Armed thieves strike museum

$2 million in gold and gems stolen


Mariposa County Sheriff’s Sergeant Joe Williams walks away after speaking with RV campers at the fairgrounds immediately after the mining museum was robbed. The suspects remain at large.In a surreal incident that left the community reeling, the California State Mining and Mineral Museum (CSMMM) was robbed in broad daylight. The crime was reported shortly after 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. […]

Meth continues to plague the legal system and lives




 Methamphetamine use in Mariposa County and the entire nation is blamed for a number of social factors that are plaguing society. Addicts suffer health problems, mental health issues and have trouble with the law. Children and families are impacted by neglect and abuse associated with the powerful drug’s use. It is as insidious as it is prevalent. Mariposa County is […]

Home show and flea markets jam weekend plans



 The 23rd annual Mariposa County Contractors’ Association (MCCA) Home and Garden Show at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6 with free admission and parking for all those attending. In conjunction with the MCCA show, the Mariposa Friends of the Fair are holding their first annual flea market in the main fairgrounds’ parking lot. There will literally […]

Summer of 2012 may take hot-temp record




 This August and September were the hottest ever at the National Weather Service’s Fresno station, the agency reported this week. Fresno weather records go back to 1887. No comparable database exists for Mariposa County, but it’s safe to say this summer was a scorcher here. A look at high temps posted at El Portal’s automated weather station suggests the county […]

Cell service outage reminds customers of coverage limits




This artificial tree at Midpines Summit is an antenna tower built by former cell-phone service provider Nextel in 2008.Residents in the Midpines area struggled with a nearly week-long cell phone service interruption over the past week. Providing coverage is always a challenge in a foothill area. Outages and problems with dropped calls both highlight the fact that callers can’t count […]

Local clubs mark 4-H week



Local 4-H members march in the Memorial Day Parade last May. Local clubs participate in similar community events all year long.Across the country, 4- H will celebrate National 4-H Week from Sunday, Oct. 7 to Saturday, Oct. 13. National 4- H Week, celebrated annually, provides recognition to youth and leaders involved in 4-H programs. With an expansive network reaching every […]

Flea market set



Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds is hosting a flea market on Oct. 6 at the fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is being held in conjunction with the Mariposa County Contractors’ Association Home Show, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be food available for sale, raffle items and a bounce house for the […]

Sheriff’s Office gets 115 pounds of prescriptions



On Saturday, Sept. 29, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) collected 115 pounds of surrendered drugs. The annual “Take Back” day gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and/or unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last April, […]

All things tomato



Above a vendor sells an heirloom tomato to a customer during the Tomato Fest last weekend. Crowds of people shopped, tasted and participated in many activities throughout the weekend. At right, young Danny tasted some of the more exotic types of tomatoes that were on display. The Art Park was buzzing with activity both Saturday and Sunday…. An online subscription […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Sept. 24: A possible scam was reported fromCoachman Road. •Deputies took a grand theft report on Banderilla Drive. •There was a bobcat issueon Rincon Court. •Suspicious circumstances werereported on St. Andrew’s Road.Sept. 25: •There was a traffic accident on Ben HurRoad. •A possibly aggressive dog was out on Vineyard Drive. •A dog was attacking a rabbit on Azucena Court. •Shots […]