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Over the Garden Fence: An Update from UCCE Master Gardeners of Mariposa

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By Bob Labozetta, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa While we shelter-in-place, gardening can be the perfect pick-me-up. The UCCE Master Gardeners of Mariposa County are available to help answer your gardening questions. Directly access the UCCE Master Gardeners of Mariposa County website at to obtain information. You can see what we are doing, access our radio show, send a question ...

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Grace Community Church of North Fork Announces New Ministry

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By Don Grove NORTH FORK — With the shutdown of non-essential businesses in force, Grace Community Church has continued weekly Sunday services on their web page. Grace Community feels church services are essential and have a remarkable new minister to step up to fill this service. Kim Williams is a candidate for ordination for the Northern California Nevada Conference, United Church of ...

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Oak Tree Care and Maintenance: Summer Practices

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By Ron Allen, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa County MARIPOSA — With warm, dry months ahead, many folks around Mariposa County with oak trees by their house or on their landscape might be asking how best to ensure the health of those trees. The short and happy answer is that you do not need to do too much. But you should ...

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Body’s By Boyd Opening New Location in Oakhurst

OAKHURST — Body’s By Boyd is pleased to announce we are officially open at our new location at 49643 Hartwell Rd. in Oakhurst. Our new facility is 16,100 square feet, more than triple the size of our previous building. We have installed all new state-of-the-art equipment including a GFS Ultra spray booth, Kaeser air center compressor system, GFS prep stations, ...

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The History Mystery #87: Who is This Mystery Person?

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By Christina McDonald, Sierra Mono Museum The Sierra Mono Museum is asking for a little help in identifying the individual riding this North Fork School bus, and the approximate decade. As the museum begins to move back, we would like more information on our photograph collections.  If anyone can identify this individual on the bus, maybe it’s the bus driver ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Master Gardeners at the Mariposa Farmers’ Market

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By Bob Labozetta, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa MARIPOSA — Remember the Mariposa Farmers’ Market? Now that the county is opening up, the Farmers’ Market will begin its annual schedule (every Wednesday, May though Oct.) starting — hopefully — May 20, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at the bottom of 6th St. and Stroming Rd., adjacent to the Mariposa Creek Parkway ...

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2020 Census Shows Communities Not Just Geographic Locations

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Article reprinted with permission from This story is part of an occasional series on the important community benefits that come from responding to the 2020 Census. Whether you live in a metropolis or a tiny crossroads, in the suburbs or on a boat sailing from port to port, responding to the 2020 Census is critical for your community. But ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Where, When and How to Transplant New Seedlings

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By Bob Labozetta, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa MARIPOSA — So you’ve started your seeds in pots or trays and they have sprouted. Now what? When it’s too early to transplant seedlings out into the garden, but they’re too big to remain in their first containers (or your seedlings are crowding each other), you need to transplant them into bigger pots ...

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The History Mystery #86: Mammoth Orange

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By Dan Carrion, E Clampus Vitus Historian One of the Valley’s most famous landmarks was located on Highway 99 at Fairmead. The “Mammoth Orange,” and its sister across the highway the “Whoa Boy Giant Orange,” served voyagers on Highway 99 for over 50 years. The Whoa Boy was built in 1941 on the west side of Highway 99 near the ...

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McClintock Op Ed: ‘Quarantine and a Free Society’

By Rep. Tom McClintock (R- CA 4th Congressional District)Quarantine is the forced confinement of a person who has contracted or been exposed to an infectious disease. Although it is a long-standing police power of governments, it is seldom used because seldom needed – sick people generally stay home on their own. When it must be used, it is subject to ...

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