One decade later


From left, Thor and Jack a few months before their 10th birthday in May. Photos by Christina Manuel I feel like I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately, but something I keep going back to is dogs. With news of The Happy Dog in the paper the last couple of weeks, hearing my distant neighbor’s dog bark in […]

Think of the end game when grumbling about construction


 “This is ridiculous.” “I was late because of it.” “Why does it take so long?” These are just some of the statements that have been made regarding the massive highway reconstruction project on Highway 49 South between Mariposa and the Madera County line. A few years ago, the state of California approved a project to do the entire stretch of […]

LGBT Pride through a Native lens


Clay RiverWhat is two spirit and where does the term come from? Two spirit is a Native American term used to describe people who are believed to be blessed with both male and female spirits. While the term itself is relatively new, two spirit people have been around for centuries. For the hundreds of tribes that live in what is […]

A confession of my own psyche


 I, amongst others, am a part of a group of people who I’d call highly emotional. I — we — feel things with a burning intensity, even over little things. I’m not sure if this news or not, but I’m not always the most palatable or agreeable. I don’t always think with my brain — I’m very driven by passion […]

The Happy Dog plot thickens

‘Free The Happy Dog’ day now scheduled for June 23 in Coulterville

The plot thickens regarding The Happy Dog saga! The alleged complaining party against The Happy Dog and Ben, “Teressa,” was in town last week and was immediately surrounded by “inquiring minds” who wanted to know: (1) What was her exact problem with The Happy Dog and Ben, and how could it be resolved without the interference of Mariposa; (2) Why […]

High cathedral rock climbing


Shown is the highest Cathedral Spire as viewed from the gully.I’ve driven into Yosemite Valley many times and somehow I overlooked this hidden trek to the top of the High Cathedral Rocks. After passing through the Wawona Tunnel, the spectacle of Yosemite Valley attracts ones attention. Also on the right is Bridalveil Fall, which also distracts from the area where […]

Rule of law is critical to survival


The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Yosemite Division, and the Federal Bar Association, San Joaquin Valley Chapter, along with other sponsors, recently sponsored a Law Day Commemoration in Yosemite. Hundreds of eighth graders in several neighboring school districts, including Mariposa County, participate in this event each year. Prior to the commemoration, local students are encouraged […]

Beam me up so I can figure out how we will kill ourselves


 Recently, I read an interesting story about possible life elsewhere in the universe. The basic premise of the article was it is almost mathematically impossible for there not to be life elsewhere in this vast universe. With a major caveat. But first, it is important to make at least some attempt to grasp the size of the universe. The scientific […]

Help us beat Covid


Mariposa County Health Officer Dr. Eric Sergienko administers a Covid-19 vaccine to his daughter, Anna, at a public health mass vaccination clinic this spring. Submitted photoIf you’ve been paying attention to Dr. Eric Sergienko, Mariposa County Health Officer, you’ve heard him talk about the vaccines versus variants. He’s mentioned it in newspaper articles, on news clips, at the board of […]

Lowlanders reach new heights


Allen Laman (left) recently added “tour guide” to his resume when he showed off Mariposa County to his parents, Rick Laman and Mary Behn-Laman, who visited last week from Indianapolis, Ind.It looks like a painting. After twisting and turning our car to the top of Glacier Point inside Yosemite National Park on a warm and sunny afternoon last week, my […]

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