January 2, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Actor Franco visits for New Year's shoot  Free Access 

Thursday, Jan. 2 - Several residents spotted Hollywood A-list actor James Franco on New Year's Day shooting scenes for his current film project "Yosemite." More...

Three-car crash

Last Thursday afternoon, around 3 p.m., three vehicles were involved in a traffic collision on Highway 49 South at Silva Road. More...

Unemployment numbers down in Mariposa County

Mariposa County was a snapshot of the entire country in unemployment figures for the month of November.  According to numbers released Dec. More...

Tourism Bureau relies on results from Sunset Magazine

Sunset Magazine, the venerable Bay Area magazine published since 1898, has a long connection to Mariposa County’s tourism industry.  Its first issue focused on Yosemite, with photographs by geologist Joseph LeConte. More...

Local News

Penguins star in Audubon program

Three years ago, Kristen Boysen, now the Sierra Foothill Conservancy’s conservation project manager in Mariposa, was in a far different place from the Sierra foothills. She was studying penguins in Antarctica.  More...

Bingo players sought

The Golden Agers bingo group is inviting everyone over the age of 18 to play bingo at the Senior Center on Spriggs Lane in Mariposa on the first Friday of each month.  Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 6:30 p.m. More...

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Dec. 23: • Vandalism to mailboxes was reported on Pinecrest Road. • A call reporting “found, scattered mail” was received from Vista Lago Lane. • A dead owl was on Usona Road. More...

Datebook

DATEBOOK

Friday, Jan. 3   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 

Shirley Foster

Shirley Foster, owner of Foster True Value Hardware in Mariposa, passed both quietly and unexpectedly Saturday evening, Dec. 20, 2013 in her sleep. More...

Robert Wesley Ashworth

Robert Wesley Ashworth passed away peacefully at the age of 84 on Dec. 17, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Modesto. Bob was born in Mariposa, California to George and Barbara Queen (Bays) Ashworth on Sept. 26, 1929. More...

Michael Axelrod

Michael Axelrod passed away at the age of 86 on Dec. 15, 2013 at his home in Mariposa. Michael was born in New York City to parents Abraham and Rosalyn and worked in the aerospace industry for 30 years. More...

Report Finds Major Weaknesses in CA Kids’ Well-Being  Free Access 

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 - 8:50 a.m. - California is getting six Bs, eight Cs and 13 Ds in the latest California Children's Report Card from the group Children Now. More...

TV newsman Gray may challenge McClintock  Free Access 

Tuesday, Jan. 7 - Sacramento television personality Walt Gray is considering a run for Rep. Tom McClintock's District 4 U.S. Congressional seat, Gray confirmed to media outlets today. More...

Nasty flu strain prompts warning  Free Access 

Thursday, Jan. 2 - The county health department is urging local people to get flu shots in response to a particularly virulent strain of influenza. County-administered flu shots are free. More...

Layla: Dog’s saga continues on Yaqui Gulch

The drama enveloping the runaway female dog, Layla, that has taken up residence along Yaqui Gulch Road has moved on to the second act.  The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office’s Animal Control unit unsuccessfully place a “pig trap More...

Giant-screen theater could anchor complex

Legislation introduced by Rep. Jeff Denham two years ago would have authorized the National Park Service to buy more than 10 acres of land for a visitor center and office complex at Mariposa’s north end.  The plan faded away when Rep. More...

Commentary

Unions need to give the public a break

CALIFORNIA COMMENTARY

SACRAMENTO — Even in deep blue California, where Democrats dominate, organized labor is losing public popularity.  That's a general statement, based on nonpartisan polling.  More...

Letters

Responds to DeBoer

This letter is written in response to Max DeBeor’s letter, which ran in the Dec. More...

Christmas tree made point

I was in the sixth grade and I bought a lot of stuff from a company called Johnson Smith & Company. They had itching powder, exploding cigarettes and all kinds of fun stuff. More...

Marijuana use rising among teens

Not that it wasn’t predictable, but the federal government, fueled by new Monitoring the Future data collected by the University of Michigan on behalf of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), is reporting a rise in the illicit use of mar More...

Milestones

‘A Man, a Boy, and Their Donkey’

In Aesop’s fables there’s a story of an old man and his son bringing a donkey to market. Some people passed by and the man and boy overheard them talking. More...

Sports

Breaking News - 1/8/2014 9:42 AM

Grizzlies stun Ripon Christian  Free Access 

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 - 8:40 a.m. - Tuesday night in Ripon, Mariposa's varsity boys' basketball team stunned perennial Southern Athletic League powerhouse Ripon Christian, 53-51. More...

Cover shot

Garhett Bauer (pictured above), a 2012 Mariposa County High School graduate, recently completed his first season as a goalie for the Merced Junior College men’s water polo team. More...

Youth art program receives donation

The Mariposa County Arts Council received a gift from the California Correctional Peace Officers’ Association (CCPOA), Camps Chapter.  The CCPOA Camps Chapter donated $250 for the arts council’s youth art program, an after-school pr More...

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