Assembly bill challenges ‘fire tax’


Mariposa County property owners are scheduled to receive $115 fire fee bills this summer for each habitable structure on their land. On this map, State Responsibility Areas (SRAs) subject to the tax are shown in yellow.Governor Jerry Brown and California’s legislature approved a special fee last year designed to raise funds for firefighting in rural areas. Intended to make up […]

Low-elevation snow smacks county


These deer took shelter in the manzanita in Lushmeadows on Sunday as heavy snow blanketed the area. Some residents of Jerseydale reported as much as 18 inches of snow. The weather is expected to warm up this week.Rescue crews waded through thigh-deep snow on Sunday evening to reach a 94- year-old man who fell and hit his head in his […]

Family mourns tragic accident

Kynan Stanners, a 1999 MCHS graduate and CAL FIRE firefighter, lost his life in a tragic snowboarding accident on Sunday at China Peak.A tragic snowboarding accident at China Peak on Sunday claimed the life of Kynan Stanners, 30, a 1999 graduate of Mariposa County High School and CAL FIRE firefighter. Fresno County Deputy Coroner Kelly Wiefel confirmed Stanners’ identity. She […]

Hentz takes Florida job

Jeffrey HentzYosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau’s Jeffrey Hentz will start a new job in Florida on April 30, he announced this week. Over the past three years, Hentz built a national reputation for the Yosemite/Mariposa bureau. Today, filling the director position is the topic when the bureau’s board meets at 1:30 p.m. at the County Government Center on Bullion Street. On […]

Rapist gets 25 to life

Jimmy L. Leonard will not see the world outside of prison bars for at least the next 25 years. When he is eligible for parole, he will be 72 years old. His victim, however, likely faces a lifetime of fear and anxiety, factors she told the court she now faces every day–and has since she was assaulted in her home […]

Board analyzes MMS numbers


At its March 6 meeting, the Mariposa County Unified School District heard a pitch from staff members at Mariposa Middle School to keep their site open. The plan presented by school staff changed the school to a sixth through eighth grade site. Proponents said it could save the district some $500,0000. At its regular meeting of March 15, the board […]

Brochure guides wildflower lovers

A new brochure helps enthusiasts identify wildflowers like these in the Upper Merced River Watershed.Wildflower season is here. Wildflower enthusiasts can educate themselves and at the same time support the Upper Merced River Watershed Council’s work in protecting these native plants and other natural features in the river canyon. The Council’s “Wildflowers of the Upper Merced River Canyon” is an […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

March 12: •A burglary was reported on Agua Fria Road.•A call about neglected horses came in from Guadalupe Mountain Road. •A mailbox was vandalized on Ashworth Road. •A firearm was stolen on Stumpfield Mountain Road. March 13: •A grand theft report came in from Boyer Road. •Smoke could be seen on Buckeye Road. •An aggressive dog was loose on Colorado […]

Nature walk planned

The Sierra Foothill Conservancy will host a nature walk on the Long Ranch on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $10/$20 for members/family, and $15/$30 for non-members/ family. The leader will be Michael Ross, a renowed naturalist, author and educator. The walk takes place on the Mariposa Long Ranch Conservation Easement. Those attending will […]

Watch out Olympians: Rice is sliding that way

Rice can reach speeds of 60 miles per hour on a 48-story run.Most eighth graders spend winter days going to school, doing homework, texting, socializing and being annoyed with their parents. For one Mariposa girl, nothing could be farther from the truth. Mackenzie Rice spent her winter in Park City, Utah. She wasn’t vacationing. She wasn’t visiting family. She was […]