Museum bandits bagged

Four men arrested for $1 million gold heist


 You can run, but you can’t hide. Four thieves that allegedly committed a smash and grab robbery at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum (CSMMM) on Sept. 28 are no longer hiding. They have been arrested and face multiple felonies including drug charges, armed robbery, vehicle theft, conspiracy and vandalism. And it may not be over yet. The California […]

CHP officer thwarts suicide



 The Mariposa California Highway Patrol office has released an officer incident report that outlines how local Officer Tony Lassos was able to stop an attempted suicide on the Williams Sell Bridge on Highway 49 South on Monday, Nov. 6. According to the report, Officer Lassos was traveling northbound on Highway 49 approaching the bridge on his regular patrol. He observed […]

Mining museum back in business




Rangers Dan Youngren and Darci Moore welcomed visitors to the California State Mining and Mineral Museum on Nov. 9. The museum is open again from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at its Mariposa County Fairgrounds location.The California State Mining and Mineral Museum at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds has reopened after a brazen robbery took much of the […]

Respecting Veterans



Vietnam veteran and Mariposa County High School Band Director Dr. Phil Smith stands at attention at last week’s Veterans’ Day commemoration at Mariposa Elementary School. The holiday was observed on Monday, with county, state, federal and bank offices closed…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and password […]

Miwuks delayed again




 Mariposa County’s native peoples were awaiting important news this past Halloween. That’s when the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs had promised a decision on the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation’s petition for federal recognition. Pending since 1982— it’s the latest in a long list of postponements. With all they’ve endured, Mariposa County’s native peoples have learned to live […]

Thanksgiving dinner at home remains a bargain




The cost of Thanksgiving dinner has risen slightly, but local stores are already discounting popular items.Although the cost of enjoying Thanksgiving dinner at home rose slightly this year over last, it still remains far less expensive than eating at a number of area restaurants. The average price of a Thanksgiving dinner is up about three percent over 2011, according to […]

Barnes helps Habitat start filling tool chest



Mariposa dentist Dr. Tim Barnes hands Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County a $500 check to start a tool fund for the charity. The local Habitat affiliate is looking for additional donations to acquire tools for future projects.Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County has received a donation from local dentist, Dr. Tim Barnes. This $500 donation supports Habitat’s cause of […]

Manna House begins holidays



This is the 28th year that Manna House of Mariposa County has provided Christmas groceries for those less fortunate in the community. Registration will begin on Monday, Nov. 19 at Manna House, just above Happy Burger. Manna House is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The distribution will take place on Dec. 19 […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Nov. 5: Someone was driving recklessly on East Whitlock Road. •Petty theft was reported on 10th Street. •Deputies took a dog bite report on Highway 49 South. •There was a fire on Ferretti Road. Nov. 6: •A loud explosion was heard on Triangle Road. •A “Facebook issue” was reported on Hidalgo Street. •A call came in from Buckeye Road about […]

Superstorm Sandy hits close to home




Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast two weeks ago. For most residents of Mariposa County, it was tragic enough just to watch the destruction in the news. For at least one Mariposa family, the tragedy hit much closer to home. Vince Kehoe watched in horror as his childhood hometown was inundated by water and wind. His 87-year-old mother rode the […]