Soroptimists seek applicants Soroptimist International of Mariposa is now accepting applications for this year’s Live Your Dream awards. This program provides cash grants to women who are working to better their lives through additional schooling and skills training. Women who qualify to apply are those with primary financial responsibility for their family, are attending or have been accepted by an […]

Patricia Walliser

Patricia Ann Walliser surrendered her spirit to the universe peacefully on Aug. 30, 2019 with all of her children at her side. Born to Thomas and Margaret Bates on Nov. 28, 1923 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. “Pat” lived a full life, often sharing many memories of her childhood on her grandparents’ farm in Illinois. In her late teens and […]

Services set Sept. 28 for Jeri Taylor

A memorial service for Jeri Ann Taylor will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept 28. There will be a burial following the service. It will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mariposa. Internment will be at the Mariposa Cemetery. She died on Aug. 18, 2019, in Spring, Texas, following a long battle with dementia […]

Man flown to Fresno after Highway 49 crash

Shown is the 2017 Honda CRV which was totaled after a crash on Highway 49 North in Mariposa last week. Photo by Matt JohnsonA Mariposa man was flown to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno after crashing on Highway 49 North and totaling his vehicle last Thursday. That morning at about 8 a.m., Jerry Richards, 65, was driving his 2017 […]

Volunteer training to take place at mineral museum

Training of volunteers to work in the mineral museum in Mariposa is set to start Sept. 25.The California State Mining & Mineral Museum, located at Mariposa Fairgrounds, is preparing for its annual recruitment and training of volunteers. Museum officials will be starting a new round of volunteer training on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m., at the museum. The museum […]

Native plants will be topic during seminar on Sept. 21

Shown are some of the native plants at Intermountain Nursery. The plants are suited for the climate in the Sierra foothills. Submitted photoNative plants, ideally suited to the local Mediterranean-like climate, offer Sierra foothill residents the chance to attract native pollinators to their yards. In a continuing effort to help area residents build sustainable landscapes, the UC Master Gardeners of […]

Arizona woman dies in fall from Half Dome

An Arizona woman was killed last week after falling from Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. At approximately 11:55 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, a female visitor died due to a fall from the Half Dome cables in the park. She fell over 500 feet down steep, rocky terrain and was dead when park rangers arrived on the scene, according […]

Progressive Mariposa meeting set Sept. 15

Progressive Mariposa’s next general meeting will be held at the Mariposa County Library Community Room (aka “Merle’s Room”) at 4978 10th Street in Mariposa. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15. Topics of discussion will include planning for the upcoming National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 24. Progressive Mariposa will be partnering with the Mariposa County […]

Use-of-force law changes in state


Anita Starchman-BryantA bill revising the standards for use of deadly force by peace officers has recently been passed by the California state legislature and approved by Governor Newsom. Penal Code Section 196 previously provided that a homicide committed by a peace officer was justifiable when necessarily committed in arresting a person who has committed a felony and the person is […]

Keeping the opinions on the opinion page crucial


 I try very hard to stay out of politics in this column, especially on the national level. But the recent trend in which politicians, and their followers, bash the news media in a blanket way has crawled under my skin. I’m sick of hearing about “fake news” and seeing the ridiculousness of people who claim everything they see and read […]