Water-rescue professionals urge Merced River caution

Photo credit: Scott Gediman/NPS photo.Experts in swift-water rescue showed off their skills in Yosemite National Park to prevent injuries–and worse–as folks head to the Merced River this season. "When you get warm days, people are excited to be near the water," said Moose Mutlow, a swift-water trainer for Yosemite’s search-and-rescue team. "But then people fall in and go down. You […]

County home values may be heading up, agents say


A for-sale sign marks a listed home on Jones Street. A total of 82 county homes were sold in the first four months of 2012—the highest first-quarter total in the last five years, according to the MariSEE posa County Board of RealtorsA housing report from a major forecasting firm is generating buzz among Central California real estate agents. The report […]

Section champions

Mariposa’s Sac-Joaquin Section championship team is pictured above. Front row, left to right are Brooke Earling, Riyn Williams, Sabrina Green, Meliasa Tovar, Nichole Johnson, and coach Stacie Dayhoff. Back row, left to right are coach Nate Johnson, Cheyenne Larkin, Brittany Binnewies, Shea Williams, head coach Tony Williams, Carissa Leonard, Shawnee Long, Genevieve Kelsey, coach Marc Edmundson, and Bailey Edmundson. Not […]

Road rage turns to violent altercation

RICHARD SCHREFFLERA bizarre road rage event on May 15 escalated to a full-blown assault, and now Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for the suspect. That day, at about 9:30 a.m., a man identified by Mariposa County deputy sheriffs as Richard A. Schreffler, 35, of Medford, Ore., instigated an altercation as the result of a road rage event. Reportedly, Schreffler […]

Agencies respond for fire employees

 The community and its agency partners are quickly responding to help those displaced by the Fifth Street Fire on May 11. Job Connection and the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce are reaching out to employees to help them start over. Job Connection Mariposa will be holding a Rapid Response event for those affected by the Fifth Street Fire on Tuesday, […]

New owners commit to excellence


 Mariposa’s flagship restaurant, Charles Street Dinner House, has been closed since owner Ed Uebner died earlier this spring. Its empty spaces and darkened windows cast a pall on downtown, as much as the loss of the enigmatic owner did. Now, Charles Street’s lights will come back on, and its new owners hope to keep things as close to Uebner’s ambiance […]

Post offices stay open, but hours face big cuts

 Three Mariposa County post offices that faced the threat of closure last year will stay open—but five local post offices now face drastically reduced hours. The five post offices are located at Cathey’s Valley, El Portal, Fish Camp, Hornitos and Midpines. The U.S. Postal Service announced the hourtrimming plan earlier this month. The agency unveiled the plan after rural communities […]

Hobby named to CIF Hall of Fame

LOYD HOBBYLegendary Mariposa County High School coach and athletic director Loyd Hobby has collected championship banners and accolades for decades. Now, he is being named to the second class ever to be named to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section’s Hall of Fame. Hobby is the first representative of the Southern Athletic League to receive the honor. He served 34 years as […]

PG&E warns of national utility scam

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is alerting customers to be aware of a scam that has impacted other utility customers across the country. The scam, which has been reportedly taking place in person, through social media, through posted fliers and through text messages, claims that President Barack Obama is providing a credit or directly paying utility bills. In some […]

BMW Rally returns this weekend

Yosemite and California’s Gold Country set the scene for motorcycle riding and adventure touring this Memorial Day weekend at the 40th annual 49er rally in Mariposa. The BMW Motorcycle Club of Northern California invites riders, families and friends to attend the 40th anniversary 49er Rally celebration at the Mariposa Fairgrounds from May 24 to 28. Experience the outstanding scenery and […]