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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 […]

Hopper resigns as MCUSD superintendent


Superintendent of schools Robin Hopper released a letter to Mariposa County Unified School District staff this morning informing them of her intention to step down on June 30, 2019. Hopper was hired in 2014. In the letter, Hopper expressed her intention to “devote more time and energy” to her family and she plans to “pursue some of my other dreams […]

Wreaths event in Catheys Valley honors the sacrifices of veterans

Honoring the fallen

Above, from left, Judith Huffman and Rich Westfall lay a wreath at the grave of Chandos Castle, a local veteran laid to rest at Catheys Valley cemetery. Below, MCHS band member Patrick Flanagan is shown performing “Taps” at the conclusion of Saturday’s wreath event in Catheys Valley.For the second consecutive year, the Wreaths Across America program made its way to […]

Park likely to stay open if government closes down

FREE D.C. politicians continue to bicker in budget battle

Editor’s note: As of our press time on Tuesday afternoon, a deal by lawmakers to prevent a partial government shutdown had not been reached. This story is the situation as it stood at press time. As Washington politicians continue to bicker about a budget, the possibility looms of a government shutdown. And that shutdown could include the National Park Service. […]

CAL FIRE moves to winter operations; Yosemite burning rules are announced

CAL FIRE officials have moved to winter operations, meaning some firefighters have been furloughed until the next fire season. Officials say now is a great time of year for homeowners to making sure their homes have 100 feet of defensible space. Submitted photoCooler weather and recent rains has prompted the California CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) to transition into winter […]

Wawona school is interested in rejoining MCUSD

The potential return of a school in Wawona to the Mariposa County Unified School District was discussed at last Thursday’s MCUSD board meeting. It drew a lot of interest from the community. Yosemite National Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds spoke briefly in support of the school. Photo by Matt JohnsonA small school in Wawona which operates under the Madera County Office […]

Something old …

1800s Gazette press still cranking out cards for the history museum

Above, Dick Hutchinson is shown operating the old Chandler & Price press at the Gazette building at the Mariposa Museum and History Center. Below is the drawing of the Counts House which was done by Nia Bothwell from Mariposa County High School. Photo by Greg LittleThis time of year is filled with traditions. One of those centers around the Mariposa […]

Something new …

Pathos continues tradition — for youth

Angel Ortiz is shown operating a printing press at Pathos in Mariposa. Ortiz is the shop manager. Photo by Greg Little It wasn’t even on the radar screen not that long ago. But now, it’s a successful local organization that not only provides a needed service but, most importantly, gives local youth an opportunity to learn and grow. “For the […]

At odds

Ongoing dispute continues among county supervisors, further action is a possibility; Long issues a public apology

Members of the public weren’t shy about sharing their thoughts regarding the recent actions of a Mariposa County Supervisor. At the Dec. 4 meeting of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, four community members — including Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies — chided Supervisor Marshall Long for comments he made recently which were directed toward a constituent. Long, responding to […]

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