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Essay contest invites young hunters to opine on how hunting affects them

An essay contest is encouraging youth to share their thoughts on the benefits of hunting. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and California Wildlife Officer Foundation are again co-sponsoring the annual “Passing on the Tradition” essay contest for young hunters. The grand prize winner will receive a lifetime hunting license, valued at more than $600. This year’s contest […]

Medical debt workshop set Dec. 14 in Mariposa

A free workshop about medical debt will be held this month in Mariposa. The workshop is presented by Central California Legal Services, Inc. It will be from 1-3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14 at the Mariposa County Department of Community Services Senior Center, 5246 Spriggs Lane in Mariposa. Anyone who has hospital bills which they cannot afford is encouraged to attend. […]

Eyes and ears needed for Dec. 15 bird count


The yearly Christmas Bird Count is being held by the Audubon Society. The Mariposa count will be held Dec. 15, with other counts in Yosemite and nearby counties. Audubon.org photoThe arrival of December heralds a multitude of holiday traditions and festive celebrations. Among the traditions for birding enthusiasts is the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), when intrepid observers throughout […]

Area insurance company insolvent, check policies


Mariposa County residents should take a close look at their insurance policies after a company in the region has been determined as insolvent. Merced Property & Casualty Company was declared insolvent this week by the California Insurance Commission. It happened because of the massive claims the company owes following the Camp Fire in Butte County. “People should check who they […]

What to know for fall turkey hunting

California CDFW Q&A

CDFW photoQuestion: I’m new to hunting and would like to try to bag a turkey this fall. Most of the information I’ve read about turkey hunting seems to be specific to the spring season. Are there different techniques or approaches I should use for a fall hunt? (Emmy) Answer: Congratulations on obtaining your license! There has been a fall wild […]

Soroptimists make donation to local Habitat for Humanity

From left, Soroptimist Service Chair Juanita Vegely and Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Roger Powell are shown. Submitted photoSoroptimist International of Mariposa recently made a $500 donation to Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County (Mariposa Habitat). A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, Mariposa Habitat builds simple and affordable homes in partnership with those in need of decent housing. Families purchase […]

December CDFW calendar released

Several outdoor activities are slated this month through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Here is a listing. • Various days — Guided wetland tours, by reservation, at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley. A wildlife naturalist will lead any group, school or organization on a half-mile route through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife […]

Tioga, Glacier Point roads are now closed

The Tioga and Glacier Point roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the winter season. There have been several storm systems that have moved through the park over the past two weeks. The Tioga Road is a seasonal road that closes each season, based on weather and road conditions. The road is closed from Crane Flat junction to park […]

Five tips to keep tires ready for holiday driving


Act now to prepare your vehicle for driving in California’s winter season. Courtesy photoHoliday season is here again, meaning an extra-large helping of food, family, friends and fun are in store. Unfortunately, so is the seasonal nasty weather. Be prepared for chilling temps, rain and — in some areas of California — snow that could easily put a damper on […]

Comments sought on Big Oak Flat project

Yosemite National Park officials have announced the release of the Replace Big Oak Flat Welcome Center Complex Environmental Assessment (EA). The public comment period for the EA is open until Dec. 20. The EA describes and analyzes one action alternative to improve visitor experience, address deferred maintenance, improve safety and increase operational efficiency at the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center […]


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