Yosemite’s Badger Pass wraps up ski area’s 2011-12 season

Yosemite National Park’s Badger Pass ski area wrapped up its 2011-12 season with an awesome day of play on new snow this Sunday, April 1. Some skiers and boarders felt teased that Badger’s last day coincided with one of the best snow days of the year. "It’s not very often that you see such a good winter day at the […]

Embezzlement charges leveled


PATRICIA MORETTITuesday afternoon Mary Patricia (“Koki”) Moretti, 56, calmly walked out of the Mariposa County District Attorney’s office on Jones Street and, accompanied by a Mariposa County Deputy, she was placed in the rear seat of a patrol vehicle, unrestrained, and whisked away to the Mariposa County Adult Detention Center. There she was booked into custody on 71 felony counts […]

Folks consider details of health care debate

Mariposa Tea Party Patriots rally with flags and placards last Saturday to protest President Obama’s health care law of 2010. The Supreme Court spent time debating the law’s constitutionality this week but is not expected to rule on the issue before June.Mike Butler knows what it’s like to lack health insurance and suffer a serious accident. In June of 2010, […]

Permit access studied for Park summers


Yosemite Valley visits would no longer be earned by waits at entrance stations under an alternative being considered by the National Park Service this month. Like the permit system now being finalized for Half Dome, the proposal would limit access to Yosemite Valley in summertime by requiring day-use permits for visitors. The set of five alternatives contain far-reaching proposals that […]

Probation sweep nets meth lab

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputy Ed Sinclair stands watch over a collection of toxic chemicals discovered during a probation check at a home off Highway 49 South. As of press time on Wednesday, investigators were looking into the possibility that the silver nitrate, ammonium nitrate, mercury and other chemicals were related to the production of methamphetamine.Mariposa County Probation wants those it […]

Auditor says County needs to ‘hold the line’


Mariposa County Auditor Bill DavisSince Mariposa County Auditor Bill Davis unwrapped a budget audit item that alleged over $1.5 million was “mishandled” by the Human Services Department, a flurry of questions have been circulating throughout the county. At Tuesday’s board of supervisors’ meeting, many of those questions were answered and procedures were set in motion to solve the issues. District […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

March 19: •A tree was down on Buckeye Road. •There was a traffic accident on Triangle Road. •Two cows were on Banderilla Drive. •Dogs were attacking goats on Buena Vista Drive. March 20: •A vandalism in progress call came in from Coakley Circle. •Dispatch took a burlgary report from Chowchilla Mountain Road. •There was a stray turkey on Highway 49 […]

County Fire Response Report

Monday, March 12 through March 25 EMS – 7 Fire – 0 Public assist – 2 Auto collision – 2 Spotlight Call of the Week: Sunday, March 25, one single vehicle over the bank and submerged in the Merced River on Highway 140 near Briceburg. Company #21 Midpines, MPUD Fire and CAL FIRE responded. The survival and outcome of this […]

Tourism Bureau begins search

When Jeff Hentz leaves his post as Yosemite-Mariposa Tourism Bureau executive director next month, he will leave some pretty big shoes to fill. The bureau’s board of directors met to discuss replacing its first-ever director last week. Hentz has been at the helm for the past three years, and he turned it into a nationally-recognized entity during that time. He […]

‘Tis the season

The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office made the first significant marijuana garden bust of the season this week. Officers found some 20,000 young pot plants in Mt. Bullion. Sheriff Doug Binnewies told the board of supervisors on Tuesday that the public should be aware of suspicious activity like unusual traffic and evidence of such things as irrigation equipment. “This is the […]