The basics of small claims court


Anita Starchman-Bryant Small claims court is an informal court where the person suing (the plaintiff) presents their case directly to the judge without a lawyer present. The person being sued (the defendant) also has an opportunity to tell the judge their side of the story. Small claims courts primarily deal with relatively small monetary disputes. No criminal cases are considered, […]

Lessons learned from the mega-wealth past


 Last week, Google employees walked off the job in protest of the company’s sexual harassment policies. For a while, I have been thinking about the “new” moguls (thanks, Mike Healy) in our society. The CEOs of Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon and many more are today’s version of the big companies of years past. Names like Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, John […]

Chamber preps for holidays


The Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce is particularly grateful for your continued support of our business community this month. We are busy gearing up for the 2018 Mariposa County holiday season, releasing our new membership benefits and announcing our new Mariposa Business Leadership Circle, preparing for our annual Mariposa Business Awards Dinner, and as you might have hoped — we’re […]

County real estate market remains strong


This chart above shows sales price versus time on the market for real estate in Mariposa County. The chart below shows various information, including median selling price as well as months of housing supply.Based on data made available by the California Regional Multiple Listing Service (CRMLS), Mariposa County real estate sales remain strong as 2018 nears its close. Sales volume […]

Greeley Hill Elementary gives thanks

The month of November is a great time to think about all that we are thankful for! The students at Greeley Hill Elementary and Coulterville High School were asked what they are thankful for. The answers varied a great deal. Of course, we had the usual answers that are so very important to kids like a home, family, food and […]

Lawful good is lawful stupid

Wynter Sturtevant IIIIn the storytelling game known as Dungeons and Dragons, one player plays the Dungeon Master (Master Storyteller) while others control characters in a story. During creation of said characters, players must choose their hero’s moral alignment. At the risk of being found out as a nerd, I have done this a lot. I would always play a Paladin, […]

Where the hell is Bootjack? Part 2


Shown is the dance hall in Bootjack, which was a favorite gathering place for residents for many years. A second dance hall was built next to the Bootjack store, which is the White House building today. In the back of the market was a bar which was just a short walk to the dance hall. This dance hall was not […]

Meghan Markle’s dress! Did I get your attention? If so, that’s really too bad


 Last week, when bombs were being sent to major public figures and when the story about the killing of a journalist by Saudi Arabian officials was changing like a chameleon, there was something else in the world happening. And I cringed. Technology is an interesting thing. I have one of those fancy iPhone devices and one of the features is […]

Mimic a forest floor to help with gardens


This chart shows the technique to mimic a forest floor. Hugelkultur builds garden mounds using tree trunks, limbs, branches, leaves, decaying organic matter (compost) and soil as a planting base. Hugelkultur mimics a forest floor’s process of decomposition and regeneration. Hugelkultur can improve soil vibrancy, water holding ability and soil heating. But what is with the name? In the late […]

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