Graduates ‘zoom’ into future

In-person MCHS ceremony reunites senior class

Tennyson Libsey triumphantly holds his high school diploma holder over his head after walking across a stage at the Gold Bowl Arena last Friday. Mariposa County High School’s graduation ceremony was held in person with a crowd in the grandstands. Photo by Allen Laman Celeste Azevedo approached the lectern and disappeared. The Mariposa County High School principal was set to […]

Grand jury issues scathing report, director of public works fires back

Mike Healy The director of the Mariposa County Public Works Department says a report recently released by the local grand jury is not accurate and that he was never questioned about various accusations. Mike Healy said he was taken by surprise when informed just a couple of days before the release of the report and was not able to respond […]

Bye-bye blueprint

After nearly a year under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, Californians can finally take off their masks for a breath of fresh air — well, kind of. Officially retired on June 15, the blueprint was first implemented on Aug. 30, 2020, to establish regulations for different business operations to mitigate further spread of Covid-19. But some guidance still remains […]

Cox given firm date for hearing

The Jerry Cox case took yet another turn last week. The Cox case has been ongoing in Mariposa County — and federally — for years. It has a lot of angles, from a false accusation of rape to the murder of Cox’s attorney to an order from the court to take Cox’s property. And just about anything else imaginable. Last […]

New Butterfly Festival exhibit will focus on, well, what else, butterflies

This drawing illustrates the concept of the “Habitat Row” exhibit at the festival.Ann Hart knows a thing or two about butterflies. To that end, Hart came up with an idea for the 2021 Mariposa Butterfly Festival, scheduled for July 3-4 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. “It was after my participation in the 2019 festival,” said Hart of her concept. “I […]

Taking ‘Stock’

Yosemite geologist named Geological Society fellow

Greg Stock, the geologist at Yosemite National Park, rappels down Glacier Point to collect data on fractures that can contribute to rock falls. Stock was recently selected as a fellow of the Geological Society of America. Photo by Steven Bumgardner The boulders came crashing down two years after his rockfall study was published. They rained from Glacier Point, breaking free […]

Dallas Stroming changes plea, to testify against Michael Cutter


A Mariposa County woman will testify against the man she was apparently living with when both were charged with sexual acts against a minor. Dallas Elaine Stroming, 27, entered several guilty pleas last week in Mariposa County Superior Court. According to Mariposa County District Attorney Walter Wall, Stroming has agreed to testify against the co-defendant in the case, Michael Anthony […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Jail Booking Report Here are some of the highlights from the recent booking reports at the Mariposa County Jail. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. June 6 – Luke George Willey, 41, Santa Rosa, was arrested on a warrant for post release revocation. • Joseph Snoden Brantley, 35, Catheys Valley, was arrested for […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

June 7 - 13

• EMS – 7 • Fires – 3 • Public Assists – 0 • Auto Collisions – 1 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 13 volunteer stations located throughout the county. If you are 18 years of age and possess a valid CA driver’s license, we would love to hear from you! Positions are available for fire/medical and […]

Airport Advisory Committee unclear about role

The Airport Advisory Committee (AAC) members went over a number of different concerns last week, with discussions anything but linear. Kicking off the June 9 meeting, AAC member Joe Coho wanted everyone to consider the different hands in the Mariposa Yosemite Airport and the responsibilities they have. Coho said he understands the Mariposa County Public Works Director, Mike Healy, plays […]

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