Hantavirus update: No new cases reported this week



 Yosemite officials on Sept. 6 reported the death of a third hantavirus victim who had stayed in the Park this summer.The visitor, a man from West Virginia, died in July after a June visit to the Park, officials said.This week, as of Sept. 12, Yosemite officials have started trapping and killing deer mice thought to be responsible for spreading hantavirus […]

Mouse and virus deserve respect, but not paranoia




Mariposa County Health Officer Dr. Charles Mosher demonstrates proper technique for cleaning up rodent droppings. One should wait about 15 minutes after spraying with bleach solution before wiping up, he said. “Unless the infestation is heavy, you can take care of this yourself,” the docSEE tor added.The recent occurrence of illness in Yosemite visitors might make it seem like a […]

Warrant search ends with four arrests



 Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputies were looking for a juvenile who had a nobail arrest warrant for a probation violation and was a suspect in a vehicle theft. They found him, and they arrested four other people for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and public intoxication. According to the sheriff’s report, officers learned that the juvenile was at the […]

Fair brings smiles to thousands




The LED-lit ferris wheel spun in the night sky over the Mariposa County Fair. The annual event experienced a great four-day run. Complete fair results are included in this edition, along with two photo pages which can be found on pages A-7 and A-8.For four days each year, the community gathers with family, local friends and those from far away […]

Local roads get upgrades




 Several Mariposa County roads are improving very quickly. Even with some minor delays, Mt. Bullion Cutoff, East Whitlock and Ben Hur Roads will soon be in much better repair. On Tuesday, Public Works Director Peter Rei updated the board on the projects. Rei explained that the repair of the Ben Hur Road slide, which was the result of the December, […]

County lands $1.6 million grant




 Mariposa County will benefit from a huge grant intended to boost economic development. The California Department of Housing and Community Development announced the award last week. Mariposa County is part of a $42.8 million federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) fund for eligible economic and community development programs. The county received $1.5 million for the Coulterville storm water project and […]

County budget is in the books for 2012-13




 In what has been repeatedly described as the easiest budget process in years, Mariposa County has officially approved its spending plan for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The formal approval took place at the board of supervisors meeting on Sept. 4. The plan, which accounts for about $100 million in total spending, is balanced and does not tap into reserves. County […]

Blazin’ Hog is right around corner



Cooks at last year’s Blazin’ Hog BBQ Competition prepare for the judges. The event takes place on Sept. 22 this year.“Folks, we’re having a barbecue competition. So far we have 11 teams signed up, and we always get more in the two weeks before the event,” said David Jefford, one of the Blazin’ Hog event organizers. Not only are barbecue […]

Road work affects Ben Hur



Mariposa County Road Division will be doing construction on Ben Hur Road at the location of the December, 2010 slide from Sept. 4 to Oct. 5. Crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drivers should expect 15 to 20 minute delays. For more information, call the public works department at 966-5356. … An online subscription is required […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Aug. 27: A skunk was in a cat trap on Mariposa Street. •An ongoing problem with loose dogs was reported on Snow Creek Road. •Dogs were attacking goats on Snow Creek Road. •There was a domestic dispute on Yaqui Gulch Road. Aug. 28: •A marijuana garden was reported on Black Bear Mountain Road. •Drug activity and trespassing were reported on […]