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A new beginning …

Photo by Nicole W. LittleConstruction work is now underway on a new Veterans Memorial which will be placed on the courthouse lawn in Mariposa. The project has been more than a year and a half in the making, and won full approval by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Donations from many people and businesses have made it a reality […]

Supervisors pondering TOT proposal

Hotel developers offer to upgrade facilities in exchange for financial considerations


An intriguing proposition was brought before the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors last week. In attendance at last week’s board meeting was Gautam Patel, a developer who is working alongside an investor group which has purchased two hotels and is in the process of purchasing two other small hotels in Mariposa. Those hotels include the Yosemite Inn, Mariposa Lodge, The […]

New election process going well: officials

FREE Most county voters should have received ballots in mail

Voting in the upcoming March primary election in Mariposa County is about as simple of a process as anyone could want. “You can vote in your pajamas with a cup of coffee in your hand,” said Keith Williams, Mariposa County clerk/treasurer/tax collector. “It is going pretty good so far,” said Courtney Progner Morrow, chief deputy county clerk who oversees the […]

And the winner is…

FREE Tom and Laura Lynn Hays earn first place in Valentine’s Contest

Editor’s note: The following story was written by Laura Lynn LaNotte-Hays, and was the winning entry in our Valentine’s Day story contest. It was the first time we have offered the contest. The winner received $200. We appreciate everyone who submitted stories. She had long, dark hair. So did he. It was 1976. Like many in this county, they met […]

Ashton trial date delayed by court


Jesse AshtonThe trial of a man accused of murdering his young son has been delayed. Jesse Ashton, 23, Mariposa, has pleaded not guilty to murdering his 22-month-old son, Bradley Reynolds, in April 2018. He remains in the Mariposa County Jail under $1 million bond. Ashton made an appearance on Tuesday in Mariposa County Superior Court before Judge Dana Walton. Ashton […]

Master gardener program in county is growing — literally


Shown from left are Mariposa County Master Gardeners Jim Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Elna Philbert, Adrianne O’Brien, Jeanne Ann Pine and program director Sheri Mace. Photo by Greg LittleEditor’s note: This is the second in a four-part series about the UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It’s obvious being in the UC Master […]

A banner season

Courtesy photoThe 2019-20 Mariposa County High School wrestling team is shown after winning the section title in Stockton this past Saturday. The team edged out Big Valley Christian in order to claim the blue banner. Mariposa’s season isn’t over, however. The team will compete in the league tournament this Saturday at Big Valley Christian. Matches are expected to begin around […]

Pickin’ it right

Renowned concert series takes place in woman’s living room at Coolwater Ranch


Robin Ralston stands in front of her living room stage holding a poster of musician Beppe Gambetta. Photo by Kellie Flanagan What do acoustic string masters Preston Reed, Pierre Ben Sousan and Beppe Gambetta have in common? They’re champion innovators, musicians’ musicians and they’ve all played guitar in Robin Ralston’s living room in Nipinnawasee for the Coolwater Ranch House Concert […]

Rock and a hard place

Ferguson Project just might become reality

This is what Caltrans officials hope the rock shed at the Ferguson Slide area will look like when completed. Drawing courtesy CaltransThere was some irony last week when members of the Ferguson Project team of Caltrans took “a couple of wrong turns” on their way to a meeting in El Portal. However, with the four-member team arriving about 25 minutes […]

Chase in Mariposa leads to two arrests

 A routine traffic stop turned into a chase and subsequent arrest of two people last week. Ricky Gonzales, 64, Merced, and Michael Murray, 38, Fresno were both arrested following the incident. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, at around 8:58 p.m. on Jan. 29, a deputy initiated a traffic stop on a black Honda Civic near the 5200 block […]


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