Pizza Fire caused by electrical problems




The cause of the May 11 blaze that destroyed the Pizza Factory and adjacent businesses has been determined as electrical, according to a CAL FIRE report released on Monday.Nearly three months after the fire that devastated downtown Mariposa, the Mariposa Public Utility District (MPUD) has released the investigative report about the blaze. That report shows the cause of the fire […]

History moves from law library




History is a heavy subject, especially as it concerns the laws of the State of California. Last week, the literal weight of that history moved from the Mariposa County Courthouse’s law library to the vault at the Mariposa Museum and History Center. The move followed two separate engineers’ reports that indicated, among other things, that the weight of library was […]

Checkout line pain is forecast to intensify




Elevated feed prices now hitting ranchers will trickle down next year—driving prices at food stores significantly up. That’s the conclusion of national food experts and local folks familiar with agricultural issues. “My advice to people is plant your winter gardens,” said Cathi Boze, Mariposa County’s agricultural commissioner. “Everything’s going to go up. It’s going to affect things from ice cream […]

Checkout line pain forecast to intensify



Smoke from a branding iron fills the air as Shane Patterson of Cathey’s Valley marks a calf for rancher Tim Mankins in October. High prices for alfalfa hay and other feed is expected to drive food prices higher over the next year…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your […]

Prison realignment has an impact locally




It seems the state’s Public Safety Realignment program is working– especially in Mariposa County. The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) have issued its first report on the program for its first six months of existence. “It is clear that realignment is already dramatically changing criminal justice in California, with the state prison population under 140,000 for the first time […]

Fire Prevention Fee bills to be sent to county soon




An estimated 8,430 property owners in Mariposa County will soon be receiving these warning notices. By the end of September, the same addresses will receive bills totaling $150 or $115 per structure as part of California’s new Fire Prevention Fee.Close to 80 percent of Mariposa County housing units are about to receive a new bill in the mail—California’s Fire Prevention […]

Clines speaks at Watershed



JOANNA CLINESThe Upper Merced River Watershed Council invites the community to a presentation by Sierra National Forest Botanist Joanna Clines on Thursday evening, Aug. 16, at 6 pm in the Bodie Room at the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort. Those who attend will learn about preventing invasive non-native weeds from damaging the ecosystems of the Merced River Canyon, famous for […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



July 23: Blue smoke could be seen on DogtownRoad. •There was a verbal dispute on Narcisco Way.•Harassment texting was reported on Highway 140.•There was an assault in Midpines.July 24: •A bear was in a dumpster on Mill CanyonRoad. •Someone found a tortoise on Ashworth Road.•There was a family dispute on Totokon Road. •Apossible child molest was reported at John C. […]

County Fire Response Report



July 23 through 29EMS – 14Fire – 2Public assist – 2Auto collision – 4Spotlight Event of the Week: On Monday, July 23,a motor vehicle accident in the Bootjack area.Company #37 Bootjack, Company #29 Lushmeadows, MPUD Fire, and CAL FIRE responded.This accident was caused by unsafe passing.MCFD urges all drivers to use extreme caution whenpassing other vehicles. … An online subscription […]

Yosemite Leadership Program brings young talent to the Park




Ericka Ledesma, a senior at UC Merced, thumbs through the Merced River Plan while on the job for the Yosemite Leadership Program.Ericka Ledesma had never been to Yosemite National Park before a school trip with UC Merced last year. That one trip–and the opportunity to participate in the Yosemite Leadership Program (YLP) changed everything. Ledesma is now living in Wawona […]