October 18, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Rangers rescue climber in snow storm

Yosemite National Park Rangers and Search and Rescue Personnel completed a high angle, high risk rescue on El Capitan, in Yosemite Valley, on Monday, Oct. 22, in which a stranded Canadian climber was at risk for hypothermia. More...

First storm of season wets county, shuts Tioga Road  Free Access 

The first storm of the 2012-13 rainy season rolled over the county on Monday. Yosemite officials have closed Tioga and Glacier Point roads due to snow. Showers are expected through Wednesday. More...

Blaze destroys rental cabin

For the second straight Sunday, fire has destroyed a Mariposa County home. Shortly after 8 p.m. last Sunday evening, firefighters were dispatched to a report of a tree on fire at 4870 Triangle Road in the Midpines area. More...

Caltrans ends study on local crosswalks

Crossing Highway 140 in Mariposa can be a difficult--and dangerous thing to do. For years, officials have lamented the problems with crosswalks and the lack thereof.  It seems that now the problem may be at the precipice of a solution. More...

Hospital records reach milestone

John C. More...

Local News

County dedicates LDP fire station

On a perfect autumn day, 62 community members, Mariposa County officials and fire department members gathered at the new fire station in Don Pedro to dedicate the building to public service.  More...

Board wrestles with fire station funding

Mariposa County has allocated more than $1.8 million in county funds to the construction of four fire stations. More...

MCRCD plans water management

Mariposa County and the Resource Conservation District are planning for water management now and into the future. Last week, the board of supervisors heard a report from MCRCD that detailed some of that planning process.  More...

Letters

Not a tax?

Well, we've all now received our first statement for the new "fire fee." The PR leading up to this charge adamantly assured us this was not a tax.  Did anyone happen to notice the first line of the return address on the enclosed envelope reads: More...

Open letter

State Board of Equalization:  Let this letter go on record that I am appealing and protesting these SRA fees. It is against federal law to discriminate or profile when you zero in on selected groups and single out us rural property owners.  More...

Small price to pay

Three years ago, or so, when we had that awful Telegraph Fire in Mariposa, the worst in 50 years it's been said, I remember when I was told I had to evacuate my home. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Erika M. Rowe

Ericka Milmore Rowe was born Dec. 17, 1911, in Miraflores, Peru, South America, and passed away suddenly in Mariposa on Oct. 2, two months shy of being 101 years old. More...

Boyd L. Sego

Boyd Lymon Sego was born  May 1, 1918, in Bountiful, Colo., and died Oct. 5 in Eagle Point,  Ore. He was 94.  He retired from teaching in public schools in Aztec, N.M., and Turlock. He then taught at John F. More...

Inside Education

4-H deadline gets closer

4-H is a program of the University of California Cooperative Extension which is collaboration between federal, state, and county governments. More...

Woodland Terrific Kids for teamwork

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

Winter trap shooting begins

Mariposa County Fish and Game Protective Association has announced the sign-ups for youth winter league trap shooting for the 2013 season. The first sign-up is on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. More...

Breaking News - 10/25/2012 9:33 AM

Moretti enters plea to 76 felonies

Patricia "Koki" Moretti, 56, has just entered no contest pleas to 76 felony counts of grand theft, burglary, embezzlement by government clerk, forgery, and altered government documents. More...

Breaking News - 10/24/2012 2:08 PM

Caltrans closes Highway 140 for bridge work  Free Access 

Caltrans will temporarily close a portion of Highway 140 in the Merced River Canyon next week. More...

Burn ban lifted  Free Access 

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 -- CAL FIRE has announced that it has lifted the complete ban on burning as of yesterday. More...

Elections clerk issues ballot explanations  Free Access 

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 -- Mariposa County Elections Clerk, Keith Williams, released the following clarification on election ballots today: More...

BLM lifts fire restrictions  Free Access 

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 -- Following recent rainy weather, the Bureau of Land Management’s Mother Lode Field Office has lifted emergency fire restrictions on all BLM-managed public lands within its boundary effective today. More...

WINTER IS UNCERTAIN

Predicted El Nino peters out

Scientists who peer into the murky lens of weather forecasting are having a tough time seeing this coming winter.  Back in August, water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific suggested that a moderate El Niño would funnel winter storms to the C More...

Bears rile residents as drought persists

Bears are on the march, sticking their snouts where they don’t belong.  Before dawn on Sept. 29, a famished bruin ambled across Tim Hogan’s property—poking into trash cans and raising an alarm from the family dog.  More...

For the Record

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Oct. 8: There was a fight on Old Highway North. •Three goats were on someone’s property on Glacier Point Road. •There was an injured coyote on Old Toll Road. •Quads were on West Whitlock Road. Oct. More...

County Fire Response Report

October 8 through 14 EMS - 7 Fire - 4 Public assist - 5 Auto collision - 1   Spotlight Call of the Week: On Sunday, Oct. More...

Commentary

SRA questions answered

A couple of key questions have been raised again so it seems appropriate to send to all of our partnering county officials in order to remain consistent in our messaging.  Issue 1: Mobile Homes  What is happening for homeowners of mobile ho More...

CALIFORNIA COMMENTARY

Are Promoters of the Prop. 30  Tax Increase in Panic Mode?   More...

Datebook

Datebook

Friday, Oct. 19   Books Galore! at the Mariposa County Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More...

Milestones

Wedding Announcement

Zhang - Seaman

Wei Zhang and Richard Seaman of Mariposa were married Oct. 5 by the Mariposa County clerk. The bride and her daughter recently came to Mariposa from Beijing, China. More...

New Reformed Baptist Church holds meeting

Mariposa Reformed Baptist Church will be holding an information meeting on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Mariposa County Library. More...

Thank you

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) would like to thank all those who donated to and attended our Night of the Child Fiesta Fundraiser. More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Fall delivers plenty of activities

After a long summer of record heat, the feel of fall has finally descended on Mariposa County and Yosemite National Park. More...

Sports

Grizzlies crush Delhi, 35-0  Free Access 

Friday night on the Hawks' home field, Mariposa's Grizzlies rolled to a lopsided 35-0 Southern Athletic League victory. More...

Grizzlies blanked by Wildcats

Mariposa’s varsity football offense and most of its hope for a playoff appearance disappeared last Friday night against Waterford’s Wildcats.  The 22-0 loss left the Grizzlies with a 2-2 Southern Athletic League mark and a slim shot More...

Lady Grizzlies register pair of league victories

Mariposa’s varsity volleyball team stayed on the heels of unbeaten league-leader Ripon Christian with Southern Athletic League victories over Le Grand Monday and Gustine last Wednesday.  MCHS whipped the Lady Bulldogs, 3-0 (25- 11, 25-22, More...

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