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In Memory of Bertram Wentzek July 1933-January 2021

Bertram Wentzek was born July 13, 1933 in Bremerhaven Germany. Bertram is survived by his wife and best friend, Hope; his son William; two daughters by marriage, Allison and Kate; his sisters Dagmar of North Carolina and Trauduer of Germany; as well as numerous friends whom he considered family. In 1958 Bertram traveled to New York city from Germany on ...

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Announcing Mariposa County’s Poetry Out Loud Champion

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa County Arts Council has awarded Sydney Jacobs, a senior at Mariposa County High School, the title of Mariposa County Champion of Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation contest that encourages youth voice and agency through the memorization and performance of great historical and contemporary poetry. This contest took place virtually and required participants to select and ...

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Over the Garden Fence: What Vegetables Should I Grow?

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Beginning vegetable gardeners are often stymied about what vegetables to grow in their gardens. The general rule of thumb is to pick easy-to-grow varieties that you enjoy eating. California has a unique Mediterranean climate that is suitable for growing many types of vegetables throughout the year. In cooler northern climates, most crops are grown in the late spring and summer. ...

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Madera and Mariposa County Schools’ Virtual Job Fair – February 22, 2021

MADERA – The Madera County Superintendent of Schools is hosting a Free Virtual Job Fair February 22, 2021. Many school districts within Madera County and Mariposa County have current and future job opportunities! During two zoom sessions, representatives from school districts, charter schools and county offices will provide an overview of their agency and the positions they intend to fill. ...

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Mariposa County Soliciting Input For County Budget Process

MARIPOSA – As the most recent stay at home order is lifted across the state, there is hope on the horizon. Vaccines are being distributed, pandemic case numbers are dropping and businesses are beginning to reopen. We must remain vigilant—we’re not out of the woods just yet—but there is hope that we will be able to move to the next ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Bare Root Planting Techniques

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By Bob Labozetta (UC Master Gardener, Mariposa) December through March is the time to plant fruit and nut trees. Bare root trees are less expensive, transport easily and acclimate best to native soils. Once you’ve chosen your variety of bare root tree, it’s time to plant. Choose a site that gets a minimum of six to eight hours of sunlight ...

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PG&E Update on Mono Wind Event and Preparations for Upcoming Severe Weather

Wind event update – PG&E crews continue to work on repairing damage from last weeks mono wind event. In some areas, they are essentially having to rebuild the infrastructure from scratch, particularly near Wawona and Fish Camp. Currently about 800 customers remain out of power. PG&E brought in temporary generation to restore many customers, and may install more in the ...

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Yosemite National Park Will Remain Closed Due to Significant Winter Storm Warning

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – Yosemite will remain closed at least until Saturday, January 30, 2021, conditions permitting. Park staff continue to clear roads and trails, mitigate hazard trees, and work toward restoring safe conditions for employees and visitors due to last week’s Mono wind event. A significant winter storm is forecast to begin Tuesday night. Hazardous conditions, including substantial snow ...

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Yosemite National Park Weather Alert

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park and the National Weather Service is forecasting heavy snow, rain, and winds starting late afternoon Tuesday, with heaviest rain/snow Wednesday and Thursday. Snow level will start around 2,000 feet and rise to about 5,000 ft. Up to 10-12 feet of snow is possible at the higher elevations. Please be advised of the current and upcoming ...

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Mariposa Arts Council Opens “Poetry Out Loud” Contest

MARIPOSA — Mariposa County high students grades 9th – 12th are invited to compete in the Mariposa County Arts Council’s virtual Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition — a national poetry recitation contest that encourages youth voice and agency through the memorization and performance of great historical and contemporary poetry. This contest requires students to select and memorize 2 poems and ...

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