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Weidner’s huge third quarter lifts MCHS

By ohtadmin | December 21, 2017

Casey Miller (3) glides in for a layup against Mendota. MCHS coach Bob Jaekle has praised Miller’s play of late. Photos by Matt JohnsonIt was a tale of two halves last Tuesday. In the first half against Mendota, the Mariposa County High School boys basketball team looked sluggish. But in the second half, MCHS looked like a whole new team, […]

Medinas making strides

By ohtadmin | December 21, 2017

Michael Medinas When Michael Medinas steps to the plate, Southern League pitchers fear him. That’s because at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, Medinas presents an imposing figure. And he’s only a junior in high school. Medinas has played a key role on the Mariposa County High School baseball team ever since he was a freshman. He plays at first base and can […]

Operational success

By ohtadmin | December 21, 2017

Girl Scouts of Mariposa hosted Operation Ornament on Dec. 9 to help those affected by the Detwiler Fire. The goal was to bring some Christmas cheer to those impacted by the Detwiler Fire, but in reality, said Girl Scout leaders, the girls and leaders were the ones blessed. It was a time to socialize, enjoy food and the ornaments made […]

The plight of the pika: Critters retreating to even higher elevations inside Yosemite

By ohtadmin | December 21, 2017

The American pika is shown in its habitat in Yosemite National Park. Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, who has researched the American pika, said if people want to learn more, they can look up a film called the “Adventures of the American Pika,” which has several clips of the small animals. “The clips online are definitely worth seeing,” Pratt-Bergstrom said. Submitted photo Editor’s […]

New California gun laws are slated to go into effect

By ohtadmin | December 21, 2017

New legislation set to go into effect in 2018 already has gun owners in California scratching their heads. Many of the changes gun owners have been hearing about are just hearsay. But much is indeed changing. “They’re constantly rewriting some of this stuff,” said Matthew Haywood, an employee at Stage Stop Gun Shop in Atwater, which also operates a store […]

Retirement system puts major strain on County coffers

By ohtadmin | December 21, 2017

Mariposa County could be facing a financial crisis — sooner than later. That crisis stems from the ongoing issue of employee retirement and as it stands, Mariposa County currently has $50 million in unfunded liabilities which will be needed to fund the retirement system. “That is an estimate of what we could potentially owe,” said Louis Mercado, the deputy County […]

Board chairman says changes are necessary

By ohtadmin | December 21, 2017

Marshall LongThe chairman of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors knows the current retirement system is putting a major strain on the budget. That system, CALPers (see related story), has the County facing a $50 million unfunded liability and Chairman Marshall Long said something needs to be done. But what? Long points to “incompetence” at the state level when it […]

Judge recuses himself in case against Luke Willey

By ohtadmin | December 21, 2017

A Superior Court Judge on Tuesday recused himself from a case involving a local man accused of severely beating another man and threatening a woman with a gun. Mariposa County Superior Court Judge Michael Fagalde agreed to step aside from the case of Luke Willey, 38, who faces a myriad of felony charges stemming from the case. He faces 10 […]

Man dies after truck plunges into river

By ohtadmin | December 21, 2017

A Mariposa man died after his vehicle went into the Merced River last week. Barry Price, 72, was pronounced dead at John C. Fremont Hospital in Mariposa following the accident. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, Price was driving a 1992 Ford F-250 east on Highway 140 about 2-1/2 miles east of […]

School district focuses on energy costs

By ohtadmin | December 21, 2017

The Mariposa County Unified School District appears to be planning to turn to an energy company to potentially increase its cost savings and maximize its bond dollars. Last Thursday, the MCUSD board of trustees approved an agenda item during its meeting which will allow the district to move forward in project development with OpTerra Energy Services. OpTerra has 43 years […]