December 12, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Tioga, Glacier Point roads close in Park  Free Access 

Thursday, Dec. 12 - Yosemite National Park officials have announced that Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road are now closed for the season. More...

Frigid temps nip residents

The county got off lightly from a double punch of snow and verycold temperatures that hit since last weekend.  Snowfall totals ranged from 14 inches at Yosemite’s Badger Pass ski area to about three inches at Cathey’s Valley in the D More...

Supes fund tourism bureau

The board of supervisors on Tuesday voted to continue a $500,000 contract with the Yosemite- Mariposa County Tourism Bureau, which promotes the county around the globe. More...

Toads and cattle can coexist, study finds

A study published last month appears to demolish the idea that cattle grazing hurts frogs and toads in the Sierra.  What impact the finding might have on the proposed listing of Yosemite toads and yellow-legged frogs is unclear however, study au More...

Local News

Buying local for Christmas

Holiday gift buyers Wil Van Winkle and Natashe Kupres (right) look over prints produced by photographer Ira Estin (at left here). The residents came together at the Mariposa Soroptimists’ Dec. More...

Rim Fire recovery project announced

Stanislaus Forest Supervisor Susan Skalski recently announced the second phase of the Rim Fire recovery, Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that appeared in the Federal Register on Dec. 6. More...

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Dec. 2: • A verbal, domestic dispute was reported from Indian Peak Road. • A harassment report was taken on Highway 140. • Out-of-control juveniles were reported from Darrah Road, Ponds Way, and Triangle Road. More...

Milestones

Spirit of the season

Randy Brower of Randy Brower Construction (at left) presents a check for $500 to Mariposa County Sheriff’s Department deputy Will Atkinson for the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association’s Kop More...

Thank you

It has been more than a month since my 90th birthday party at the Fairgrounds and I haven’t thanked all of those who attended and/or participated in the event.  It was good to see all the friends and relatives get together. More...

Ponderosa Basin Chapel slates Christmas program

The Ponderosa Basin Chapel is hosting its Christmas program on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. More...

Inside Education

High school dance club will perform

The Mariposa County High School dance club is putting on “The Marvelous Wonderettes ‘58” on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Richard D. More...

Enrollment open for charter school

Sierra Foothill Charter School (SFCS), a free, nonprofit, kindergarten through eighth grade public school located in Cathey’s Valley, is currently accepting new student intent to enroll forms and continuing student re-enrollment forms as part o More...

4-H club packs boxes for troops overseas

Cathey’s Valley 4-H club members recently packed Christmas boxes full of goodies to send to military personnel who are stationed overseas. Members also wrote letters to the soldiers. More...

Dr. Smith funeral set for Saturday, Dec. 21  Free Access 

Tuesday, Dec. 17 - Dr. Phillip Smith, who built Mariposa County High School's band into a nationally-recognized program, passed away on Dec. 11. His funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the town cemetery off Joe Howard Street. More...

Annual Christmas bird count was Sunday  Free Access 

Friday, Dec. 13 - The Yosemite Area Audubon Society took part in a nationwide Christmas bird count on Sunday, Dec. 15. More...

Mariposa roads now among state’s worst

AGING PAVEMENT

A statewide survey says that Mariposa County has joined six California counties ranked as the worst in the state for their road pavement condition.  The survey did not evaluate Caltrans-maintained highways, which include state highways 140 and 4 More...

Visitor charged with molesting 5-year-old girl

Late last Friday afternoon, Mariposa County sheriff’s deputies responded to a Mariposa area home to investigate a report of child molestation.  That investigation resulted in the arrest of 27-year old Christopher Widener of Marion, Va.&nbs More...

Yosemite plan spills over Dec. 31 deadline

PARK & POLITICS

The contentious and exhausting Merced River Plan (MRP) will extend into 2014, the Park has announced.  In July, Park officials said the plan’s final version would be released by the end of the year. More...

Letters

Fremont staff is great

I recently had a triple bypass at a large hospital in the valley. The people in the intensive unit were very good to me but then they moved me to a recovery unit. Here I received poor service. More...

Keep valuables close

At about 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, I was coming out of Pioneer Market after doing a little shopping.  There was a group of teenage boys blocking the way out. More...

Obama needs guidance

We should take away from President Obama maps to San Francisco, Hollywood and college campuses.  They should be replaced with a map to the Oval Office, where he can exercise his mind to correct the huge problems he has created over a short perio More...

Datebook

DATEBOOK

Friday, Dec. 13   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 

Donna Jane Barela

Donna Jane Barela lost her battle with cancer, peacefully passing on Dec. 5. 2013 at the age of 75.  More...

Shirley Ann Koch Matlock

Shirley Ann Koch Matlock was born on Dec. 31, 1950 in Sacramento to Frank and Edna Koch of Mariposa. She passed away on Dec. 1, 2013, at her home in SeaTac, Wash. after a long illness.  More...

Sports

10 Grizzlies earn Southern League honors

With two first team selections, six second team picks, and a pair of honorable mentions, a total of 10 MCHS football players earned All-Southern Athletic League honors in voting by the league’s coaches last week.  Junior quarterback Aaron More...

Hoop results limited

Mariposa’s varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball teams opened their seasons on the road on Dec. 3.  The boys’ team stunned Summerville, 61-57. More...

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