A memorial to inspire



Mariposa’s 9/11 Memorial was officially dedicated on Tuesday evening. Hundreds of people gathered to honor the fallen and thank those who made the memorial possible. Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies called the statue and tower replicas “a memorial to inspire us.” The event included words from the artists who created the monument, local law enforcement and fire personnel and former […]

County is ready to defend lawsuit




 Mariposa County officials have long known that the fight with the Merced Irrigation District (MID) was coming. In fact, the pot’s probably been simmering since the county and MID inked the agreement over water rights in 1960. Now, that pot may just boil over as MID has filed a lawsuit seeking declaratory relief from making good on the terms of […]

Angry father faces more molest charges



PHINAS ‘ORB’ HATTONThe man who lashed out at Mariposa County prosecutors after his son was convicted of child molestation now faces even more of the same charges. He was originally arrested in May. Phinas “Orb” Hatton, 68, of Coulterville was being held in the Stanislaus County Jail on $350,000 bail on five felony counts of lewd acts with a child […]

Test scores continue to improve




 Each year, students all over California are subject to state standardized testing to measure their achievment. Mariposa County students have traditionally fared well, and the latest test results show the same to be true. Mariposa County Unified School District Director of Educational Services Celeste Azevedo released information that shows a three-year trend in local test scores. Those results indicate great […]

Hantavirus cases slowing




A third Yosemite visitor who succumbed to the deadly hantavirus died in July after a visit to the Park in June, health officials said this week. When the death was announced on Sept. 6, the timeframe of the West Virginia victim’s illness was not reported. The revised information makes clear that hantavirus fatalities have not occurred for more than a […]

Highway 140 roadwork rankles many residents




A Caltrans contractor completed a grinding and repaving job on Highway 140 between Midpines and Mariposa in June.A Caltrans repaving project is slowing traffic on Highway 140 as work crews operate one-lane traffic control from 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. most weekdays through Oct. 19. Traffic delays would last about 10 minutes for motorists passing each way, Caltrans spokesperson Angela […]

Mariposa County passes air-quality standards test




California’s Central Valley area produces some of the nation’s worst air quality conditions during the summer months. On Thursday, Sept. 6, sensors recorded unhealthful ozone levels at Yosemite Valley and at Glacier Point.Mariposa is one of just six California counties to have met a health-based smog standard for the past three years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said last week. […]

Drug take-back day is for Sept. 29



On Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and/or unwanted prescription drugs. Residents can bring medications for disposal to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office at 5099 […]

Benefit event set to help J. Posey



A benefit lunch and dinner, sponsored by and held at Castillo’s Restaurant in Mariposa, is set for Sept. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dining will be inside and on the patio. The community is invited to come out and support J. Posey, longtime barber at Mariposa Barber Shop, and his family. All the proceeds will go to them […]

Hornitos prepares for 26th flea market



The community preparations are under way for the 26th annual Hornitos Flea Market, to be held Sunday, Oct. 7. Gates open to the public at 7 a.m. No dogs are allowed in the sale area. Spaces are available. For information, call 376- 2320 or visit www.hornitospc.com. Sponsored by the Hornitos Patrons Club, members are responsible for numerous projects and activities […]