2021-04-22 E-Edition

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Wahhoga Village a place of peace

Wahhoga Village volunteers Ron Kauk (left) and Bill Tucker pause at Fern Spring in Yosemite National Park during a construction delay that halted traffic. The men believe Wahhoga holds educational value and the power to connect people. Photo by Allen Laman After driving through the cones, construction vehicles and torn-up stretches of road that currently line Yosemite Valley at Yosemite […]

County fair given green light

Officials have announced the 2021 Mariposa County Fair will take place. Events like team roping and much more are now being planned. Photo by Shantel WightThe Mariposa County Fair is set to return in just a few months. Scheduled for Sept. 3-6, the annual event will follow guidelines issued by local health officials, and capacity in all fairgrounds areas will […]

Close to 130 students are quarantined

Daily operations were recently upended for many students at Mariposa County High School after two students tested positive for Covid-19. The discovery came last Wednesday — two days after MCHS expanded in-person class offerings to four days a week — and affected 127 other students who were deemed close contacts and subsequently placed in ten-day quarantines. “We, as a district […]

Sports suffer major impact from Covid

Senior pitcher Helena Plantz winds up for a pitch during last week’s Mariposa County High School game against the Orestimba Warriors. MCHS forfeited the game after three players were identified as close Covid-19 contacts at the end of the fifth inning. Photo by Allen Laman Mariposa County High School’s volleyball team had a two-set lead over the Denair Coyotes when […]

Tourism group hears concerns about park pass system

It is indisputable that Covid-19 has had a major impact on the lives of almost everyone. It is also indisputable the travel and tourism industry has taken a huge hit during the pandemic. It is likely one of the most impacted industries in the world. Another indisputable fact is Mariposa County is deeply dependent upon tourism. It is what drives […]

Officials stressing vital role of of vaccine

Robin Clover gets her second Moderna vaccine by Marti Fazio, a public health nurse, on April 16 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Photo by Christina ManuelDespite the state wide push to get Covid-19 vaccinations into arms as quickly as possible, appointments in Mariposa County are being left unattended. A milestone for the state, over 26 million vaccines have already been […]

Covid-19 cluster tied to Madera Easter services

Dr. Kristina Allen A cluster of Covid-19 cases reported in the county last week, including two Mariposa County High School students, is associated with an Easter church service in Madera County. The church has not been identified. The Mariposa County Unified School District released a statement on April 15 to inform the community 127 close contacts had been identified and […]

Business owners who experienced loss during Mono winds may be eligible for low-interest loans

This was damage in the Wawona area which was a result of the Mono wind event in January. Submitted photoBusiness owners in Mariposa County who sustained economic injury during the January windstorm may be eligible for low-interest loans. That was the word this week from Alyssa Carroll, deputy coordinator of the Mariposa County Emergency Operations Services. “We haven’t quite reached […]

Debra Beth Smith

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend, Debra B. Smith of Mariposa. She passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the age of 69. Debbie was born Nov. 20, 1951 in Waukegan, Ill., to Chauncey and Joann Haynes. Growing up, Debbie lived in many places while […]