LOCAL ECONOMY

Park visitation exceeds four million in 2011

If it seemed busy in Mariposa County last year, that’s because it was. Once again, more than four million people visited Yosemite National Park, marking the second consecutive year of chart-topping visitation. While many California and other national destinations are reeling from recession-era down time, Yosemite is buzzing, and Mariposa County and its businesses are benefitting. Last year, some 4,098,648 […]

Marooned cat survives plunge



Zeba the cat nestles in Darlene Ruschhaupt’s arms after the feline’s nine-day stint in a ponderosa pine ended. Aside from sneezing, “she doesn’t seem any worse for wear,” owner Ruschhaupt said. “I have no doubt she’ll recover very nicely.”Zeba spent nine cold nights marooned in a Lushmeadows tree before tumbling to the ground this week. Neighbors spent days monitoring the […]

Lady Grizzlies rip Gustine in SAL tilt, 59-37



Sophomore Shea Williams continues her stellar play, helping the varsity Lady Grizzlies to another SAL win last week.Tuesday night, Mariposa rode sophomore Shea Williams’ 22 points and Emily Brossard’s 15 to a convincing 59-37 Southern Athletic League victory over Gustine. The win left the Lady Grizzlies tied for second in the league standings with Ripon Christian, both at 4-1. Turlock […]

Frosh stay perfect



With last Friday night’s 55-28 thumping of Delhi’s Haws, Mariposa’s freshman boys’ basketball team moved to 3-0 in Southern Athletic League play. Michael Spielman paced the young Grizzlies’ offense with 18 points, and Kadin Battles ripped the nets for 11. Both Richard Peña and Aanthony Lerma bucketed seven points, and Kayman Smith dumped in six. Spencer Arebalo had a big […]

Junior varsity crushes Delhi



Sophomore Bodie Vegely (No. 33) takes a shot late in the game last Friday night. The junior varsity Grizzlies grounded the visiting Hawks and hit the road until Jan. 31.Calling last Friday night’s junior varsity basketball contest a “game” is a bit of a stretch, but the Mariposa victory did keep the young Grizzlies in front of the Southern Athletic […]

Grizzlies hold on to upend Hawks



Senior Ian Merzwinski (No. 22) had another huge night for the varsity Grizzlies in a tough win over Delhi last Friday.Mariposa’s varsity Grizzlies pushed their Southern Athletic League hoops mark to 3- 1 last Friday night with a narrow 76-72 victory over Delhi’s Hawks. “We kind of found a way to make it more interesting than it should have been,” […]

Researchers and tribes clash over Native bones



California’s Kumeyaay tribes are fighting to reclaim the skeletons.BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — On a bluff overlooking a sweep of Southern California beach, scientists in 1976 unearthed what were among the oldest skeletal remains ever found in the Western Hemisphere. Researchers would come to herald the bones — dating back nearly 10,000 years — as a potential treasure trove for understanding […]

Short story class begins at Arts Council



The Mariposa County Arts Council’s Short Story Writing class will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. For enrollment, registration and scholarship information, contact the Mariposa County Arts Council at 966-3155. The first sentence of a short story should catch the reader’s attention with the unusual, the unexpected, an action, or a conflict. Participants can learn the fundamental principles […]

Butterfly Garden Club meets



Butterfly Garden Club of Mariposa will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at the senior center. Members Codie and Kathy Hart will present a program, “Gardening with your computer.” Refreshments will be served, followed by a business meeting. Any interested persons may call 742-6939 for more information. … An online subscription is required to […]

Amgen seeks jersey entries



AEG, presenter of the Amgen Tour of California, is seeking original artwork submissions for the design of the 2012 Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey. This jersey is awarded daily to the cyclist who best exemplifies the character of those engaged in the fight against cancer – courage, sacrifice, inspiration, determination, and perseverance. Many of the world’s elite […]