2021-07-29 E-Edition

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Endlessly satisfying

For those at the Sierra Foothills Conservancy, that sums it up in a nutshell

Members of the Sierra Foothills Conservancy are show looking over a map of their work. From left are Nancy Fluharty, Lauren Miller, Zeus Garcia, Jessica Thompson and Sue Overstreet. Photo by Greg Little Editor’s note: This is the third in an eight-part series about the Sierra Foothills Conservancy. The stories will run monthly through the end of the year. Zeus […]

Unmasking Covid

Drastic spike in cases leads to masking recommendation by county health officer


In the last seven days Mariposa County has reported 19 positive Covid-19 cases — an increase that hasn’t been seen since April. And although sequencing results have not yet been received by the local health department, Mariposa County Health Officer Dr. Eric Sergienko, anticipates the Delta variant will be present. “It’s not something we weren’t expecting, but we weren’t expecting […]

Schools will require masks for students



Some school restrictions will soften. But masks will remain. Local educators expected all Covid-19-related restrictions, guidelines and health mandates to be lifted going into the 2021-22 school year. This is not the case. “So, we’re disappointed,” said Jeff Aranguena, superintendent of Mariposa County Unified Schools. “But with that said, for all of us who have lived through this over the […]

Inside this week

Photo by Nicole W. LittleHanna Wackerman and Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese are shown in this photo taken at AutoCamp Yosemite. Briese and Wackerman were winners in the annual “Readers’ Choice” contest voted on by newspaper readers. This week, there is a special section devoted to the contest. It begins on page C-1. … An online subscription is required to […]

Cutter invokes the ‘sovereign-citizen’ movement as trial date draws nearer


It was a strange scene inside the Mariposa County Courthouse last week when a local man accused of sexual crimes against a minor began a rambling speech which was sometimes incoherent and invoked the “sovereign citizen movement.” The hearing before Mariposa County Superior Court Judge Michael Fagalde was for trial readiness in the case against Michael Cutter, 31, who is […]

MPUD now working on settlement with group seeking public records



Was it a misunderstanding or miscommunication? Or maybe a classic case of emails getting sent to the spam folder. Whatever it was, Susan Wages, the general manager of the Mariposa Public Utility District (MPUD), is being sued by Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) after allegedly not releasing requested information via the California Public Records Act. After the last case management […]

Clan Dyken, Green Machine to headline musical weekend

Clan DykenMusic on the Green will feature Clan Dyken on July 30 and Green Machine on July 31. Clan Dyken continues to refine the music they’ve been making for more than 20 years. After repeated requests, they have finally pulled together this greatest hits CD for their family of friends and fans. As this century unfolds with a focus on […]

Gweneth Decker

Gweneth Ilene Decker was born Nov. 13, 1922, in Lindsay, Calif., to parents Harold and Mary Ellen (Minor) Batchelder. She passed away on July 25 at age of 98 in Spokane, Wash. She grew up in Lindsay, spending a lot of time with her paternal grandmother, Katherine Kimberley. Gweneth joined the Navy during World War II, and served in the […]

Jennifer Fowler

Jennifer Marie Saint Fowler passed away on June 23, 2021. She was born on Dec. 25, 1981. Jennifer had graduated from high school at the age of 16 with a 4.0 and later received her associates degree. She was currently enrolled in college working to become a social worker and was recognized with a high honor award. Jennifer had a […]