2020-08-27 E-Edition

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Pine Tree Market: It’s where everybody knows your name

Fabled store in Wawona has new owners, same ambiance

More than just a grocery store, the Pine Tree Market is a community hub. Photo by Kellie FlanaganOne regular customer said it perfectly: If the Pine Tree Market in Yosemite was a bar, its name would be Cheers. The small grocery store on Chilnualna Falls Road in Wawona is a place where everybody knows your name. For some 30 years, […]

Stayner murders to be revisited

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It’s a dark chapter in Mariposa County history, but one that is still talked about today — more than 20 years later. The story is about serial killer Cary Stayner and how his ruthless rampage left four women dead and the people in the county wondering how it could have happened. Anyone who lived here at the time knows the […]

Two top school personnel put on leave, details remain sketchy

 Details remain scarce when it comes to the sudden absence of Mariposa County High School principal Celeste Azevedo and assistant principal Tammi Richards. Both Azevedo and Richards were put on paid administrative leave on Monday afternoon, a move that flustered teachers, who were left searching for answers without an explanation from district officials. An email sent to MCHS employees was […]

Key election dates fast approaching


Some crucial dates are fast approaching for voters who will be participating in the Nov. 3 general election. Voter registration is a key element of the election. Mail-in ballots are also crucial in Mariposa County, where the vast majority of voters cast their ballots in that manner. To verify voter registration, people can visit voterstatus. sos.ca.gov before ballots are mailed. […]

Susan Wages takes over top spot at Mariposa Public Utility District

There’s little question much of what happens at Mariposa Public Utility District goes unnoticed. Its new director believes that is a good thing. “There has been a lot of modernization,” said Susan Wages, who was named the new general manager at MPUD, replacing long-time manager Mark Rowney. Wages has been at MPUD since 2013, where she served as office manager […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Jail Booking Report Here are some of the highlights from the recent booking reports at the Mariposa County Jail. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. August 17 – Allen Dwayne Shanes, 44, Delhi, was arrested for assault with a firearm, possession of a zip gun, felon in possession of a firearm and destroying […]

Madera County continues its struggle against Covid-19

Another week has passed with Madera County on the state’s coronavirus watch list, with no clear sign of respite coming soon. The Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported the total number of coronavirus cases rose to 3,484 on Monday, Aug. 24, with 355 new cases having been reported in the last week alone. Of those 3,484 total cases, […]

Woman is rescued after Bass Lake hiking incident

Another weekend, another allied agencies rescue of a hiker at Willow Creek in Madera County is shown in this photo. Photo courtesy Madera County Sheriff’s Office It was another busy weekend for search and rescue deputies and volunteers near Bass Lake. According to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), a woman fell while hiking. Now, authorities are asking the public […]

Gerald Progner

Sadly, Gerald “Jerry” Progner lost his long battle with cancer on March 14, 2020. His final days were spent at home, surrounded by his family: wife Elizabeth Darcy; children, Diane Crossfield (Matt) of Kentucky, Courtney Progner Morrow (Robert) and Ryan Progner (Sara) of Mariposa, step-daughter, Mary Darcy of Oregon; brother, Fred Progner (Madeline) of Escondido; and nephew Freddy Progner (Elizabeth) […]