Citizen raises concern about holes in ballot envelopes in Madera County

The Madera County Registrar/Recorders office this week sought to allay concerns over the possibility of election fraud arising from two small holes punched into the back of voters’ blue ballot-return envelopes. The purpose of the holes is accessibility for people who are visually impaired and the holes also help officials confirm ballots have been removed and votes recorded. To avoid […]

Oakhurst Fall Festival to return in October

Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the 28th annual Oakhurst Fall Festival returns to Oakhurst Community Park in Yosemite’s southern gateway for three days of fair-tastic fun from Friday, Oct. 8 through Sunday, Oct. 10. Submitted photoThe 28th annual Oakhurst Fall Festival returns to Oakhurst Community Park in Yosemite’s southern gateway for three days of fair-tastic fun from Friday, Oct. […]

JCF reinstates no-visitation policy

Due to the latest spike in Covid-19 cases in Mariposa County, the John C. Fremont (JCF) Healthcare District is going back to its no visitation policy as of last Friday. According to Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Gonzolo Tafoya, the hospital has seen a “significant uptick in emergency room patients” consisting of a range of both residents and tourists. Not saying […]

Local initiative focuses on art and design for community projects

With the push for arts at the center of plans, the Creative Placemaking Strategy (CPS) was approved last week by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. The CPS has been in the works since 2019 by the CPS Advisory Committee, Mariposa Arts Council and the Mariposa County Planning Department to provide a vision for public art and design to align […]

Supervisors appoint 9 to CCAP committee

Fulfilling their dedication for further community involvement, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors appointed nine members to the Code Compliance Advisory Committee (CCAC) last week. The committee members will serve one-to three-year terms to ensure there is member continuity down the line. “This committee will be developing recommendations to the board for an effective code compliance process and program,” said […]

ABC announces new liquor licenses for sale in Mariposa

 Eric Hirata, director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, has announced authorization for the issuance of five new, on-sale general licenses for bona fide public eating places in Mariposa County, as authorized in Section 23826.15 of the Business & Professions Code. Any premises to qualify for a license under this statute shall have a seating capacity for 50 or […]

Music on the Green series canceled

The Mariposa County Arts Council has canceled the remainder of the 2021 Music on the Green Summer Concert Series due to public health concerns. This cancellation applies to concerts scheduled for Aug. 20 (the Grasskickers), Aug. 21 (Mike Hammar and the Nails), Aug. 27 (Good Medicine) and Aug. 28 (Roger Perry). “The Arts Council is hopeful for a full Music […]

Rotarians honored for service to community

Above: Rotary Club District Governor Tim Madden recognizes Heidi Dulcich, one of the recipients of the Paul Harris Fellow Award at a club meeting in late July. Below: Madden is welcomed and appreciated by Club President Elaine Seymour at the July meeting. Submitted photos“Service Above Self,” the International Rotary Club motto, is among the focusing words that guide Rotarians locally […]

Master Gardeners to oversee return of floral, produce competitions

The UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County will once again oversee produce and floral competitions at this year’s Mariposa County Fair. Want to enter? Contest entry forms are available at the Mariposa Fairgrounds and Exposition Center website. Produce and floral entry forms are accepted through Friday, Aug. 27, by 5 p.m., at the fairgrounds office. Fair entries must be dropped […]

Census data troubles local schools’ leader

Construction continues on a new Mariposa County High School classroom building on Monday. Jeff Aranguena, superintendent of Mariposa County Unified Schools, believes the decreasing Mariposa County population numbers revealed in the 2020 U.S. Census are “cause for concern.” Photo by Allen LamanIn the past decade, Mariposa County’s population has shrunk by roughly 1,100 residents, according to U.S. Census data released […]

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