2021-03-18 E-Edition

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Meet the militia

Group pays visit to Mariposa area, explains their purpose


From left, Private Dean Adams, Staff Sergeant Josh Alvarez, Corp. Tinker and Staff Sergeant Rick Herrera, are shown last weekend at the meet and greet event. Photo by Christina Manuel Protection of the people, by the people. This is the intent of the local California State Militia, Second Regiment Echo Company, following the Constitution’s Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, […]

Performance of principal sparks debate

Criticism, support both given; little else known about situation


Erin VereschaginThe alleged actions of a Mariposa County elementary school principal stirred controversy at the local school board meeting on March 11. During that meeting, members of the public spoke out against and in support of Erin Vereschagin, the current administrative leader of Mariposa Elementary School. Allegations included the protection of bullies and harassing of students. Words of support praised […]

Noose reference in SF Gate story brings controversy to local region



After San Francisco Gate reporter Ashley Harrell visited Mariposa County in the last couple of weeks, hanging nooses in and outside of the Airport Inn have been brought to light. The nooses, Harrell stated Airport Inn owner Robbie Nelson told her, are from the E Clampus Vitus (ECV). As defined by the ECV Matuca’s website, “The Ancient and Honorable Order […]

Vaccine progress continues with 60-plus set this week



Mariposa County health officials are continuing to steadily roll out the Covid-19 vaccines to the community, now planning to reach both the 60-year-old and up range, and those 18 years and older with underlying medical conditions this week. Reporting to the Mariposa County Board of Super visors at the March 16 meeting, Kristina Allen, the deputy director of the Mariposa […]

Terrace housing project now at standstill pending MPUD action



Following the Mariposa County Public Utility District meeting on March 2, the Self-Help Enterprises Creekside Terrace housing project is now at a standstill, cutting close to its April 26 start date. Acknowledging they’ve had “several infrastructure problems with the project,” Betsy McGovern-Garcia, the program director of Self Help Enterprises, said the concern now lies with the request to MPUD to […]

Fans celebrate return of high school sports

For most, seeing athletes back on the field was the satisfaction


Fans gather in the bleachers at the Gold Bowl Arena ahead of the Mariposa County Grizzlies’ season-opener against Summerville High School last Friday. Photo by Allen Laman Last Friday, immediately following a hard-fought victory over the Summerville High School Bears, 20 players sporting green, gold and muddy jerseys trotted off the field and toward the fence that separates the pitch […]

Timely donation

Submitted PhotoRotarian Rev. Mark Buenafe, right, hands 50, $25 food vouchers to Larry and Joan Laity, co-presidents of Manna House. The Mariposa Yosemite Rotary Club continues to support our community, and these food vouchers will bring much needed nutrition to the needy during these troubling economic times. We thank the Manna House for distributing these vouchers. … An online subscription […]

Unemployment stats grim in county

The employment picture in Mariposa County remains grim. The county has the third-highest unemployment rate in the state, according to statistics released last week by the Employment Development Department. The latest numbers reflect unemployment in January, which listed the rate in Mariposa County as 12.1 percent, well above the state average of 9.2 percent. The highest unemployment in the state […]

Helen Kwalwasser

Helen Bernice “Nanny” Kwalwasser passed peacefully on Friday evening, March 5, 2021 at the age of 79 with her family at her side. Helen is survived by her four beloved children: Lorri Abston, Annette (Sonny) Palmer, Debbie (Darrel) Tomlin and David (Dyia) Kwalwasser; 10 grandchildren, Crystal, Kaitlyn, Nathan, James, Clara, Kayla, Madison, Peyton, Walt and Jordyn; two great-granddaughters, Alasca Rae […]