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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 […]

Tassel turning time

Inside this week’s edition of the newspaper, you will find our special edition dedicated to all of the graduating seniors in Mariposa County. This year’s class of 2021 has endured a lot, but now the seniors are moving on to the next chapters in their lives…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue […]

MCHS graduation is set Friday at the Gold Bowl



Emilee Cordero, a senior at Mariposa County High School, tries on a cap and gown in the Richard D. Fiester Auditorium last week. Graduation is set for 8 p.m. this Friday at the Gold Bowl Arena in Mariposa. Photo by Allen LamanCovid-19 ruined what should have been many happy moments in the past 15 months. But Mariposa County High School […]

Yellow, for now

Covid-19 situation to change in just a week


California is now less than a week away from retiring the Blueprint for a Safe Economy tier structure and Mariposa County can expect to remain in the Yellow Tier for the short period of time. Last week the Mariposa County Health Department reported six positive cases of Covid-19, with zero so far this week as of June 8. “So our […]

First ever LGBTQ event is scheduled

Set for June 26 at courthouse

 Katelyn Strickland isn’t shy. But she was, in a way. “Activism is my calling,” said Strickland. That’s because growing up as a gay person, so many things were left unsaid and secrets were kept by her own parents — who were gay. “I was born to gay parents who had to hide,” said Strickland. Now, Strickland is anything but hiding. […]


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