Rare find discovered at Sweetwater

Mining history enthusiast Ron Loya (at left) helps position a rare Chilean mill that arrived at the Mariposa Museum and History Center this week. The 1902 artifact was recovered from the Sweetwater Mine above Jerseydale Road. Preserving the county’s mining heritage is often a race between scrap thieves and volunteers. “If we can get it to the museum we can […]

‘Ugly’ heat forecast prompts warnings

High temperatures exceeding 105 degrees could strike by Saturday across the county’s foothill zone, the National Weather Service said this week. Mariposa County’s health department is gearing up for the heat wave, Dr. Charles Mosher said this week. “It looks like its going to get ugly out there,” said Mosher, the county’s health officer. The county is readying plans to […]

Accused murderers enter not guilty pleas

JOSE JIMENEZThe three men accused of killing Gerald Fontes of Madera appeared in Mariposa County Superior Court last Thursday. Their collective presence was enough to prompt a heavy law enforcement curtain between them and the gallery. Jose Jimenez, Patrick Lozano and Richard Mirelez, Jr. were brought into the courtroom separately, but not before bailiffs cleared the left side of the […]

Accidents kill one, injure four

 Accidents in Yosemite National Park and on Lake McClure have claimed the life of one man and left four other people injured in the past week. On Aug. 1 around 5 p.m. Russ Wright, 57, of San Mateo, was swimming with his daughter at Cosmic Hole, nearing Windy Point. The remote area, west of the Arch Rock entrance, is not […]


Parishioners and county sound off on church plan

An artist’s rendering shows a preliminary design for landscape work at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. A proposed labyrinth feature some parishioners object to can be seen at the center of the courtyard.A lively dialog has sprung up over plans for a landscape renovation at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Concerns that the church—which is listed on the National Register of Historic […]

Pot garden bust nets arrest, 1,296 plants

RAFAEL GARCIAMariposa County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested an alleged marijuana farmer on Indian Gulch Road. The arrest came following the investigation and eradication of a garden complex on rural, private property. According to Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies, the garden was consistent with those operation by a drug trafficking organization (DTO). The landowner was unaware of the operation and of the […]

Sign plan moves forward

 Mariposa County is one official step closer to having an enforcement sign ordinance. On Tuesday, the board adopted a resolution of intention that begins the process of formally adopting the changes to the ordinance. What that means is there will be many more meetings to compile public input and go through the environmental review process. The first will be a […]


Hazel Green road plan is thrown out by court

Hazel Green sits outside Yosemite Park boundaries about five miles west of Crane Flat. Developer Lewis Geyser of Solvang has proposed turning the 83-acre property into a resort for tourists.Plans to turn a mountain meadow where John Muir camped into a tourist resort are on hold after a federal court refused a developer’s request to restore a long-unused road. Hazel […]


YARTS riders fear bus ‘crazies,’ study suggests

These two YARTS riders seem comfortable with each other’s company. A recent study shows that bus riders are generally wary of other patrons, however.A recent study by a Yale psychologist details strategies that will be familiar to anyone who rides the Yosemite region’s YARTS buses. Many local folks endure long commutes. For many Yosemite National Park workers, those commutes are […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

July 30: A noise complaint came in from Highway 49. •Two dead foxes were found on Granite Springs Road. •Vandalism and theft were reported on 10th Street. •Dogs had been shot in Greeley Hill. July 31: •Possible child endangerment was reported on 10th Street. •Someone found a skull at the river. •Dispatch received a report of a man with a […]