Possible lodging cuts could hit TOT funding

MERCED RIVER PLAN NO. 3


Hotel tax, also known as transient occupancy tax, or TOT, currently contributes about half of the county’s annual budget revenue. Hotel tax revenue has grown since 1996, when the rate increased to 10 percent. A noticeable dip in the 1996-97 fiscal year may reflect the loss of 250 Yosemite Valley lodging units in the great flood of January 1997.Yosemite managers […]

Vehicle search yields weapon, two arrested



Pedro Padilla LopezAn alert Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s contact with a pair of individuals working in a known medical marijuana garden on Bear Valley Road last Saturday ended with a pair of arrests and the confiscation of a vehicle on .45 caliber hand gun. The garden, which law enforcement linked to the attempted car jacking of a Mariposa mother […]

Program helps kids attend Day Camp




Mariposa County Parks and Recreation’s Day Camp program serves children each summer. They spend mornings doing fun activities, learning, exercising and creating. For some Mariposa County kids, however, attending Day Camp on a full-time basis is impossible. Even though the program is very inexpensive, the current financial situation of many families keeps them at home. Program Manager Shannon Hansen and […]

Easter crowds flood Yosemite Park



Autos line up at Yosemite National Park’s Arch Rock Entrance Station on Saturday, April 7. Crowds may descend again this weekend—and next weekend as well. Admission fees will be waived from April 21 through 29 in recognition of Earth Day and National Park Week.Visitors to Yosemite National Park experienced some of the first waits of the season at entrance stations […]

SFCS begins hiring its staff




Last year around this time, residents in Cathey’s Valley were working to save their elementary school from closure. When their attempts failed, and the school closed, some of them went to work to open a new school. It took months, but organizers were successful in gaining approval for Sierra Foothill Charter School (SFCS), which will open in August on the […]

Owners are giving motels a brush-up

A LOOK AT LODGING


Desk clerk Beverley James of Mariposa’s Best Western stands by camellia blossoms and the motel’s freshly-stuccoed exterior. Paul Patel and family own and run the motel as well as Mariposa’s former Super 8—now being rechristened The Monarch of Mariposa.Mariposa motels have some tough critics at a Britain-based travel site. A “surly and abrupt” manager greeted one reviewer. Rooms were “tired […]

DFG returns bear cubs to the wild



The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has completed its 2012 yearling bear release program by returning six orphaned cubs to the wild where they were born. The cubs were found in various locations around the state in the summer months of 2011 and were rehabilitated at a licensed care facility in Lake Tahoe prior to being judged ready to […]

Art class benefits Ethos Youth Center



The community can join renowned artist Cathy Crandell for a full day of art lessons and activities. The workshop will take place at the beautiful Flaming Heart retreat center above Mariposa. Drawing on Crandell’s many years of making and teaching art, this workshop will help participants open their creative mind, as well as explore tips and techniques of drawing, painting, […]

Veterans’ jobs act introduced in Senate



Congressman Denham’s Veteran Skills to Jobs Act was introduced in the Senate by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and cosponsored by U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). The Veteran Skills to Jobs Act addresses the unacceptably high rate of veteran unemployment by directing the head of each federal department and agency to treat military […]

Tom McClintock speaks in Mariposa



Congressman Tom McClintockMariposa Patriots will welcome Congressman Tom McClintock on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at the VFW Hall in Mariposa (corner of Highway 140 and 49 North). The congressman will give an overview on the debate in congress and the impact the Tea Party is having on it. Then he will answer all manner of questions from the […]