Getting into the word of God


Darden Gilbert As I was explaining in part three, regarding Genesis and God’s relation to man, when He had completed the 6-day Creation, Genesis 2:1-3. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the Seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from […]

Meet the Alliance staff


By now you should all be familiar with Alliance for Community Transformations, our programs and the many ways in which we serve the Mariposa and Merced communities. What you may not be familiar with are the incredible people who run these programs. I’d like to use this opportunity to introduce each of our program directors, along with some background information […]

Merry Christmas and all of that stuff


 As I sat in front of my computer screen contemplating what to write for this column, it struck me this will appear in our Christmas Eve edition. It’s Christmas, I reasoned, so why not write about the holiday? Then I realized the year is 2020. It’s not been a great year. I also realized that over the years, I haven’t […]

The big Christmas dilemma


 I want to go home for Christmas. I want to make that five-hour drive down to my hometown in L.A. County. I even want to put myself through the final, extra stretch of the 210 East through Pasadena — which should only be a straight-shot to my exit from there — that never fails to have bumper-to-bumper traffic, adding 30 […]

Into the dustbin of history


 I sometimes think people in this country can’t sink to any lower of the lows. And then I follow the national news. Last week in Boise, Idaho — the state where I moved from to come here — a health department meeting had to be abruptly ended because protesters were outside of the homes of some of the board members. […]

Top albums of year, and farewell to 2020


 To preface my penultimate piece, I would like to thank all of my fans for their kind and cruel words. Your hate and love are the reasons why I’m inspired to continue writing here, every month, for an indefinite future. I’m your man, and this is the music I’ve listened to while writing many of my most controversial works. This […]

Uplifting stories from troubled 2020


Miwuk helped to protect Yosemite’s giant sequoias from wildfires.For those of us who believe in positive thinking, 2020 put that philosophy to a test. One year saw enough bad news to fill a decade as wildfires broke records in California, racist violence set off nationwide protests and Covid-19 ravaged the world. But those searching for good news could still find […]

A little powder

 The webcam for Badger Pass in Yosemite National Park on Monday showed a little snow on the ground with a mix of clouds and blue sky. Due to restrictions around Covid-19, the popular destination will remain closed for the 2020-2021 season. … An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your […]

Forest service extends order limiting use of certain areas

Sierra National Forest officials have announced the extension of the closure of some part of the forest because of the Creek Fire. The purpose of the order is to protect public and employee health and safety along with protection of natural and cultural resources on the Sierra National Forest. The order has been extended through Jan. 6, 2021. According to […]

PG&E offering scholarships for a variety of area students

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced this week that scholarship applications are now being accepted for college-bound high schoolers as well as current college and continuing education students with a primary residence that’s a PG&E customer in Northern and Central California. More than 120 awards totaling nearly $300,000 are being made available through PG&E’s employee resource group (ERG) and […]

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