2021-04-08 E-Edition

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Something’s fishy

Fish release, outdoor education are ‘critical’ for El Portal teacher


Above, Brittany Vargas-Alvarado gently dips a cup containing a rainbow trout into the Merced River last Friday as Marley Gediman looks on. Ninety trout arrived at the school — inside eggs — and about 75 were let loose in the nearby river. Below, Paul Amstutz holds up a baby trout inside a cup that was used to scoop the fish […]

Yellow tier is closer

Officials say trends are positive


Reporting only one positive Covid-19 case last week, Mariposa County may be able to move into the Yellow Tier by next week if the trend holds true. The single case reported by the Mariposa County Public Health Department (MCPHD) on April 4 is a 46-year-old male now in isolation. His transmission source is person to person. However, Dr. Eric Sergienko, […]

Group looking to bring up to $100K for projects

Students target of new initiative


A new initiative will soon bring up to $100,000 in grant funding to student-organized, community projects in Mariposa County. Named Project Go, the new program is designed to empower youth to improve and enrich their community, schools, and neighborhoods. An application window will open soon, and in the meantime, more information can be found at ProjectGo.us. The initiative is spearheaded […]

Caltrans is now in initial stages of Ferguson Slide trim blasting



Flag rock is the middle right rock protruding upwards at an angle with Monument Rock right below it. Both site have cable fencing over top. Photo by Christina Manuel A milestone for the Ferguson Slide project, Caltrans engineers are now beginning to work on clearing out the rock slide that is blocking a portion of Highway 140. The beginning stages […]

The heroic, and tragic, story of baseball’s Dusty Rhodes

The 1954 World Series hero’s son now lives in Coulterville

This image is from the 1954 World Series when Dusty Rhodes his a walk-off home run, launching the underdog New York Giants’ incredible run to a title. Submitted photo To say the life of James Rhodes has been a journey would be an understatement. It’s been an incredible journey; some of it not so good. But part of that journey […]

Shooting mushrooms so they don’t look dead

Above: This is an example of a mushroom photo by renowned photographer David William Fischer. Below: Photographer David William Fischer is shown in this photo — with mushrooms. Submitted photosGetting excited about seeing mushrooms is different than getting a photo of one that doesn’t make them look dead. If you want to know the secret, join the next presentation of […]

Walter ‘Tom’ Strickland

Walter Thomas Strickland was born Oct. 8, 1935, in Bridgeport, Texas. Around 1973, his family moved to California and settled in the Dairyland area of Chowchilla. Tom attended Dairyland Elementary and Chowchilla High School. Also, as a teenager, he worked at the Alpha Beta feed lot in Dairyland. The owner of the feed lot, Hugh Garrard, who was one of […]

John ‘Randy’ Henkle

he and partner Dorothy Combes (Dee-Dee) spent the last 15 years of their 40 years together. He was preceded in death by a sister, Wanda Lee Rivera, brother, Douglas Henkle, and other family members. He leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews and friends. Randy served in the U.S. Army, 1st Division, 1st BG 28th Infantry. One of the highlights of […]

Now into retirement, Dan Cassady reflects on years as Mariposa County physical therapist



From left: Cari and Dan and their two children Grace and Cooper at Grace’s wedding day on Aug. 15, 2020. Submitted by Cari CassadyLeaving behind his 41-year profession in physical therapy, it’s the connection with his patients Dan Cassady is going to miss the most. The great thing about his retirement on April 1, the Mariposa County physical therapist acknowledged, […]