Traffic stop yields weed, cash and .357

Daniel OlivaLast Saturday while on patrol a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a white mini-van for numerous moving violations on Highway 49 South in the Woodland area. Upon inspecting the vehicle, the driver, Daniel Oliva, 41, was taken into custody after the deputy found marijuana, concentrated cannabis, a concealed and loaded .357 caliber handgun and a large amount of cash […]

Manna House struggling to feed community’s hungry

 Mariposa’s Manna House feeds between 875 and 1,000 people every month. In addition, volunteers have provided vouchers for children’s shoes and diapers for a number of years. Now, the demand for services is taking its toll. In the past year, Manna House has seen its client list rise by 25 percent. The cost to operate the diaper and shoe programs […]


El Portal hits 105 degrees on June 17

Capping a weekend of record heat, El Portal posted a whopping 105 degrees at 3 p.m. on Father’s Day. The National Weather Service does not track temperatures at the site, but the number is likely a record for June 17. NWS certified record temps for Sunday included Fresno (109 degrees), Merced (107 degrees) and Madera (107 degrees). According to Mariposa’s […]

Summer jobs for teens are becoming thing of the past


Summer work with the county’s parks and recreation program is one place where teens have found jobs this season. From left are lifeguards Emilie Jones, 16, Holly Gerken, 16, and Carissa Leonard, 17.Emilie Jones is one of the lucky few. The 16-year-old knows how hard it can be to find a summer job in Mariposa County. This spring, she filled […]

New center will seek to keep offenders out of jail

 State legislators passed Assembly Bill 109 to create space in state prisons by shifting nonviolent offenders to county jails. In practice, the move has meant headaches for local law-enforcement. While their crimes may have been nonviolent, many offenders themselves aren’t. Add a trend towards more aggression among inmates, and you’ve got trouble. The board of supervisors approved two measures on […]

Highly ‘Suds’cessful

Friends of the Fair officials were thrilled at the attendance of last Saturday night’s Suds and Sausage fundraiser at the fairgrounds. Almost 300 folks sampled over 150 flavors of beer and dozens of different types of sausage. According to fairgrounds General Manager Brian Bullis the event probably raised over $11,000 to support Mariposa County’s favorite event…. An online subscription is […]

NPS officially opens admin services

NPS and Mariposa County officials cut the ribbon on the new administrative services offices for Yosemite National Park in Mariposa. Pictured, from left, are Mariposa County Supervisors Jim Allen, Janet Bibby, Lee Stetson and Kevin Cann, Bob Rucker of Congressman Jeff Denham’s office, and Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher.Some Yosemite National Park employees will spend their entire careers commuting–participating daily in […]

Rockfall danger ‘substantial,’ in Park

A rockfall tumbles down the face of El Capitan on Oct. 11, 2010. The area around the base of El Capitan, Glacier Point and other Valley landmarks is scattered with evidence of past rockfall events.Falling boulders pose a “substantial hazard and risk to the approximately 4 million annual visitors to Yosemite National Park,” reads the ominous opening line of a […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

June 11: A burglary incident resulting with an arrest was reported on Buckeye Road. • A mountain lion sighting was reported in the Ben Hur Road area. • Reports of petty theft were received from Highway 140 and Guadalupe Creek Road. • A report of shots fired and yelling was taken from Holtzel Road in Coulterville. June 12: •A pontoon […]

Plans begin for 2012 Tomato Fest

September is harvest time. Local heirloom tomatoes are vine ripened for everyone to taste and savor. The community is invited to the Mariposa Tomato Fest, a family event featuring the best tasting tomatoes ever. Visitors can enjoy downtown Mariposa and visit family farms to see first-hand best growing practices, attend workshops on vegetable gardening, enter a salsa contest and an […]