A triumph for the little guys

Hospital district will not have to pay back funding after law passes

Alan MacPhee John C. Fremont CEOIt was a big win for the little guys. “We are dancing in the street,” said Alan G. MacPhee, chief executive officer at John C. Fremont Healthcare District in Mariposa. At issue was money — big money. It was 2011 when the State of California, going through financial stress, decided to implement a 10 percent […]

Supervisors give the green light to open bids on Courthouse



One of Mariposa County’s most historic structures will get a facelift. The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday gave the green light to advertise for bids for renovation of the historic courthouse in Mariposa. “It has been a long road,” said Tony Stobbe, director of public works for Mariposa County, who has helped coordinate the project. “The Courthouse is […]

Tip A Cop and help Special Olympics



Mariposa Miners, Mariposa’s Special Olympics team, will hold a fundraiser, “Tip A Cop,” on Friday, March 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Happy Burger Diner in Mariposa. There will be deputies from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office to collect the tips. All funds will be used for the regional track and field event that will be held in Mariposa […]

Bamford’s bark beetle bounty is bound for China

Currently working with landowners to take out trees

Jim Bamford examines a Ponderosa pine in the Midpines area last week. In the inset photo is a bark beetle hole in the tree. Bamford said the holes are generally evenly spaced around the tree, meaning the beetles have eaten that section of the cambuim layer, effectively killing the tree.For Jim Bamford, it’s all about preservation. “It breaks my heart,” […]

Rotarians learn about youth leadership




Leadership. R.Y.L.A. is an acronym for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. And the key word is leadership. Yes, there are awards, and Rotary does sponsor this as it is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary clubs around the globe. Every year local Rotary clubs select young men and women — typically high school juniors or seniors — to attend this great […]

Sign-up now for Easter food giveaway



Manna House is taking sign-ups for its annual Easter food giveaway, scheduled Wednesday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Church of Christ, 5259 Highway 49 North. Sign-ups began Monday, Feb. 22 at Manna House, 5127 Charles St. in Mariposa. Sign-ups should be made by Friday, March 18. Monetary donations are welcome. For […]

SPCA needs to be looked into



Your local SPCA is steeped in inefficiency and what can only be call corruption; it is not fulfilling the duty it is expected and assumed to be performing, that is, to be protecting and serving abused and abandoned animals, who cannot speak up for themselves. As a private citizen who volunteered services there, this writer knows how our SPCA operates, […]

Their vote is for Jones



We’re writing to show our support to re-elect Merlin Jones for Mariposa County District 2 Supervisor. We think Merlin has been doing a good job. He works hard, has quite a list of accomplishments and is accessible and ready to listen. We feel good about him continuing to work for our district. Our vote is for Merlin Jones, Mariposa County […]

Great Idea: Put price tag on ballot measures

California Commentary

Would you commit to buy a car, a house or even a jacket without knowing the price? Unless you are a member of the one percent, chances are, you want to know what it will cost you before you make a purchase. But what about ballot measures that can cost every citizen hundreds or even thousands of dollars? At the […]

Young CA voters cooling on Democratic Party



 With their presidential primary season defined by a massive generation gap, California Democrats have braced for their state to play an outsized role in the nomination process — at a time when the growth of their party appears to be leveling off. For decades, Democrats have trusted in demographic, cultural and economic changes to propel their advantage over Republicans. Even […]