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Sheriff concerned about increased meth use


 There’s no rest when it comes to battling crime. And for Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies, the use of illegal drugs is one of the most concerning crimes occurring locally. Specifically, the use of methamphetamine. “Mariposa County is seeing a tremendous tick up in methamphetamine usage and sales,” Binnewies said during the April 23 meeting of the Mariposa County Board […]

Jazz Fest hoping to promote music, cultural compassion



The West Coast Jazz Fest concert will be held May 4. It was the brainchild of Tom Hoffman and his wife, Sharon Hoffman. Photo by Matt Johnson International Jazz Day was actually held on April 30 of this year, but just because it’s a few days after the fact, it doesn’t mean the celebration has to end. A special “West […]

Parks and Rec fees are increased slightly



The 2019 Mariposa County Parks and Rec fee increases are shown in this graphic. Submitted photoFees will be raised slightly for Parks and Recreations programs in Mariposa County. The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last week to raise fees — very slightly — for activities such as swim lessons, pool passes, fitness classes and other activities. “It pains […]

Child abuse nonprofit leads the way with new text and online chat platform geared for teens

 As any parent knows, it isn’t always easy to talk to teens. It can be even more challenging to communicate with teens and young people in crisis. But a national nonprofit focused on the treatment and prevention of child abuse is leading the way to help youth and families in need with an innovative new platform to connect them with […]

Caltrans memorial honors fallen highway workers

Each year, Caltrans honors its fallen workers with a ceremony in Sacramento. Since 1921, there have been 189 Caltrans workers who died in the line of duty. Submitted photoLast week, Caltrans honored the lives of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while working to keep others safe, building and maintaining California’s transportation system. At the 29th Annual Workers Memorial, Caltrans […]

New survey reveals farmers struggling to hire employees

A survey released this week shows California farmers are having trouble hiring enough people to perform labor. This has been a continuing problem for several years. Submitted photoDespite taking a variety of steps to alleviate chronic shortages of agricultural employees, California farmers and ranchers continue to report problems in hiring enough people for on-farm jobs. A survey released this week […]

New cabins at Tenaya Lodge set to open this summer

Tenaya Lodge is elevating the Yosemite experience this summer with the debut of the Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge. The cabin development will offer guests a unique Yosemite “cabineering” experience that combines the refined comforts of a modern cabin, personalized service and the perks of a full-service resort — all in a pristine mountain setting. The cabins are expected to […]

Chorus will hold spring concert this month

The Mariposa Community Chorus is one of the oldest choruses along the Golden Chain Highway, according to its members. Submitted photoThe Mariposa Community Chorus will hold its spring concert on Monday, May 20. The concert is titled “Stage and Screen,” and includes hits from “The Lion King,” “Oklahoma,” “Hamilton,” “Les Miserables,” “The Wizard of Oz” and much more. It is […]

Candidate to address local group

Sean FrameSean Frame, a candidate for Congress, will be speaking in Mariposa. Frame will speak on Saturday, May 11, at Miner’s Roadhouse at 9:30 a.m. at a meeting of the Mariposa Democratic Club. Frame has announced he is running against Rep. Tom McClintock. Frame and his family live in Placerville. He has been on the school board there for the […]

Landscape videos to be focus of program

Most people are familiar with beautiful landscape photography, but using photography to create videos means taking that interest to another level. Paul Rutigliano of Ros-Lynn Studios of Fresno will present a program on Wednesday, May 8, at the Human Services Building on Highway 49 North at 6:30 p.m. This is a free event for the community. Rutigliano is a well-known […]


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