County Fire Response Report

Dec. 3 to 9EMS – 8Fire – 0Public Assist – 1Auto Collision – 0 MCFD would like to recognize that there were no structure fires, vegetations fires, escape control burns, or motor vehicle accidents last week. … An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and password below. Not […]

Accused murderers make court appearance

 The three men accused of killing Gerald Fontes of Madera appeared in Mariposa County Superior Court on Dec. 4. Their collective presence again prompted a heavy law enforcement curtain between them and the gallery. Jose Jimenez, Patrick Lozano and Richard Mirelez, Jr. were seated apart from each other once again. During the brief hearing, none spoke. Mariposa County Superior Court […]


Habitat home is seeking a family

Mom Wendy Sternberg and her three sons (center) attend the “wall raising” for their Habitat for Humanity home on Sebastopol Road in 2010. All Habitat “partner families” contribute labor, or “sweat equity” towards their home’s construction.Mariposa County’s Habitat for Humanity chapter is approaching a milestone in the group’s history. The year 2013 will see the charity raise its second home […]

State rejects fire fee redeterminations

Some residents who were hopeful that the State of California may refund their fire fee are now having those hopes squashed. The state has begun issuing letters of rejection to those who filed a petition for determination. The letter read, in part, “CAL FIRE has reconsidered whether the fire prevention fee assessed to you is due.” It goes on to […]

Three injured in Nevada accident

Eric and Kelly Vogel of Mariposa are used to late night emergency calls. Eric is one of Mariposa County’s animal control officers, and both are long-time members of the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) program. The call they got on Dec. 1, unfortunately, was not one they wanted to get. It was from their son, Justin, who […]

McDonald pleads to possession of kiddie porn

A Mariposa man has pleaded no contest to possession of obscene matter, a misdemeanor. Brian McDonald, 53, entered a plea agreement in Mariposa County Superior Court on Nov. 29. McDonald entered the plea after being charged with the crime last April. The criminal complaint alleged that he was in possession of media that showed a person under age 18 or […]

For the Season

Local artist John D’Arcy put the finishing touches on Christmas-themed art at Mariposa’s Fitness Zone gym last week. The holiday season provides a welcome boost for local business—for retailers, service providers and artists alike…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and password below. Not a subscriber? Please click […]

Board recognizes Dr. Mosher with reception

A public reception to recognize Dr. Charles Mosher, retiring public health officer of Mariposa County, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the Mariposa County Government Center. Formal recognition will be given to Dr. Mosher at 9 a.m. at the board of supervisors’ meeting. There will be a public reception in the lobby immediately folowing the presentation. Light refreshments […]

Lions plan crab feed

The Mariposa Lions Club will have its annual crab fee on Feb. 2, 2013, at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Take-outs will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. The no-host bar opens at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. by the Mariposa County High School FFA chapter. Dinner incudes one pound of crab, potato salad, cole […]

Donations matched

Businessowner Mary Ann Porter (right) is starting a matching donation program for gift certificates redeemable at her Kid’s Thrift Store in Bootjack. Buy a $10 gift certificate for a needy family, and the business will add $10—bringing the value of each certificate to $20. Manna House will distribute the certificates all year long. Joining Porter are Manna House volunteer Joella […]