New aerial adventure course tempts visitors

This young lady makes the belay process of coming down from the aerial adventure course look easy.Last spring, Bryan and Victoria Imrie opened Yosemite Zipline Adventure Ranch (YZAR). The seven-line course offers adrenaline junkies a chance to “get their zip on” and experience the beauty of Mariposa’s landscape. It has since become the number one attraction in the Yosemite area […]

Gaines Fire razes over 1,600 acres

A bomber drops its load of fire retardant on the Gaines Fire Tuesday afternoon.A bird that flew into a power line sparked an inferno Tuesday afternoon that blackened over 1,600 acres as of Wednesday morning. The blaze began around 12:46 p.m. and exploded into the light, dry fuels off of Mount Gaines Road and Hornitos Road, burning toward Old Toll […]

Fire station costs jump by $488,000

 Mariposa County’s cost to build four new fire stations just jumped up by nearly a half million dollars. The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors approved the cost increase at its meeting on June 12. The board had previously directed the public works department to do a second round of bids after the initial submissions came in higher than expected. It […]

Courthouse threatened by structural problems

A recent structural engineer’s report indicates that the historic Mariposa County Courthouse has some concerning issues that may necessitate it being closed for six months to over a year.The Courthouse is to Mariposa County what Half Dome is to Yosemite National Park–an icon. The regal building is the symbol of Mariposa’s rich history. Now, it seems that symbol is threatened. […]

Domestic violence escalates to assault

A Mariposa woman is in jail after she stabbed her husband following a fight. According to Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies, the woman was arrested on June 9 at her Guadalupe Creek Road home. Deputies responded to the home around 4:30 p.m. that day. When they arrived, they found the victim “bleeding severely” on his neighbor’s porch. The man said […]

Yosemite bridges appear on threatened places list


Water has been flowing under Yosemite Valley’s Stoneman Bridge since 1933. Removing the Park’s Stoneman, Ahwahnee and Sugar Pine bridges would improve the river’s “free-flowing condition,” a preliminary Merced River Plan document suggests.Stoneman Bridge is a crossroads at the center of Yosemite Valley. Cars and busses use it to pass over the Merced River and complete the Yosemite Valley loop. […]

Engine donation

MCHS Grizzly Fire Co-Captain Guy Hall (left) accepts a program donation of a Type III wildland fire engine from Madera-Mariposa-Merced CAL FIRE Deputy Chief Kevin Smith. The engine, a 1988 version, was at CAL FIRE’s Davis fleet facility, however, from 1990 to early 2000 it was the response engine for the Cathey’s Valley CAL FIRE station. The donation was initiated […]

Pioneer Wagon Train begins trek

The Mariposa County Pioneer Wagon Train with horseback riders and walkers will begin its trek across the Sierra from Goat Meadow, near the south entrance to Yosemite, to one of the county’s pioneer ranches near Bootjack. It is the 37th annual trip, and it began on Wednesday and will arrive on Saturday, June 16. Since June of 1975, this wagon […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

June 4: An assault report came in from John C. Fremont Hospital. •Two dogs were loose on Greeley Hill Road. •A raccoon was in a house on Triangle Road. •A burglar alarm was sounding on Jones Street. June 5: •Mailboxes were vandalized on Martin Road. •A travel trailer on Burney Drive was burglarized. •Deputies responded to a family dispute on […]

County Fire Response Report

June 4 through 10 EMS – 11 Fire – 1 Public assist – 1 Auto collision – 2 Spotlight Call of the Week: On Friday, June 8, a vegetation fire in Hunters Valley. This was a joint agency response including Company #36 Hunters Valley, Company #23 Cathey’s Valley, Company #24 Don Pedro, Company #21 Midpines, Company #27 Mormon Bar, Company […]