Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Sad News

Bert Weldon (EMK#16) of Tollhouse, California,  died unexpectedly on January 8, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 23 years Marilyn (Peterson), daughter Samantha Oliver, grandson Austin Bert Weldon Oliver, mother Eunice Weldon, siblings CJ, Robbie, Rosie and Abe, horses, a mule, cows, sheep, chickens, dogs and cats.

He will be remembered for his willingness to help anyone in need, his kindness and generosity, and his solid work ethic. All who encountered Bert remember him with admiration and he will be greatly missed by his family, many dear friends, and community.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bert’s name to:
Mineral King Preservation Society
P.O. Box 286
Exeter, CA 93221

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Sequoia Kings Canyon Shut Down

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks News Release
For Immediate Release                               
Contact: Sintia Kawasaki-Yee, Public Affairs Officer
Media Contact: (559) 679-2866
Unsafe Visitor Conditions Lead to Full Closure of Sequoia and
Kings Canyon National Parks
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, California, January 2, 2019 – Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will be fully closed effective 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2. The parks are being forced to take this action for health and safety concerns. This supersedes previous closures.

Sequoia National Park will be closed at the Ash Mountain Entrance Station in Three Rivers, California. This closure extends through the Foothills, Giant Forest, Lodgepole, through to Lost Grove. The closure includes all concession and park partner operations. Bathroom facilities in all locations are unsanitary and unhealthy, resulting in facility closures and human waste and toilet paper accumulation. Overflowing trash receptacles have resulted in animals eating and spreading trash around. Lack of adequate parking has resulted in significant pedestrian use of the Generals Highway, creating risk of pedestrian-vehicle conflicts.

Kings Canyon National Park will close at the Big Stump Entrance Station on Highway 180. This closure includes all areas and services within Grant Grove such as the General Grant Tree, Big Stump Picnic Area, Grant Grove Village, Azalea Campground and all concession and park partner operations. Similar conditions of overflowing trash and human waste, as well as illegal fire rings and campfires have made this area unsafe to visitors and wildlife. Highway 180 will remain accessible for through traffic only.

It is likely these closures will remain in effect for the duration of the government shutdown.

For information about lodging reservations please visit www.visitsequoia.com.

For current road conditions and weather information, please call 559-565-3341.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Road Gate Combinations Changed

The padlocks at both the Lookout Point and Camp Conifer gates have been changed successfully to the new combination.  Last winter's number will no longer work.  If you need access to your cabin, please call a Silver City or Mineral King District Association board member.  The new combination will not be forwarded by email.  Please keep this number confidential.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Gates and Snow

Michael Botkin is heading up the Mineral King Road today (Monday, December 10). He will change the lock combos on both gates unless there is some sort of a problem with an unknown vehicle behind one of the gates or something else. I will send out a confirmation notice when the change has been made.

From Silver City Sue:“Greg P just came down from being up there at SC this weekend. He indicated that there was about a foot of snow and melting fast. If anyone wants to go up to MK, you should take a chain saw as a good sized tree is across the road. He did not say exactly where that was. Nice time in the mts!!!!!!!!”

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Important News Regarding the Mineral King Road Gate Combination Change

As you may have heard, it has become necessary to change the combination on the gates.  Both the Park Service and a number of cabin owners have observed some uninvited visitors, who apparently have the old combination and have been leaving the gates open, littering the road, and potentially casing the cabins.  Both the MKDA and the Silver City Service Club have agreed that the change is necessary.

The change will be made as soon as we can get someone up there to do so.  While we do not have the precise date, it will be soon, and we do know what the new number will be.

If you or any member of your family will be going up to Mineral King, please call leave me a message at (661) 776-5515 or call any of our board members to get the new combination, and then have both numbers available until we can confirm that the change has been made.  Due to security issues, the new combination will NOT be provided via email.

Thank you for helping us make sure our property is kept secure and safe.

Sharon Devol, E-list Coordinator
Mineral King District Association
P.O. Box 1004
Three Rivers, CA  93271-1004

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Dale Jones (1944-2018), Silver City Resident

From Forrest Jones:

Dale Gordon Jones – passed peacefully on Friday night.

Born in 1944, he was known for his engineering work, and dynamic projects.  To each, we will remember him differently.

I remember:  snow on the ground, sitting on plywood, rowing a 5 ton come-along as we moved the garage that was built in 1989. We were able to pull it slightly when we hooked 3 trucks to it, but it was too awkward.  We burnt out 3 electric winches on the truck, but driven as he was, with a sharp mind… he saw the completion and we rowed.

I remember:  watching as his vision of a bridge truss threw him into a rock twelve feet away.  He didn’t let that stop him, even though a full pallet short of concrete, he lead Mike Groves and Rudy Witschie and they carried a full pallet of Portland concrete mix up to avalanche creek to build the platform for the hydro tank. He pushed to finish the decking, mount the new hydro unit, and even today it still runs.

After his years working on removing NO2 from coal-fired power plants, he worked on commercial patents on consumer items. Today, 18 patents are attributed to him.

The list of projects, ideas, and incredible solutions continues. Remember history, grow from the thoughts, and move with that knowledge to the future.

Silver City and Mineral King were often mentioned as his “spiritual home”, and after his bouts with cancer, and the radiation he had to have on his brain, I know he missed what we get to experience every year. The friendships, the challenges, and the location give us the most unique community of friends and vibrant life experience.

Arrangements will be made for a get together in the future.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Trip Report, October 30

From Jana Botkin:

Today Michael and I drove to the Conifer Gate so Michael could replace the worn out padlocks. (Combo will be the same as last year). 

The first photo is the Eden Creek fire. We talked to John Ziglar, a chief in the fire world of the Park (I dubbed him Chief Smoky Feather) who said they want it to burn about 200 acres to thin an area that has never been burned in the time records have been kept, but they are watching it to make sure it doesn’t move toward Case Mountain (west). 

Next photo, some of the black oaks are quite beautiful in the Conifer elevation.

Michael also replaced the lock on the lower gate with a new one, same combo again. Our lock is recognizable by the red tape.