Miracle molecules


Charles Mosher In 1890, an American cancer surgeon discovered the case of Fred Stein, a German immigrant with a rock-hard lump in his neck. It was an inoperable, malignant tumor — a sarcoma. In addition, the poor patient developed a skin infection caused by the bacterium Streptococcus. Doctors were flabbergasted when Stein’s deadly tumor disappeared after the infection. Dissatisfied with […]

The death of Collins brings much into perspective


 Last week, an American hero died — and some people didn’t have a clue. At the age of 90, former astronaut Michael Collins died after a battle with cancer. Collins was the command module pilot for Apollo 11, the historic space mission in which two human beings walked on another world for the first time in history. Those humans were […]

Preparing for the worst, but …


 I’ve been thinking about fires. I mean, it’s almost the season we used to call summer, which means it’s time to pack. No, not packing for a vacation, though I wish it was so. Instead, it’s time to pack up for that new seasonal obligation: evacuation. We have been evacuated a couple of times due to fire, like so many […]

Raymond Mountain and Star Lakes

Shown is one surface mine filled with water from years of non-operation.Be prepared to spend the entire day combining beautiful scenery along this 28-mile drive almost to the summit of Raymond Mountain. Then follow up with a wilderness trek into the surrounding area of Star Lakes. First proceed north on Highway 41 to Road 632 (Sky Ranch Road). Enjoy this […]

Though shaken, tourism officials are hopeful for better year in 2021

Visit California showing trend going in positive direction

Shown is the view from the top of Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park.As the calendar turns to National Tourism and Travel Week and California Tourism Month in May, local tourism officials are looking back on 2020 and piecing together what the future for tourism in Mariposa County holds. The Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau projects that local tax revenue […]

Rotary Club conducts first in-person meeting in a year

Above, Mariposa Yosemite Rotary Club President Debbie Peters addressed the audience with member Marilyn Saunders linking in via Zoom. Below, Judge Michael Fagalde chats with fellow club member David Butler. Photo by Bill LoweThe Mariposa Yosemite Rotary Club had its first in-person meeting in over a year on Thursday, April 29 at Miner’s Roadhouse 140. Twenty-three members attended the hybrid […]

News versus opinion: How we handle what goes where


 Every once in a while, I think it is time to make another attempt to explain what we do here at this newspaper. More specifically, though, I would like to explain the difference between our news pages, which is the vast majority of the publication, and the opinion pages. You are reading this on the opinion page. We call it […]

Christina’s got the chutzpah

Editor, To Christina Manuel: I just read your op-ed in last week’s Gazette and I want to congratulate and encourage you. I am also more than three times your age, though I am on the other side of almost every fence from Marshall Long. I applaud you, a newcomer to our world, for your courage to stand up to this […]

We can make a difference

Editor, As we reflect on Earth Day and make plans to get outside, it would be worthwhile to stop and appreciate the Sierra Nevada. It is the enormous towering snow-capped mountain range down the eastern flank of California, visible from space. Just look over your shoulder while driving on Highway 99, Interstate 5 or Highway 395 on the Nevada side. […]

And here we are …

Editor, First, I apologize to Bill Collier for the sarcastic tone of my response to his opinion piece. I should have been more considerate in my choice of words. I’m sorry, Bill. While we disagree on many issues, I do agree with him on some points, although maybe from a different perspective. For example the Patriot Act, which greatly increases […]

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