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Walk-ins to be accepted at Friday clinic for residents 65 and up

Health officials will be holding two mass vaccination clinics this week, first on March 11, with some modifications to allow walk-ins for first doses on March 12. Both clinics will be held at the fairgrounds, with the March 11 clinic by appointment only. The clinic to be held on Friday will be open to all 65 and older Mariposa County […]

County moves into orange



After spending the last few months in the red tier, Mariposa County officially reverted back to the orange tier on Tuesday, March 9. This switch stems from lower case reports in the county, allowing more flexibility when it comes to operations under the blueprint for safer economies: • Bars and breweries can open for outdoor serving only. • Fitness centers […]

Area man says he is not a daredevil, then skis down the face of Half Dome



Jason Torlano, left, and Zach Milligan pause their ski descent of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park to take a photo. The pair became the first to ski down from the top of the iconic monolith to Mirror Lake in late February. Photo by Jason TorlanoAs a boy, Jason Torlano would gaze up at the mountains from his desk inside […]

After prominent withdraw of large donation, FFA chapter gets massive community support

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After not being able to hold their dinner fundraiser last year due to Covid-19 precautions, the Mariposa County FFA boosters announced they are planning to hold the annual event on April 24, drive-thru style accompanied with an online auction. “The dinner will be the traditional prime rib dinner that everyone has loved and looked forward to for the last 20-plus […]

More youth sought to get free books through Parton program



Superstar Dolly Parton is shown last week in Nashville, where she received her Covid-19 vaccine. Parton’s free books for children program is now up and running in Mariposa County. Submitted photo In this day and age, many people are a little hesitant when something is “free.” But for one local group, that term is exactly what you get — and […]

‘She’ll help out everybody’

Local Native Americans supportive of Haaland


Bill Tucker, right, a Miwuk-Paiut elder who is also the traditional and cultural elder of Wahhoga Village, meets with Debra Haaland in Aug. 2019. Haaland served as a congresswoman in New Mexico at the time and is in line to be confirmed as the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Submitted photo by Irene VasquezBill Tucker didn’t realize […]

Tempers, resignations fly at hospital meeting

ER manager voices concerns, shots fire back


Taking the reins of the nearly first two hours of the three-hour John C. Fremont Healthcare District Board of Directors financial meeting on Feb. 24, public comment by hospital members centered around the resignation of Chief Nursing Officer, Tom Wilkinson, and Jennifer Deniston, the emergency and inpatient services manager. Deniston’s initial statement was followed by an array of after remarks, […]

Mariposa County poised to move into orange tier



A sign posted outside Happy Burger Diner in Mariposa County details that the California State Militia will show “resistance” to government agencies trying to interfere with “lawful activities.” Photo by Christina Manuel Continuing to report lower positive Covid-19 case numbers, Mariposa County may finally see the long-awaited move to the Orange Tier on March 9 based on the case counts […]

Enchilada dinner a key ingredient in community



Though there won’t be dancing in the streets like shown above, the annual Hornitos Enchilada Fee is all set to go this Saturday with drive-through service. Photo courtesy Yosemite Mariposa Tourism BureauEverything needs to be perfect. If the sauce is mismeasured, if the meat is overcooked, if the tortillas are rolled haphazardly — someone will let you know. One weekend […]

Slide job

Ferguson Slide construction scheduled to begin this month


Shown is a rendering of what the rock shed will look like once completed. Nearly 15 years after the Ferguson rock slide tumbled down the side of Highway 140 near Yosemite National Park, Caltrans officials are inching closer to the cleanup and construction timeline, with talus removal to begin as early as this month. The slide came crashing down in […]


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