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New program strikes a chord

By ohtadmin | August 15, 2019

Submitted photoGail Dreifus (seated, center) gives instructions on playing the ukulele during an after hours event at the Mariposa Library recently. About 25 people attended the program, including many first-timer ukulele players, who, by the end of the evening, were able to accompany themselves on four songs. Dreifus conducted a fundraising campaign to purchase six ukuleles for the library. They […]

Go to the head of the class

By ohtadmin | August 15, 2019

MCUSD Interim Superintendent Jeff Aranguena is shown addressing a group of students. Photo by Matt JohnsonOne of the most important positions in any community — especially Mariposa County — is that of superintendent of schools. Superintendents are in charge of so many things, from the way taxpayer money is spent, to the welfare of children in the school system. It’s […]

Kids come first

By ohtadmin | August 15, 2019

Photo by Matt JohnsonThe Mariposa County Board of Supervisors proclaimed August as Child Support Awareness Month and honored the Mariposa County Department of Child Support Services with a proclamation. This year’s campaign “You Are There for Them, We’ll be There for You” serves to reinforce the message that child support services is available to assist parents with the child support […]

The magic of photography now on display

By ohtadmin | August 15, 2019

This photo by F/STOP participant Paul Brickett.I love all forms of artistic expression and I feel fortunate that my job provides me with the opportunity to advance my understanding and appreciation of all creative art forms. But, at the end of the day, photography will always be the medium that most captures my imagination and excites my heart. I love […]

My humble theory behind the onslaught of conspiracy theorists

By ohtadmin | August 15, 2019

 With the death of child molester Jeff Epstein in a New York jail this past weekend, the conspiracy theorists are crawling out of the woodwork. Bill Clinton did it! Trump did it! It was the aliens! Maybe it was just poor work on the part of the correctional system. I suppose it will all get sorted out eventually, but the […]

Public health is more than what meets the eye

By ohtadmin | August 15, 2019

At left is an “ambulance” back in the day in Georgia. At right is the replacement. “What does a public health physician DO?” As a board-certified specialist in public health, I’ve been asked this a lot. It’s not a specialty most people know. It’s probably best explained by examples. “Doctor, there was a motor vehicle accident,” the man said. I […]

Facts about gun violence don’t lie

By ohtadmin | August 15, 2019

Editor, Let’s stop pretending for one minute. Every developed nation has video games. They all have varying degrees of mental illness. What those other modern societies do not have is the same easy access to rapid fire, large caliber rifles that hold high capacity ammunition magazines like we have in the U.S. It’s really simple. While conservative politicians, Fox News […]

Jones should be censured

By ohtadmin | August 15, 2019

Editor, Supervisor Merline Jones’ acerbic comments from his self-proclaimed “pulpit” are both disappointing and disconcerting. While he is certainly entitled to his own opinions and biases, I’m quite sure he was elected to carry out the business of his constituents, not to spout his anger over things that only pertain to him. (Perhaps he should look into Twitter. He can […]

‘Beat goes on’ in the county

By ohtadmin | August 15, 2019

Editor, Interesting that Mariposa County Public Works Director, Mike Healy, would require headline news, in the Gazette, to defend the ongoing neglect of maintenance on the disgraceful condition of Mariposa County roads. Also take note that other than Merced Falls road, that’s in dire need of paving, no disasters were given for the Coulterville, Greeley Hill areas. Must have a […]

Needs help, can’t get it

By ohtadmin | August 15, 2019

Editor, My name is Nick Bollinger, Mariposa County High School Class of ‘98. I’m legally blind and live in Mariposa on a HUD Section 8 voucher at Mariposa Terrace Apartments on Coakley Circle, right in town across the street from Burger King. For over a year and a half, I have been denied a Reasonable Accommodation Request to be moved […]