Senseless act smashes icons of neighborhood

Bill Thomas stands with the ceramic turtle and bear that mark the driveway of his Midpines home. Broken pottery shards are all that remain of the coyotes that occupied the same spot for years.For some reason, Midpines people connected to Bill Thomas’s coyotes. They stood less than a foot tall, but the sculptures added warmth and personality to the bustling […]

California urges Congress to expand Yosemite’s boundaries

Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) has announced Senate Joint Resolution 5 (SJR 5), a measure urging the federal government to pass legislation to expand Yosemite National Park, has been signed by Governor Brown. “Yosemite National Park is one of the crown jewels in our National Parks System. It is just great news to see California’s elected officials work together to […]

Park welcomes new Americans

Yosemite National Park hosted a special Naturalization Ceremony at Glacier Point on June 27. This was the fourth ceremony held at the Park, and the largest, in which 64 immigrants became naturalized United States citizens. Applicants emigrated from a variety of countries including: Thailand, India, England and Mexico. The event was conducted in conjunction with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration […]

BLM adds burn restrictions in county

As of July 3, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has implemented additional fire restrictions on all BLM-managed public lands in Mariposa County. These restrictions prohibit all open fires on public lands, including campfires in campgrounds, because of extremely dry conditions, according to Gerald Martinez, BLM’s Mother Lode Field Office fire management officer. “With the recent high temperatures, fuels are […]

Park launches new anniversary Web site

Yosemite National Park has launched a new Web site focused on the 150th anniversary of the bill that created the Park.Yosemite National Park has launched a new Web site to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act. The Web site, which can be found at, provides an innovative way for community members, Yosemite staff, and interested parties […]

Schiff appointed as grant coordinator

Mariposa County has announced that it has filled the community development/ grant coordinator position. Tara G. Schiff, a Mariposa resident since 2009, was hired in May to fill the position previously vacated by Marilyn Lidyoff. A county administrator reports that with more than 25 years experience in marketing and economic/ business development, in addition to local community involvement, Schiff was […]

Kehoe speaks to Mariposa Rotarians

Megan KehoeMeghan Kehoe, coordinator of the Mariposa County Victim Witness Services program, spoke to Rotary club members recently. The program, located in the district attorney’s office, is funded with grants from the State of California and serves both victims and families of victims as they work their way through the criminal justice system. Currently the Mariposa office has one full […]

Soroptimist donates to JCF Foundation

Dr. Marcus Shouse, President of the John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation, receives a donation from Mariposa Soroptimist that will provide free mammograms.The John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation recently received a $500 donation from Soroptimist International of Mariposa. The donation will enable the John C. Fremont Hospital to provide free mammograms to qualifying patients in our community. Soroptimist International of Mariposa […]

Ethos conducts volunteer training

Ethos is conducting a volunteer training to expand its adult support team to help it expand what Ethos has to offer and to promote positive youth culture. No prior experience working with youth is necessary. Organizers would encourage anyone who is even slightly interested in helping to attend. They can find a place for everyone. The training is 16 hours […]

Catfish are jumping at La Grange dinner

The sixth annual La Grange catfish dinner and raffle will take place on Saturday Aug. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m., sponsored by the LaFayette Lodge No. 65. The menu is deep fried catfish fillets, cornbread, cole slaw salad, and corn on the cob, coffee, tea or lemonade with ice cream sundaes for dessert. The cost is $12 per dinner […]