January 3, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Park releases new Merced River Plan  Free Access 

Yosemite's new Merced River Plan would add 161 Yosemite Valley camp sites, remove Sugar Pine Bridge and construct a pedestrian underpass between Yosemite Lodge and Yosemite Falls. The public has until April 18 to comment on the document. More...

Cheers! Chefs' Holidays begin  Free Access 

The first session of the 2013 Chefs' Holidays at The Ahwahnee Hotel is underway. More...

Sunny days give way to rain this weekend  Free Access 

The brisk, sunny days of early January will give way to a chance of rain and snow in Mariposa County this weekend. More...

Mariposa County has state’s highest rate of child abuse

Mariposa County kids have what would seem an idyllic life. More...

Snow turns winter frowns upside down

Last year at this time, Mariposa  County residents were flocking up Tioga Road to Tenaya Lake to experience a rare phenomenon almost no snow in Yosemite’s high country in early January.  More...

TRAFFIC & SAFETY

Uncompleted sidewalk prompts local questions

The heat of summer has given way to January, but the sidewalk between 7th and 8th Streets along Highway 140 remains unpaved. The dirt pathway is lined by orange bollards and yellow caution tape. More...

Local News

John Muir Geotourism plans for youth program

Among the many reasons to visit Coulterville is to travel the route that John Muir walked and wrote about in “My First Summer in the Sierra.” In an area that is rich with history and beauty, Coulterville can provide the experience to reli More...

WINTER RECREATION

Sierra avalanche deaths prompt safety warnings

Two deaths caused by Sierra avalanches on Christmas Eve have prompted snow-safety experts to issue renewed calls for caution.  Avalanches happen when thick snow layers break free and slide on steep slopes. More...

Park halts search for missing pilot, aircraft

December’s search for a missing plane over Yosemite National Park and adjacent areas has been suspended.  The single-engine plane was last detected via radar in the afternoon on Monday, Dec. 17, over the North Dome area in the Park. More...

Datebook

Datebook

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

Obituaries  Free Access 

James ‘Tuck’ Deshaies

James "Tuck" Deshaies was born July 6, 1938, in Santa Cruz, and died Dec. 23, 2012, at his home in Groveland at the age of 74.  He is the son of Al and Helen Deshaies. More...

Dean Schroeder

Dean Schroeder was born March 4, 1961, and died Dec. 21.  He attended Mariposa County High School and worked at the old Sugar Pine Restaurant before earning a master’s degree in library science. More...

Joe Falany memorial set

Joe Falany passed Dec. 7, 2012. A celebration of his life will be held at the Stagg Hall in Hornitos on Jan. 5, at 3 p.m. following a memorial service at the senior center at 1 p.m. For more information, call 376-2331.   More...

Inside Education

Gold Rush winter formal

The seventh and eighth grade class at Gold Rush Charter School in Greeley Hill had its first dance on Dec. 7. The Panthers student council decided on a winter formal. More...

Gold Rush Charter lists student awards

The Gold Rush Charter School in Greeley Hill recently held its first semester awards ceremony. The following are the award winners, by category.  First Honor Roll: Lily Lessley, Kiersten Rehling, Robert DeBolt and Louie Zavala.  More...

SFCS students celebrate winter

The Sierra Foothill Charter School student council sponsored spirit week the last week before winter break. More...

Brrr.... snowfall ushers in the cold  Free Access 

A colorful sunset on Wednesday evening belied what was to come on Thursday morning. More...

Caltrans grants county $25,000  Free Access 

Caltrans has announced that Mariposa County will receive $25,000 to help reconstruct Mt. Bullion Cutoff. More...

Locals recall late Huell Howser  Free Access 

Huell Howser, the television personality from Tennessee who searched for "California's Gold" in Yosemite and Mariposa in close to a dozen episodes, died on Sunday. He was 67. More...

Chefs draw huge crowd to Park  Free Access 

The Great Lounge at the Ahwahnee Hotel has been packed to capacity all day as two of California's foremost chefs took the stage. More...

Mariposa man arrested in Nebraska pot case  Free Access 

The Associated Press is reporting that 38-year-old Matthew Hornsby of Mariposa has been arrested in Nebraska. More...

Dog days have arrived

Rick LeDuc travels to work each day with two small assistants named Gidget and Chloe. The Chihuahuas don’t retrieve his tools or guard LeDuc’s shop. More...

Crash claims 25-year-old Midpines man

A young Midpines man is dead after a Dec. 30 crash in the Merced River Canyon. Juan Hernandez Montalvo, 25, was killed shortly after midnight that day. More...

Realignment impacts local law enforcement

In October of  2011, California began “realigning” its prison population in response to a U.S. Supreme Court order. More...

For the Record

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Dec. 24: A mudslide was reported on Incline Road in El Portal. • A report of possible horse neglect was taken from Dogtown Road. • Trespassing was reported from Silver Tip Lane in Fish Camp. More...

Commentary

Guest Opinion

The Last Trump Card for Conservatives

After disappointing losses this election cycle, conservatives need to learn that sometimes circumstances only get worse until a higher and greater cause prevails. Our bitter and bloody Civil War is a perfect example of this truth.  More...

Letters

The value of human life

About 2,000 years ago, as Mary and Joseph made their way to Bethlehem, and the stable, one has to wonder if they realized the impact that their soon-to-be-born child would have on the world. More...

Humbled

Candace Harrison’s recent resignation from the John C. Fremont Healthcare District Board of Directors and related request that I be appointed to her vacated seat is humbling.  More...

Ashamed

So, PG&E rates are scheduled to rise soon because of the cost to help pay for pipeline inspection/upgrade from the fatal gas pipeline explosion in the Bay Area in 2010? This is because of lack of inspections. More...

Milestones

Thank you

The Mariposa Lions Club hosted the 65th anual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and bonfire on Dec. 15. Members of the club participated in serving hot chocolate, cider, hot dogs and popcorn to the community and all visitors. More...

Thank you

Thank you. Two very simple words that when said to someone; leave a big impact and usually a smile. I love to be thankful, to say thank you and to hear thank you. As we end a very challenging year, there is still much to be thankful for. More...

Thank you

Manna House Volunteers want to thank many people for helping us to provide 300 Christmas dinners which provided 1,000 people with a Christmas dinner.  More...

Sports

Grizzlies claw Denair, 69-27  Free Access 

Tuesday night at Denair, Mariposa's varsity boys' basketball team ripped the Coyotes, 69-27. More...

Bullfrogs swat Grizzlies, 54-42

Last Saturday in Angels Camp, the Bret Harte Bullfrogs whipped Mariposa’s varsity boys’ basketball team, 54-42.  The defeat left MCHS with a 4-7 pre-season record before it opens Southern Athletic League play on Jan. More...

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