Moretti pleads no contest to charges

PATRICIA MORETTIPatricia “Koki” Moretti, 56, entered no contest pleas to 76 felony counts of grand theft, burglary, embezzlement by government clerk, forgery, and altered government documents. The hearing took place in Mariposa County Superior Court on Oct. 25. Moretti entered the courtroom shackled and wearing jail stripes. Her voice was a near whisper when asked to respond by Mariposa County […]

Hornitos marks All Souls Day

Hornitos, once a lively gold town of 12,000 souls now slumbers in the foothills, a reminder of when the town was full of gold miners seeking their fortunes. Once a year on Nov. 2 in Hornitos, a candle-lit procession winds its way up a hill to St. Catherine’s Catholic Church and to the cemetery beyond in observance of All Soul’s […]

Sign ordinance would tighten business rules

Upward-directed lamps like this are discouraged by International Dark-Sky Association guidelines. Mariposa County’s board of supervisors tweaked its evolving sign ordinance last month to permit such lamps—at least for now.Local residents have one more chance to sound off on a county ordinance that would dramatically limit the way local businesses can communicate with signs and banners. The sign-ordinance public hearing […]

High speed chase ends with arrest

ERIC FACIOA high speed chase that orginated in Merced and reached speeds of 100 miles per hour ended in Mariposa on Oct. 25. The suspect was driving a stolen car and had to be tased to be subdued. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s report, 32-year-old Eric Facio, a transient, was high on methamphetamine and driving a car that had […]

Deadline to vote is 8 p.m. next Tuesday

To be counted in next week’s general election, all ballots must be completed at polling locations or received at the county election department by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The requirement holds for ballots cast at polling locations and for vote-by-mail ballots. Mail-in ballots must be received by the election department by Nov. 6. Ballots postmarked Nov. 6 will […]

DST ends Sunday

 Sunday morning, Nov. 4, at 2 a.m., Daylight Savings Time will end. The time “falls back,” meaning everyone gains an extra hour of sleep. Daylight Saving Time is a good time to change smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries, as well. … An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter […]


Levesque exit prompts district to reorganize

The Mariposa County Unified School District has been in a state of flux for a number of years. The adage that the only thing constant is change continues in the local school district this week. At a special board meeting on Oct. 25, the MCUSD Board of Trustees approved two items that basically reorganize management personnel yet again. The issue […]


‘Energy drinks’ raise red flags for parents

Pioneer Market decided to keep Redline energy drink behind the counter with tobacco products when theft by teens and others became a problem, store operator Jason Dubberke said.As Pioneer Market has learned, teens have a thirst for an “energy drink” called Redline. So much so, young folks don’t let a shortage of pocket money hold them back from the product. […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Oct. 22: An assault report came in from Hildago Street. •There was a fight on Silva Road. •An injured turkey was on Hornitos Road. •Child Protective Services requested assistance from deputies on Schoolhouse Road. Oct. 23: •A possible child abuse case was reported on Lemee Lane. •An injured wild cat was in a cage on Grillo Drive. •A vicious dog […]

County Fire Response Report

Oct. 22 through 28EMS – 9Fire – 0Public assist – 4Auto collision – 3 CAL FIRE has lifted burn restrictions to nighttime burning from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. with permits on permissive burn days only. MCFD would like to remind you to call the burn day information line at 966-1200 for further information prior to doing any burning. … […]