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Roadwork planned for Highways 140 and 49

The California Department of Transportation will perform various operations on highways 49 and 140 this week in Mariposa County. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays and take alternate routes whenever possible. Highway 49 • Intermittent lane closures from the Madera-Mariposa County Line to Varain Road for striping operations beginning Sunday, Sept. 19, through Friday, Sept. 24, from 6 p.m. to 6 […]

UC Merced given high honor for diversity

UC Merced was recognized this week with the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. “This award reflects and honors the principles of UC Merced,” said Chancellor Juan Sanchez Munoz. “We are committed to ensuring that our campus community is inclusive and equitable, and that […]

The struggle within

Covid situation in YUSD brings out strong emotions


Families gathered before district trustees on Raupp Field at Yosemite High School (YHS) in Oakhurst on Wednesday, Sept. 15 in a meeting held outdoors to accommodate those who did not want to wear masks. The district plans a new Covid-19 dashboard to keep the community up to date on testing and quarantine of students at schools including YHS. Photo from […]

State group assisting with prescribed burn initiative


With support from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the Sierra Sequoia Burn Cooperative will conduct prescribed and cultural burns and expand tribal and other local prescribed fire crews by conducting training events in conjunction with the burns. Photo courtesy Southern Sierra Prescribed Fire CouncilA California state agency will give more than $280,000 to a center studying the history and culture of […]

Man convicted for starting fires near Hensley Lake area



Shown is a graphic provided by the district attorney’s office to support Waltz’s conviction shows a map of the Hensley Lake area in which a lighter location, a truck location, an arrest location and seven separate fire start locations are depicted.A Madera County man is in jail awaiting his sentencing for starting fires in the Raymond area around Hensley Lake. […]

Groups are key element in new wildfire effort



Pictured in North Fork on Sept. 14 on the occasion of signing an MOU between Madera County and Yosemite Sequoia RCDC are, from left, Madera County Fire Division Chief Matt Watson, North Fork Rancheria member Elain Fink, Sierra National Forest Superintendent Dean Gould, Madera County Sheriff Tyson Pogue, Yosemite Sequoia RCDC project manager Ruby Teffeteller and Madera County District 5 […]

Poppins show canceled

Supercalifragi-darnit! In a practically imperfect turn of events, the opening of Mary Poppins the Musical at the Golden Chain Theatre (GCT) in Oakhurst has been postponed for two weeks. “We at GCT care deeply about the well-being and safety of our community; our many patrons, partners, volunteers and supporters,” theater management said in a press release on Sept. 17, the […]

In spite of struggles, Pine Tree Market continues to serve Wawona community



Local twins Jocelyn and Jaiden Stansberry painted an intricately drawn mural around the fridge (it continues on the other side) at Pine Tree Market as their community service project before graduating from Yosemite High School this year. Photo by Kellie Flanagan Considering it’s been a year not unlike Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, the owner of Pine Tree Market in Yosemite […]

Madera County hits 20,000 Covid-19 patients mark



As Madera County hovers around the 20,000 total patients mark this week, even Mary Poppins was affected by Covid-19 when her musical opening at Golden Chain Theatre was postponed after company members tested positive for the virus. An as-yet-unknown number of students were tested and quarantined at Yosemite High School after a Badgers football game was canceled due to positive […]

Locals wanted to boot Newsom from office

California Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses the crowd in Sacramento following his decisive victory in the recall election last week. Submitted photoAlthough the majority of Mariposa County voters wanted Gov. Gavin Newsom recalled, the vast majority of people in California did not. Last week, Newsom, a Democrat, was the subject of a statewide recall election. Though some felt it might be […]


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