2021-06-17 E-Edition

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Graduates ‘zoom’ into future

In-person MCHS ceremony reunites senior class

Tennyson Libsey triumphantly holds his high school diploma holder over his head after walking across a stage at the Gold Bowl Arena last Friday. Mariposa County High School’s graduation ceremony was held in person with a crowd in the grandstands. Photo by Allen Laman Celeste Azevedo approached the lectern and disappeared. The Mariposa County High School principal was set to […]

Grand jury issues scathing report, director of public works fires back

Mike Healy The director of the Mariposa County Public Works Department says a report recently released by the local grand jury is not accurate and that he was never questioned about various accusations. Mike Healy said he was taken by surprise when informed just a couple of days before the release of the report and was not able to respond […]

Bye-bye blueprint

After nearly a year under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, Californians can finally take off their masks for a breath of fresh air — well, kind of. Officially retired on June 15, the blueprint was first implemented on Aug. 30, 2020, to establish regulations for different business operations to mitigate further spread of Covid-19. But some guidance still remains […]

Cox given firm date for hearing

The Jerry Cox case took yet another turn last week. The Cox case has been ongoing in Mariposa County — and federally — for years. It has a lot of angles, from a false accusation of rape to the murder of Cox’s attorney to an order from the court to take Cox’s property. And just about anything else imaginable. Last […]

New Butterfly Festival exhibit will focus on, well, what else, butterflies

This drawing illustrates the concept of the “Habitat Row” exhibit at the festival.Ann Hart knows a thing or two about butterflies. To that end, Hart came up with an idea for the 2021 Mariposa Butterfly Festival, scheduled for July 3-4 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. “It was after my participation in the 2019 festival,” said Hart of her concept. “I […]

Taking ‘Stock’

Yosemite geologist named Geological Society fellow

Greg Stock, the geologist at Yosemite National Park, rappels down Glacier Point to collect data on fractures that can contribute to rock falls. Stock was recently selected as a fellow of the Geological Society of America. Photo by Steven Bumgardner The boulders came crashing down two years after his rockfall study was published. They rained from Glacier Point, breaking free […]

Dallas Stroming changes plea, to testify against Michael Cutter


A Mariposa County woman will testify against the man she was apparently living with when both were charged with sexual acts against a minor. Dallas Elaine Stroming, 27, entered several guilty pleas last week in Mariposa County Superior Court. According to Mariposa County District Attorney Walter Wall, Stroming has agreed to testify against the co-defendant in the case, Michael Anthony […]

Bobby Ball

Longtime Mariposa resident Bobby Joe Ball passed away in a Joplin, Mo., hospital on June 12, 2021. His wife, Artie, and daughter, Trina, were by his side. Bobby succumbed to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident near his home in Neosho, Mo., on June 10. He was 78. Bobby graduated from Mariposa County High, Class of 1962, then immediately began […]

Leon Huffman

Leon Huffman passed away May 11, 2021, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born March 13, 1938, in Red Bluff, Calif., to Alton and Leota Huffman. They moved to Lodi, Atwater and settled in Fresno where he graduated from the Fresno Adventist Academy in 1956. Following his graduation, Leon completed an A.A. degree in electronics at Fresno […]