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Teacher’s letter causes stir and she apologizes

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A teacher at Mariposa County High School has apologized for a controversial letter she distributed to students last week. Kim Monson, a science teacher at MCHS, distributed a letter to MCHS students which she had written years ago during her time as an educator at Narbonne High School in Los Angeles. In the letter, Monson gave advice to students at […]

Hotel Jeffery utility break will be axed



The Hotel Jeffery is shown in the center of this photo. It is the anchor building at the corner of Highways 49 and 132 in Coulterville. Photo by Nicole W. LittleA lengthy discussion regarding how much longer the county should allow a historic hotel to have reduced water and sewer rates took place at the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors […]

Highway 49 North will be closed until ‘mid-summer’

Caltrans officials estimate the cost to be $11 million

Shown is the massive amount of work now being done on Highway 49 North just south of Bagby Recreation Area. Lake McClure is visible in the background. Caltrans officials are estimating the road will be open in “mid-summer,” though no specific date has been set. Photo by Rick Estrada/Caltrans It was the perfect storm. From Mother Nature’s standpoint, at least. […]

Honoring a legend

Beloved educator Rod Fiester will retire, honored at festival


Rod Fiester (front of vehicle) waves to the crowd at the annual Butterfly Festival last Saturday. Fiester was the parade’s grand marshal. Photo submitted by Charlie PhillipsRod Fiester has spent 31 years as a teacher for the Mariposa County Unified School District, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. As the son of legendary music teacher Richard Fiester, it […]

Park officials continue to work on traffic congestion


Congestion is the number one complaint of visitors to Yosemite. Park officials are trying to tackle the issue. SubmittedphotoIt’s a problem that continues to grow — and solutions are not easy. That problem is traffic congestion in Yosemite National Park and Mariposa is on the forefront of the issue. “We want to embrace the Yosemite region,” said Kathleen Morse, chief […]

Board votes 4-1 for sanctuary opposition



There was no shortage of emotions during the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, but there was nearly a shortage of chairs. That’s because community members packed the supervisor chambers for almost three hours of the meeting to provide input about a controversial issue. Eventually, the board members passed a resolution in opposition to California’s sanctuary law by […]

Second Amendment rally is held at MCHS



A group of MCHS students held a short rally last week to support Second Amendment rights. Submitted photoLiving in America means having the right to voice one’s opinion. Several students at Mariposa County High School voiced theirs recently during a pro-Second Amendment rally, held May 2 at MCHS. The students stood near the steps leading up to the high school’s […]

Mariposa Pow Wow slated this weekend

Dancing is a major part of the Mariposa Pow Wow, which is set for this Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds. Submitted photoThe 25th Annual Mariposa Pow Wow is set for this weekend. It will be May 12-13 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Once a year, the American Indian Council of Mariposa County (AICMC) — aka the Southern Sierra Miwuk […]

WELCOME To the 2018 Mariposa Butterfly Festival

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The annual Mariposa Butterfly Festival takes place this weekend with a wide variety of events and activities. Each year, thousands of people come to Mariposa for the festivities. We welcome all visitors to this annual event.

Sanctuary discussion sparks big emotions



Emotions ran high during a weekly meeting of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors last week. Community members packed the county government chambers to voice their support for the supervisors to pass a resolution declaring Mariposa County in opposition to the state’s sanctuary law. On Oct. 5 of last year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54 into law, […]


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