Highway 49 North will be closed until ‘mid-summer’

Caltrans officials estimate the cost to be $11 million

Shown is the massive amount of work now being done on Highway 49 North just south of Bagby Recreation Area. Lake McClure is visible in the background. Caltrans officials are estimating the road will be open in “mid-summer,” though no specific date has been set. Photo by Rick Estrada/Caltrans It was the perfect storm. From Mother Nature’s standpoint, at least. […]

Everyone loves a (Butterfly) parade!

 Submitted by Bill Lowe Butterfly Festival chairman Thousands of people lined Highway 140 last Saturday morning from Burger King to the Pizza Factory. They were there to watch one of Mariposa’s largest events of the year, the Mariposa Butterfly Festival Parade. Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann announced 78 parade entries as they made their way past the review stand. Supervisors […]

It’s here: Fire season returns and tall grass is back, as well

Shown is the aftermath of the Detwiler Fire last July. This photo is just above the Bagby Grade. Photo by Nicole W. LittleJaime Williams has been around firefighting long enough to understand many things, including danger. Williams, the public information officer for the CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Mercied Unit knows this region could be in for another tough fire year. “We have […]

Americana on display during political forum

Candidates, from left, Marshall Long, Jerry Cox and Heather Bernikoff are shown during a debate last week at McCay Hall in Catheys Valley. Photo by Matt JohnsonDemocracy was alive and well at an event held in Catheys Valley last week. Police officers were directing traffic, a little league game was being played on a ballfield and a political debate was […]

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 April 23 – Gerardo Juarez-Mozo, 35, Merced, was arrested for driving on a suspended license. • Marvin Ray Glover, 49, Catheys Valley, was arrested for possession of a […]

Important dates set for upcoming election


The election season has been heating up lately, and some important dates are upcoming. The Mariposa County Registrar of Voters Office has announced several key dates. May 21 is the last day to register to vote. Persons who have not registered can do so at the Mariposa County Clerk’s Office located in the government center complex in Mariposa. To check […]

Your photos

Reader Beth Kellner of Bootjack said she frequents the “Wild Merced River” near Briceburg on a regular basis. She took this photo of a beaver, the first one she has spotted this spring in the river. Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to Please include your name and a short description of […]

Help for Habitat

Westamerica Bank recently donated $500 to help sponsor Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County’s Birdhouse and Garden Art Auction. The April 21 event at Sierra Cider was well attended and raised funding for Habitat’s mission of building homes, community and hope. Another recent donation of nearly $700 came to Habitat from Miner’s Roadhouse 140 from their December 2017 month-long benefit […]

Advisory council idea in limbo, JC Fremont Hospital board says

The status of a community advisory council was examined once again at the most recent John C. Fremont Healthcare District board meeting. The meeting was held April 25 in Mariposa. A patient family advisory council has been an idea the hospital board members have been looking into implementing over the past year. An advisory council is intended to be a […]

Clean as a whistle


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