School district proposes budget cuts




Cuts to the budget have been proposed across Mariposa County Unified School District. Adjustments have been foreseen for some time now. It was announced by chief business officer Norma Dwyer at a December board meeting that close to $288,000 would need to be cut in the 2017-18 school year. Part of the reason for the adjustments is because the Mariposa […]

Sustainable fashion Makerspace workshop to be featured at library



One of Renee Sedoo’s specialties is transforming bridesmaid dresses and wedding gowns into fashionable everyday wear.Just how natural are the “natural” cotton t-shirts hanging in our closets? And what will happen to those t-shirts and the other 82 pounds of textiles (on average) Americans discard each year? Renee Sedoo of Groveland, a designer of upcycled clothing, will answer these and […]

Hope about Trump quickly dashed



Editor, A key question after Donald Trump won the election was whether it was in the best interest of our country to help him succeed. Could his actions about the Trump University suit provide guidance on how he might act as president? When faced with the choice of a humiliating defeat at trial or settling the Trump University suit, he […]

The real heroes of winter



Editor, The power went off at our house last Thursday night around 5:30 p.m. and came back on around 10:30. Power outages do not happen all that often here thanks to the job PG & E does surveying and maintaining their facilities to prevent such outages. A special thanks is deserved by those workers who respond to outages and for […]

Presidential quotes in perspective



Editor, One can but wonder what famous (or infamous) quote(s) will be attributed to our 45th President. Here are some historical presidential quotes. I have referred to some of them, below, which I believe show much wisdom and are very relevant today: • George Washington — “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” • Thomas Jefferson — “Peace, […]

Threats are not right



Editor, It doesn’t seem right that a woman who was elected to serve Mariposa County should receive death threats for doing so (as was stated in your current edition). For one thing, that would discourage others from seeking to serve. Plus, isn’t it a crime? In my humble opinion, no democracy can thrive when citizens feel stifled. J S MacLean […]

Mariposans came together to help



Editor, I want to thank all the people who helped get the 49er Center back in operation last week. After the horrendous downpour which flooded the center, Mariposans came to the rescue. Thanks to Sheriff Doug Binnewies and all of his deputies for taking care of traffic control and operation control of the center. Mark Rowney at MPUD responded quickly […]

Tree mortality group schedules open house



Our company, Blue Ridge Services, was selected by Mariposa County to oversee and manage their tree mortality mitigation project, and each week, we will be posting project updates in this column. We are currently working with stakeholders to develop and finalize our mitigation plan. In addition to being a resource for education and information for the general public, our team […]

George Saunders



George John Saunders, a longtime resident of Mariposa, passed away at the age of 89 on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 in Oakhurst, Calif. George was born March 29, 1927 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Herbert L. Saunders and Grace M. (McLaughlin) Saunders. He served in World War II as a clerk in the U.S. Army from May 1945 to November 1946 […]

Kevin Reynolds



Kevin Allen Reynolds, age 64, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 18, 2017. Born March 9, 1952 in Wichita, Kan., Kevin has lived in Mariposa, Calif., since 1987 and worked in Yosemite National Park. Prior to that, Kevin was a police officer and was a veteran in the United States Marine Corps. He married his wife and best friend, Ronda Reynolds […]