STORM DAMAGE

County digs out and cleans up after storm

| Contributed This dog has a new vantage point looking into his Jerseydale home. His owner snapped the photo of the dog standing on several feet of snow after last weekend’s monster storm.A week after one of the most powerful winter storms in recent memory pummeled Mariposa County, nearly all residents have their power back on and most have begun […]

Traffic delays planned



Traffic delays are scheduled to begin on the El Portal Road (via Highway 140 through Mariposa) in Yosemite National Park on Monday, April 4, in order to stabilize a rockslide area. Traffic will be delayed up to 30 minutes at a time, from sunrise to sunset, Monday through Friday. A maximum 15 minute delay will take place during the commuting […]

Man arrested for arson in Lushmeadows



Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man in Lushmeadows on March 24 at about 2 p.m. after he allegedly tried to set his family’s home on fire. Charles Shiff was taken into custody, and no one was injured in the fire. According to Sheriff Doug Binnewies, the first deputy at the scene made contact with the man’s wife outside the […]

Weather forges losses and gains



The snow on top of the Fish Camp General Store piled over five feet. Above, the clean-up work began after the weather cleared.When the snow fell, and brought down trees, power lines and the gate to Yosemite National Park, so fell the Park’s hotel and gate revenues. The latest natural disaster to strike Mariposa County had some economic perils, but […]

Letter of appreciation



As you all know, Yosemite National Park and the surrounding communities were hit with a major winter storm two weekends ago that produced significant snow. In fact, the snowfall either broke the previous record or came very close. As power was restored to the Park over the weekend, a few areas without power will come on line early this week. […]

Home care workers



For decades California’s home care workers have labored to provide care for the state’s most vulnerable populations, its seniors and disabled. Mariposa County home care workers have made the commitment of caring for the aforementioned populations without health benefits. On March 22, Mariposa County home care workers attended the board of supervisors Meeting and share the stories of their struggles […]

Heartfelt thanks



Now that we in this community are recovering from the catastrophic event recently visited upon us, I have to thank all those who helped engineer that same recovery. If I knew all the names involved, I would thank each personally. Since I do not, I want to thank all those associated with PG&E, including those pilots who flew the helicopters […]

HIV facts



I wasn’t sure if Mary Carpenter’s letter to the editor of March 17 was meant to imply that same sex marriage would increase HIV/AIDS cases in the US, but that was my interpretation. Here are a few facts I was able to find on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Web site: At the end of 2006, there were 1,106,400 […]

Let’s talk fire safety



When it comes to fire, whether it is wildland or structure, the reality is that fire gives no warning and has no patience. Let’s Talk Fire is offered by the Mariposa County Fire Safe Council where tips on how to be better prepared for a wildland or structure fire are outlined. The council will also provide fire prevention techniques, insight […]

Elected Officials



GOVERNOR Jerry Brown (916) 445-2841 1st Floor State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814 STATE SENATOR 14th District Tom Berryhill (916) 651-4014 State Capitol Room 3076 Sacramento, CA 95814 STATE ASSEMBLY 25th District Kristin Olsen (209) 576-6425 District Office 3719 Tully Road Suite C Modesto, CA 95356 U.S. SENATORS Barbara Boxer (202) 224-3553 Hart Building Suite 112 Washington DC, 20510 Dianne Feinstein […]