Road closure causing businesses to struggle

William “Big Will” Decker is shown working in the kitchen at The Bon Ton Cafe. The cafe offers Cajun and southern food. Photo byMatt JohnsonHighway 49 might be known as “The Golden Chain Highway,” but for business owners located along the highway from Mt. Bullion to Coulterville, business has been anything but golden lately. Thanks — or rather, no thanks […]

Larry and Jeannie Roach mark 50th anniversary at special lunch

Larry and Jeannie RoachLarry and Jeannie Roach celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15, 2018. They had a special lunch at the Bumguardner Ranch. Family enjoyed the celebration with them. Their children and grandchildren were all there: Lisa and Mark Woods, Cathy and Ché Robbins, Brooke (Robbins) and Casey Wass, Austin and Laney Robbins, and Courtney Woods and her […]

For Violet Matlock, it’s more about memories than accolades

Violet Matlock will go down as one of the greatest pitchers in MCHS history. She is shown during postseason play in 2017. Photo by Matt JohnsonViolet Matlock has had her fair share of success in sports. She’s played well in pressure-packed situations, she’s been a section champion and she will go down as one of the greatest softball players in […]

Coulterville businesses have also been impacted

Coulterville businesses have also been affected by the March 22 storm and ensuing closure of a span of Highway 49. “It’s been really bad,” said Nina Mimnaugh, director of the Coulterville Visitor Center. “We usually get about 100 people a day through the visitor center, and we’re getting 20 now. Saturday we got two people the whole day. It’s killing […]

Kingsnakes are positive, expert says

A California kingsnake is shown in this photo. Former University of California Farm Advisor Gary W. Hickman said for the past few months, several California kingsnakes have been living on his property in the Bootjack area. In June, they are now 2 to 4 feet long and can move very quickly. This non-poisonous snake eats many kinds of rodents, lizards, […]

Humble Acker-James downplays his success

Devon Acker-James can do a little bit of everything on the basketball court, but he is known for his long range shooting. Photo by Matt JohnsonHe’s the leading single season scorer for boys basketball in Mariposa County High School history, with 610 points in the regular season. He holds the MCHS record for most points in a playoff game at […]

Solemn ceremony held as tattered American Flags are retired

In honor of ...

Boy Scout Troop 94 Chairman Keith Rieg places a tattered American Flag in the fire during a ceremony last week at Steve’s Sportsmans Cafe. Also shown are Kyler Rieg, right, and Scott McGrath, the scoutmaster for the troop. Below, Steve Knauf, owner of Steve’s Sportsmans Cafe, holds the American Flag during a ceremony held last week by American Legion Post […]

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The road well traveled

The “Best Scenic Drive” winner in the Readers’ Choice Awards was Highway 140 to Yosemite National Park. The newspaper presented the certificate to officials at Caltrans, the organization responsible for the maintenance of the heavily traveled highway that welcomes visitors from around the world. Caltrans is also responsible for keeping the road clear of litter. Shown, from left, are Mariposa […]

County Fire is in period of change

Officials hoping it stays positive

Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series about the Mariposa County Fire Department, including its past, the present and the future. Sometimes, to know the present, and possibly the future, you have to look at the past. History can teach lessons and for Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann, nothing is more obvious than the Mariposa County Fire […]

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