School board candidates touch on wide variety of questions at AAUW forum


By MATT JOHNSON, Assistant Editor Two school board candidates squared off last Thursday for close to 30 minutes at a forum hosted by the Mariposa branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). District 3 incumbent candidate Judy Eppler and her challenger, Christy Wall, spoke on topics such as special education, bullying, how to attract new teachers and more. The […]

Sides spar over proposed TOT hike

The Mariposa branch of the AAUW held a debate regarding Measure M last Thursday evening in Mariposa. Shown from left are Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann, Sheriff Doug Binnewies, debate host Kim Monson, Roger Biery and Kevin Shelton. The debate was held in the chambers of the Mariposa County Government Center. The event was also broadcast by Mariposa Community Radio, […]

Go West Festival all set for this weekend

    The third annual Mariposa Go West Festival is ready to kick off this weekend. It will offer a wide variety of free activities for young and old. The event has a western, old-time theme. The festival will begin Friday, Oct. 12 with a cowboy poker pub crawl, from 5-9 p.m. It will continue into Saturday with activities in […]


Pair of meetings scheduled to discuss potential for landslides in canyon area

This photo from the California Highway Patrol shows the landslide that happened last week on Highway 140 in the Merced River canyon. If last week’s first rain of the season is any indication, it could be a long winter and fall. “We are going to have landslides,” said Rosemarie Smallcombe, chair of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Kellen Takemaka, […]

Ferguson Fire cause listed but questions still remain

FREE Blaze scorched more than 96,000 acres in county

The cause of the Ferguson Fire has been released, though questions still remain. Officials from the U.S. National Forest Service have listed the cause of the fire as “superheated pieces of a catalytic converter,” though it is unclear if that means it was a defective piece or if a vehicle may have went into dry vegetation. The forest service further […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log Oct. 1 – There was a missing dog reported on Boyer Road in Mariposa. • Trespassing was reported on Granite Dome in Mariposa. • Threats were reported on Oakridge Road in Coulterville. • Calves were in the roadway on Hornitos Road in Mariposa. • There was a fire on Highway 132 in Lake Don Pedro. Oct. 2 […]

Robert Wayne McKnight

Robert McKnight was born into Depression era Long Beach, Calif. and grew up near the dairy farms, orchards and oil fields that dominated the area. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of Southern California (USC), Robert’s planned teaching career was put on hold as he served in the army at Fort Ord teaching artillery and mortar […]

Louis Secrest

Louis James Secrest (better known as Jim) passed away peacefully on Aug. 26, 2018, in Roseville, Calif., after a long illness. We will miss him greatly, but know he is in a better place with family he loves. Jimmie was born in Fresno, Calif., on Jan. 14, 1932, where he attended John Muir Elementary, Bullard Elementary, Hamilton Junior High and […]

Jonah Thomas

Jonah Seth Mackenzie Thomas, 22, of Mariposa passed away on Sept. 28, 2018. Jonah was born and raised in Turlock. He was a hardworking, devoted family man, known for his big heart and a personality that would brighten any room. Jonah is survived by his fiancé, Ailene Nicole Hogan of Mariposa; their two daughters, Aaliyah and Jaycee; and baby number […]

Tommy Rose

Tommy Rose passed away at his home in Greeley Hill on Oct. 4, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was 73 years old. He was born June 13, 1945, in Oklahoma to Jack and Lucile Rose. He leaves behind his wife, Carolyn Rose; six children; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. […]