Man charged in Midpines murder




JEFFERY L. CLARKOn the day before what would have been Gordon Crisp’s 44th birthday, his accused murderer made his first appearance in Mariposa County Superior Court on Tuesday morning. Jeffery L. Clark, 51, of Midpines, entered a not guilty plea to a single count of first degree murder during the brief arraignment. The defendant appeared clad in jail stripes and […]

Williams wraps up four decades of county service




MARGIE WILLIAMSWhere were you in 1973? Were you in school? Starting a family? Working or going to school? Mariposa’s Margie Lincoln Williams was beginning what would become a life-long tenure of service to Mariposa County. As of Nov. 30, however, Williams has finished that tenure, and now the county is planning to honor her on Dec. 11. Williams grew up […]

‘Sleigh’ bells ring through town



As a makeshift sleigh, the Mariposa Public Utility District fire engine, driven by Chief Jim Dulcich, led the annual Merry Mountain Christmas parade last Saturday night. The parade was spared any rainfall, and the hundreds of people watching in downtown Mariposa enjoyed a lighted kick-off to the Christmas season…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this […]

Rain prompts road closures




The Mariposa Skate Park looked more like the town pool on Sunday after heavy rain fell for several days.It was a wild weekend in Mariposa County. Heavy rain and strong winds prompted flood watches and warnings and wind advisories. It started raining last Wednesday and continued through early Monday morning. On Friday, Nov. 30, the heavy rain closed the Mormon […]

Mud flow rankles drivers




Muddy water pours down Highway 49 South near Ashworth Road on Nov. 30. The hillside sloughed off much of its top soil during the first big rain event of the year. Caltrans recently completed a turn lane in the area, and the hillside was left virtually bare after construction.The hillside adjacent to the new turn lane on Highway 49 at […]

Cathey’s Valley Plan finally passes




Photo: Wikimedia Commons.A long-debated plan that will regulate development along Highway 140 in Cathey’s Valley for years to come was approved by the county on Tuesday night. The vote was 4 to 1, with supervisor Janet Bibby, who represents Cathey’s Valley, casting the dissenting vote. As approved, the plan allows landowners to install community water wells—a detail that will ease […]

Pop’s Cafe turns off the ovens




Ena Zohos offers a French fry as husband Pete Zohos holds 15- month-old Dimitris.Chef Pete Zohos and wife Ena have ended their run at Pop’s Cafe—at Highway 49 South and Woodland Drive. The decision to close is a blow to lovers of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Zohos was born on the Greek island of Lesbos—located off the Turkish coast. He […]

Local cinema resumes shows




Eight months after Sixth Street Cinema closed its doors, the theater staged a surprise comeback last weekend. With little notice, the moviehouse presented a bigger program than ever before, showing two films each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This week’s schedule is even more extensive, with movies set for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The flurry of activity occurred […]

Audubon presentation will feature Yosemite’s Sky Islands




The colorful flora of Yosemite’s environmentally challenging alpine zone captivates and excites park botanists such as Dena Grossenbacher, who will present a slide program on Yosemite’s “sky islands” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Mariposa Methodist Church parish hall.The alpine zone at the crest of the Sierra Nevada is the highest-elevation ecosystem in California. Yosemite National Park has […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Nov. 26: •Someone reported grand theft on Charles Street. •There was a hit and run accident on Hornitos Road. •Harassment was reported on Coakley Circle. •A horse was on Highway 49 in Coulterville. Nov. 27: •A mountain lion was seen on Hidalgo Street. •There was an assault on Crown Lead Road. •A traffic accident was reported on Jerseydale Road. •Multiple […]