Courtroom shows how we can make collective better


 One day last week, I was in Mariposa County Superior Court for a specific case. Unfortunately, various circumstances dictated the case I was there to listen to wasn’t happening right away. In fact, in the end, there were delays after delays. What it meant is I sat in the courtroom listening to various criminal cases that were taking place that […]

Merrill helps focus on project safety


Trevor Merrill Blue Ridge Services (BRS) was selected by Mariposa County to oversee and manage its tree mortality mitigation project. Throughout the life of this project, we have dedicated a lot of time and energy to making sure that our workers and members of the public remain safe. As a part of our safety efforts, we created a customized safety […]

Talk about suffering down here below


Wynter Sturtevant IIII feel that many who say they suffer water down the very idea of suffering. Suffering is very real. Many go through things that I can’t even imagine and they might seek the counsel of godly people during these times. Instead of comfort being given though, some are given just straight up law with no gospel. They might […]

McClintock bucks Trump about FEMA

 Editor’s note: Last week, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet in which he threatened to pull Federal Emergency Management funding related to wildfires in the state of California. This came the day after newly elected Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order with various directives about how the state can better combat the wildfire situation. The day of the […]

How Highway 140 changed Mariposa


Shown is the Mariposa Auto Court (now the Mariposa Lodge). When we arrived in Mariposa in 1943, it had been less than two years since the route through town for Highway 140 had significantly changed. Instead of turning right on 7th Street, the highway continued straight north as it does today. In the early 1930s, the original highway from Catheys […]

Mariposa during World War II and immediately after

In the years following the end of World War II, the logging industry in the county had changed significantly since the 1800s.World War II saw many families leaving Mariposa County for war-related activities. The county population in 1943 was perhaps 4,000 or fewer. There was little growth related to land use or economic development. Much of rural Mariposa County was […]

The irresponsible leaders in D.C.


Mariposa County is used to natural disasters. Fires and floods have become almost commonplace locally, which is unfortunate. But everyone is getting used to these events and in some ways, it has resulted in better communication among our elected officials, emergency responders and the public. On the other hand, it’s unlikely this county will ever get used to unnatural disasters. […]

Mean Gene Okerlund brought wrestling to a brand new level


Mean Gene OkerlundIt made national news, but the death of a staple in entertainment certainly wasn’t up there with the government shutdown or anything like that. Yet when “Mean” Gene Okerlund died at the age of 76 last week, it ended an era that began so many years ago in the Upper Midwest. Born in Sisseton, S.D., population 2,400, Okerlund […]

New laws range dramatically

Anita Starchman-BryantWhile we were ringing in the new year, many new laws went into effect in California on Jan. 1. From guns to kids meals to straws, here are some that caught my eye. Minimum wage Senate Bill 3 was originally chaptered in 2016 and requires that the minimum wage be increased at the beginning of every year. As of […]

Real estate is strong in 2018


This chart shows the year-end data for the 2018 real estate in Mariposa County.The 2018 Mariposa County real estate market finished strong with a median sales price of $306,000 on 177 sales. Compare that to 2017 which ended with a median sales price of $275,000 on 184 sales. That’s an 11 percent increase on a similar number of units sold. […]

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