Commentary

Capturing valuable water is vital part of growing in mountains

OVER THE GARDEN FENCE


California’s Mediterranean climate of short, wet winters and long, dry summers sustains more diverse foliage in California than any other of the forty nine states. For California’s commercial agriculture and home gardening, however, capturing water is crucial. We channel surface runoff from watersheds, diverting water into reservoirs and dams and direct the flow and delivery of water through aqueducts and […]

Thank you, Mariposa County

OUR VIEW

A high honor was bestowed upon this newspaper recently, and we can’t thank the community enough. During the annual Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce award banquet, this newspaper was named “Business of the Year” for 2018. It was voted by the community and we are honored to have been the recipient. The award is given for various reasons, from community […]

Leaders should fight for fiscal responsibility, not partisanship

GUEST OPINION

Jessica MorseDuring his campaign, President Trump promised to run the government like a business. But during the government shutdown, America stopped collecting revenue, refused to pay its employees, broke contracts and stopped providing services for over a month. That’s the recipe for running a business into the ground. The President once described the taxpayers as “America’s Shareholders” # meaning elected […]

More trees removed, work continues

BLUE RIDGE UPDATE

Blue Ridge Services continues to work on removing dead trees throughout Mariposa County. Our tree cutting crews have cut a total of 5,253 trees in Mariposa County. CSPC is currently working on Dog Town Road and will begin working on Bondurant Mine Road next week. The following roads will be marked and go out to bid next: Greeley Hill Road, […]

County striving to make improvements

MARIPOSA COUNTY MATTERS

Dallin KimbleIt seems the year just started and yet here we are wrapping up January already. In 2018, Mariposa County was left with some new scars and saw us reach some new achievements. Before we have both feet in 2019, it’s worthwhile to pause a moment to consider where we’ve been so we can better prepare for what’s ahead. Like […]

Rap against today’s youth is not fair in so many ways

BETWEEN THE LINES

Greg LittleEvery now and then, I hear some people talk about today’s youth in not-so-wonderful terms. Things like “they want everything handed to them” and “they don’t want to work for what they get.” Stuff like that. Many of you have probably heard it, too. I think of this often each school morning when I drop off my 17-year-old son […]

Museum project was part of local outreach to assist community

BLUE RIDGE UPDATE

Shown is a section of the rails which were recently installed at the Mariposa Museum and History Center. Submitted photoBlue Ridge Services (BRS) was selected by Mariposa County to oversee and manage their tree mortality mitigation project, and each week, we will be posting project updates in this column. A couple of weeks ago, our Mariposa tree mortality team had […]

State coins can be fun way to start collecting

THE FACES OF CHANGE

Davis BryantEveryone has some loose change lying around somewhere, and you most likely have a quarter with a state represented on the back. These coins are known as the “state quarters.” These coins are very easy to find and can be fun to collect. The coins were minted or made by the U.S. Mint from 1999 to 2008. Every year, […]

Signed, sealed, delivered

PASTOR’S CORNER

Wynter Sturtevant IIISeals are important. No, not the creatures. Way back when, letters would sometimes bear seals of the person it came from. The seal would affirm that this letter was from a particular person. A modern example, I think, would be official letterhead. It would be weird to receive a letter from a governor and not see any official […]

North to Briceberg: with stops

BACK IN TIME


Shown is David Clark’s sawmill, milling lumber for the courthouse in the mid-1850s.After the opening of Highway 140 from Mariposa to Yosemite National Park, many projects developed to accommodate the new visitors to the park. Just north of Mariposa was the Mel-O-Dee Motel, then, at the summit at Whitlock Road, the Summit Inn had a gas station, restaurant and cabins. […]


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