Share your favorite family recipes with county library

The Mariposa County Library is inviting community members to share their favorite family recipes with the community. Recipes are being included in the library’s new online community cookbook, Mariposa Morsels. Here is how to submit recipes: 1. Go to 2. Click on “Self-publishing” at top of page 3. Click on “Submit Recipes to Mariposa Morsels” 4. Click on “submit […]

Three major county departments consolidate

Consulting firm used for combination of health, human, community services

After a few months of working toward it, three county departments are consolidating. Mariposa County Human Services, Mariposa County Community Services and the Mariposa County Health Department are now one entity, an integrated Health and Human Services Department. The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to approve the restructure during a meeting on Aug. 14. “This is something I […]

Live Your Dream award applications are now open

 Soroptimist International of Mariposa is now accepting applications for this year’s “Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards.” These cash awards are to help women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families, pay for the costs of improving their education, skills and employment prospects. Live Your Dream Award recipients may use the cash grant to […]


Ferguson Fire now contained, various work still ongoing

A firefighter picks up hose on Highway 41 near Chinquapin after battling a spot fire Friday, Aug. 10 during the Ferguson Fire. The fire has now been declared 100 percent contained. Photo by United States Forest Service/Stuart Palley Thirty-eight days later and the Ferguson Fire has finally been declared contained. The blaze, which has disrupted commerce and vacation plans of […]

Soda, tobacco smells make an impression on young boy

Shown is downtown Mariposa circa 1940, including the pharmacy where the smells were unmistakable. Submitted photoAt almost 10 years of age, sights, sounds and smells are critical. The predominate smell from the soda fountain was the malted milk which was kept in a heavy tin container with a tight lid which sat on the back bar next to the milkshake […]

Highway 41 to open Friday, Glacier Point still closed

Highway 41 in Yosemite will be opening at 8 a.m. Friday, according to park officials. The road has been closed because of the Ferguson Fire. Though the fire is now listed as 100 percent contained, there are still fire crews working in the area, including a fire camp at the Badger Pass ski area. Scott Gediman, public relations officer for […]

Spreading the love

On Sunday, Aug. 19, a group of Mariposa business owners and friends made an afternoon trip to the community of Coulterville. They went to shop, dine and visit with the merchants there who have been hard hit by the closing of Highway 49 and Highway 132 this year. Members of the group said though Mariposa, too, has been hit hard […]

Inside this issue …

Believe it or not, the Mariposa County Fair begins next week. The annual event draws people from all over the country, who also celebrate with old friends. This year, the fair book is being presented in a new, modern format. It is 60 pages, all slick stock paper, with full-color throughout. This year’s book features stories about many of the […]

Paying it forward

Man giving away $20 bills throughout the community

Delmer Humphrey is shown with a spread of $20 bills. Photo by Matt JohnsonMoney doesn’t guarantee happiness, but it can sure be used as a tool to bring happiness to others. That’s the outlook of Delmer Humphrey, 70, of Mariposa. The retired casino security worker has made it his personal mission this summer to “pay it forward.” Humphrey came into […]

Ranger found dead at Yosemite

John Cogdell IIIA season park ranger has been found dead at Yosemite National Park. John Blevins Cogdell III was found deceased in Yosemite Valley on Friday, Aug. 17. He was first reported missing on Aug. 15, according to Scott Gediman, public information officer for Yosemite. Gediman said Cogdell was a seasonal campground ranger. Those rangers generally greet campers and handle […]

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