School adapts during Covid-prompted closure

El Portal School recently closed for a week due to a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases. The site reopened to students on Monday. Submitted photoDuring a two-week timespan earlier this month, roughly one third of the student population at El Portal School tested positive for Covid-19, prompting a temporary closure of the school and a brief return to remote learning. […]

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to visit Mariposa during 2021 tour

Pictured is the 2017 Engelmann spruce displayed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This year’s white fir is expected to be officially lit in early December. Submitted PhotoEvery year, the USDA Forest Service selects one of its 154 national forests to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building for the holiday […]


Work set to begin on Mariposa Creek Parkway

This map shows the overall concept of the parkway with possible future expansion to connect many areas surrounding Mariposa — and beyond. Submitted graphic Editor’s note: This is the sixth in an eight-part series about the Sierra Foothill Conservancy. The stories will run monthly through the end of the year. Jessica Thompson of the Sierra Foothill Conservancy holds a map […]

County already secures funding to help restore parkway, look into future

Mikey Goralnik of the Mariposa County Planning Department has been working on this project for several years and has organized meetings and seminars about its benefits. Currently, he said the county has a $415,000 grant from the Wildlife Conservation Board to restore the riparian corridor along the creek in the Phase II (from 6th Street to 8th Street) and Phase […]

The Last Journey, Part 13

Editor’s note: This is part 13 of a 20-part series featuring the book, “The Last Journey,” from the “Read it to Me Again Grandma” series written by Jeff Hamilton, the former superintendent for the Mariposa County Unified School District. The next seven parts will be featured in consecutive editions of the eight. All of the stories are copyrighted by Hamilton. […]

Three showings of veterans film are now scheduled for Nov. 13 at MCHS

Shown is a screenshot from the movie which depicts many of the local veterans featured in the film. Two more screenings have been added to the “Veterans’ Unforgotten Memories” documentary scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Mariposa County High School. Tickets for the show are available at the Mariposa Visitors Center, online at and directly through No […]

Mariposa County youth encouraged to enter writing contest, cash prizes will go to winners

  Oh the weather outside is frightful . Well, maybe not unless you consider the blazing hot summer we’ve been through this year. But fall is upon us and that means one thing — Christmas is coming! Because of that, it means our annual Home for the Holidays special edition writing contest is back. The contest was put on hold […]