Art show applications wanted Sierra Artists Gallery of Mariposa will host its annual Gold Rush Art Show beginning Oct. 5. It will run through Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5pm. Entry applications, rules and regulations will be available on the gallery website, and in the gallery at Highway 140 and 6th Street in Mariposa. Entries will be accepted […]

Elna Philbert

Born in Wichita, Kansas, on Sept. 29, 1925, Elna passed away at her home in Mariposa on Sept. 2, 2020. The family thanks her wonderful caregivers who enabled her to stay in her home as she wished. Elna wanted nothing more than to celebrate her 95th birthday, so her family and friends were celebrating her birthday month. Elna was the […]

Gregory Jines

It is with a heavy heart that Greg’s family and loved ones report his recent passing. Greg was a fun, gregarious, generous and caring individual. His first concern was always for those less fortunate than himself, and he took steps to help. He was born April 14, 1958, in Ventura, Calif. He formed lifelong friendships there, and after two years […]

James Holder

“Big” James Holder was born Jan. 1, 1964, in Concord, Calif., to Robert “Tex” and Joan Holder. James spent his youth in Concord with his three brothers, John, Bob and Mike, and his sister, Sue. He graduated from Mountain Diablo High School in 1963 and later married the love of his life, Grace. In the 1990s, James worked for a […]

Prescribed burn group sets annual meeting; all are invited to take part

California is in the midst of another mega wildfire season. Firefighters and other first responders are working across the state to protect homes, lives and landscapes. The legislature is considering both current and future options to help protect California’s future. Prescribed fire is one of those tools. The Southern Sierra Prescribed Fire Council will hold its 2020 annual meeting and […]

Canadian fire crews help fight fires in West

Above-normal fire activity continues across region

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho is mobilizing three wildland firefighting hand crews from Quebec, Canada to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in California. The National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group (NMAC) at NIFC comprised of fire managers representing the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the […]

Truck crashes on area road, minor injury

A Merced man overturned his vehicle on Mt. Bullion Cutoff Road last week and was lucky to come out unscathed, with only minor injuries. According to the California Highway Patrol, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at approximately 5 p.m., Jace Bustamante, 31, Merced, was traveling south on Mt. Bullion Cutoff Road. Bustamante caused his 2004 Ford F-150 to drift onto the […]

County enters into partnership to help with composting situation at landfill

Being a public works director certainly comes with its challenges — and its criticisms. It’s a job where you can’t really please everyone, because everyone has a different idea of how funds should be spent and which roads should be targeted for improvement. But every now and then, the public works director gets to share some news that everyone can […]

Board passes measure to solve road problem

A safety issue in northern Mariposa County has been addressed by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Last week, the board officially approved an ordinance which will add language to county code to eliminate the stopping, standing or parking on both sides of the roadway located on Lazo Way from Zarzo Way in both directions to Coronado Drive. Recently, that […]

Inside the U.S. Supreme Court


Anita Starchman-BryantThe U.S. Constitution provides that “[t]he judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.” The Supreme Court of the United States was created under this provision and by authority of the Judiciary Act of Sept. 24, 1789. There […]