Residents sound turkey invasion alarm


Mariposa County turkeys belong to the Rio Grande subspecies (seen here). They are originally from Texas, but were introduced to California in the 1950s for the benefit of hunters.Where have all the turkeys come from? It’s not just the number of gobblers that creates a problem—it’s the timing of their assault. “At 4:30 or 5 a.m. they start cackling,” county […]

Trolley bell rings in town

The new Mariposa Experience trolley makes a stop at the Mariposa County Courthouse. It will be running each weekend through Labor Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.The clang, clang, clang of a trolley bell will become a familiar sound in Mariposa in the coming weekends. The unusual vehicle will take visitors on a unique “Mariposa Experience” tour. The Mariposa […]

SAR rescues injured hiker

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel saved a woman who was lost and injured near Windy Point in northern Mariposa County. The 34-year-old woman was hiking in the area with friends on July 7. Amanda Sams and two other friends were panning for gold and hiking when Sams became separated from the group. Her friends looked for her and […]

County tells lawmakers hound hunts are ‘humane’


A hunting hound looks over a bear’s remains after a 2009 hunt.Using dogs to hunt bear and bobcat “is not only humane, but a sensible and valuable tool for wildlife management.” So reads a letter sent by Mariposa County to state legislators this week. After hearing pleas from hunters against a proposed no-dog hunting rule, the board of supervisors approved […]

Three school board seats are up for grabs

 Mariposa County residents will have the opportunity to choose three Mariposa County Unified School District board members next November. Seats in Districts 2, 4 and 5 are set to be on the ballot. Each board member serves a four-year term. Although each must reside in the district he or she represents, school board members are elected at large. That means […]

Tourism Bureau hires new director

TERRY SELKThe Yosemite-Mariposa Tourism Bureau has its second executive director. Terry Selk, a 24- year veteran of the destination marketing industry, will take the reins at the bureau beginning Aug. 1. Selk is excited to make Mariposa his home and make it an even more attractive destination to the world’s tourists. For his entire career, Selk has been inadvertently marketing […]

Man chews glass from patrol car

JEFFREY BROWNA man arrested for domestic violence went a little berserk on July 8. After he was handcuffed, he slammed his head into the patrol car, kicked out a window, and eventually tried to chew and swallow a piece of the broken glass. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s report, Jeffrey Brown, a parolee, allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, threatened to […]

‘Hummers’ converge on County

An adult male Allen’s hummingbird was banded in Mariposa County on June 22.Barbara Robinson, a local hummingbird expert, has received several calls as to what is going on this year since hummingbird abundance is high. At the 2,000-foot elevation her hummers have already consumed over 400 pounds of sugar thus far. Normally they consume 500 pounds of sugar annually. But […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

July 2: Two dozen cows were out on a property onMerced Falls Road. •There was a domestic dispute on10th Street. •Something was stolen from a vehicle onUsona Road. •There was a minor injury traffic accident on Highway 49.July 3: •There was a livestock issue on Highway140. •Petty theft was reported on Coakley Circle.•There was a mountain lion problem on La […]

Ice cream social set

Volunteer Fire Company #32 and the Chowchilla Mountain Women’s Club will host their annual ice cream social on Saturday, July 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. which will be held at the Ponderosa Basin Fire Station located at 5618 Creel Road. This event is free of charge, and the organizations do accept donations which go to support Volunteer Fire Company […]