Same-sex controversy rocks Sierra Foothill Charter School

Fresno State production with sensitive topic riles parents

The book “And Tango Makes Three,” about two male penguins that nurture a chick, was published in 2005. The story was later adapted into a play called “And Then Came Tango.”“And Then Came Tango,” a play about two male penguins that can be read as a lesson about samesex relationships, has unleashed a storm of controversy as it moved toward […]

School board scuttles football games in stadium

Gridiron clashes will be held at local fairgrounds

Despite opposition from coaches, players and family members, the Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees voted on April 16 to move high school football games to the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. The vote was four to one, with Joe Cardoso as the lone dissenting vote. “I am saddened that we will not be playing this next season at Grizzly […]

New supervisors reflect on their first few months

Long, Smallcombe represent opposing ends of the county

Rosemarie Smallcombe represents a zone that runs from Yosemite to Midpines on the board of supervisors. Marshall Long’s district stretches from Cathey’s Valley to Bear Valley and Hornitos. The supervisors posed outside the county government center in last week.Sworn to the county board in January, supervisors Marshall Long and Rosemarie Smallcombe come from different worlds. Long hails from a ranching […]

Divided board tightens mine permit rules

Supervisors Long, Jones, cast dissenting votes

Agua Fria Road resident Malcolm McGregor last weektold the board of supervisors that he backs a morestringent review procedure for large-scale mining operationsin the county.In a 3-2 vote, the board of supervisors last week narrowly approved a stricter set of procedures that require board review and approval for large-scale mining operations. Specifically, the new rules require the board to issue […]

New burn rules to start on Monday

With local grass and other fuels drying out, local CAL FIRE officials have announced that burn permits will soon be required for all hazard-reduction burning on private lands. As of Monday, debris burning is limited to valid permit holders on approved burn days only, Madera- Mariposa-Merced Unit Chief Nancy Koerperich said this week. While restrictions tighten next week, Koerperich also […]

Woman endured abuse, now speaks for others on Friday

Once beaten, resident is now standing tall

Luane Sandoval knew she had to get out. Sandoval was in a bad relationship with a man who both verbally and physically abused her. For years, domestic violence ruled her life, with police reports dotting the time she spent in the relationship. For a while, she was able to move out on her own, when she was pregnant with her […]

Butterfly Festival to flutter into town

Event kicks off with Taste of Mariposa

The tenth-annual Mariposa Butterfly Festival will start on Friday, May 1, at 6 p.m. with the Taste of Mariposa at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Guests will be able to sample appetizers and desserts prepared and donated by local restaurants. Local wines and beers will be available for purchase at a no-host bar. Coffee, tea and lemonade, along with the appetizers […]

Local bike park is in the running for grant

Votes must be in by April 26

Exchequer Bike Park, located near Lake McClure, is in a semi-finalist to receive a $100,000 Bell Helmets Built Grant. The grant would be used to construct a “Double- Black-Diamond” gravity trail at the new bike park. The class of trail would include the bike world’s most extreme class of terrain. County planner Eileen Collins last week urged residents to support […]


Boy Scouts of America Troop 94 held a fundraiser for summer camp by selling beef, chicken and vegetable kabobs from the troop’s new barbecue at the Las Mariposas Civil War Days on the Long Ranch, which was held on April 18 and 19. The scouts and assistant Scoutmaster Scott McGrath designed and built the barbecue and smoker. The troop spent […]

Rebekahs meet Sunday

The Snelling Rebekahs meet for a monthly breakfast on the fourth Sunday of each month. The cost is $5, and the gathering begins at 11 a.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall in downtown Snelling. … An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and password below. Not a subscriber? […]