2021-07-08 E-Edition

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Whopping success

Throngs turn out for annual Mariposa Butterfly Festival

Dimitrije Dadic prepares to land in the Gold Bowl Arena Saturday as part of the Mariposa Butterfly Festival. The festival was a big success. You can find complete photo and feature story coverage of the event throughout this week’s edition. Photo by Nicole W. Little It was around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. July 3. A holiday normally not celebrated in […]

Oakhurst man is arrested for crimes related to Capitol breach

The U.S. Capitol breach on Jan. 6, 2021 disrupted a joint session of Congress in the process of counting electoral votes related to the presidential election. Photo by Tyler Werbler/WikiA local self-proclaimed member of the Proud Boys was arrested last week for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6. The arrest was […]

Wanted: Help

Local businesses struggle to find employees, reasons are varying

From managing a store to scaling back down the ladder to stocking product shelves once again. Jason Dubberke, owner of Pioneer Market, is just one of many who are facing the effects of high unemployment rates at the moment, filling in for vacant positions at the store and completing tasks he used to do 30 years prior. Due to the […]

Delta variant ‘certainly’ in foothills, health officer says

The Covid-19 Delta variant has officially made its first appearance in Mariposa County. Last week the Mariposa County Public Health Department (MCPHD) informed the community that two cases of the Delta variant were identified from sequencing samples submitted at the end of June. Both cases were unvaccinated. “The Delta variant is more transmissible and can move quickly through an area; […]

MPUD in litigation over public records

As a result of allegedly not releasing employee compensation information, Susan Wages, the general manager of the Mariposa Public Utility District, is being sued by the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI). A legal representative from NPRI was present via Zoom before Mariposa County Superior Court Judge Michael Fagalde on June 30, informing the judge their board is working on completing […]


Local emergency shelter strives to do just that

Shown is Hal Dolen, the program director of Connections, the local emergency shelter program. Photo by Greg LittleIt would be hard to find a more appropriate name for the local emergency homeless shelter. Connections. “To end homelessness in Mariposa County,” said Hal Dolen, the program director at the facility located St. Andrews Road in Mariposa. “I think it is very […]

Large species of rattlesnake found by woman in county

One photo shows Kasi Kruass holding the large rattlesnake and in the other photo, it can be seen inside the trash can. Submitted photosA local woman captured and safely released a large Northern Pacific rattlesnake last week. Kasi Krauss, who lives in the Mormon Hills area of Mariposa County, said she was out doing property work at around dusk. “You’re […]

Robert Puckett

Robert Edward (Bud) Puckett passed away on July 1, 2021, in the 93rd year of his life. His family wants to express their appreciation and gratitude for the compassionate and excellent care Bud received from the staff in the Ewing Wing of John C. Fremont Hospital in Mariposa. Bud was born to Edward Truman Puckett and Edith Emma McCoy in […]

Neil Stonum

Neil Allan Stonum, born Feb. 12, 1952, passed away peacefully at home in Mariposa on July 3, 2021 at 69 years old. Neil was born to Robert and Elizabeth Stonum in Modesto, Calif. While attending college at UC Riverside, he met the love of his life, Susan Jourdan. They were married on Sept. 13, 1975, and came to Mariposa to […]