Band jets to D.C.—readies for parade

Excitement, building over months, is now paying off with experience

Accompanied by bandleader Rod Fiester, at right, the Grizzly Band marched in the Mariposa Butterfly Festival Parade on May 2. This week, the group is marching toward its biggest gig since 2011’s New York City Veteran’s Day Parade—Monday’s National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C.Months of fundraising are paying off this morning as a flight carrying the high school’s Grizzly […]

Magazine review gives MCHS a third-tier ranking

Exit exams yield a positive result

In a recent ranking by U.S. News & World Report, Mariposa County High School came up short compared to other California schools. The magazine used data sources such as the Common Core of Data, College Board Advanced Placement tests and International Baccalaureate to produce the rankings. Also, each high school’s statewide accountability proficiency test results were collected directly from official […]

Art, wine event stages Courthouse comeback

Saturday fundraiser has three ‘blind’ tasting sessions

People who attended a recent Art and Wine Festival at the Courthouse had good weather for the event. This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, when forecasters anticipate partly-cloudy skies and temperatures touching the mid 70s.Enthusiasts are awaiting this Saturday’s Art and Wine Festival—which sees the annual Rotary event return to the Courthouse lawn on Bullion Street. The festival runs […]

Saturday parade will mark holiday

Memorial Day hot dogs to follow

The community’s annual Memorial Day procession, led by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6042, starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the intersection of highways 140 and 49 North. After stepping off from the VFW Hall at the corner, the procession will head to the Mariposa Cemetery opposite the local Rite Aid store for a short ceremony. The event […]

After 68 years in Park, Parker to retire next week

Woman’s career may be most enduring in Yosemite history

Park cultural demonstrator Julia Parker, left, presented a hand-woven basket to Queen Elizabeth II as Prince Philip and Yosemite Superintendent Robert Binnewies stood by during the royal visit on March 5, 1983. When this photo was taken, Parker had already worked in the Park for more than 30 years.Julia Parker, the Midpines woman who has worked in Yosemite Valley for […]

Farmers’ Market plans to reopen on Wednesday

Organizer seeks to make it bigger

The long-running Mariposa Farmer’s Market will open for business at 5 p.m. on Wednesday— continuing its tradition of bringing regional produce to the county. Market manager Marina Fisher said on Monday that the market was still awaiting its formal certification. On Wednesday morning, however, county agricultural commissioner Cathi Boze said all the paperwork was in order. All California certified farmers’ […]


During the Saturday, May 9 Stamp Out Hunger food drive, Mariposa mail carriers picked up 1,129 pounds of food that were given by local people. Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states…. An online subscription is required to […]

Pizza Factory proceeds will go to summer camp

9 weeks of art programs to be run

On Thursday, May 28, Mariposa’s Pizza Factory restaurant will donate a percentage of the proceeds made between 4 and 9 p.m. to the Mariposa County Arts Council and Mariposa County Department of Parks and Recreation’s summer art camp program. The summer camp program provides low cost arts programming two days a week for more than 50 local children through Parks […]

Presentation is offered to help keep kids safe

Event focuses on Internet-proofing

Mariposa Safe Families and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office are hosting a presentation on May 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Mariposa Elementary School multipurpose room, 5044 Jones Street in Mariposa. The presentation will focus on keeping children safe on all devices that have Internet connections, including smartphones, Kindles, iPads and computers. The presentation is free and a […]

Bikers for Christ host Oakhurst run in June

Bikers for Christ is hosting the Motorcycle Blessing and Run for Helping Hands on Saturday, June 6 at Mountain Christian Center, 40299 Highway 49 South in Oakhurst. The bike blessing will begin at 10:30 a.m. and includes a free pancake breakfast beginning at 9:30 a.m. The blessing is followed by a benefit run at 11 a.m. that will end at […]