Locals ask how high will gas prices go?



Gas prices have risen more than 50 cents a gallon over the past month. The cost of fuel is moving into unpleasant territory—approaching record highs posted back in June of 2008. “I heard it’s going to be up to $5 a gallon by summer,” Becky Rhoan said  this week. Rhoan was pumping another $40 into her Ford F-250 truck. “I […]

Employees spared rent hike




The drastic rent hike that National Park Service employees who live in El Portal were expecting won’t happen now. The change is thanks, in part, to swift work by Mariposa County planning staff, Park staff and community members with the US Census Bureau. On Feb. 22, the Mariposa County Planning Department received a letter from the US Census Bureau confirming […]

Investigation launched inside treasurer’s office




On Tuesday Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies confirmed that there is an ongoing criminal investigation within the Mariposa County Treasurer’s Office. Binnewies said that the Mariposa County Treasurer, Tax Collector and County Clerk, Keith Williams, requested an investigation within the tax collector’s office. “As a result, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has initiated an investigation, which at this time is […]

Fire guts building in Lake Don Pedro




The office building of the Lake Don Pedro Community Service District no longer appears as it does in this photograph after is was severely damaged by fire early Monday morning.A fire of unknown origin completely destroyed the interior of the Lake Don Pedro Community Services District office on Merced Falls Road early Monday morning. A patrolling Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputy […]

Audubon program focuses on ‘beautiful monsters’




Author Jeffrey Greene visits with a Eurasian wild boar, the subject of both his newly-published book and his slide presentation at the Yosemite Area Audubon Society program on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in Mariposa.Soon after American author, nature writer and poet Jeffrey Greene purchased and moved into an 18th-century home in the countryside of Burgundy, France, two experiences […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Feb. 20: •Dispatch took a missing person report in Mariposa. •Shooting was reported in the Smith Station Road area. •Someone was arrested for petty theft at Pioneer Market. •A drug overdose was reported on Hospital Road. Feb. 21: •Threats were investigated on Old Highway. •A fight between juveniles occurred on Highway 140. •A plane crashed on White Rock Road. •A […]

Manna House prepares for Easter



Manna House wants to help those in need by providing a bag of groceries for their Easter dinner. Sign-ups begin on Monday, March 5 at Manna House between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The distribution will be at the Lutheran Church on Highway 49 South on Wednesday, April 4. Manna House is able to continue this tradition because the community […]

State prepares new suction dredge rules




Suction dredging uses gasoline-powered pumps to vacuum gold-bearing silt and sand from riverbeds. The practice has been banned in California since August of 2009—but soon may be allowed again.Suction dredging used to be popular on the lower Merced River between Railroad Flat campground and Lake McClure. Miners, most of them hobbyists, spent the warm months running gaspowered dredges set on […]

JCF welcomes its new CEO



Pictured, from left, are Bob Rudzik, director; Candy O-Donel-Browne, director; David Hill, CEO; Suzette Prue, board chairperson; Mike McCreary, director, and Candy Harrison, director.The board of directors of John C. Fremont Healthcare District is welcoming and introducing David Hill, the district’s new chief executive officer. Hill’s first day at the district was Feb. 21 where Suzette Prue, board chairperson, introduced […]

Community bands together to benefit 3-year-old girl



Mariposa is a tightknit community that pulls together when the need arises. Andie Anderson, a 3-year-old local girl and her family need the community’s help. To help offset medical costs, local residents have been organizing a fundraising concert. Andie had a little bump on her collar bone that had been looked at during checkups many times, but was thought to […]