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Bus drivers frustrated by disobeying drivers

 When it comes to important jobs in Mariposa County, there’s one that might not get the credit it deserves. School bus driving. Each day, Mariposa County Unified School District bus drivers awake early to transport children — sometimes great distances — all across the county, making sure they arrive at school safely. It’s a big responsibility. In a county with […]

Cox might be heading home: with conditions

Jerry Cox may be going home soon. But for how long, whether his ranch will be sold and what will happen in the future remains sketchy, at best. Cox is the owner of JDC Land Company, a tract of more than 400 acres located on CYA Road north of the airport in Mariposa. That land, and its contents, were placed […]

More of park closes, human feces part of issue

Yosemite services remain limited because of government shutdown

The Big Trees Lodge in Wawona was open on Sunday and many visitors were at the lodge. Other parts of Yosemite, however, have been closed because of issues with visitors. Photo by Price LittleThe partial government shutdown, now into a second week, is having a major impact on Yosemite National Park. So much so, park officials have closed some areas […]

The real story: A child’s smile

Kops for Kids event helps those in need — and more

Shown are some of the volunteers who worked the front table at Kops for Kids at the fairgrounds. From left are Everett Atkinson, Megan Atkinson, Grady Atkinson and Sheila Paige. Submitted photoEditor’s note: The following story about Kops for Kids is written in first-person and reflects the event which took place just prior to Christmas at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. […]


Cemetery at airport draws mixed reviews

A “grave” situation has arisen at the Mariposa-Yosemite Airport. At the Dec. 18 Mariposa County Board of Supervisors meeting, the possibility of locating a cemetery near the airport was discussed. Tim Wennberg, a community member who utilizes the airport as a pilot, said he became aware of discussions by county public works officials to station a cemetery there. Wennberg is […]

Familiar name hired to head local chamber


It’s a legendary name in Mariposa County. And now, the name will continue in a new form. Scott Fiester is the new executive director of the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was made last Friday morning during the monthly Friday Coffee event of Main Street Mariposa, which was held at the chamber office. “We wanted to come back […]

All aboard

Amtrak program gives locals train experience

Makayla Barrett (left) and her daughter, Haley, take a moment to relax on the train ride to San Francisco. Photo by Matt JohnsonA large group of Mariposans couldn’t have asked for a better day to visit the Bay Area last weekend. The weather was sunny and temps were in the 60s on Saturday for the annual Kids ‘N’ Trains trip […]

TOT hike set April 1

Lodging tax scheduled to go from 10 percent to 12 percent

The coffers of Mariposa County will be growing starting April 1. That’s the date the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors has set for implementing the 2 percent increase in the transient occupancy tax (TOT). Measure M, the ballot measure asking voters to increase the TOT from 10 percent to 12 percent, passed easily during the November general election. It passed […]

Mormon Bar, Old Highway repairs are (finally) slated

After waiting almost endlessly for emergency funding, two key roads in Mariposa County are going to be repaired next month. A section of Old Highway as well as the Mormon Bar crossing will be repaired, according to Mike Healy, director of the Mariposa County Department of Public Works. The county has issued a contract with George Reed Construction of Modesto […]

First responders honored on cover of phone book

First responders were honored last week during a ceremony at the courthouse in Mariposa. Shown, from left, are Debbie Peters (Sierra Tel); Preston Smith and Jessie Figueroa (Mercy Ambulance); Rick Lingren (CHP); Ron and Lorie Setterberg (County Fire); John Morgan (CAL FIRE); Adrian Perez (CHP); Gary Hampy, John Musik; Peter Kroeker, (County Fire); Jaime Williams (CAL FIRE); Deputy Josh Collins […]

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