2012 was a year of loss for all of Mariposa County




In perhaps the most poignant view of the ruins after the May 11 downtown fire, Mariposa’s Walter Brooks pauses the following morning to see what’s left of the restaurant that he and so many others visited on a daily or weekly basis. Fire officials have called it one of the worst fires in Mariposa’s history.The year is coming to a […]

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Christmas Eve burglary stuns local residents


 When a Mariposa family returned home from Clovis on Dec. 24, they were expecting a quiet night before Christmas. What they found, however, couldn’t have been more different–or disturbing. The family, who is not being identified, arrived at its Carter Road home around 8:15 p.m. One of the sons heard a noise. He thought there was an animal in the […]

New developer acquires SilverTip at Fish Camp




An artist’s rendering shows one design proposed for a 137-room hotel and conference center at Fish Camp. While the property owner has changed, neighbors still have concerns about how the development would affect water and other resources at Big Meadow Creek.A new developer has purchased the 44-acre Fish Camp site that already has county approval for the SilverTip Village hotel, […]

Health department changes its fee schedule




 Retiring Mariposa County Health Officer Dr. Charles Mosher approached the board of supervisors on Tuesday with a request to change some fees on its schedule. The changes will lower some costs and add some new categories. Dr. Mosher requested the fee schedule changes, in part, because “some fees are excessive compared with the time needed.” He wrote in a memo […]

Harrison resigns to open spot for Mike McCreary




Former John C. Fremont Healthcare District Board member Mike McCreary poses with board member Candy Harrison at a hospital event in early 2012.Candy Harrison, who in November won reelection to the John C. Fremont Healthcare District Board, resigned suddenly on Dec. 17. Harrison needs more time to care for her aging mother, she said last week. Her main reason for […]

Soroptimist backs Mariposa CASA



Pictured left to right, are James F. Evans, CASA executive director, Soroptimist member Beverley Rutherford, CASA volunteer Gail Spilos and Soroptimist Service Chairperson Sandra Semtner.Soroptimist International of Mariposa recently made a donation to CASA of Mariposa County. CASA is a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who advocate in dependency court on behalf of children who are in […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Dec. 17: Petty theft was reported at Darrah Schoolhouse. •An harassment complaint came in from Bullion Street. •A rockslide was blocking Bear Valley Road. •A boulder was on Highway 132. Dec. 18: •A pitbull was chasing children on Golfito Road. •Deputies took an assault report on Highway 49 North. •Rocks were on Highway 140 in Midpines. •Someone was refusing care […]

Grants are available



The StopWaste Partnership and Reusable Packaging Association are offering grants of up to $30,000 to companies, non-profit organizations, institutions and public agencies that would like to incorporate reusable packaging into their transport and distribution. Eligible projects include those that replace single- or limited-use transport packaging with durable pallets or bins, reusable pallet wrap, expanded use of intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) […]

Deputy’s dog helps nab Madera County bad guys




This 9mm Uzi gun was found during an arrest in Madera County. The Mariposa County K9 unit assisted in the arrest of one suspect.Mariposa County’s newest deputy has just one name: “Arthur.” He doesn’t carry a gun or wear a bulletproof vest, but his skills are keen. Arthur is the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office’s canine. He and his “partner” Deputy […]

Drivers prepare for new laws



Mariposa Eagle Scout Franz Wall (center) poses with sponsors and supporters of the recent effort to refurbish the community’s historic tourist sign. Wall affixed a new, weatherproof surface for the sign as part of his Eagle project. Joining him for the photo are, from left, Karen Cutter, Chris Meda, Tori Hall, Dieter Dubberke, Wall, Jason Dubberke, Christy Wall, Kathy McCorry […]