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.