June 21, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Yosemite plans for water conservation  Free Access 

Officials in Yosemite National Park say that to date, 2012 is one of the 10 driest years on record. Because of that, Park officials are planning to implement water conservation measures. More...

Blasting is complete on Highway 49  Free Access 

The blasting work is done on Highway 49 South near Ashworth Road. Road construction will continue, however. More...

Woman's body discovered  Free Access 

Case being investigated as a homicide

Friday, June 22, 2012 - 3:30 p.m. -- Friday morning the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office was alerted to the discovery of a dead body in a rural area of the Lake Don Pedro subdivision in Northern Mariposa County. More...

Rescuers speed to possible drowning  Free Access 

Mariposa County Sheriff's Deputies and paramedics are currently en route to help a Bureau of Land Management ranger who is performing CPR on a possible drowning victim. More...

Drowning victim identified  Free Access 

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Sheriffs releases deceased woman's identification  Free Access 

Late this morning, Sheriff Doug Binnewies released the name of the woman found deceased near the Lake Don Pedro subdivision in Mariposa County. More...

Traffic stop yields weed, cash and .357

Last Saturday while on patrol a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a white mini-van for numerous moving violations on Highway 49 South in the Woodland area.  More...

WEATHER

El Portal hits 105 degrees on June 17

Capping a weekend of record heat, El Portal posted a whopping 105 degrees at 3 p.m. More...

Highly ‘Suds’cessful

Friends of the Fair officials were thrilled at the attendance of last Saturday night’s Suds and Sausage fundraiser at the fairgrounds. More...

Rockfall danger ‘substantial,’ in Park

Falling boulders pose a “substantial hazard and risk to the approximately 4 million annual visitors to Yosemite National Park,” reads the ominous opening line of a report on rockfall risk in Yosemite Valley.  More...

Local News

Plans begin for 2012 Tomato Fest

September is harvest time. Local heirloom tomatoes are vine ripened for everyone to taste and savor. The community is invited to the Mariposa Tomato Fest, a family event featuring the best tasting tomatoes ever.  More...

Miners Inn solar array approaches finish line

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

Every day the sun shines, Miners Inn owner Marinder Singh will soon hear the sound “ka-ching.”  This week, the businessowner was waiting for PG&E and contractor Earth Wind and Solar of Coarsegold to flip a switch inaugurating the More...

Drier-than-normal year puts firefighters on edge

FIRE SEASON

Area firefighters this week were beefing their teams up for a challenging season.  With June 12’s Gaines Fire behind them, local CAL FIRE officials are going to peak-season strength.  As of Monday, local CAL FIRE crews will be at thei More...

Datebook

Datebook

Friday, June 22   Books Galore! at the Mariposa County Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More...

Milestones

Speaking in Faith

God is our refuge

As human beings, we tend to describe out security in terms of the earthly things that make us feel safe. Our family, friends, home, job, church, community and national resources usually comprise our core infrastructure of protection.  More...

PBC hosts barbecue

Ponderosa Basin Chapel will host an all-community barbecue with free food, games for the kids and more on June 24.  It begins at 10 a.m. with an outdoor church service. Lunch and games follow at 11:30 a.m. More...

Ponderosa Basin Chapel plans for Vacation Bible School

Ponderosa Basin Chapel invites children to “Babylon: Daniel’s Courage in Captivity,” a summer Vacation Bible School (VBS) event. It will be hosted at Ponderosa Basin Chapel from June 25 to June 29.  More...

Sports

Grizzly Hall of Fame inducts girls’ teams

The 14th annual Grizzly Scholarship Dinner will be held on Saturday, June 23 at the Mariposa Fairgrounds Sequoia Hall.  This year marks $100,000 in student athlete scholarships being awarded. More...

Around the County

Feds: Design led to nuke plant woes

CAPISTRANO BEACH, CA (AP) — After months of investigation, federal regulators have determined that design flaws appear to be the cause of excessive wear in tubing that carries radioactive water through California's troubled San Onofre nuclear p More...

Governor Brown, Democrats differ on welfare approach

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California legislators may have passed a budget but Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers continued negotiations Monday to try to resolve differences on how to approach welfare cuts.  More...

