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Housing proposal will move forward

MPUD gives green light to the Creekside project

Giving their green light, the Mariposa County Public Utility District signed off on the Creekside Terrace Housing Project last Friday. MPUD gave an update on the project at their April 6 board of directors meeting addressing that at the time they were waiting for plan revisions by Self Help Enterprises (SHE). “We are moving along steadily but surely,” said Susan […]

State looks to reopen in June, caution is urged

Announced by the California Department of Public Health along with Gov. Gavin Newsom on April 6, the state is considering lifting the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to fully reopen the economy on June 15. With 20 million vaccines administered statewide, the tier system will be lifted right before the summer season only if there is equitable vaccine availability and […]

Butterfly Festival wins OK of health officer

The Butterfly Festival parade will go forward this year and antique cars are expected to be part of the festivities. Photo by Nicole W. LittleThe Butterfly Festival has gotten its wings. That was the word this week from Bill Lowe, chairman of the festival, which is now scheduled for the July 4 weekend in Mariposa. Lowe said that last week, […]

Something’s fishy

Fish release, outdoor education are ‘critical’ for El Portal teacher

Above, Brittany Vargas-Alvarado gently dips a cup containing a rainbow trout into the Merced River last Friday as Marley Gediman looks on. Ninety trout arrived at the school — inside eggs — and about 75 were let loose in the nearby river. Below, Paul Amstutz holds up a baby trout inside a cup that was used to scoop the fish […]

Yellow tier is closer

Officials say trends are positive

Reporting only one positive Covid-19 case last week, Mariposa County may be able to move into the Yellow Tier by next week if the trend holds true. The single case reported by the Mariposa County Public Health Department (MCPHD) on April 4 is a 46-year-old male now in isolation. His transmission source is person to person. However, Dr. Eric Sergienko, […]

Group looking to bring up to $100K for projects

Students target of new initiative

A new initiative will soon bring up to $100,000 in grant funding to student-organized, community projects in Mariposa County. Named Project Go, the new program is designed to empower youth to improve and enrich their community, schools, and neighborhoods. An application window will open soon, and in the meantime, more information can be found at The initiative is spearheaded […]

Caltrans is now in initial stages of Ferguson Slide trim blasting

Flag rock is the middle right rock protruding upwards at an angle with Monument Rock right below it. Both site have cable fencing over top. Photo by Christina Manuel A milestone for the Ferguson Slide project, Caltrans engineers are now beginning to work on clearing out the rock slide that is blocking a portion of Highway 140. The beginning stages […]

The heroic, and tragic, story of baseball’s Dusty Rhodes

The 1954 World Series hero’s son now lives in Coulterville

This image is from the 1954 World Series when Dusty Rhodes his a walk-off home run, launching the underdog New York Giants’ incredible run to a title. Submitted photo To say the life of James Rhodes has been a journey would be an understatement. It’s been an incredible journey; some of it not so good. But part of that journey […]

Fielding questions

Photo by Allen LamanMariposa County High School Softball Coach Tony Williams listens to senior Cali Butler as she talks about what went well in the team’s victory against Denair High School last week. Read more about the girls’ 3-1 start, plus all of the latest in local sports news, on page A-10. … An online subscription is required to view […]

Briese still positive three months into job

Sheriff discusses militias, violence against Asians, homelessness and more

Jeremy BrieseJeremy Briese had no illusions that becoming the sheriff of Mariposa County was going to be easy. But he also had a vision for the department, and three months into his stint, Briese seems happy with the direction of the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. “My biggest surprise was thinking the community knew all of the things we do,” said […]

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