Mariposa Town Hall and Toppling Pines

Mariposa Town Hall and Toppling Pines

The ponderosa pine zone wraps around the belly of the western Sierra, bridging the scrubby oak-and-bull-pine forests of the lower elevations with the shady mixed conifer stands of higher reaches.  At 1,950 feet above sea level, the town of Mariposa sits below the ponderosa belt--and, for that matter, below National Forest boundaries.  And yet, public lands and forest health were recurring themes on February 21, when U.S. Congressman Tom McClintock held a Town Hall meeting at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds.

Are we about to be left in the lurch?

Are we about to be left in the lurch?

What does Tom think of the AHCA? Is it the Republican’s best effort and better system he promised us? He plainly stated the consequences of missing the target, reminding his colleagues that “we’ll be judged in the election less than two years away.” How will his previous positions hold up under pressures from Republican leadership and his constituents at home?