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Free computer classes will be offered at library in Mariposa

 Anti-hacking, cell phone, tablets and social media will be the topics covered in free computer classes at the Mariposa Library from May through July. Classes take place from noon to 2 p.m. on the first and last Thursdays of the month (with some exceptions). They are taught by Jerry Wagner and the staff of Red Tail Ridge Technical Services in […]

Learn, explore, create at library makerspace

The Mariposa County Library offers free workshops on the first and third Thursday of the month from 3-4:30 p.m. as part of its Green S.T.E.A.M. Makerspace program. The workshops are open to people of all ages and abilities. The topics are based on the theme of sustainability with each workshop related to science, technology, engineering, art or math (STEAM). Many […]

A real character

Dave Thomas to debut new radio show this month

Shown is Dave Thomas, who will be debuting a new local radio show this month. Photo by Robert AscroftDave Thomas is a character. Actually, he’s hundreds of characters. “I’ve been in the entertainment industry my whole life,” said Thomas. An Army brat, Thomas lived in many locations before finally settling down in Riverside. Thomas said his interest in entertainment began […]

Dangers of destructive decisions displayed

Students at Mariposa County High School got to view a simulated scene of an impaired driving incident on Monday morning at the high school campus. It was part of the Every 15 Minutes program. It’s a program geared toward making students think about the dangers of drinking and driving, as well as their responsibility to ensure personal safety and make […]

Monsters are returning to Mariposa in bucking event



“Monsters” are coming to Mariposa. The Gold Coast Bucking Bull Association is bringing their bulls to town for their fifth annual event on Saturday, May 12 at the Mariposa Fairgrounds. The young bulls will be bucking that day at 9 a.m., with Jr. Futurity, Futurity and Derby Bull. The morning classes are free. The rider bulls will start at 6 […]

Two wild horses are adopted for park duty

Justin Fey, manager of the Yosemite mounted patrol program, is shown with the two latest members — Drifter and Sandman. Submitted photoYosemite National Park has adopted two mustangs that were trained in the Sacramento Sheriff’s Wild Horse Program to assist Park Rangers perform a variety of duties. The six year old geldings, Drifter and Sandman, arrived in the park in […]

Everyone loves a (Butterfly) parade!

 Submitted by Bill Lowe Butterfly Festival chairman Thousands of people lined Highway 140 last Saturday morning from Burger King to the Pizza Factory. They were there to watch one of Mariposa’s largest events of the year, the Mariposa Butterfly Festival Parade. Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann announced 78 parade entries as they made their way past the review stand. Supervisors […]

YARTS holds community outreach meeting

Many suggestions given to improve bus service, including how to better connect with Amtrak


Selena McKinney, senior planner from LSC Transportation Consultants, stands in front of a group of community members to talk about the Short-Range Transit Plan for YARTS. Photo by Matt JohnsonIf you’ve lived in Mariposa County for a while, you’ve almost certainly seen the big YARTS buses moving about the area. They’re hard to miss. The Yosemite Area Regional Transport System […]

Military matters: Supervisors pay tribute to local veterans



Mariposa County Supervisor Rosemarie Smallcombe (middle) presented Kathaleen Hefner (right) of the local Mind Matters group with a resolution declaring May as Mental Health Awareness Month. To the left is Ron Schmidt, chairperson of the behavioral health board and the IHSS advisory committee.The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors declared May 2018 as National Military Appreciation Month. Mariposa County Supervisor Rosemarie […]

Judicial candidates will speak at next meeting of local Dem Club

 In June voters will have an opportunity to elect a Mariposa County Superior Court Judge. The choice will be to re-elect Dana Walton, who has been sitting on the bench for 17 years, or Ed Johnson, his challenger. The candidates will be presenting their views and answering questions on Saturday, May 12, at 9:45 a.m. at the Miners Inn Roadhouse. […]


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