News you need to know: Short-term rentals, Sawtooth fatality, near-drowning, Public Lands Day

Charles Pryzbylski, Tulare County planner will present an update on the short-term rental ordinance. The presentation is on the  Tulare County Planning Commission agenda for Wednesday, Sept. 25. The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors chambers, 2800 West Burrell Avenue in Visalia. news you need to know

Click the image below to download the INFORMATION PERTAINING TO SHORT TERM RENTALS

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What it means: A final reading in public hearing is approaching maybe as soon as October. Wednesday’s  meeting will offer an opportunity to make “on the record” comments or submit written comments. Address your comments or any questions to Charles Przybylski at 559-624-7000.

Click the image below to download the Draft Short Term Rental Ordinance

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On Saturday, September 14 Rangers, responded to a report of a 57-year-old male who had a heart attack 100 feet from the summit of Sawtooth Peak. A family member unsuccessfully tried to revive the victim. news you need to know

The Tulare County Coroner’s Office confirmed that the victim died of “cardiac issues.” He was identified as John Klassen of Fresno.

What it means: Rangers had to access and prepare the victim the following day. The victim’s body was recovered using short-haul to a hovering helicopter. news you need to know

On Monday, September 15 the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team and Tulare County Fire swiftwater rescue personnel assisted park rangers with the rescue of an 18-year-old male who was nearly swept downriver and drowned. Rescuers managed to swim to the rock the victim was clinging to and place him in a personal flotation device and helmet. The victim was returned to shore on a rescue board. news you need to know

What it means: This time the victim escaped drowning and being thrashed by river rocks. Even though the high water season is over, the river remains extremely dangerous especially in the steeper pools up canyon in Sequoia National Park. news you need to know

Public Lands Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th and local agencies — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and the Sequoia Parks Conservancy are sponsoring volunteer efforts to clean-up and fix-up local public lands. There are perks for the volunteers like free lunch, park passes and the satisfaction of knowing that your efforts make a difference.

What it means: There are plenty of tasks to do at nearby Lake Kaweah and, for the more venturesome at Dorst Creek Campground in Sequoia National Park. Choose which activities are best for you and if you’re going to Dorst, pre-registration is required. news you need to know

In the works: Interviews with Gary Cort, gallery owner and architect; Dan Blackwell, chief of maintenance at Sequoia National Park, and the Dark Sky Festival revisited with Dr. Jena Meinecke, plasma physicist and keynote speaker.

The victim was 100 feet from the summit of Sawtooth Peak. The summit, at 12,343 feet above mean sea level, towers over the Mineral King Valley and affords a view of Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48.


One thought on “News you need to know: Short-term rentals, Sawtooth fatality, near-drowning, Public Lands Day

  • September 20, 2019 at 7:02 am

    I am so sorry to hear of the fatality of the Sawtooth hiker. Sometimes people don’;t realize how much the altitude can affect your body, especially coming from Fresno (and perhaps not taking a day or two to acclimate).

    I love that photo of Sawtooth. May I use it for our Mineral King Facebook page and blog? Proper credit and a link to 3R News included, of course.


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