2021-04-01 E-Edition

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Fielding questions

Photo by Allen LamanMariposa County High School Softball Coach Tony Williams listens to senior Cali Butler as she talks about what went well in the team’s victory against Denair High School last week. Read more about the girls’ 3-1 start, plus all of the latest in local sports news, on page A-10. … An online subscription is required to view […]

Briese still positive three months into job

Sheriff discusses militias, violence against Asians, homelessness and more

Jeremy BrieseJeremy Briese had no illusions that becoming the sheriff of Mariposa County was going to be easy. But he also had a vision for the department, and three months into his stint, Briese seems happy with the direction of the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. “My biggest surprise was thinking the community knew all of the things we do,” said […]

One step closer

High school students cleared for more on-campus learning

A volleyball game showed him how far we’d come. Last week, more than a year after Covid-19 ruptured daily life in Mariposa County, Jeff Aranguena stood on a sunny, grassy field and watched a group of smiling elementary school kids slap a leather ball back and forth. We took it for granted, he reflected. But we’re now seeing slices of […]

California to open up vaccine eligibility for more this month

Competing with Covid-19 and its variants across the state, vaccinations are becoming more widespread. An update by California Gov. Gavin Newsom on March 25, residents age 50 and older will be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine beginning today, April 1, with all others aged 16-and-up eligible for vaccinations starting April 15. “We’re a little bit ahead of where the state […]

High school cancer case moving slowly

Mariposa County High School educators who believe their cancer diagnoses are linked to the local school building are slowly progressing through the beginning of what could be a lengthy legal process. Michael Burgis & Associates, P.C, is the Los Angeles based law firm representing the educators. When asked last week what has developed since news of the cancer allegations broke […]

Officials seeking more information about man charged with sex assault

Porter The Investigative Services Branch of the National Park Service (NPS) is asking the public for more information and additional victims to come forward regarding a sexual assault that took place in Yosemite National Park last April. Charles Porter, 30, allegedly assaulted a victim along with making non-consensual sexual contact in an attempt to sexually assault the victim on April […]

Upcoming Farm Bureau dinner ‘extremely important’ for group

  In a year rocked by social distancing and other pandemic-related precautions, the upcoming Mariposa County Farm Bureau pork rib dinner means a little more. Membership dues kept the local agriculture advocacy group going as Covid-19 canceled fundraisers and prevented board members from meeting. When they finally did reconvene, the organization’s budget was deeply sliced. You can help them beef […]

Flower power

Photo by Nicole W. LittleThe wildflowers have been popping in the past week in the Merced River Canyon. This photo was taken last Sunday along Highway 140 between Briceburg and Incline Road. The flowers, which are mainly poppies, are an annual event in this region, drawing visitors from far and wide. … An online subscription is required to view news […]

New assistant principal begins work at MCHS

Dr. Leanne Leonard Submitted photoDr. Leanne Leonard began her competitive gymnastics career when she was 7 years old. Many children are born with natural talents. Hers included flipping, rolling and turning upside down. Years later, after she began coaching gymnasts in college, the sport guided her to what has now become a more than two decades-long career in education. Leonard […]