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The Dulcich Family arrives at Mariposa Elementary School on Wednesday morning just before school began. Their youngest child started kindergarten at the school, which is home to grades kindergarten through eight this year. Enrollment is up so much that the school is hiring another teacher…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading […]

River claims young brothers



The area where brother Andres and Jacob Adams were wading before they were swept away in the Merced River on Aug. 15 is shown. It is near the Vernal Fall foot bridge.Tragedy has struck in Yosemite National Park after what has been a relatively safe summer. On Aug. 15, 10-year-old Andres and 6-year-old Jacob Adams were wading in the Merced […]

Change marks beginning of the 2012-13 school year




 Students in the Mariposa County Unified School District and at two new charter schools in the county began the new school year on Wednesday morning. For many students, it was a very different beginning to the school year than in years past. With school closures in Cathey’s Valley, Greeley Hill and at Mariposa Middle School, students in grades kindergarten through […]

Budget process is expected to be smooth




 When Mariposa County begins its budget hearings on Aug. 27, officials expect a much quieter process than in the last several years. County Administrative Officer Rick Benson said that the recommended budget does not make drastic cuts. It also does not threaten such program as parks and recreation and the Mariposa County Arts Council. “There should be a lot less […]

TOT shatters record




 Mariposa County’s transient occupancy tax (TOT) was at a record level of $10.7 million in the 2010-11 fiscal year. When the county budgeted for 2011-12, it conservatively tagged the expected amount at $10.3 million. The numbers are in, and the TOT totals for this year are staggering. Not only did the TOT come in $1 million over the budgeted amount, […]

Charter schools welcome students




Ron Hamilton, Associate Director of Gold Rush Charter School, and Merlin Jones address the crowd at the parent orientation on Aug. 20.For the first time in Mariposa County’s educational history, two new public schools have opened outside the auspices of the Mariposa County Unified School District. Sierra Foothill Charter School (SFCS) in Cathey’s Valley and Gold Rush Country School in […]

Board appoints Cooke as new DA




 Mariposa County will have a new district attorney on Nov. 1. The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors appointed Thomas Cooke to the post that will be vacated by Bob Brown on Oct. 31. The decision wasn’t an easy one, but it was quick. The board had scheduled the appointment proceeding after Brown announced his retirement on Aug. 14 and recommended […]

Hantavirus fatality origin is traced to Curry Village




A Delaware North worker inspects a tent cabin at Yosemite National Park’s Curry Village. As a hantavirus precaution, visitors are being advised not to sweep floors themselves, Park spokesperson Kari Cobb said this week.A 37-year-old man has died after contracting the rare but deadly hantavirus—apparently during a stay at Curry Village in Yosemite National Park. The California Department of Public […]

Local event raises funds for World Access Project



Ophelia McInturff (right) presents a donation in the amount of $579 to Mariposa County Arts Council, Inc. Executive Director Cara Goger while MCACI President Les Marsden (left) and Richard McInturff look on.Richard and Ophelia McInturff spent nearly a year organizing the first World Access Project (WAP) Fundraiser in Mariposa. The goal was to provide the disabled in Mexico with wheelchairs […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Aug. 13: The smell of smoke was reported on GristRoad. •Four dogs were loose on East Whitlock Road.•One arrest was made after out of bounds camperswere reported on Incline Road. •A possible prowlerwas reported from Monte Vista Lane.Aug. 14: •A tree was down on East Whitlock Road.•A noise complaint came in from Jones and 13thStreets. •Grand theft was reported on […]