2021-05-06 E-Edition

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Sierra Foothill Conservancy marks 25 years of stewardship

Major celebration set to take place this month

Bridget Fithian points out some of the conserved land on the Ben Hur Ranch project. Fithian is the executive director of the Sierra Foothill Conservancy. Photos by Greg Little Editor’s note: This is the first in an eight-part series about the Sierra Foothill Conservancy. The stories will run each month through the end of the year.   Bridget Fithian thought […]

Losing altitude?

Negotiations for future of airport are extended, many issues remain


Airport manager Tony Borreson fuels a plane on Tuesday morning at the airport. Photo by Christina ManuelWith negotiations up in the air for the past year, the county and Mariposa-Yosemite Airport Manager Tony Borreson have not yet landed on an agreeable contract. Borreson’s contract to run the airport as the operations manager with his Airborrn Aviation Services was set to […]

Vaccination apathy holds county back, officials say

Mass clinic program will be ending


Dr. Kristina Allen Mariposa County was eligible to move into the Yellow Tier this week, however, Covid-19 vaccination rates are not within 5 percent of the state, holding the county steadily in the Orange Tier. Reported by Kristina Allen, the deputy director of the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), to the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors at their May […]

It is time again for readers to choose ‘Best Of ’

 To say the past year has been trying would be an understatement. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many things, including how people go about their everyday business. However, one thing that has not changed is how businesses and organizations in Mariposa County continue to work hard each day to serve customers and bring a sense of normalcy back to local […]

Band-emic

MCHS student musicians play through year shaped by Covid-19


First-year band director Grant Thompson directs Mariposa County High schoolers outside on a softball outfield in late April. Band members recently began playing together outdoors. Submitted photo Band was different this year. But the music never really stopped. MCHS’ band program is made up of just 15 students. Computer software guided remote instruction for most of this school year, but […]

Zombies or not, Butterfly Festival moving forward for July 4 weekend

Organizers said volunteers are still needed for the event

Michael Hall, a member of the festival committee, is shown with his “big butterfly” that will be featured at the festival. Photo by Bill LoweThe Mariposa Butterfly Festival committee has taken another step toward making the July 3-4 event a reality. Down payments for Taste of Mariposa, which will be held on June 26, and the festival for Independence Day […]

Yard sale series to connect neighbors



 Jessica Chaney remembers what it was like to move to Mariposa County from Los Angeles. Breaking into the community as an outsider was hard. Feeling disconnected weighed on her because building relationships is a big part of her life. Chaney, a local realtor, will soon launch a string of free events aimed at bringing neighbors together. The Mariposa woman is […]

El Capitan climber killed in rappelling accident



On Monday, April 27, a San Diego man died in an accident while rappelling from Sickle Ledge on The Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Paul Nakauchi, 37, was climbing with a partner on The Nose route when he fell 500 feet from the granite walls, as reported by Andrea Stewart, the assistant corner-public administrator at the Mariposa […]

JCF Healthcare District faces low revenues and has high expenses



At the John C. Fremont Healthcare District, it seems there is more money going out than coming in. Chief Financial Officer Shahri Taj said the district is losing about $9,000 more on a daily basis than in fiscal year 2020. Looking at the JCF District’s income statements, overall balance and cash runoffs, Taj said since last June, “we have reduced […]