Modesto family members dead in Father's Day crash

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A faulty tire, extreme heat and an overloaded vehicle may have contributed to a Father's Day rollover crash that killed four members of Modesto family near Bakersfield.  More...

Breaking News - 6/28/2012 7:46 AM

High court upholds key part of Obama health law  Free Access 

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart More...

Williams appointed as new planning director  Free Access 

Mariposa County has found a new planning director, and it didn't have to look very far. More...

Farmers Market closed on July 4  Free Access 

The Mariposa Certified Farmers Market will be closed on July 4. More...

Summer jobs for teens are becoming thing of the past

LOCAL ECONOMY

Emilie Jones is one of the lucky few.  The 16-year-old knows how hard it can be to find a summer job in Mariposa County. This spring, she filled out an application at Pioneer Market. More...

Possible sexual assault under investigation  Free Access 

Friday, June 22, 2012 - 3:33 p.m. -- Just after midnight on Friday, the Mariposa County Sheriff's Emergency Dispatch center was made award of a female that was being transported to John C. More...

Tragedy unfolds on Merced River  Free Access 

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Just after 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, first responders were summoned to the Briceburg Bridge on the Merced River to respond to a drowning. More...

Sheriff isn't releasing murder investigation information  Free Access 

Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies isn't releasing information regarding the homicide investigation that began on Friday. More...

El Portal gas station opening delayed  Free Access 

Work continues on the El Portal gas station so that it can reopen, but some problems are causing a delay. More...

Manna House struggling to feed community’s hungry

Mariposa’s Manna  House feeds between 875 and 1,000 people every month. In addition, volunteers have provided vouchers for children’s shoes and diapers for a number of years.  More...

New center will seek to keep offenders out of jail

State legislators passed Assembly Bill  109 to create space in state prisons by shifting nonviolent offenders to county jails.  In practice, the move has meant headaches for local law-enforcement. More...

NPS officially opens admin services

Some Yosemite National Park employees will spend their entire careers commuting--participating daily in the “El Portal 500.” For 45 of them, however, that daily two hours in the car is gone.  More...

For the Record

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

June 11: A burglary incident resulting with an arrest was reported on Buckeye Road. • A mountain lion sighting was reported in the Ben Hur Road area. • Reports of petty theft were received from Highway 140 and Guadalupe Creek Road. More...

News in Brief

In Brief

Dancers perform ‘The Little Mermaid’   Butterfly Ballet Dance Studio, offers a nonprofit dance performance, The Little Mermaid, June 30, at the Mariposa County High School Auditorium, at 4 p.m.  More...

Letters

A good volunteer

Each of the 24 pupils in Kathy Chappell’s kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary School wanted a goodbye hug from their volunteer who had helped them and their teacher this past school year. More...

Support the SPCA

A week ago, I attended a rabies clinic at the Mariposa Fairgrounds, hosted by the All Creatures Veterinary Hospital and the Mariposa County Animal Control Unit. Eileen Bissmeyer, DVM, was the vet in attendance and she is simply outstanding.  More...

Lemonade stands

The other day, when I was driving home. I saw two girls working hard, making and selling lemonade. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Evelyn ‘Lynn’ Keller

Evelyn “Lynn” R. Baker Keller, beloved wife of Robert O. Keller, mother of four loving children, Cristianne Keller Specht, Robert B. Keller (deceased), William R. More...

Lynton Bridges

Lynton (Keith) Bridges, born February 21, 1927, entered the presence of the Lord on June 6, 2012.  More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Carter Ranch Music Festival rocks for 11th year

In 1999, a group of local people had an idea. More...

Inside Education

Terrific Kids for fitness

Woodland Elementary Students were recently awarded Kiwanis Terrific Kids Awards for fitness. More...

Terrific Kids awards for initiative

Woodland Elementary Students were recently awarded Kiwanis Terrific Kids Awards for initiative. More...

MES first grade Terrific Kids

The Mariposa Elementary School first grade Terrific Kids are Bryce Cole, Abraham Clemons, Jaidin Sullens, Justin Long, Riley Ortiz and Tynen Smith. More...

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