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Schools will require masks for students



Some school restrictions will soften. But masks will remain. Local educators expected all Covid-19-related restrictions, guidelines and health mandates to be lifted going into the 2021-22 school year. This is not the case. “So, we’re disappointed,” said Jeff Aranguena, superintendent of Mariposa County Unified Schools. “But with that said, for all of us who have lived through this over the […]

Inside this week

Photo by Nicole W. LittleHanna Wackerman and Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese are shown in this photo taken at AutoCamp Yosemite. Briese and Wackerman were winners in the annual “Readers’ Choice” contest voted on by newspaper readers. This week, there is a special section devoted to the contest. It begins on page C-1. … An online subscription is required to […]

Cutter invokes the ‘sovereign-citizen’ movement as trial date draws nearer


It was a strange scene inside the Mariposa County Courthouse last week when a local man accused of sexual crimes against a minor began a rambling speech which was sometimes incoherent and invoked the “sovereign citizen movement.” The hearing before Mariposa County Superior Court Judge Michael Fagalde was for trial readiness in the case against Michael Cutter, 31, who is […]

MPUD now working on settlement with group seeking public records



Was it a misunderstanding or miscommunication? Or maybe a classic case of emails getting sent to the spam folder. Whatever it was, Susan Wages, the general manager of the Mariposa Public Utility District (MPUD), is being sued by Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) after allegedly not releasing requested information via the California Public Records Act. After the last case management […]

Clan Dyken, Green Machine to headline musical weekend

Clan DykenMusic on the Green will feature Clan Dyken on July 30 and Green Machine on July 31. Clan Dyken continues to refine the music they’ve been making for more than 20 years. After repeated requests, they have finally pulled together this greatest hits CD for their family of friends and fans. As this century unfolds with a focus on […]

Eco-friendly nonprofit growing in Mt. Bullion



Will Morris, cofounder of the Happy Goat farm in Mt. Bullion, feeds a herd of goats at the remote property last Thursday. The farm is part of a larger nonprofit. Organization leaders aspire to use the grounds as an educational hub for a network of regenerative farmers and Mariposa County residents. Photo by Allen LamanAbout a month ago, local entrepreneurs […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Jail Booking Report Here are some of the highlights from the recent booking reports at the Mariposa County Jail. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. July 19 – Haley Maurine Malenfant, 31, Mariposa, was arrested on warrants for two counts of failure to appear after written promise, misdemeanor failure to appear and possession […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

July 19 - July 25

• EMS – 5 • Fires – 5 • Public Assists – 0 • Auto Collisions – 0 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 13 volunteer stations located throughout the county. If you are 18 years of age and possess a valid CA driver’s license, we would love to hear from you! Positions are available for fire/medical and […]

Ashton granted change of venue in murder case


A Mariposa man accused of killing his son and who has been in jail for more than a year and a half will remain in jail longer pending a location for his trial. Jesse Ashton, 24, pleaded not guilty in January 2020 after being charged with killing his 22-month-old son, Bradley Reynolds, in April 2018. Ashton has remained in the […]

National officials raise fire danger level to highest possible; earliest ever designation

Firefighter Brendon Bourdet working on the Creek Fire, September 2020. Photo courtesy 40th Combat Aviation Brigade. Photo courtesy 40th Combat Aviation BrigadeWe’re leveling up, but not in the way you’d want. A federal fire agency has elevated the nation’s emergency preparedness level to its highest limit for wildland fire in a decade. Due to “significant fire activity occurring in multiple […]


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