Dancing in the streets



There was lots of color, music and celebration at last Saturday’s 63rd annual Hornitos Enchilada Dinner. Above, members of the dance group Sol del Valle perform in Hornitos Plaza. The event boasted great weather, a huge crowd and plenty of visiting with old friends. It was hosted by the Hornitos Patrons Club…. An online subscription is required to view news […]

Supervisors add $1.3 million more for stations




It appears that Mariposa County’s four new fire stations will cost more than originally anticipated. In fact, they will run the county about $1.3 million more than was planned. On Tuesday morning, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors approved the additional funds after lengthy discussion. County Administrative Officer Rick Benson brought the item to the board’s attention. The county has […]

Rapist enters plea, gets 25-years to life




His violent, home invasion crime shook Mariposa’s sense of small town security, and now Jimmy L. Leonard, will spent at least the next 25 years behind bars. Leonard, 47, pleaded guilty some 15 felony counts associated with the crime. Among those were six specific counts of sexual assault. Leonard was arrested on Aug. 2, after a 23-year-old mother of two […]

Sheriff’s probe continues




On Wednesday morning, Sheriff Doug Binnewies confirmed that the investigation into alleged financial improprieties inside the Mariposa County treasurer’s office is moving forward. Binnewies said, “Our investigators are making progress, and I expect the investigation will be concluded soon, but that is all we can release at this time about this ongoing investigation.” The probe was launched after Mariposa County […]

School board gets input




As time becomes short for the Mariposa County Unified School District to make some drastic budget reductions, its board of trustees continues to hear from the public and staff on ways to help mitigate a $2.4 million shortfall. On Tuesday night, the board held a special meeting that lasted nearly five hours. It is the latest in a series of […]

Hatton trial continues at fairgrounds



Testimony continues this week in the trial of Kyle Andrew Hatton, 22. The case is being heard by a judge and jury at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. On Tuesday morning, the defendant himself was on the stand. Hatton said that the alleged victim had actually climbed He said the change would save the district $500,000. “All of the other options […]

Special legislation seeks slide solution




Work on a permanent fix for the Ferguson slide zone seven miles west of El Portal could start in 2015, according to the text of a bill introduced by California Assemblymember Kristin Olsen last month.Mariposa’s State Assembly representative has introduced a bill that opens the door to a rockshed fix for the Ferguson slide zone. Located halfway between Briceburg and […]

Autopsy reveals cause



Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies has released information about the death of Ed Uebner, the long-time owner of Charles Street Dinner House. Uebner was found dead off the Hite’s Cove Trail on Feb. 16. The autopsy revealed that the cause of death was injury to the head, chest and abdomen consistent with a fall. He died within minutes. The toxicology […]

Silva Road residential blaze



Firefighters responded to a residential fire in the 5,000 block of Silva Road late last Wednesday afternoon. The first units on scene found heavy dark smoke billowing from the back side of the home. Mariposa County Fire Engine No. 37 extended a hoseline to the rear of the two-story structure and extinguished a blaze that was burning on the exterior […]

Groups sought for Katerpillar Kids



The Mariposa Butterfly Festival is seeking any nonprofit service organization or group interested in being involved in the festival’s Katerpillar Kids Area to fill out an application before April 5 and return it to the committee so their group can become part of this family event. The Butterfly Festival dates are May 4, 5, and 6. There are a myriad […]