Keep an eye on children around water

Our weather is warmer and our days are getting longer. Our streams are flowing and our ponds are overflowing. Children and families will be spending more time outdoors. Remember that young children are drawn to water and have no fear of it. Designate a responsible person to have line-of-sight supervision to keep them safe. Drowning is the number one reason […]

Dancing improves your health

Editor, I loved your recent article about dance. I am surprised that the article did not mention that Tamara Andrews has an adult ballet class. I am a student and it is an absolute joy to learn from such an experienced instructor. As an unexpected benefit I am amazed at the health benefits I have received. I have regained 3/4 […]

Teacher had every right to speak out

Editor, In response to Debbie Bird’s letter to the editor (“Saddened By Behavior of MCUSD Teacher”): I, too, am saddened — and more than a little angry. In fact, there wasn’t one person in attendance at the April 6 Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) meeting who didn’t feel sad or angry or disheartened after that “meeting,” each for their own […]

Help foster children succeed

Editor, Every May we recognize Foster Care Awareness Month, and each year, thousands of children in California enter the foster care system, through no fault of their own. Year after year, we rally to raise awareness of the plight of foster children and the need to support them. Our work sometimes feels like an uphill battle, yet we are energized […]

Hurt by Safe Haven decision

Editor, I must respond to the school board’s rejection of the Safe Haven resolution. It’s taken me days to process this decision. I am truly hurt by it. Years ago, I moved from Hawaii to Pennsylvania. What a clash of cultures. I was hated because I was not like my neighbors. Despite my efforts to know them, two of them […]

Several key meetings are slated this month


Welcome to the Mariposa County Tree Mortality Weekly Update. Our company, Blue Ridge Services (BRS), 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 on determining the density (number) of dead/dying trees per mile in Mariposa County. We will […]

Mariposa County Flashback

“Mariposa County Flashback” is a collaboration between the newspaper and the Mariposa County Museum and History Center. This suspension bridge over the Merced River at Briceburg was completed in 1924 at a cost of $8,000. It was built to provide a means for transporting construction materials across the river from the railroad on the north side to the new highway […]

Joseph is appointed as assessor-recorder

Brent Joseph will become the new Mariposa County Assessor Recorder on June 1. Joseph is the current deputy assessor-recorder and he will replace the late Becky Crafts, who resigned March 1 and died March 23 after a long battle with cancer. Joseph was selected from a pool of four candidates who applied for the position. All four made presentations to […]

Torlakson praises school district

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, came away impressed with the schools in Mariposa County. He said “the buildings might be old, but the classes are alive.” Torlakson started Friday morning by visiting Mariposa Elementary. While there, he observed a number of different classroom activities, including Theresa Kraemer’s class playing Kahoot!, which is an interactive game that teaches proper […]

Library offers free writing workshops

 Do you love to write poetry or prose? Those interested can get professional advice on sharpening their writing style and getting their work published during two free workshops at the Mariposa Library. On Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m., award-winning poet and author Tim Z. Hernandez will lead workshop participants in writing exercises using thought-provoking prompts designed to get creative […]