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Elegant Auction to be online to benefit park

The 35th Elegant Auction to benefit Oakhurst Community Park is going online Oct. 4 through Oct. 17, with previews of items including a trip to Ireland available starting Sept. 30. Rescheduled and now re-envisioned due to Covid-19 complications, it’s not the in-person Elegant Auction that volunteer organizers may have preferred, but it’s still the biggest fundraiser for the nonprofit community […]

Who is Jeff Aiello and how does he know all this stuff?

After working in broadcast television for 30-plus years and serving as head of production and marketing for ABC30 for half of that time, Jeff and his wife Jill started their own production company in 2014. Submitted photoLocals watching for news of the Creek Fire on social media may have encountered “a guy named Jeff ” whose live Facebook feeds are […]

Wildland firefighter classes set next year

Anyone who is willing to work hard, get dirty and travel may be interested to know that Yosemite Adult School in Oakhurst is scheduling Basic Wildland Firefighter classes for early next year, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service. Three academies are tentatively planned for January, February and April 2021. Specific dates will be released at a later time. This […]

Soroptimist group still hard at work

Despite the cancellation to this year’s Soroptimist Christmas Craft Show and Home Tour, Soroptimist is still hard at work so that they can continue to serve the community. Pictured are the club’s most recent recipients of its Live Your Dreams award, the cornerstone program of Soroptimist International of Mariposa. Shown from left are Award Committee Member Patricia Perry, Award Committee […]

4-H to sell drive thru family meals

The Mariposa County 4-H Council is preparing its Drive Thru Fundraiser Dinner for Oct. 2, between 4-7 p.m. It will be held at the Red Bud Cafe, located at the Mariposa Fairgrounds. Tri-tip, chicken and pasta entrees will be prepared in family size portions ($45) and also a smaller meal for two ($30). Rolls and salad will be included as […]

Beat Harvest music students performing in online concert

Local musician Adam Burns is shown. He helps organize Beat Harvest every year. Submitted photoOrganizers of the annual Beat Harvest refuse to let a global pandemic stop the community from enjoying music. And according to them, the best part is, people don’t even have to leave their homes to join the fun. The upcoming Beat Harvest student show will be […]

A home run


Proud parents Matthew Cardona and Eva Yanez would like to welcome their first son, George Dean Cardona, born at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock on Sept. 4, 2020. George was 9.8 pounds heavy and 21.5 inches long. The couple are both graduates of Mariposa County High School and live in the Lake Don Pedro/Coulterville area.

Yosemite Facelift takes on new form this year

The annual Yosemite Facelift even will be held differently this year due to Covid-19. Yosemite Facelift photo Yosemite Facelift is truly a remarkable event. Founded by local man Ken Yager of the Yosemite Climbing Association, Yosemite Facelift is an annual event dedicated to the stewardship of Yosemite National Park. Through the efforts of volunteers each year, massive amounts of trash […]

Perceptions about Merced River Trail project addressed by county employee

The Merced River Trail Community Working Group is an official county advisory committee comprised of community members with expertise in a range of topics related to the trail and the river corridor. Listed above are the members. Submitted photoWhen it comes to a project as important and noteworthy as the Merced River Trail, clear communication from those involved is vitally […]


Steps can be taken to prevent bear encounters

Black bears in Yosemite National Park are a natural species, but visitors are urged to use caution and make sure food storage is proper. Submitted photoIn the past several weeks, bear encounters and sightings have been on the rise in Mariposa County, including at Yosemite National Park. There are many factors involved. One factor is the time of year. In […]

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