can be additional civil costs for property damage.

T-Mobile in Three Rivers

Jerry Smith, a senior executive of T-Mobile in Sacramento, attended the Tulare County Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26, seeking approval for a cell tower in Goshen near Highway 99. That 75-foot tower will extend the company’s signal into more rural areas of Tulare County.

Smith also said that the company is looking for a tower site east of Lake Kaweah. That’s good news for the thousands of visitors and residents who would like to have a signal in Three Rivers but aren’t AT&T customers.

Apparently, Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T are all looking at ways to extend their signal into Sequoia National Park. New towers could become a reality in Three Rivers and Sequoia National Park in 2021.

T-Mobile is the brand name used by subsidiaries of the German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom AG. 

Rain and snow in weekend forecast

Is it spring or is it winter?

March will come into California like a lion over Kaweah Country as a cold winter storm tracks southward. The storm from the Gulf of Alaska will bring much colder temperatures, along with rain and snow on Sunday, March 1. Snow levels could drop as low as 3,000 feet and bring strong wind gusts and sub-zero temperatures above 8,000 feet, especially to mountainous areas in Kings Canyon National Park and north.

Precipitation totals for Three Rivers will be similar to the .33 inches recorded Saturday, Feb. 22. Giant Forest is forecast to receive up to a foot of snow so if visiting the nearby national parks on Sunday and Monday, carry chains and expect to use them.

In Three Rivers, at 1,000 feet elevation, rain for the 2019-2020 season has not yet reached 6 inches. The yearly average for the season is 20 inches.


One thought on “News in brief: Weekend DUI accident, T-Mobile in 3R, and rain on the way

  • February 28, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Another cell tower EAST of Lake Kaweah?!
    I wish we had a better plan than randomly ruining our ridgetop views.
    Let’s hope that they at least make it look like an ugly tree.


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