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The real shame of the government shutdown

BETWEEN THE LINES

The Sunday before Christmas, our family decided to take a trip to Yosemite National Park. With my mother in town, it seemed like a great opportunity to show off our backyard, so to speak. Of course, the trip came the day after the partial government shutdown, which is having an impact on the park. The first sign of this came […]

Political Cartoon

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Happy new earth year, keep on planting

OVER THE GARDEN FENCE


This new year welcomes us into its vibrancy. Air, water, sand, clay and silt pulse with wiggling earth worms, dancing bacteria and exercising fungi. From the soil’s fertile womb our earth births seeds into plants and covers her modest bare ground with carpets green and brown. Three fourths of all plant roots interact in mutually beneficial relationships with soil fungi. […]

The demise of Mariposa’s mining industry

BACK IN TIME


Shown is the Pine Tree Mine (Photo by Carlton Watkins)Looking back, one thing I remember was that the name Fremont was unheard of in the county when I was a child. Nothing was named after him nor did he or wife Jessie seem to have existed. The history of Mariposa County did not seem to be important then. What was […]

Ways to prevent domestic violence

FORGING AN ALLIANCE

  You may know that Mountain Crisis Services provides support for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, but do you also know that Mountain Crisis Services does violence prevention as well? And what exactly is “violence prevention” and how does it happen? In this article you will learn about violence prevention strategies and what Mountain Crisis and […]

What’s in a name?

BETWEEN THE LINES

After I’ve lived in an area for a while, I always like to take a shot at doing a Chris Berman column. Berman was a fixture on ESPN for years and was especially known for his nicknames, which he gave to athletes of all stripes during SportsCenter. Here are just a few examples: George “Taco” Bell, Jim “Washer and” Dwyer, […]

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The era of silver coinage

THE FACES OF CHANGE

Davis BryantMost people understand that coins were made of silver at one point in time, but when were they made of silver? What percentage of silver are they? When were they produced? These are all frequently asked questions when people are dealing with silver coins. It can be confusing to know the value of the silver coins that you are […]

Highway 140 and growing downtown Mariposa

BACK IN TIME


Shown is the sign for Bagby’s Modern Cabins, located on 7th Street, now River Rock Inn. Back on the first Old Highway from Catheys Valley, after Cap’s Lighthouse was a chicken restaurant called the Three Sisters, there was a major development at Bridgeport above the confluence of Agua Fria and Mariposa Creeks. The development of Bridgeport included a restaurant, gas […]

It was a tough 2018, but strong we stayed

OUR VIEW

It’s hard to believe, but 2018 is about to be history as we head into a new year. Where has it gone? For Mariposa County, the year 2018 was another one for the books. And it wasn’t exactly one of the greatest chapters in history. The biggest issue was, by far, the Ferguson Fire. The fire essentially shut down the […]


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