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CAL FIRE jumps into action on escaped burn  Free Access 

Friday, March 14, 2013 - 10:30 a.m. - A team of firefighters from CAL FIRE hauled hoses up a nearly vertical incline on Thursday, March 13 after a controlled burn escaped up a hill on Stockton Creek Road. More...

Wire thieves strike MID campgrounds

A property crime that has plagued the Central San Joaquin Valley for several years has reached the Sierra foothills.  Late in the evening last Sunday, March 2, copper wire thieves struck the Merced Irrigation District (MID) campgrounds at the Ba More...

School board votes to eliminate special education positions

Just two weeks after the Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire five new teachers at Mariposa Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and Lake Don Pedro School for the 2014-15 school year, the board More...

Local News

Yosemite schedules prescribed burn

Yosemite National Park is planning a prescribed fire in the Hetch Hetchy area, near the O’Shaughnessy Dam.  The fire is planned for mid to late March and will include a total of 57 acres. More...

CAL FIRE wins bike race

CAL FIRE employees won the Tour de Habitat stationary bike “race” for the third time on Feb. 22 at the New Life Christian Fellowship. More...

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

March 3: • Illegal dumping was reported from Agua Fria Road. • A call reporting a child custody dispute was received from Stumpfield Mountain Road. • A dead skunk was on Chapulin Way. More...

Milestones

Thank you

We would like to thank the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, and Sonia of Adult Protective Services, for their understanding and quick action in helping with our situation. Many blessings to all involved.  Robert and Glenna Love   More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Spencer nears milestone in quest to conquer Half Dome

More than 50,000 hikers of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park ascend its granite face every year, with large crowds flocking to the approximately 8,800-foot crest in summer months.  Some visitors to the Park may only climb the dome once or twic More...

Sports

Tucker takes league MVP, Williams named All-League  Free Access 

Friday, March 14 - 11:15 a.m. - Mariposa senior Sam Tucker has been named as the Southern Athletic League MVP for the 2013-14 season. More...

Lady Grizzlies give up three-run lead in loss to Le Grand  Free Access 

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 11 a.m. More...

Amstutz scores hat-trick, plus one, in victory over Le Grand  Free Access 

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 11:10 a.m. More...

Woman escapes river plunge, dog less lucky  Free Access 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 5 p.m. - Rescuers pulled an El Portal woman from the Merced River on Monday afternoon, after she swerved to avoid a coyote or dog. Her own Chihuahua was lost in the incident, however. More...

Horde of animals removed by county, CPS case opened  Free Access 

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9 a.m. - More than 50 animals have been placed in new homes, and a Child Protective Services investigation launched, after Mariposa County Animal Control officers said they found the animals uncared for and hungry. More...

Midpines and Basin are zones of concern

Dry vegetation combined with a lack of fuel breaks are aiming an ominous arrow at Midpines and Ponderosa Basin, area fire planners said last week. More...

Supes vote on plant limit

Medical Marijuana Ordinance

The board of supervisors on Tuesday voted to set the county’s per-parcel cap for medical-marijuana gardens at 24 plants.  The 24-plant limit would apply only to properties where more than one cannabis-using patient or approved caregiver re More...

Olson enters District 3 race

Harvey “Pete” Olson has announced the start of his campaign for the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors District 3 seat.  Pete and wife Robin have called the mountains their home since the mid 1970s. More...

Letters

Radanovich won’t run

Last September I wrote to you about my interest in exploring the race for Governor of California in the 2014 election cycle.  More...

Pot ordinance a concern

As a medical cannabis consumer, I am deeply concerned that the proposed ordinances are being drafted in closed-door meetings. As a voting constituent of Mariposa County, I feel we have a right to an open process. More...

Teachers deserve raises

...and so do their substitutes. After subbing for about six years for MCUSD, I have to say that many things have changed, but salaries remain the same. Many subs prefer to head to Merced where the pay is $45 higher per day. More...

Datebook

DATEBOOK

Friday, March 14   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 

Wilfrid Laurier Essex, Jr.

Wilfrid Laurier Essex, Jr., known to friends and family as Bill, died at home in Visalia surrounded by loved ones on Friday, Feb. 28. He was 86 years old.  More...

Mike Sly

Mike Sly, a resident of Mariposa for 17 years, passed away on March 5, 2014 at the age of  63.  More...

Joshua Michael Schweitzer

Joshua Michael Schweitzer, an avid bicyclist, was injured in a bicycle accident on Feb. 4 and passed away on Feb. 16, 2014 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles from injuries he sustained.  More...

Inside Education

Students learn about maps

Emily Meriam, right, a local cartographer, came to Nancy Gunderson’s second grade class at Woodland Elementary School recently to teach students about making maps. More...

Scholarships are available for seniors

The Yosemite Scholarship Commission has announced the availability of scholarships for seniors graduating in June.  The Yosemite Community Scholarships are sponsored by civic groups in Yosemite National Park. More...

Technology funds are available to schools

More than 8,000 California public schools and districts are eligible to share $188.4 million in the Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program funds.  The state’s program is funded through a 2003 antitrust settlement agreement between Micro More...

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