What does July 4th mean to you?


 There is a significant date at the top of this page. July 4. But what does it actually mean? Probably different things to different people. Obviously, it marks the official beginning of America. It was on that day in 1776 the Continental Congress declared the independence of the 13 colonies from the British monarchy. If you stop and think about […]

The right path in life — blueberries


Allison ByerleyI love to pick my own blueberries, and there was a blueberry farm not far from my home in Hawkins, Texas. So, one day in early June, I headed over to get some fresh blueberries. There were still more unripe than ripe berries, and it took me a little while to fill my bucket, enough time for me to […]

The Mariposa Mine, part 4


This was the hoist works as viewed from the north-east. Note the stacks of cord wood for steam engines.Editor’s note: this is the final in a four-part series about the Mariposa Mine. The Mariposa Mine, as well as the Princeton in Mt. Bullion, never regained useful production following the 1913 fire. Suddenly the major employer and economic engine for the […]

Major changes coming in recycling as worldwide influences force rethinking

Neal Bolton Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series of stories. It’s a small world for sure — even when it comes to something as obscure as recycling. Right here in Mariposa, our recycling opportunities are impacted by what is happening on the other side of the world. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be reviewing some […]

Fixing the world or going into the T-shirt game, what to do?


 I had a revelation or two last week. One, people can be really stupid. Wait, that’s not a revelation, it’s a fact. Two, the divisiveness in this country has trickled down to the nooks and crannies of places like Mariposa County. These revelations, which were no surprise, arose after a bit of controversy broke out when we ran a paid […]

Perfect Christ, imperfect us


Wynter Sturtevant IIIPerfection seems to be the goal line that nobody seems to cross. Certainly, we do feel like everything is perfect at times but, soon our minds wander and we start to feel something is missing. Perfection can at times be that carrot on a stick that causes people to do all sorts of things. Think about beauty; how […]

Card of Thanks

Fair time is approaching and I am organizing all of the things I want to enter this year and I am reminded of the ribbons that Yosemite Bank has generously provided over the years. Thank you Yosemite Bank — you make dreams come true! I have been entering things in the fair since I was a kid and I have […]

Looking for answers from government agencies


After a hard struggle with different agencies, including our own Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, “No Target Shooting” signs were put up around Hunters Valley and Bear Valley last year. The purpose of the signs is to reduce or eliminate a fire from starting with a wayward bullet during fire season. The signs were installed again last week. Now, how […]

So much to discuss about Alliance


Audrey DavisIt been just over a year since we have been fortunate enough to have a regular Alliance column in the Mariposa Gazette. We have focused our submissions on creating some general awareness about our programs and what we do to support individuals and families in our community. We have discussed the Alliance’s mission and values, housing and homelessness, recovery […]

The fascinating world of finding shipwreck gold


 The S.S. Central America, better known as the Ship of Gold, is famous for sinking to the bottom of the sea near the Carolinas in 1857. The sinking of the S.S. Central America caused over 400 of her 578 passengers to lose their lives, and over 9.1 tons of Gold Rush gold, along with numerous artifacts and coins, to sink […]

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