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‘Mariposa Clean Sweep’ sets fourth annual event April 18

“Mariposa Clean Sweep” is set for Saturday, April 18. This is the fourth annual Clean Sweep and everyone is encouraged to attend. It is held in conjunction the annual Health and Wellness Fair, which is the same day. Everyone is invited to participate in the event, during which volunteers will be picking up trash and debris throughout the town of […]

Master gardeners mark 25 years in county


Marilou Ellis, left, and Betty Massey share a laugh during a recent interview about the program. Photo by Greg LittleEditor’s note: This is the first in a four-part series about the UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Marilou Ellis is shown with Joe Higuera while at a booth promoting master gardeners. The […]

How to become a master gardener

Becoming a master gardener takes dedication, but once completed, is rewarding and helps the entire community. To begin, submit an application to take the training classes. Classes consist of 15 weeks of training (approximately four hours per week) plus reading and activities. Classes are taught by experts in their field and address research-based information that is relevant to California and […]

Fresh art in an old school

Area artist’s group provides medium for a lot of local talent


Gertrude School Yosemite Western Artists sketching model Miranda Mendelson is shown in this photo. Photos by Kellie FlanaganDown an old stage coach road under oak trees, not far off historic Highway 49, a one room school house sits as it has for generations. White wood, pitched roof, banks of windows welcoming that special light of the central Sierra sun. Inside, […]

Electronic monitoring allowed for Dyslin

FREE Admitted felon who stole from museum sentenced to serve three years probation

Despite pleas from the district attorney’s office and victims, the woman who stole nearly $28,000 from the Mariposa Museum and History Center will likely not serve jail time. Though Suzen Dyslin, 59, was sentenced to one year in the Mariposa County Jail, she will likely serve that year via electronic monitoring from her home in Lushmeadows. She admitted to three […]

Jerseydale man found following intensive search


John Van DintherAn intensive search led by local officials and including emergency personnel from around the region led to the recovery of a Jerseydale man who had gone missing. John Van Dinther, 74, went missing on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at around noon and it led to a search throughout the Jerseydale area until he was found days later on Saturday, […]

Hospital board to seek measure on ballot for building



Matthew Matthiessen Details about a ballot measure which the John C. Fremont Healthcare District plans to put before voters were shared last week. Hospital officials are eyeing a measure that would help pay for a new hospital facility. By law, hospitals across the state must meet certain earthquake proofing requirements found in SB1953 — the Hospital Seismic Safety Act — […]

Coronavirus concerns being addressed locally



It’s been all over the national news: the coronavirus is causing concern around the globe. As of Tuesday morning, there were 4,473 confirmed cases worldwide, which was a 10-fold increase over the number of cases from just a week prior. There are also 107 deaths, another massive increase from 18 deaths the week prior. “This is concerning for all of […]

Liquor licenses may grow in county if bill passes muster

California Legislature will take up measure that could help restaurants in the county


It might have flown under the radar a bit, but one of the more important discussions the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors have had recently took place last week. The board voted unanimously to push forward a proposal for legislation which seeks 10 additional alcohol licenses for Mariposa County. Those license would allow hard liquor to be served for applicants […]

Growing opportunities abound at Wasuma Elementary School

Mariposa Master Gardeners help students in green program


Arlette Garcia and Queztali Cervantes Rosas debate the merits of asparagus at Wasuma School in Aawahnee. Photos by Kellie Flanagan You may not think “photosynthesis” is a word most 5-year-olds can relate to, but at Wasuma Elementary School in Ahwahnee the way plants grow is part of the curriculum, starting at an early age. For the second year, each of […]


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