Compassion should be priority


 Last week, we reported on a high-profile case involving a DUI. Mariposa County Unified School District Superintendent Robin Hopper was charged with DUI following a car accident near Planada. As a news organization, it is our duty to report such high-profile cases. We do it fairly and as accurately as possible. We do not sensationalize no more than we would […]


The colorful history of redbuds in Mariposa County

Redbud in full bloom are shown this spring along Ben Hur Road. Photo by Patti Radanovich-SousaThe most prominent sign of spring in Mariposa County, along Highways 140 and 49 South and Ben Hur Road, is the blooming of what seems to be a native bush with a profusion of deep red or reddish purple composite flowers. The color is intense […]

Diverse foothill habitats support abundant populations of wildlife


 The Sierra Nevada foothills are fortunate to have diverse habitats that support abundant populations of flora and fauna. As spring emerges, many of our local species begin to awaken and showcase themselves in the longer, warmer days. For many of us in the foothills, the first hint that warmer spring weather has arrived is sighting a western fence lizard, commonly […]

Blown away in an attempt to unlock secrets of the universe


 Last week, the first photograph of a black hole was released by scientists who have been studying the possibility for years. Though how they managed to get a photograph is quite complicated and too much for me to try and explain, the bottom line is this is a major step in astronomy and our knowledge of the universe. As an […]

A special exhibit now on display at Treetop Gallery in Mariposa


Cara GogerTucked away in a quiet corner of the Treetop Gallery is a very small and special installation of wearable metal art. The reason this installation is so special is because the pieces that make it up were all designed and crafted by a group of at-risk teenage girls who, under the guidance and instruction of teaching artist Jackie Baxton, […]

Political Cartoon

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The ‘V-Nickel’ and a common saying


 The first “V-Nickel” was produced in January of 1883 and then released into circulation on Feb. 1 of the same year. The design of this coin featured Lady Liberty on the front and a large “V” for five on the back. Designers didn’t find it necessary to include the word “Cents” on the coin, which gave swindlers an opportunity to […]

Easter and forgiveness


It’s that time of year again, when Easter and the Crucifixion and the Resurrection are upon us, the most notable events on the Christian calendar, the time which, except for Christmas itself, reveals the heart of Christianity more than any other, a time when the Easter Bunny hops in with goodies for the little ones, and when, the long Lenten […]

Driven mad by purpose


Wynter Sturtevant IIIThe discussion of purpose can be challenging. Many live day to day without even considering what is their purpose in life. I’m sure we are quick to ask what was the purpose of the actions done to us but it takes a lot for us to think about our own actions. It takes, I would think, humility to […]

The Carson Cutoff and Givens Barn

Shown are members of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors in 1906. From left, H.W. Cornett, W.M. Eubanks, Isaac Lyons, J.W. Collins and James Lindsey.About 1918 the state of California began the construction of Highway 140 from Merced. The Mariposa County Supervisor from the third district (Catheys Valley) at that time was Hiram Cornett. He served two periods as supervisor, […]

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