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Main Street, CHP to team up at June 29 coffee event

Two local organizations are teaming up to have a cup of coffee and visit with the public. Main Street Mariposa and the California Highway Patrol will be hosting an event on Friday, June 29. Each month, Main Street Mariposa hosts a “Friday Coffee” gathering on the final Friday. This month, the group is partnering with the CHP, which periodically hosts […]

The Giants Awaken

Mariposa Grove to reopen this Friday

Above is one of the 500 mature giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove. At left, John Blackstone, left, of CBS News, interviews Frank Dean, president of the Yosemite Conservancy on Tuesday morning. The grove opens to the public Friday. Photos by Greg LittleDean Shenk may have put it best this past Tuesday when standing in the renovated Mariposa Grove of […]

New energy

Idle Wheels slated to launch largest solar project in county

Lynn Bryant scoops the first shovel of dirt last week for a planned solar project at Idle Wheels in Mariposa. Photo by Greg LittleThe name of the place might be Idle Wheels, but residents there are anything but idle. In fact, last week a groundbreaking ceremony was held for what will be the largest solar energy project in Mariposa County. […]

Volunteers are key to the viable future of Mariposa County Fire

Many issues at stake, from insurance premiums to public safety

Ron and Lorie Setterberg are shown at the firehouse in Lushmeadows. Photo by Greg LittleEditor’s note: This is the second in a four-part series about the Mariposa County Fire Department, including its past, the present and the future. So how do an artist and an appliance repairman end up in Mariposa County as volunteer firefighters? For Ron and Lorie Setterberg, […]

Kelsey steps down from school district



Charlotte Kelsey, the transportation, warehouse and risk management coordinator for MCUSD, will step down. Kelsey made the announcement on June 6. File photo The Mariposa County Unified School District will soon lose a key member of its leadership team with the resignation notice of Charlotte Kelsey on June 6. Kelsey has been serving as the district’s transportation, warehouse and risk […]

‘Long live Wahhoga’

Emotional event at Yosemite National Park cements future of village

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds hugs American Indian Council of Mariposa County Chairman Bill Leonard during a ceremony last week in the park. At left, Leonard is shown signing the agreement. Photos by Greg LittleAs Yosemite Fall flowed in the background, there was groundbreaking business taking place last Friday. And it was emotional. Though emotions were raw all around, […]

County Fire: A storied past and a future of uncertainty


Shown from left are Keith Pearson, Ruby Pearson, Paul Lockwood and Dale Deem as they discuss the history of the Mariposa County Fire Department and look at old photos of the department. Photo by Greg LittleEditor’s note: This is the first in a four-part series about the Mariposa County Fire Department, including its past, the present and the future. Shown […]

MCHS grads ready to receive diplomas

FREE Seniors to walk stage on Friday

The 102nd Commencement of Mariposa County High School will be held Friday, June 8 in the Gold Bowl of the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. The ceremony will start at 8 p.m., and 84 seniors are set to graduate. “The graduating class of 2018 is small but mighty,” said principal Celeste Azevedo. “What they lack in numbers, they make up for in […]

Caltrans officials say Highway 49 North will likely be closed until first of August

Broken pipes are just one of the many problems along Highway 49 North in Mariposa County. SubmittedphotoIt appears Highway 49 North between Bear Valley and Coulterville will be closed for another two months. That was the word last week from Caltrans officials, who made the announcement on Friday. Highway 49 North has been closed since March 22 when torrential rains […]

Burn ban in effect below 4,000 feet

Burning below 4,000 feet in Mariposa County is now banned. CAL FIRE implemented the burning ban last Friday morning. It was implemented by the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit of CAL FIRE and is for Madera County, as well. Open burning is still allowed above 4,000 feet with valid permits. Residents need to contact the burn day information line prior to burning. That […]


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