The heroes change in this time of crisis


In trying to absorb everything happening worldwide when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s almost too much to handle. Being homebound when we are not at the office, it is only natural, at least for me, to try and find out as much as possible about this virus. We have even reached out to our contacts around the world, […]

Butterfly Festival: Down but not out


The Mariposa Butterfly Festival has been a fixture of springtime Mariposa for as long as I remember. People such as Dell Knell, Alinda Franklin, Robbie Crowley, Trish Nady, Yvonne Sarazin, Joy Shultz, Dick Hutchinson and Jeanetta and Charles Phillips were some of the early committee members of what is now called The Mariposa Butterfly Festival. I am sure I have […]

Victory Garden is good lesson for now


Crazy times, eh? The Covid-19 pandemic is similar to past national crises in that people, fearing the shortage of life’s essentials, are denuding grocery shelves of staples. Limits on various items for purchase or the outright unavailability of products place a burden on our well-being (physical, mental and emotional). So, what have we as a nation done in past times […]

The 11 phases of coronavirus


It’s been a month since the last article of Public Health Notes, but it feels like years have passed. I’m guessing a lot of you can relate to that. During that time, I find there are parts of my brain I can’t shut off. So I’ve been comparing epidemic curves of various countries, calculating prevalence rates and studying coronavirus genetic […]

The day everything changed in Spain


Editor’s note: A longtime newspaper subscriber from Spain wrote the following account of the Covid-19 outbreak in that country. We thought it would be of interest to readers. First came a brief news story about something that was going on in China. It sounded strange and distant, almost exotic. I looked out the window of my house in the suburbs […]

Update on the MCUSD bond oversight committee


On Jan. 16, 2020 the Mariposa County Unified School District’s Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee met to receive a mid-year update of expenditures and to receive the Independent Auditor’s 2018-2019 annual report ending on June 31, 2019 on the use of Measure L Bond funds. Update of the Expenditures: The 2017-2018 ending fund balance was $7.5 million. This is the amount […]

Medicare and Covid-19: What to know


Since older Americans are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (Covid-19), I wanted to let you know the steps we’re taking to help our Medicare beneficiaries cope with the pandemic. We’re warning Medicare beneficiaries that scammers may try to use this emergency to steal their Medicare number, banking information, or other personal data. Unfortunately, scammers come out of the woodwork during times […]

Now is the time to help local business


There’s no question Mariposa County can’t catch a break. For three straight years, our local economy has been hampered by Mother Nature. Whether wildfires or the resulting floods, we’ve been through a lot. And now, we are sharing the pain with the rest of the world. The Covid-19 virus has crippled our local economy — along with almost every country […]

Political Cartoon


Trying to find a silver lining in the insane times we live


As the issue of Covid-19, the coronavirus sweeping the world, continues to dominate everything about life, people are scrambling just to figure out what to do the next hour, let alone the next day. As a journalist who has been through major disasters and catastrophes, this one is different. I mean totally different than anything I have seen. Sept. 11, […]

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