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The big bang

9-year-old places second in NASA worldwide contest

Grace Hespenheide, 9, poses with prizes she won in a worldwide NASA contest. Submitted photoGrace Hespenheide is shooting for the stars. The curious 9-year-old is fascinated by space travel and how astronauts canvas the cosmos. She hopes to one day find planets that support life. If she had $1 million for research, she’d use it to explore the water on […]

Plans continue for much-needed local preschool

After a lengthy, botched bidding process, the future of the Darrah School building remains up in the air. Submitted photoLori Dixon wants to help. She knows that Mariposa County needs more child care options for kids not yet of kindergarten age. But, months into her quest to bring a high-quality preschool to the area, the longtime educator is tired and […]

A trip to the aquarium — virtually

Woodland Elementary students make the best of learning in a pandemic

These photos depict how students at Woodland Elementary attended a “virtual field trip” at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The photos include pictures of the classes as well as some of the information provided to the students by the scientists at the aquarium. Submitted photosThe Covid-19 pandemic has certainly changed how students are educated. For now, field trips are only a […]

Educating the educators

Superintendent says everyone is learning Covid-19 lessons

Jeff Aranguena For Jeff Aranguena, getting an education was something he thought he already did. Then Covid-19 hit. “This is not going to be a sprint, this is going to be a marathon,” said Aranguena, the superintendent of the Mariposa County Unified School District. Little did Aranguena know when he took the job last year, under circumstances he could not […]

Yosemite Eye will publish again this fall

YVS Students pictured are sixth-grade Zachery Simmons, sixth-grade Tallulah Barend, sixth-grade Michael Gaffney, fifthgrade Karessa Ruaisab-Smith, fifth-grade Hayden Horton, fourth-grade Jack Killian, third-grade Thatcher Ludwig, second grade Juniper Foushee, fourth-grade Leah Gaffney and fourth-grade Whitney Marcis. Not all students pictured are named. Also shown are YVS teacher Patsy Kirtland along with Greg Little and Christina Manuel from the Mariposa Gazette. […]

Abrahams enrolls in Utah honors college

Tehya Abrahams of Raymond has enrolled in the Honors College at the University of Utah for the fall 2020 semester. The University of Utah has had an honors program for more than 50 years. An honors degree represents a student’s willingness to seriously engage breadth in their general education as well as depth in their major through advanced research or […]

County, school agree to allow nursing student local training

An agreement between Mariposa County and a state university will result in a nursing student getting training locally. “It’s always good to get extra help,” said Shannon Gadd, director of the Mariposa County Health and Human Service Agency, who added it also gives nurses-in-training valuable experience. The agreement is between the county and California State University, Dominguez Hill. It will […]

District inching slowly towards using new mobile health clinic

Shown above is the van which serves at the clinic. Below is a medical exam table used by the patients.There was some good news and some bad news related to a specific item on the Oct. 9 Mariposa County Unified School District board meeting agenda. The good news? MCUSD is one step closer to officially using its new mobile health […]


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Widow of Castle colonel gives $1 million to Merced College

Shown is Susie Downey, who recently donated $1 million to Merced College. Submitted photoLocal rancher Susie Downey, on behalf of herself and her late husband, Col. Russell Downey, is donating $1 million to Merced College to support student success and access initiatives. The Merced College, Board of Trustees announced the gift during its regular meeting on last week. “We look […]

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