DUI teen driver identified
The teen driver who crashed into a South Fork Drive bridge abutment in the predawn hours of Sunday, January 7, has been identified as Clinton Madison, 19, of Exeter. His passenger, a 17 year-old male from Three Rivers, suffered a broken leg in the crash. The driver sustained an eye injury and a severe bump on the forehead. News briefs
Neither occupant of the 2010 Toyota Corolla was wearing a seatbelt. According to the CHP report, the two youths had been drinking at a nearby party. The crash occurred one-half mile north of Cinnamon Canyon on South Fork Drive. News briefs
Madison is facing charges of felony DUI that comes with a mandatory loss of driver’s license for one year. He is also facing more DMV penalties and a jail sentence pending the outcome of his case.
We Three Restaurant & Bakery reopening
After suddenly closing nearly five years ago, We Three Restaurant is making a comeback and getting ready to reopen in time for the busy visitor season. News briefs
“That reopening should be in about a month-and-a-half,” said Derick Nelson, who will be managing the new We Three. And why not? Nelson practically grew up in the place that his grandfather Pete Chavez opened four decades ago. News briefs
Nelson will be assisted by his mom, Bonnie Farkas, who also worked countless years in the popular breakfast/lunch establishment. When Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston passed through Three Rivers on their way to look at Kaweah Han more than a decade ago, Pitt ordered several We Three bear claws for the ride up the Mineral King Road. News briefs
Nelson reported the opening day menu will be scaled back from what We Three once was, but he also said: “…once we get a regular crew, we can see where we might want to go from there.”
Sticky buns, tofu scramble, biscuits and gravy, big burgers… the timing couldn’t be better to serve a whole new generation of locals and national park visitors. News briefs
Three Rivers Fire Safe Council launches 2020 agenda
At its annual meeting held Wednesday, January 15, the Three Rivers Fire Safe Council (3RFSC) elected officers and board members, released their plans for upcoming grant projects, and took several giant steps toward making Three Rivers fire adapted.
Officers elected to two year terms were Steve LaMar, president, and Steve Katz, vice president. Esther Huecker will serve a one-year term as secretary-treasurer.
Board members are Mignon Gregg, Dave Graber, Carole Combs, Michigan, Ed Lafferty, and Elizabeth LaMar.
Steve LaMar announced that 3RFSC is now an official 501c3 nonprofit organization. That opens the door to receive grant funding from several agencies.
CAL FIRE and Tulare County have both applied for grants for fire prevention projects in Three Rivers. CAL FIRE has one project planned for the South Fork already scheduled for 2020.
The 3RFSC has applied for two additional CAL FIRE grants, one for education and outreach that includes a fire preparedness event and another for a risk assessment and development of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is planned for mid-April. Information: (559) 288-2603.