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Wahhoga Village a place of peace



Wahhoga Village volunteers Ron Kauk (left) and Bill Tucker pause at Fern Spring in Yosemite National Park during a construction delay that halted traffic. The men believe Wahhoga holds educational value and the power to connect people. Photo by Allen Laman After driving through the cones, construction vehicles and torn-up stretches of road that currently line Yosemite Valley at Yosemite […]

County fair given green light



Officials have announced the 2021 Mariposa County Fair will take place. Events like team roping and much more are now being planned. Photo by Shantel WightThe Mariposa County Fair is set to return in just a few months. Scheduled for Sept. 3-6, the annual event will follow guidelines issued by local health officials, and capacity in all fairgrounds areas will […]

Close to 130 students are quarantined



Daily operations were recently upended for many students at Mariposa County High School after two students tested positive for Covid-19. The discovery came last Wednesday — two days after MCHS expanded in-person class offerings to four days a week — and affected 127 other students who were deemed close contacts and subsequently placed in ten-day quarantines. “We, as a district […]

Sports suffer major impact from Covid



Senior pitcher Helena Plantz winds up for a pitch during last week’s Mariposa County High School game against the Orestimba Warriors. MCHS forfeited the game after three players were identified as close Covid-19 contacts at the end of the fourth inning. Photo by Allen LamanMariposa County High School’s volleyball team had a two-set lead over the Denair Coyotes when the […]

Tourism group hears concerns about park pass system


It is indisputable that Covid-19 has had a major impact on the lives of almost everyone. It is also indisputable the travel and tourism industry has taken a huge hit during the pandemic. It is likely one of the most impacted industries in the world. Another indisputable fact is Mariposa County is deeply dependent upon tourism. It is what drives […]

Officials stressing vital role of of vaccine



Robin Clover gets her second Moderna vaccine by Marti Fazio, a public health nurse, on April 16 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Photo by Christina ManuelDespite the state wide push to get Covid-19 vaccinations into arms as quickly as possible, appointments in Mariposa County are being left unattended. A milestone for the state, over 26 million vaccines have already been […]

Covid-19 cluster tied to Madera Easter services



Dr. Kristina Allen A cluster of Covid-19 cases reported in the county last week, including two Mariposa County High School students, is associated with an Easter church service in Madera County. The church has not been identified. The Mariposa County Unified School District released a statement on April 15 to inform the community 127 close contacts had been identified and […]

Making a splash

Local whitewater adventure provides ‘a different perspective of the place’


Above, rafters paddle forward as they navigate through intense rapids on the Merced River last week. Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions aims to show the ropes to inexperienced rafters — and bring new perspectives to anyone who floats down the famous river canyon. Below is a photo of several rafts along the river. Photos by Mark Leder-Adams / Rapid Shooter River Photography […]

Reservation system returning to Yosemite



Day-use reservations will again be required for Yosemite National Park visitors. Beginning May 21, guests will need a reservation to enter the world-renowned park. This time, though, the passes will be different. More permits will be issued, more campgrounds will be open and more hospitality lodging will be available for those making the trip to Yosemite. “The good news is, […]

Business owners react to day-use reservations



As Yosemite National Park leadership prepares to implement a day-use reservation system that will curb attendance numbers this summer, Mariposa County businesses are bracing for what could be another unusual year. “There is concern,” said Tony McDaniel, communications manager of the Mariposa County Tourism Bureau. “People rely on visitation to Yosemite. And without it, they’re going to hurt. We’re going […]


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