ACLU: Raided firm mistreated illegal workers



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Civil rights lawyers filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against a government contractor that was the target of an immigration raid this summer, accusing the company of bilking illegal workers out of pay and violating their rights. The suit accuses Terra Universal Inc. and its owner, George Sadaghiani, of denying illegal immigrant workers overtime and sick pay […]

State legislators continue the annual budget battle



SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Tuesday began their overdue debate about how to close a $19 billion budget deficit, casting their differences as a struggle over the future of the nation’s most populous state. Neither party expected a breakthrough that would end the summer-long stalemate, but the debates in the Assembly and Senate allowed lawmakers to air sharp […]

Plastic shopping bag debate begins



SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers are preparing to decide whether California should become the first state to ban disposable plastic shopping bags. The state Senate is schedule to vote Tuesday on the bill, which has been the subject of a furious lobbying campaign by the plastic bag manufacturing industry. It calls the legislation a job killer. Supporters of AB1998 say […]

Joint effort nets $14.6 million in pot



SOME OF THE 3,657 MARIJUANA PLANTS RECENTLY ERADICATED IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK ARE PICTURED ABOVE. With information obtained from a joint investigation with the United States Forest Service and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, Yosemite National Park rangers raided a large marijuana cultivation site in El Portal early Tuesday morning, Aug. 24, and seized 3,657 plants. The site was on […]

Hike benefits Wounded Warriors



BRYCE BATTERSHELL, A RESIDENT OF MARIPOSA, COMPLETED HIS SIXDAY, 60-MILE HIKE IN YOSEMITE VALLEY AUG 28. FROM LEFT, ARE MARIPOSA COUNTY SUPERVISOR BRAD ABORN, SSG. ERNESTO JIMENEZ, SGT. BRYCE BATTERSHELL, AND PVT. DAMIEN PENNIGTON, IN YOSEMITE VALLEY. THESE SOLDIERS WERE MAKING THIS MARCH TO PROMOTE THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this […]

One seriously injured in Cathey’s Valley crash



GARY WILLIAMS, 48, OF CATHEY’S VALLEY, SUSTAINED MAJOR HEAD INJURIES IN THIS ACCIDENT ON AUG. 26. ACCORDING TO THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL, WILLIAMS WAS DRIVING A FORD RANGER PICKUP EAST ON HIGHWAY 140, PREPARING TO TURN INTO THE OASIS PARKING LOT. HE TURNED DIRECTLY INTO THE PATH OF A DODGE TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY MICHAEL JAY, 30, OF CHOWCHILLA. JAY […]

Deputies bust car thieves



On Aug. 26, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputies and the California Highway Patrol responded to a residence on White Rock Road in Mariposa County for a residential burglary and stolen vehicle report. The victim reported that he left his residence earlier in the day, and upon returning home he found that his house had been ransacked and numerous items had been […]

Ethie’s tribute



CONGRESSMAN GEORGE RADANOVICH (LEFT), FLANKED BY HIS SON, KING, PARTICIPATED IN THE TRIBUTE AND DEDICATION CEREMONY HELD BY THE MARIPOSA BEARS YOUTH FOOTBALL ORGANIZATION LAST SATURDAY IN PIONEER MARKET GRIZZLY STADIUM. RADANOVICH’S WIFE, ETHIE, REQUESTED THAT REMEMBRANCES BE GIVEN TO THE LOCAL YOUTH ORGANIZATION UPON HER UNTIMELY PASSING. IN FRONT, MARINA STEIN, READS THE DEDICATION. AT RIGHT IS MARIPOSA BEARS […]

Friday, Sept. 3



Books Galore! at the Mariposa County Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reformers Unanimous – a free addictions program held at the corner of 12th and Jones Street (next to the old First Baptist Church), every Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 966-5780 or 966-5542. Narcotics Anonymous […]

Saturday, Sept. 4



Alcoholics Anonymous – noon and 7 p.m. at the fellowship hall at Pioneer Village, Highways 140 and 49 South, 966-3110. Narcotics Anonymous – 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (downstairs). Trap/5-Stand – at the Fish and Game range on Old Highway. at 6 p.m. Rifle/Pistol Range – at the Fish and Game range on Old Highway at […]