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Locals reaching out to ‘heroes’ around country

Anne Klump, left, recently received three boxes of more than 200 handmade scarves, beanies and cards from Barb Hamilton, a representative of Mariposa Friends of Veterans. The “shipment” represents donations from community members who volunteer their time and talents to contribute “care packages” sent to deployed troops, veterans, first responders and health care workers. Submitted photoLocal residents are reaching out […]

Sierra National Forest now part of reservation system

This is a photo from Corlieu Falls in the Sierra National Forest. A new reservation system is now in place for people making overnight visits to the forest. Submitted photoIn what is becoming a national trend, people who make overnight visits to the Sierra National Forest can now make the wilderness permit reservations online. The popular recreation.gov website is now […]

Much is accomplished by forest service during recent prescribed burn operations

A brush pile on fire is pictured during burn operation conducted by the U.S. Forest Service on March 8, along County Road 274 in Madera County on the Bass Lake Ranger District. Submitted photoSince the start of prescribed burning on both ranger districts of the Sierra National Forest last month, officials with the United States Forest Service (USFS) said “a […]

Wedding festival and fair coming to Tenaya Lodge

A live, in-person wedding fair — with a technological twist — will soon take place at Tenaya Lodge. Aimed at helping engaged couples plan their Yosemite area weddings, the Yosemite Wedding Fair & Festival invites readers to explore all the ways their big days can be made even better. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. […]

Lorraine Walker reflects on her 100 years, 85 of which were spent in Mariposa County

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Editor’s note: Longtime Mariposa County resident Lorraine Saye Walker turned 100 years old on March 10. She now lives in Merced and her son, William Boeck, sat down with his mother to ask various questions submitted by this newspaper. The following are her answers. Question: Tell the readers about your life history. Answer: I was born outside of Minot, N.D., […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Jail Booking Report Here are some of the highlights from the recent booking reports at the Mariposa County Jail. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. March 1 – Arturo Isidro Garza, 26, Mariposa, was arrested for violation of parole. • Michael Castle Brand, 52, Merced, was arrested for being under the influence of […]

Songwriter retreat returns this weekend

The Yosemite Songwriting Retreat is scheduled for March 12-14 in the safety of your own home. Register online at yosemitesongwriting.com. A public concert will be held Friday, March 12 at 7 p.m. According to a press release, last year, the first Yosemite Virtual Songwriting Retreat brought creativity and community to the homes of more than 60 participants. It was such […]

The war after war



Mariposa County veteran Keith Stowell poses for a portrait inside the Keith M. Bertken Veterans of Foreign War Post 6042 in Mariposa late last month. Stowell served as a door gunner in the U.S. Army for a year during the Vietnam War. Photo by Allen Laman Keith Stowell walked into a movie theater a week after he returned from active […]

New gem in town

Antique store selling hand-picked relics and more


Bucio Fine Arts and Antique store is filled with more than just one genre of items. All items are unique, and handpicked by Raul Bucio from different estate sales and auctions. Photos by Jacqueline SuechtingNot just any piece will work. Rummaging through older and second hand relics, it takes a very particular eye to find exactly what he’s looking for […]

Pedaling an idea

Biking group hoping to add trails to Ahwahnee park, some skeptical


Masked Michael Broderick and Jorge Negrete are owners of Pedal Forward Bikes +Adventure in Oakhurst. They want the community to have safe trails for new mountain bikers and families to enjoy the sport. Photos by Kellie Flanagan Just off Highway 49 in Madera County, about five miles outside Oakhurst, Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park offers 400 acres of grassy meadows, rolling […]


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