March 10, 2011 RSS feed / Local News

Bomb squad blows up dynamite

Monday morning started with a big bang in Northern Mariposa County. The Merced Bomb Squad arrived early to investigate some old dynamite found by prospectors on Sunday.  More...

EDUCATION

YCCD names Smith as chancellor

The Yosemite Community College District (YCCD) Board of Trustees unanimously selected Dr. Joan E. Smith to become the YCCD Chancellor at a special meeting held last week. More...

Habitat seeks volunteers

Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County is looking for volunteers. More...

Caltrans grants focus on those with special needs

Caltrans has announced that applications are being accepted for $25 million in federal transit grant funds aimed at providing transportation services to persons with special needs.  More...

Rummage sale set

A rummage sale will be held at the Mariposa Lutheran Church at 4469 Highway 49 south on Saturday, March 12 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  More...

Spaghetti feed set at La Grange IOOF

The popular series of spaghetti feed fund raisers continues Saturday, March 12 sponsored by the La Grange Improvement Association. Diners can enjoy ice cream sundaes for dessert and try their luck with a chance to win big in the raffle. More...

CMWC plans for upcoming events

Volunteer Fire Company #32 and the Chowchilla Mountain Women's Club are offering a pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 12 from 8 to 10 a.m. More...

McKenzie speaks at NARFE meeting

Len McKenzie, retired National Park Service employee, spoke to the March 7 meeting of The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). More...

ROTARY

Rotary learns about amphitheater project

Oscar Wilde? Samuel Beckett? Shakespeare? Cannon? What is a playwright? For that matter what is a play? When and where can you take one in?  More...

Goat workshop scheduled

The community is invited to attend a goat workshop, presented by University of California Cooperative Extension Mariposa and Stanislaus Counties on Tuesday, March 15, at McCay Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cathey’s Valley.  More...

Basketball benefits Habitat for Humanity

Get ready for dazzling ball-handling tricks, highflying slam dunks and hilarious family comedy. The community can join the Harlem Ambassadors basketball show on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. More...

Democratic club talks about CVP

The Mariposa Democratic Club has announced that Rita and Tony Kidd from MERG (Mariposans for the Environment and Responsible Government) will be speaking at its meeting on March 12 at 9:45 a.m. at Miner’s Inn Restaurant. More...

Denham works to eliminate waste

Representative Jeff Denham, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, sent a letter to Commissioner Robert Peck at the General Services Administration (GSA) requesting a complete list of all GSA- More...

Los Angeles voters trickling in to polls on many city races

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Voters trickled into polling booths Tuesday to elect seven City Council members and voice their opinions on a range of proposed fiscal measures to plug a $400 million budget hole, including whether to tax medical marijuana, s More...

High court grapples with defining ‘pimp’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When is someone a pimp?  The California Supreme Court grappled with that question Tuesday in the case of a man who was convicted of pandering in Los Angeles after he tried to recruit an undercover police officer to wor More...

Crews scrambled before major blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — New call logs from a California pipeline explosion that killed eight people show that utility crews were scrambling to stop gas pressure surges and feared they would cause a "major, major problem."  More...

Board approves automatic aid plan

Residents who live in the the remote areas of Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties can now rest assured that the closest emergency service to them will respond when the need arises. More...

Sheriff takes back prescription drugs

On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

Local firefighters go through FLAG training

The Ponderosa Basin tree line lit up with fire last Saturday as 14 firefighters from Mariposa County Fire, MPUD Fire and Yosemite Fire departments honed their skills in fighting specialty fires caused by flammable liquids and gasses (FLAG). More...

MSF offers free tax help

The California State Controller’s office is partnering with Mariposa Safe Families to provide free income tax preparation on March 24, to low to moderate income individuals and families, the elderly, disabled, and limited English speaking indiv More...

