Small-space composting solutions come in many forms


Compost is the best soil amendment to put into your gardens. It enhances the soil, increases moisture retention (thus saving water and preventing wasted runoff), and curbs plant diseases and pests. It reduces the need for additional fertilizers and boosts the growth of beneficial bacteria and fungi that transform organic matter into rich nutrient-filled humus. Recycling organic resources reduces landfill, […]

Development of the Merced River Trail is positive for Mariposa County


I am glad the Gazette is talking about this trail because it is another remarkable part of our special place. After 50 years living in Mariposa I like its slow growth. Reluctance to change is built in by our geography. Like Beth Pratt, I, too, have my personal worries about development in the county, and I even have a long […]

The snowflake and the virus

 February. The height of summer. A snowflake drifts down to land on Earth’s largest desert. He is joined, slowly, by dozens of others. They accumulate to hundreds and, over time, to trillions. Our snowflake and the air around him is buried beneath the trillions of others and crushed into an ice crystal with trapped air. He becomes part of the […]

Backup, backup … and backup


Nick LambertThis month’s topic is backups and how crucial they are in today’s day and age. Running an IT business, I find the hardest part of my job is telling someone their information is unrecoverable on their recently crashed computer. I cannot stress enough: back up your stuff! Redundancies should be set in place for everything important to you in […]

Vote yes on measure to support hospital


No one knows when a life-threatening emergency will strike, but when it does, seconds matter. Passage of Measure N will ensure that our local hospital is here whenever you might need it for generations to come. While not owned by the county, John C. Fremont Hospital is the only hospital in Mariposa County. It provides 24-hour access to emergency care […]

Pandemic isn’t cause of bad government


Greg LittleLet’s face it, the Covid-19 pandemic has made us all a little bit on edge. Or maybe a lot on edge. I am the first to admit I am tired of being stuck at home when I’m not doing my job as an essential worker. You’d think someone like me would enjoy down time, which I do, but there’s […]

I want nuts with my chocolate and other tales of how I got here


  What a difference a couple of years make. Two years ago in early August, my husband and I were holed up at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas while I blissfully signed autographs at a Star Trek convention produced by Creation Entertainment — an experience that turned out to be a highlight in my life. As a child actor, […]

Political Cartoon

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Post office is American classic, preservation is necessary for its future


 There are certain issues that grab your unabashed attention. For me, the recent brouhaha over the United States Postal Service grabbed my attention quickly. One obvious reason is this newspaper is a good customer of the post office. For decades upon decades, the post office has been delivering this newspaper to readers all across the county, country and even around […]

Together, we are stronger


Kathy HefnerNational Recovery Month (referred to as Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often […]

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