WINTER IS UNCERTAIN

Predicted El Nino peters out


El Portal resident Hugh Sakols shovels at Badger Pass during the great storm of March, 2011. The 2010-11 winter turned out to be a big precipitation year for Central California—despite the fact that La Niña conditions prevailed.Scientists who peer into the murky lens of weather forecasting are having a tough time seeing this coming winter. Back in August, water temperatures […]

Blaze destroys rental cabin



For the second straight Sunday, fire has destroyed a Mariposa County home. Shortly after 8 p.m. last Sunday evening, firefighters were dispatched to a report of a tree on fire at 4870 Triangle Road in the Midpines area. The report came from a neighbor who was seeing flames and smoke through the trees. When the first Mariposa County engine arrived […]

Caltrans ends study on local crosswalks




The Eighth Street intersection is one of the busiest in town, especially on school days. Caltrans recently completed a study that suggests a number of improvements to downtown crosswalks.Crossing Highway 140 in Mariposa can be a difficult–and dangerous thing to do. For years, officials have lamented the problems with crosswalks and the lack thereof. It seems that now the problem […]

Bears rile residents as drought persists




This black bear appeared at Tim Hogan’s home off Colorado Road early on the morning of Sept. 29. The bruin caused a ruckus, knocking trash cans over, spooking a cow and dog—and robbing the household of sleep.Bears are on the march, sticking their snouts where they don’t belong. Before dawn on Sept. 29, a famished bruin ambled across Tim Hogan’s […]

Hospital records reach milestone




Nurse Rebecca Swisher uses a computer-onwheels, or COW, at John C. Fremont Hospital last week.John C. Fremont Hospital and the three clinics it operates has a new computer records system this month that brings it in line with national standards. With just 34 beds, the small hospital does not enjoy the deep pockets that bigger urban providers can draw on. […]

County dedicates LDP fire station



The new fire station at Don Pedro was officially dedicated last Saturday.On a perfect autumn day, 62 community members, Mariposa County officials and fire department members gathered at the new fire station in Don Pedro to dedicate the building to public service. Following more than 10 years of responding from temporary quarters, on Saturday Oct. 13 members of Don Pedro […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Oct. 8: There was a fight on Old Highway North.•Three goats were on someone’s property on Glacier Point Road. •There was an injured coyote onOld Toll Road. •Quads were on West WhitlockRoad.Oct. 9: •Traffic was moving slowly on Highway49 South. •A domestic violence report came in fromHospital Road. •Threats and trespassing were reported from Meadow Lane. •There was a disturbance […]

County Fire Response Report



October 8 through 14EMS – 7Fire – 4Public assist – 5Auto collision – 1 Spotlight Call of the Week: On Sunday, Oct. 14, a structure fire in the Midpines area. Company #21 Midpines, Company #37 Bootjack, Cal Fire and MCSO responded. MCFD reminds residents to ensure that fireplace and woodstove ashes are disposed of in a fireproof container. … An […]

Board wrestles with fire station funding




County staff and the board of supervisors broke ground on a new fire station at Midpines last October. The county recently juggled funding sources for the stations to be in line with CSA 3 regulations.Mariposa County has allocated more than $1.8 million in county funds to the construction of four fire stations. Last week, the board of supervisors shifted some […]

MCRCD plans water management




Mariposa County and the Resource Conservation District are planning for water management now and into the future. Last week, the board of supervisors heard a report from MCRCD that detailed some of that planning process. Glenn Franklin, president of the MCRCD board of directors, explained the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) plan. “It is a collaborative effort to manage all […]