It’s time again for our readers to choose the ‘Best of the Best’Free Access

It’s time again for local residents to cast their votes for the “Best Of” Mariposa County.

This annual balloting is always popular among our readers as well as those who receive votes.

This is the third year it is called the “Readers’ Choice Awards” because it is our readers who make the ultimate decision.

Two top awards are “Mr. Mariposa County” and “Ms. Mariposa County.”

Anyone living in the county can be nominated for this honor. It could be

someone who volunteers for various organizations, or a person who does a lot of behind-the-scenes work to benefit county residents. It could be someone in public service or a long-time resident who has contributed greatly over the years. The competition is wide open.

The reigning Mr. Mariposa County is Mariposa County District Attorney Walter Wall while local bartender Monique Sponhaltz of Miner’s Roadhouse is the

current “Ms. Mariposa County.”

There are also categories aimed at honoring other people in Mariposa County.

Those include “Best Volunteer,” both male and female; “Best Student” and “Best Athlete,” both male and female; as well as a “Best Coach” category.

“We want to recognize two people in our county who help make this a better place to live,” said Nicole W. Little, publisher of the newspaper. “Everybody knows people who go above and beyond to make this a better place. They deserve that recognition.”

All of the winners will be announced after the results are submitted and counted.

The first ballot appears on page A14 of this week’s newspaper. The ballots will be published on a regular basis until voting ends.

Voting will close at 5 p.m., on Monday, May 11. All entries must be on an original ballot as no photocopies will be accepted. Persons can also vote online at Persons voting online can only vote one time per their IP address.

Original ballots can be dropped off at our office at 5108 Highway 140, Suite B in Mariposa. Ballots can be mailed to “Readers’ Choice Contest,” P.O. Box 38, Mariposa, CA 95338.

To be accepted, ballots must be at least 75 percent completed. Ballots must also include the name and address of the voter for verification purposes. All information is completely confidential.

“Local businesses and residents are the backbone of our community,” said Little. “We want to recognize that and are encouraging everyone to fill out a ballot so those people can be honored.”

Certificates will be awarded to all of the winners.

Anyone with questions can contact Little at (209) 966- 2500 or

The results of the voting will appear in a future edition of the newspaper.

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