2021-04-15 E-Edition

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Making a splash

Local whitewater adventure provides ‘a different perspective of the place’


Above, rafters paddle forward as they navigate through intense rapids on the Merced River last week. Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions aims to show the ropes to inexperienced rafters — and bring new perspectives to anyone who floats down the famous river canyon. Below is a photo of several rafts along the river. Photos by Mark Leder-Adams / Rapid Shooter River Photography […]

Reservation system returning to Yosemite



Day-use reservations will again be required for Yosemite National Park visitors. Beginning May 21, guests will need a reservation to enter the world-renowned park. This time, though, the passes will be different. More permits will be issued, more campgrounds will be open and more hospitality lodging will be available for those making the trip to Yosemite. “The good news is, […]

Business owners react to day-use reservations



As Yosemite National Park leadership prepares to implement a day-use reservation system that will curb attendance numbers this summer, Mariposa County businesses are bracing for what could be another unusual year. “There is concern,” said Tony McDaniel, communications manager of the Mariposa County Tourism Bureau. “People rely on visitation to Yosemite. And without it, they’re going to hurt. We’re going […]

Housing proposal will move forward

MPUD gives green light to the Creekside project


Giving their green light, the Mariposa County Public Utility District signed off on the Creekside Terrace Housing Project last Friday. MPUD gave an update on the project at their April 6 board of directors meeting addressing that at the time they were waiting for plan revisions by Self Help Enterprises (SHE). “We are moving along steadily but surely,” said Susan […]

State looks to reopen in June, caution is urged



Announced by the California Department of Public Health along with Gov. Gavin Newsom on April 6, the state is considering lifting the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to fully reopen the economy on June 15. With 20 million vaccines administered statewide, the tier system will be lifted right before the summer season only if there is equitable vaccine availability and […]

Butterfly Festival wins OK of health officer


The Butterfly Festival parade will go forward this year and antique cars are expected to be part of the festivities. Photo by Nicole W. LittleThe Butterfly Festival has gotten its wings. That was the word this week from Bill Lowe, chairman of the festival, which is now scheduled for the July 4 weekend in Mariposa. Lowe said that last week, […]

MCHS play to honor former drama leader



From left: Ace Salisbury, Linzie Overcash, Sophia Rudge and Lottie Messick read lines during a school play rehearsal at Mariposa County High School on Monday. This group of students performs in the play’s second act. Photo by Allen Laman The show must go on. For a little more than a year, Covid-19 has forced the cancellation of musicals, plays and […]

Quest Counseling offering free horse program to 6th-12th grade students



Shawna Dahl has been teaching horsemanship in Mariposa County for over 20 years. Photos submitted by Shawna DahlHelping children one horse at a time, Quest Counseling is now offering a program to help alleviate stress in 6th-12th grade students in Mariposa County. Partnered with Shawna Dahl Quarter Horses and Horsemanship, Quest Counseling wants to assist students in need of counseling […]

Cruise control

Senior night victory pushes MCHS football to 4-1


Tyler Richards, a Grizzlies wide receiver and outside linebacker, sacks Denair quarterback David Sutton during last week’s senior night matchup at the Gold Bowl in Mariposa. Photo by Tammi Richards Ryan Soto trotted to the sideline and shrugged. Where’s the defense? he wondered. The Mariposa County High School senior wide receiver had already embarrassed Denair High School’s secondary when he […]