Sula learns about the ‘Jaws of Life’

Recently, Mariposa County Fire Battalion Chief (BC) Steve Sula had the opportunity to travel to Shelby, North Carolina to participate in a Hurst Jaws of Life Service and Repair Certification Class. More...

Mariposa Shipping donates

Dr. Phillip Smith of the MCHS Grizzly Band accepts the generous donation of a clarinet from Kathleen Leavitt of Mariposa Shipping Co. More...

MCFD offers portable generator safety tips

In light of the storm that delivered power outages to more than 10,000 people in the Sierra Foothills leaving residents in the dark for nearly a week, MCFD felt it a good time to share an important safety message.  More...

Volunteers plan for Spring Fling

The John C. Fremont Hospital Volunteers are preparing for their annual Spring Fling fund raiser. It's scheduled for April 9 at the senior center on Spriggs Lane.  More...

Butterflies are for sale in Mariposa

Mariposa is all a flutter with a wave of bright yellow paper butterflies. The merchants of Mariposa have been selling paper butterflies to help raise money for the upcoming Mariposa Butterfly Festival. More...

Account established to help ailing deputy

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputy Sheriff Lance Ferguson, 27, has been a member of the department since February of 2009. More...

Cookbook is now available

The Mariposa Butterfly Festival Painted Lady Cookbook has arrived. This cookbook is filled with 200 recipes contributed by local residents. More...

Costello joins Soroptimists

Soroptimist International of Mariposa has inducted into its club new member Miriam Costello.  Soroptimist International of Mariposa raises funds for the benefit of local service projects, scholarships, youth groups, search and rescue efforts, an More...

Denham introduces water storage bill for Lake McClure

Representative Jeff Denham (CA-19), along with fellow Central Valley delegates, introduced a bipartisan bill to increase water storage in the Valley while maintaining flood control and creating jobs.  More...

Festival seeks artists and vendors

As Spring approaches, so does the annual Mariposa Butterfly Festival. This year’s dates are April 30 and May 1. The festival committee is looking for artists and hand-crafters who would like to show and sell their work.  More...

Dinner benefits Search and Rescue

The first annual fund raiser dinner to benefit Mariposa County Search and Rescue (SAR) will be held Saturday, April 2 at 6 p.m. at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds in Building A.  Dinner includes chicken and ribs for $20 per person. More...

Balance workshop set in late March

A “Balance and Mobility Workshop to Prevent Falls” will be held Wednesday March 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mariposa County Senior Center. More...

UC MERCED

Wireless sensors improve snowpack measurements

More than half of the water used in California for farming and drinking and other everyday uses comes by way of runoff from the Sierra Nevada, and gauging the amount of snow there and predicting how much runoff there will be is an annual rite that ha More...

Office Depot to settle with city

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's mayor says the city has reached a $4.25 million settlement with Office Depot Inc. More...

Angry residents of Bell vote to clean house at city hall

BELL, Calif. (AP) — Voters had a chance to clean house Tuesday after months of outrage directed at a city government that turned the modest Southern California suburb of Bell into the national poster child for municipal corruption.  More...

Storm damaged roads await repair

Several Mariposa County roads damaged by winter storms earlier in the season are still awaiting repair. Mariposa County Public Works Director Allen Toschi gave the board of supervisors an update on Tuesday morning.  More...

Hospital implements tobacco free policy

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PERS retirees set meeting

The next regular meeting of the Public Employees Retirees Association (PERS) will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at the senior center on Spriggs Lane at noon.  Lunch will be free for those attending. More...

Chalk Art returns to festival line-up

The 2011 Chalk Art in the Park is scheduled to kick off the Mariposa Butterfly Festival on Friday, April 29. The Chalk Art Festival will begin at 10 a.m. More...

Soroptimist plan for its Gold Rush dinner

Soroptimist International of Mariposa will hold its tenth annual Gold Rush Dinner and- Dance on Saturday March 26, at the Mariposa Fairgrounds in Building A from 6 to 10 p.m.  More...

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