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Zombies or not, Butterfly Festival moving forward for July 4 weekend

Organizers said volunteers are still needed for the event

Michael Hall, a member of the festival committee, is shown with his “big butterfly” that will be featured at the festival. Photo by Bill LoweThe Mariposa Butterfly Festival committee has taken another step toward making the July 3-4 event a reality. Down payments for Taste of Mariposa, which will be held on June 26, and the festival for Independence Day […]

Yard sale series to connect neighbors

 Jessica Chaney remembers what it was like to move to Mariposa County from Los Angeles. Breaking into the community as an outsider was hard. Feeling disconnected weighed on her because building relationships is a big part of her life. Chaney, a local realtor, will soon launch a string of free events aimed at bringing neighbors together. The Mariposa woman is […]

El Capitan climber killed in rappelling accident

On Monday, April 27, a San Diego man died in an accident while rappelling from Sickle Ledge on The Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Paul Nakauchi, 37, was climbing with a partner on The Nose route when he fell 500 feet from the granite walls, as reported by Andrea Stewart, the assistant corner-public administrator at the Mariposa […]

JCF Healthcare District faces low revenues and has high expenses

At the John C. Fremont Healthcare District, it seems there is more money going out than coming in. Chief Financial Officer Shahri Taj said the district is losing about $9,000 more on a daily basis than in fiscal year 2020. Looking at the JCF District’s income statements, overall balance and cash runoffs, Taj said since last June, “we have reduced […]

Structure fire reported Tuesday morning

A structure fire was reported on Tuesday morning in Mariposa County, though few details were known as of our press time. The fire was toned out around 11:15 a.m. to the 6000 block of Chowchilla Mountain Road in the Ponderosa Basin. The initial call, according to emergency scanner traffic, was for a burn pile that was out of control. However, […]

Hate crime suspected in attempted murder case

Authorities say stabbing incident was racially motivated

Robert Wayne LongA Coarsegold resident is accused of stabbing a man and leading deputies on a pursuit before he was taken into custody this weekend, officials said, charged with attempted murder, commission of a hate crime and evading a peace officer. Just before 5 p.m. on Friday, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) received reports of a stabbing in the […]

Region coming back to life

Outdoors activities play prominent role in returning to normal

Area resident and founder of EMRAP Jennifer Mulliken is shown talking to families after story time with Miss Heather at Oakhurst Community Park. Photo by Kellie Flanagan There’s good stuff happening around Eastern Madera County and, pretty often, Jennifer Mullikin is right in the middle of it. That makes sense, since she’s president of the nascent nonprofit Eastern Madera Recreation […]

Some say trash law is garbage

Emadco staff will host an organic recycling information and education workshop on the first Friday of every month this year. The location is 40287 Oak Park Way in Oakhurst. All business owners and the public are welcome to attend. Submitted photo There’s a new trash law coming to parts of Madera County that has some people crying foul. Thousands of […]

Still in Red, but Orange on the horizon

Madera County made progress on the pandemic reopening rainbow this week and, while the county is still in the Red Tier as of May 4, officials said the current numbers show movement toward the less restrictive Orange Tier — perhaps as soon as next week. And, there’s even a little yellow on the horizon. All these colors mean the county […]

Bass Lake Fishing Derby a success: hook, line and sinker

Champion ax-lete Nate Hodges of Yosemite Axe Throwing in Oakhurst and his daughter, Avrey, spend the day together making money at Bass Lake for the 2021 Fishing Derby. Photo courtesy Miller’s LandingThe 2021 Bass Lake Fishing Derby came off without a hitch but included plenty of snags as some 298 finny ones were caught for a total payout of more […]

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