County candidates’ forum looms




 Voters can check out candidates for Mariposa County’s Board of Supervisors at a special candidates’ forum on Wednesday, April 25. The event may be the best opportunity to see prospective supervisors in action before the June 5 election. The forum is sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW.) The forum takes place in the county board chambers on […]

County begins budget wrestling




 What was supposed to be a very preliminary piece to the Mariposa County 2012-13 budget turned into an hours-long discussion during Tuesday’s board of supervisors’ meeting. County Administrative Officer (CAO) Rick Benson brought the item forth as a set of guidelines to be presented to department heads as they begin to develop financial plans for next year. “We don’t see […]

Mercy gets 10-year contract




Long-gone are the days when Mariposa’s only ambulance could be “stolen” by a rodeo clown in the Gold Bowl and subsequently used to spin out in the arena. Hard to believe, but that was the case way back in 1970. Now, however, Mariposa County’s ambulance service is considered among the best in the state, and the Mariposa County Board of […]

Board rejects fire station bids, plans to start all over




 Once again, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors is dealing with delays and cost increases on the construction of the new fire stations. On Tuesday, the board voted to reject all bids on the Midpines and Fish Camp stations and start the bidding process over. Public Works Director Peter Rei told the board that the low bid on the Fish […]

SAFE Unit busts Facebook creeper



Jeffry BennettDuring late March, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office was notified of local young teen girls, ages ranging from 12 to 15 years old, that had been approached on Facebook by a person appearing to be an adult male. The male was contacting the juvenile girls through Facebook social media and attempting to Friend them. Reportedly, once conversation started, the […]

SilverTip plan stays alive despite foreclosure

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 County-approved plans for a 137-room hotel and conference center at Fish Camp remain on the table this week. But for the first time in more than a decade, the 44- acre SilverTip resort property is no longer owned by Pasadena developer PacificUS Real Estate Group. On Tuesday, April 12, OneWest Bank foreclosed on the meadow outside of Yosemite National Park’s […]

MSO spotlights soloist



Dr. Lawrence GwozdzApril 21 and 22 will provide a rare opportunity for music lovers in Central California to hear the saxophone as its inventor envisioned. The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra will feature a renowned master musician in not one but two contemporary classical works for saxophone and symphony orchestra. Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz will perform in Mariposa and Yosemite Valley in collaboration […]

BVFD serves pancake breakfast



The Bootjack Volunteers would like to invite you to our Pancake Breakfast/Yard Sale on Saturday, April 28, at the Bootjack Firehouse at 3883 Bootjack Lane. Volunteers will be serving delicious pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee. Breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children and is being served from 7 to 11 a.m. No one ever goes […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



April 9: •Petty theft was reported on Broadway Street. •Dogs were attacking chickens on Meadow Lane. •Deputies responded to a domestic problem on Wilbur’s Way. •Aggressive dogs were loose on Woodland Drive. April 10: •A brush pile fire escaped on Chamberlain Road. •Dispatch took a petty theft report from Coakley Circle. •Bikes were in the creekbed near the Best Western. […]

County Fire Response Report



April 9 through April 15 EMS – 4 Fire – 2 (1 escaped controlled burn, 1 power pole file) Public assist – 0 Auto collision – 0 Spotlight Call of the Week: Tuesday, April 10, escaped controlled burn in the Midpines area. Company #21 Midpines and CAL FIRE responded. As spring continues, conditions are dry. Resdients should use caution when […]