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No bones about it: New machine will be beneficial for local patients

Peter Laskaris, a maintenance worker at John C. Fremont Hospital, was busy prepping the room which the bone density machine will be stationed. Below, Shown is the early stages of demolition in the area the bone density machine will be stationed in. Two existing walls were removed to make the room larger. Photo by Matt JohnsonA new bone density machine […]

Historic sites board makeup could change after decision

A complaint from a Mariposa business owner last year has led to possible changes on a key County commission. The Historic Sites and Preservation Commission (HSPC) plays a integral role when it comes to what kind of renovations and changes can be made to historic buildings in downtown Mariposa. That committee came under harsh scrutiny last August when local business […]

Man dies following wreck last Sunday

A Mariposa County man died as a result of a one-vehicle accident last weekend. James Ankenbruck, 64, of Mariposa, was killed after a car he was riding in crashed. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 6:45 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28, a 2007 Saturn being driven by Joseph M. Branco, 27, of Mariposa, was northbound on Ganns Corral Road […]

Emotions overflow at Willey proceeding

Luke WilleyEmotions overflowed in the Mariposa County Superior courtroom Tuesday during a preliminary hearing for a man charged with 10 felonies. Luke Willey, 38, faces the charges after he was arrested last November. On Tuesday, Willey’s former girlfriend took the stand and became emotional as well as combative with the defense attorney. The case was before Judge Douglas Boyak, who […]

A year in, Menetrey settling into supervisor role

Supervisor Miles Menetrey is shown with one of his dogs, who occasionally frequents the local government Submitted photoIt wasn’t that long ago when Miles Menetrey was practicing his politics, like most people, from the tailgate of a pickup truck. Now, Menetrey is the Mariposa County Supervisor in District 5. He’s been in the position for a little more than a […]

Housing woes at forefront in general plan discussion

It seems no matter what group gathers for a discussion in Mariposa County, one topic almost always tops the list. Housing. More specifically, the lack thereof. That was the case last week when the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors held their second workshop about implementation of the County’s general plan. The general plan has been a laborious task for the […]

Judge grants 60 more days in matter involving receivership


A controversial land case has been extended 60 more days following a hearing on Monday. The case involving JDC Land Company and its owner, Jerry Cox, took place in Mariposa County Superior Court with a large gallery in attendance. The high-profile matter involves the 430-plus acre property being put into receivership by a court order last year. That receivership was […]

The life of a firefighter spouse means loneliness and insecurity

This past fire season was especially difficult for many in County

Jason and Malina Bondshu are shown. Submitted photos Firefighters and other first responders worked courageously last summer in Mariposa County. They saved countless properties and lives and eventually snuffed out the Detwiler Fire, one of the worst fires in the history of Mariposa County. There are still signs along the highways thanking the firefighters for their bravery. While their acts […]


Local PA helps with relief in poverty-stricken nation

Melissa Heyer (left) is a local physician assistant. She recently traveled to Haiti to provide medical relief to the people there, including many children. Submitted photoIt’s easy to take life in America for granted. Although there is certainly poverty here, most people have a roof over their head, clean water to drink and food to eat. A nation like Haiti, […]

Yosemite operations back to normal after government shutdown

Iconic views, like from this aerial photo from last year, were never lost during the three-day government shutdown. Yosemite is now back into normal operations. Photo by Nicole W. Little All services at Yosemite National Park are now back in operation. After three days during which the federal government shuttered operations, a compromise was reached on Monday, meaning services at […]

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