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THE GLASS IS HALF FULL

Jessica Varney is the epitome of strength

Jessica Varney is shown on a swing in her yard holding the flag that was draped over her husband’s coffin as well as a hat from his excavating company. Photo by Nicole W. Little Editor’s note: This is the final in a two-part series featuring Jessica Varney, whose firefighter husband died last year in the Ferguson Fire. The first part […]

MCHS grads will walk on stage Friday



Over 100 students will receive their diplomas and turn their tassels at the 103rd Mariposa County High School commencement this week. To be exact, 121 students will walk the stage. Graduation will be held at 8 p.m., Friday, June 14 at the Gold Bowl of the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. The class chose MCHS faculty member Brian Moczygemba to deliver the […]

Yager inducted into climbing hall



El Portal’s Ken Yager is shown at this year’s Excellence in Climbing Celebration in Golden, Colo. Submitted photoA local man was honored this month for his climbing ability. On June 1, Ken Yager, 60, of El Portal was inducted into the Hall of Mountaineering Excellence. The induction took place during the Excellence in Climbing Celebration festival in Golden, Colo., held […]

PG&E schedules open house about power shutoff program

Many questions are in front of area residents when it comes to fire season and what that might mean when it comes to having power shutoff when conditions arise. Pacific Gas & Electric officials have said they plan to expand their power shutoff plan this year. With all of that, PG&E has scheduled a public meeting in Mariposa to discuss […]

Mural at El Portal Elementary pays tribute to region



The wall at El Portal Elementary which recently was painted by Faith Rumm — with some help from students — is shown. It highlights the wildlife and scenery of the area, and features silhouettes of actual people who helped with the project. Shown in the photo, in the back row, from left, are: Faith Rumm, Jordan Vargas-Alvarado, Joseph Marquez-Salazar, Ryan […]

A TRUE SURVIVOR

Jessica Varney stays strong after the tragic death of her husband

Jessica Varney is shown with just some of the memorabilia she has received since last year. She is holding her “list,” which outlines everything from people who want to help with yard work to those who have donated to her family. Photo by Nicole W. LittleEditor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series featuring Jessica Varney, whose firefighter […]

MCHS valedictorians honored at dinner



The 2018-19 MCHS valedictorians include, in the back row, from left: Beau Yancey, Alden Stobbe, Seth Kelsey, Sawyer Shaddix, Devon Acker-James and August Dormer; front, Audrey Ogilvie, Alexandra Marquez, Samantha Telles-Trujillo, Izamary Marquez and Katie Vick. Not pictured: Dathan Hansel. Photo by Matt JohnsonSome of the hardest working, dedicated and bright-minded students at Mariposa County High School were honored last […]

Sparks fly at latest hearing in Cox matter


During a hearing involving local landowner Jerry Cox last week, an exchange between his lawyer and the judge became heated. The status hearing was another in what has become a series of hearings over the past two years. But this time, it seemed different as a conclusion to the case may be coming soon. Cox is battling to keep his […]

New year, same discussion about funding tourism


Half Dome at Yosemite National Park is a major attraction for tourists to this region. However, there are many other attractions and things to do, including outside of Yosemite National Park. How to spend funds to attract tourists is always an annual debate among the board of supervisors. Photo by Greg LittleIt’s an annual discussion some would like to see […]

MCHS baseball team comes up just short

Diamond disappointment

MCHS baseball coach Justin Kleinsmith (left) receives a second place plaque from CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Director of Communications Will De- Board (right). The baseball team finished up its 2019 season as runner-up to Waterford in the Division VI playoffs. Photo by Matt JohnsonWhat could be more American than playing two championship baseball games on Memorial Day? Fans were treated to […]


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