Commentary

How NASCAR is a reflection of America, both the good and bad

BETWEEN THE LINES

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., has gone from the driver’s seat to the announcing booth at NASCAR races.I hate to even admit it, but in the last couple of years I have lost some of my desire to follow NASCAR. At one point, I was almost hooked on following the sport that Matt Johnson insists isn’t a sport. (As usual, he’s wrong […]

Come enjoy some time in the Treetop Gallery


This is the view from the desk of Cara Goger, executive director of the Arts Council. The artwork is by Jackie Baxton. Submitted photoOne of the many perks of my job is the fact that I am always surrounded by remarkable artwork. This is because my office is located inside the Treetop Gallery, the Mariposa County Arts Council’s gallery space […]

What’s next for the county’s budget?

Series of meetings slated for residents to give input
MARIPOSA COUNTY MATTERS

 Last month the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors passed the county’s budget for the coming year. I am happy to report that our county is in a sound financial position. Our debt load is among the lowest in the state and we continue to maintain a budget reserve and conservative investments to stretch every dollar. Our county is a leader […]

The media isn’t the enemy and that should never be forgotten

BETWEEN THE LINES

 Sometimes, I feel like I get on my soapbox and write about some of the same things. This week is no exception. I recently did some research about the history of censorship around the world. The most famous example is Nazi Germany, where people were put to death for reading newspapers. The Apartheid regime in South Africa, too, used censorship […]

Youth fishing, typos and much more info

CALIFORNIA FISH & GAME Q&A

Question: My Boy Scout troop was recently hiking at Pirate’s Cove in the Marin Headlands, and we found this tag washed ashore. We packed it out, but we’re still wondering what it is. Do we need to return it to the department, or report that we found it? (Hunter Pinkstaff, Boy Scout Troop 227) Answer: What you’ve found is a […]

We can help you with that — for free

MARIPOSA COUNTY LIBRARY CORNER

  We can help you with that! For free! • Do you need to repair your car or truck? You can access repair manuals (including wiring schematics) on our website, for free, at home: all you need is a library card. • We also have access to household repair manuals, history guides, health sites, literature sites, LinkedIn job search, Spanish […]

Five of us are gone but we press forward

BETWEEN THE LINES

 It was something out of a horror movie, but it was real. The shooting at the Capital Gazette in Arlington, Va., which left five newsroom employees dead, was horrible. But somehow, it wasn’t surprising. And that is scary. It seems these days there is nothing sacred left. Schools. Churches. Nightclubs. Newspapers. This isn’t the first attack on a newspaper and […]

The torch light is dimming

GUEST OPINION

The full inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads as follows: The New Colossus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from land to land;Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall standA mighty woman with a torch, whose flameIs the imprisoned lightning, and her nameMother of Exiles. From her beacon-handGlows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes commandThe […]

More work completed on tree mortality issue

BLUE RIDGE UPDATE

Blue Ridge Services continues working for Mariposa County to oversee and manage its tree mortality mitigation project. Because of a number of factors — including additional budgeting — our teams are now on track to fell 100 percent of the trees affecting county roads and infrastructure. Our teams have completed Colorado Road and Scott Road. We are starting work this […]

Understanding garden pests is crucial

OVER THE GARDEN FENCE

Shown is the tomato hornworm, a common garden pest. Photo by Daniel HornerIt is a good idea to take a walk in your garden every day. It is good for you, but more importantly, it is good for your plants. Observing your plants on a regular basis can help control pests beginning to enjoy your tomatoes before you can. When […]


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