Hopper resigns as MCUSD superintendent

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Superintendent of schools Robin Hopper released a letter to Mariposa County Unified School District staff this morning informing them of her intention to step down on June 30, 2019. Hopper was hired in 2014. In the letter, Hopper expressed her intention to “devote more time and energy” to her family and she plans to “pursue some of my other dreams […]

Wreaths event in Catheys Valley honors the sacrifices of veterans

Honoring the fallen


Above, from left, Judith Huffman and Rich Westfall lay a wreath at the grave of Chandos Castle, a local veteran laid to rest at Catheys Valley cemetery. Below, MCHS band member Patrick Flanagan is shown performing “Taps” at the conclusion of Saturday’s wreath event in Catheys Valley.For the second consecutive year, the Wreaths Across America program made its way to […]

Park likely to stay open if government closes down

FREE D.C. politicians continue to bicker in budget battle

Editor’s note: As of our press time on Tuesday afternoon, a deal by lawmakers to prevent a partial government shutdown had not been reached. This story is the situation as it stood at press time. As Washington politicians continue to bicker about a budget, the possibility looms of a government shutdown. And that shutdown could include the National Park Service. […]

CAL FIRE moves to winter operations; Yosemite burning rules are announced

CAL FIRE officials have moved to winter operations, meaning some firefighters have been furloughed until the next fire season. Officials say now is a great time of year for homeowners to making sure their homes have 100 feet of defensible space. Submitted photoCooler weather and recent rains has prompted the California CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) to transition into winter […]

Wawona school is interested in rejoining MCUSD



The potential return of a school in Wawona to the Mariposa County Unified School District was discussed at last Thursday’s MCUSD board meeting. It drew a lot of interest from the community. Yosemite National Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds spoke briefly in support of the school. Photo by Matt JohnsonA small school in Wawona which operates under the Madera County Office […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log Dec. 10 – There was a llama running in the road on Cuneo Road in Coulterville. • A missing corgi was reported on Jackass Creek Road in Greeley Hill. • There was a vehicle vs. fence incident on Triangle Road in Mariposa. • There was a dog vs. cow incident on Shaffer Road in Mariposa. • Dec. […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Dec. 10-16

• EMS – 2 • Fires – 4 • Public Assists – 1 • Auto Collisions – 2 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 14 volunteer stations located throughout the county. If you are 18 years of age and possess a valid CA driver’s license, we would love to hear from you! Positions are available for fire/medical and […]

IN BRIEF …

Chamber to host coffee event The next “Friday Coffee” gathering is set for Dec. 28. The monthly event, sponsored by Main Street Mariposa, will be at 8:30 a.m. at the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is located at 5158 Highway 140 which is on the southwest corner of the four-way stop in Mariposa. The event is for local […]

Leland Jorgensen

Leland Andrew Jorgensen went to be with the Lord on Dec. 13, 2018. He was born on Dec. 27, 1938, in Selma, Calif. He worked for Harris Ranch Beef slaughter house for over 35 years. He spent his retirement enjoying his mountain home in Mariposa. He is survived by his wife, Claudia; sister, Genevieve Hord; sons, Andy Jorgensen (Sue) and […]

Florence Appling

Florence Appling died on Dec. 11, 2018 in Mariposa. She was 91. Florence was born in Del Rey, Calif. in 1927. She graduated from Fresno Technical High School, and worked briefly for Winthrop Pump Company as a secretary. In January 1947 she married Phillip Appling of Fresno. They established a homestead in Bailey Flats and raised seven children. They began […]