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Mural at MES encourages kids to spread their wings



Justus Wellcome, left, and Clay River pose for a photo with their recently completed monarch butterfly mural at Mariposa Elementary School. The larger-than-life piece of interactive artwork is intended to be used as a colorful backdrop for students just beginning to spread their wings. Photo by Iris WellcomeAt 12 feet tall and 16 feet wide, the larger-than-life monarch butterfly mural […]

Covid numbers grow quickly

More than 230 cases were reported in Mariposa County just last week

The numbers don’t lie. Just last week, Mariposa County had 237 reported cases of Covid-19. And that was coming off of a week with 151 cases. That’s the most cases since the onset of the pandemic nearly two years ago. “We are anticipating the week coming will be just as busy as the week ending,” said Dr. Eric Sergienko, the […]

Students return to in-person learning



Adam FinneyAfter about a week away, many students returned to Mariposa County Unified Schools classrooms on Tuesday. A temporary suspension of in-person learning at seven school sites and a subsequent move to independent study was prompted early last week by a recent growth in Covid-19 cases. Last week, MCUSD Superintendent Jeff Aranguena shared that the local district is “working in […]

Housing woes are multifaceted



The ever-present housing issue in Mariposa County isn’t as simple as just needing more homes. Addressing the different issues that make up the bigger picture is necessary to tackle the housing issue in its entirety. From the need for further infrastructure to build, the impacts of vacation rentals to available housing development funding to Mariposa County, the housing issue overall […]

Education is key for land leaders as recreation popularity increases



Visitation to parks is on the rise, including Yosemite. This is a photo of visitors at the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Photo by Nicole W. LittleWhen the world closed in early 2020, where did we turn? The great outdoors. During last Thursday’s quarterly Yosemite Gateway Partners meeting, about 90 Zoom attendees listened as a panel of state and federal […]

Downtown crosswalks delayed until at least February: Caltrans


Planned construction work in downtown Mariposa has been delayed until at least next month. Caltrans announced Tuesday morning that scheduled work to put in crosswalks as part of the Mariposa Pedestrian Safety Project on Highway 140 in the downtown area is delayed. “The subcontractor who wants to complete the curb work is also involved in the project doing the crosswalks,” […]

Classes begin in new building



Construction workers continue finalizing closeout work on the new MCHS classroom building on Monday morning. In addition to replacing five decaying and aging portable buildings, the roughly $3.8 million project also facilitated an overhauling of the lower campus landscaping. Andrew Smith knew it wouldn’t last long. When he walked into the new classroom building at Mariposa County High School for […]

Pressure put on regional health care as Covid-19 transmission increases



Covid-19 cases are continuing to climb as the omicron variant is taking the reins, mirroring the state of surge that took place last winter. Hospitalizations are once again rising in the state, and in the region as of late. Three Mariposa County Unified Schools have shut down due to high numbers of individuals infected. County employees are also testing positive […]

Several school closures

FREE As result of high Covid-19 transmission


Publisher’s Note: This story has been updated to include the following information received after press time. District Superintendent Jeff Aranguena confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Mariposa County High School, Spring Hill High School, Lake Don Pedro Elementary School, Greeley Hill Elementary School, Coulterville High School and Yosemite National Park Valley School students will all complete independent studies until returning to classrooms […]

Constitutional County pitch planned by local citizens group



A group of Mariposa County citizens will soon approach the local board of supervisors with a trending request: declare Mariposa County a Constitutional County and refuse to enforce any federal or state laws or mandates deemed unconstitutional. Named Citizens for a Constitutional Government for Mariposa County, the grassroots outfit will speak publicly at the supervisors meeting scheduled to take place […]


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