Dog days have arrived

Rick LeDuc and dogs Chloe (left) and Gidget are regulars on the sidewalk near Rick’s Automotive Service on Jessie Street. The Chihuahuas bark furiously when chiropractor Lisa Carisio and dog Cicero pass by, LeDuc admits. (See additional photographs on Page B-1).Rick LeDuc travels to work each day with two small assistants named Gidget and Chloe. The Chihuahuas don’t retrieve his […]

Mariposa County has state’s highest rate of child abuse

 Mariposa County kids have what would seem an idyllic life. They grow up surrounded by nature’s beauty in a community with a low rate of crime. A new report issued by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, however, paints quite a different picture. The data shows that Mariposa County has the highest rate of child abuse and neglect in […]

Snow turns winter frowns upside down

 Last year at this time, Mariposa County residents were flocking up Tioga Road to Tenaya Lake to experience a rare phenomenon almost no snow in Yosemite’s high country in early January. While it was fun for a while, the lack of snow and rain provided economic and environmental concerns. Ski resorts and lodging establishments were suffering, as were winter-related businesses. […]

Realignment impacts local law enforcement

 In October of 2011, California began “realigning” its prison population in response to a U.S. Supreme Court order. The law shifted responsibility for certain criminals convicted of non-serious, non-sex, non-violent offenses from the state to counties. Mariposa County has been working diligently to manage the change, and has had some success. Now, the state has released data that show the […]

Crash claims 25-year-old Midpines man

JUAN HERNANDEZ MONTALVOA young Midpines man is dead after a Dec. 30 crash in the Merced River Canyon. Juan Hernandez Montalvo, 25, was killed shortly after midnight that day. According to the California Highway Patrol, Montalvo was driving westbound on Highway 140, just west of Cedar Lodge. He allowed the vehicle to travel to the left, across the eastbound lane, […]


Uncompleted sidewalk prompts local questions

A disabled person (right) passes by The Monarch motel on Highway 140’s narrow asphalt shoulder last week. Caltrans field inspector Bob Gill asked the motel owners to repair the temporary walkway’s rain erosion in a Dec. 17 email.The heat of summer has given way to January, but the sidewalk between 7th and 8th Streets along Highway 140 remains unpaved. The […]

John Muir Geotourism plans for youth program

BRADY GILLAmong the many reasons to visit Coulterville is to travel the route that John Muir walked and wrote about in “My First Summer in the Sierra.” In an area that is rich with history and beauty, Coulterville can provide the experience to relive the legacy. It also became apparent that there is definitely a need to reach out to […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Dec. 24: A mudslide was reported on Incline Road in El Portal. • A report of possible horse neglect was taken from Dogtown Road. • Trespassing was reported from Silver Tip Lane in Fish Camp. •A burglary in progress was reported on Carter Road. Dec. 25: • Trespassing was reported from Old Highway South. • A call from Watt Road […]


Sierra avalanche deaths prompt safety warnings

A traveler in the southern portion of Yosemite National Park photographed these wet slab avalanche traces near 8,400 feet last April.Two deaths caused by Sierra avalanches on Christmas Eve have prompted snow-safety experts to issue renewed calls for caution. Avalanches happen when thick snow layers break free and slide on steep slopes. The deadly slides can occur after heavy snowfall, […]

Park halts search for missing pilot, aircraft

A single-engine Mooney aircraft disappeared from radar screens in the vicinity of North Dome (seen here) above Yosemite Valley on Dec. 17. The Park has suspended a search for the missing pilot until spring.December’s search for a missing plane over Yosemite National Park and adjacent areas has been suspended. The single-engine plane was last detected via radar in the afternoon […]