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Hunters Valley burning will extend to next week  Free Access 

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 - 10:30 a.m. - Crews from CAL FIRE and the federal Bureau of Land Management today are burning trimmed brush off Hunters Valley Access Road west of Bear Valley. More...

Ferguson construction may go to 2020

Caltrans will visit town on Tuesday to provide update

Caltrans and its contractors may not finish work on the Ferguson Slide Permanent Restoration Project until 2020, an agency spokesperson said last week.  More...

County, innkeeper reach settlement

Parties are tight-lipped

Innkeepers Richard and Marcia Long have apparently reached a financial settlement with Mariposa County over their claim that corrosive water damaged multiple pipes on their properties.  The property is the Yosemite Four Seasons resort on Henness More...

Local News

Successful effort

Community activist and elementary school volunteer Ron Ritchie (at left) is pictured in front of his new handicapped-equipped 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan, along with Jim Musick. More...

John C. Fremont Clinic welcomes new doctor

UC Davis-trained Sharrar is family practice physician

John C. Fremont Medical Clinic has announced the addition of Kelly Sharrar, M.D., to the provider staff.  More...

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Feb. 9 • A caller reported “thin dogs” on Hites Cove Road. • Illegal wood cutting was reported on Miami Mountain Road. • A report of threats was taken on Schoolhouse Road in Cathey’s Valley. More...

Milestones

Thank you

The family of George L. Chase would like to express thanks for the cards, letters, flowers, memorial donations and prayers.  We very much appreciate all of the loving kindness during this time of loss.  Keith and Janet Williams   More...

Thank you

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Sgt. Kim Miller of the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. At a difficult time in my life, her kind strength alleviated an unfortunate situation. More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Invader weed wreaks havoc

Yellow star thistle can ruin Mariposa rangeland and more

A nasty-looking plant with spines that would be at home in a horror movie is one of the most invasive and noxious weeds in the county. More...

Inside Education

Owen Bissmeyer wins El Portal geography bee

Student moves one step closer to scholarship

Owen Bissmeyer, a seventh grade student at El Portal School, recently won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee. More...

FFA students participate in competition

Members present projects to San Joaquin Valley judges

Eight FFA students from Mariposa County High School were recognized at an awards banquet held in Merced on Feb. 4.  The students participated in the FFA Merced-Mariposa Section Project Competition program. More...

Honor roll students are named

Lake Don Pedro Elementary School recently announced its honor roll and student of the month awards. At a ceremony, parents joined teachers to honor the achievements of the students. More...

Snow report: bad, and not just for skiers  Free Access 

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 - 9:30 a.m. - Yosemite Ranger Rob Pilewski issued a dismal snow report today-just two inches at 8,600-ft. Tuolumne Meadows. The "grim" report has wide-ranging implications. More...

Jury finds Chenot guilty of June 22 arson  Free Access 

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 - 2:15 p.m. - A Mariposa County jury today found Kimberly Chenot guilty of a June 22 arson that destroyed a Midpines home. More...

Shipping shop perseveres through flood  Free Access 

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 - 4:30 p.m. - Mariposa Shipping Co. has been serving customers as it cleans up following a Tuesday morning sewage spill, business owner Kathleen Leavitt said today. More...

‘Mystery booms’ solution points to Nevada bomb-disposal facility

Unusual atmospheric conditions on Feb. 11 carried detonation sound

The combination of a temperature inversion and explosions at an Army facility in western Nevada were likely responsible for “mystery booms” that perplexed residents over a wide area on Feb. More...

Johnson takes county HR duty

County counsel has served in extra role since last June

Steve Johnson, a seasoned human resources professional who recently served the City of Dixon (Solano County), has been named Mariposa County Human Resources Director/Risk Manager.  More...

Commentary

Knee Jerk Tax Hikes

CALIFORNIA COMMENTARY

For the second time in as many weeks Californians got the news that Sacramento politicians are proposing yet another big tax hike. More...

Letters

Can we afford the military?

Americans need to know that the President’s 2016 budget proposal includes the largest request for money for the Pentagon ever made by a president: $585,000,000,000. And in all likelihood, the final amount allocated will be even higher. More...

Falling gas prices mask hidden tax

So why is it that while other states are now enjoying gas prices of less than $2 per gallon, California is still paying higher prices?  Due to high taxes and costly regulations, our state’s gas prices are higher than other states. More...

Datebook

DATEBOOK

Friday, Feb. 20   Alcoholics Anonymous - noon and 7 p.m. at the fellowship hall at Pioneer Village, Highways 140 and 49 South, 966-3110.  More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

James R. Smalley

James R. Smalley was born in Fresno County in 1926 to James and Anna Smalley. Jim was raised in Merced. He died on Feb. More...

Carl Dondero

Carl Dondero was born on Oct. 10, 1932 in Lee Vining/Mono Lake and passed away Feb. 13, 2015 surrounded by his family.  More...

Sports

Grizzles edge Riverbank in overtime tilt

MCHS dumps Waterford to stay perfect in league

Riverbank’s Bruins gave Mariposa probably its toughest test of the season last week as the Grizzlies were pushed to overtime before pulling out a narrow, non-league 65-63 victory.  Earlier in the week, Mariposa drubbed Waterford’s Wi More...

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