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Group threatens to sue school district over not fully reopening to all students



Yosemite Unified School District Superintendent Glen Billington, seen on the Yosemite High campus just before spring break, said they want students back on campus full time as soon as possible. Photo by Kellie FlanaganA school district in Eastern Madera County may be facing a lawsuit brought on behalf of local parents and guardians who say they want classes to resume […]

Determined dad finds opportunity with ‘Nerf Wars’



About 60 kids turned out for the first Nerf Oakhurst Wars (NOW) this month. The next event is scheduled for May 1 at Oakhurst Community Park. Photo by Jessica Carrick Instead of sitting around complaining about how his kids had nothing to do, one local dad decided to organize something fun. Ahwahnee resident Shawn Mecca saw an opportunity to bring […]

Who you gonna call?

In an emergency, it’s hard-working dispatchers, that’s who


CHP dispatcher Ashley Wilson grew up in the Atwater area and started with the department when she was just 22 and has been on the job for a dozen years. Submitted photosYour car breaks down on a busy highway or a stretch of empty road, or you witness an accident. Or, worse yet, you’re in an accident. Who you gonna […]

Work underway on stabilization of land scarred by the Creek Fire



Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler (on left) and Sheriff Tyson Pogue (fourth from left) are shown on April 13 in North Fork with representatives from Madera County, ENGEO and SOX Erosion Solutions. They are collaborating to stabilize areas burned in last year’s devastating Creek Fire. Submitted photoWorking with consultants, local officials are finding ways to keep burned areas […]

Business on track at Sugar Pine Railroad



Above, the former West Side Lumber Co. Shay #15 is a 59-ton geared locomotive built by the Lima Locomotive Works of Lima, Ohio, and has a tractive effort of 25,830 pounds. The #15 now serves the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad on tourist excursions through the Sierra National Forest. Right, volunteers from Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park were recently […]

County won’t be seeing orange

New spike in Covid cases partly attributable to mountain areas


Speaking before the Madera County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 20, the county’s health director said she had “not my favorite news to report today.” “We are, in fact, staying in the Red Tier,” said Sara Bosse, referring to the colored tier system currently used in California’s post-pandemic reopening plan, “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” “We were hopeful because […]

NatureBridge to host five-day camp in park

NatureBridge campers are shown walking in Yosemite National Park. Photo courtesy NatureBridge NatureBridge’s Crane Flat campus in Yosemite National Park will serve as base camp for a five-day adventure which will allow families to explore one of the country’s most iconic national parks. NatureBridge’s skilled Educators will guide families through giant sequoia groves, Yosemite Valley and the Sierra High Country, […]

Treasure trove

Photo by Nicole W. LittleA ribbon cutting was held last week for Bucio Fine Arts & Antiques in Mariposa. The event was coordinated by the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce. The store offers a wide variety of merchandise. Shown from left are Esmeralda Ramirez, owner Raul Bucio, Kari Kisela from the chamber and Marshall Long, supervisor for District 3. … […]

Merced College has made various upgrades to welcome students back

Students coming to Merced College in the fall, when in-person courses are expected to resume, will find a slew of new resources and campus upgrades. This was made possible by more than $12 million in Covid-19 relief funds as well as general funds allocated by the Merced Community College District Board of Trustees. The board recently approved a list of […]

AAUW announces winners of tech video contest

Shown are AAUW Tech Connect Video Contest winners. Shown, from left, are Sydney Jacobs, AAUW co-coordinator Kim Monson and Coury Jones. Photo by Nicole W. LittleThe Mariposa branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has announced the winners of its inaugural Tech Connect Video Contest. The winner is Coury Jones who will receive $500 and second place is […]


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