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July 24, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Community briefing in El Portal was held Monday  Free Access 

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 11:20 a.m. - A community briefing regarding the El Portal and Dark Hole fires was held at 6 p.m. on Monday at El Portal Elementary School at 9670 Rancheria Flat Road. More...

El Portal Fire tops 2,600 acres  Free Access 

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 9 a.m. - The El Portal Fire, described as "fast-moving" by a fire spokesman, has burned 2,632 acres and is five percent contained this morning. More...

El Portal Fire at zero containment, structures burned  Free Access 

Sunday, July 27, 2014 9:20 a.m. - The National Park Service's El Portal Fire Information Office has reported that the El Portal Fire is zero percent contained at this time. More...

Parade of slide debris is pushed back to April

Trucks transporting thousands of tons of debris from the Ferguson Slide zone will not begin until April, the effort’s project manager has announced. More...

Stiffer penalties await cattle thieves

Cattle rustlers aren’t hung by posses anymore, but the theft of livestock still plagues ranchers who are trying to deal with drought and high feed prices in Mariposa County. More...

Federal rule changes may spur Miwuk recognition

After waiting for more than 30 years to gain federal recognition as a sovereign group of Native Americans, the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation could be poised to earn that right. More...

Local News

Eradication continues

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputies, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies, are continuing their assault on illegal marijuana grows, many connected to Mexican national carte More...

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

July 14 •A call reporting a phone scam was received from Silva Road. • A person on Scott Road called to report they were unable to feed a horse. • A verbal domestic dispute occurred on Joe Howard Street. More...

Ponderosa Basin Mutual Water Company pushes conservation effort

DROUGHT WATCH

The State Water Resources Control Board made a move on Tuesday, July 15 to cite and fine—up to $500 per day—anyone in urban areas caught watering their lawns and allowing the runoff to spill onto paved areas, using water to clean sidewalk More...

Datebook

DATEBOOK

Friday, July 25 Reformers Unanimous - a free addictions program held at 5005 Frank Wilson Road every Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 966-5780 or 966-5542. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Richard Tresidder

Richard Tresidder passed away on July 8, 2014 from lung cancer at his home. More...

Joan Carol Smith

Joan Carol Smith of Oakhurst passed away on July 17, 2014. She was 77. Joan was born on Dec. 28, 1936. She was a beloved wife, mother, teacher, writer and artist. More...

Sports

Bucking bulls come to the fairgrounds  Free Access 

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 11 a.m. - John Miller of Ahwahnee won the Bucking Bull Owners Syndicate competition on Friday, July 26 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. More...

Six seniors, Rockwood return are key

After coming off a 5- 13-1 season in 2013, the Mariposa County High School Grizzly boys’ soccer team is looking to rebuild with the return of six upperclassmen—and the placement of relative newcomer Dalton Rockwood, a junior, at the keepe More...

Grizzlies are perfect in Hilmar tourney outing

It was a high-note finish for the Grizzly football team as it completed the 7-on-7 passing tournament pre-season in Hilmar on Wednesday, July 16—and saw the squad of head coach Ryan Oliphant outscore the Yellowjackets at home. More...

Big Oak Flat Road closure will be reevaluated  Free Access 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 3:15 p.m. - Yosemite National Park's closure of Big Oak Flat Road due to the El Portal Fire will be reevaluated on Wednesday, July 30, Park fire spokesman Gary Wuchner said today. More...

Fire containment is upped to 19 percent  Free Access 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:15 a.m. - Firefighters have made progress against the El Portal Fire, with 19-percent containment achieved by 9 a.m. this morning. More...

Limited information available on El Portal Fire  Free Access 

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 3:19 p.m. - The National Park Service El Portal Fire Information Office has limited information on the blaze that has consumed widespread areas near El Portal and Forest, just outside of Yosemite National Park, and is 24 old. More...

Homes burned by El Portal Fire  Free Access 

Sunday, July 27, 2014 10:15 a.m. - According to a Midpines resident, at least two homes in the El Portal/Foresta area have been razed by the El Portal Fire. More...

Fire raging near El Portal  Free Access 

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - Around 3:15 Saturday afternoon, a wildland fire erupted near the community of El Portal. More...

Old meets new

Volunteers Dale Miesenheimer (left) and Gary Williams (right) helped position new signage for the Mariposa Museum and History Center on Tuesday morning. More...

County’s grand jury gets woman foreperson

Jeanne-Ann Pine, who served on the 2013-14 Mariposa County Grand Jury, has been named foreperson for the county’s 2014-15 grand jury. More...

Commentary

Lawmakers focus on the frivoous

CALIFORNIA COMMENTARY

Given California’s many serious problems, including high unemployment, a listless economy and drought, one might think our Sacramento politicians would not have time on their hands to promote laws that have no force or effect in California. More...

Letters

Stop EPA from taking water

Knock-knock. Who’s there? The EPA. The EPA who? The Environmental Protection Agency, sir, and we’re sorry to inform you that your body of water has been taken over by the EPA under the Clean Water Act. More...

Applauds McClintock

These comments are in response to Anne Brock’s letter, “McClintock hurts county,” in the July 10 paper. I too am a Tom McClintock constituent, and I appreciate his thoughtfulness before he acts. More...

Trash not dumped correctly

To the residents of Mariposa who use the landfill, also known as the dump: More...

Milestones

Baptist church will celebrate 60 years

CHURCH ANNIVERSARY

This Aug. 10, First Baptist Church will celebrate more than 60 years of ministry with a special anniversary service. A guest speaker from Lancaster Baptist Church in Southern California will attend. More...

Leap of faith may seem like a big jump

I heard an interesting story from a minister at a recent meeting. He referenced a book by Tim Boden in which he described soldiers who were being enlisted for a dangerous mission. It happened in Borneo in 1964. More...

Thank you

To John C. Fremont Hospital staff: Thank you for the care you have given my 94- year-old mother, Mary Mitchell. And thanks to Dr. Rogers for the much-needed care she needed for her recovery. More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Predator lions pursue the canines they crave

On a Monday in May, Darrah Road resident Kristen Lowery set Mr. Bean out for his morning romp. The Chihuahua was outside at 6 a.m. as the household got ready for work and school. Then the morning peace was shattered by a terrifying cry. More...

Inside Education

Greeley school is ready for new year

Greeley Hill Gold Rush Charter school is getting ready for the new school year. Student orientation for students who have been re-enrolled or are newly enrolled will take place on Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. at the school, 10304 Fiske Road in Greeley Hill. More...

Roth is named new principal

Mariposa Seventh-day Adventist School has announced a new principal and teacher for the 2014- 15 school year. Wendy Roth came to Mariposa from Kern County. She was raised in the mountains of Northern California. More...

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