Supervisor Stetson is recovering from heart surgery



Mariposa County Supervisor Lee Stetson is widely known for his acting portrayal of naturalist John Muir. He was interviewed by the late Huell Howser in 2002. Image: Huell Howser ProductionsFresno doctors performed quadruple bypass surgery on county supervisor Lee Stetson on Monday. The actor and longtime resident will be home by Friday, but will be away from work for several […]

‘The Little Mermaid’ brings down the house



Scuttle the seagull, portrayed by Jessee Brownell (left) explains “human stuff” to The Little Mermaid, Ariel, played by Aminta Dunn. On Friday and Saturday night, the Mariposa County High School production completely sold out and there were very few seats left Sunday. “It was the most successful show that I’ve directed to date,” said Director Bryan Starchman. “If we can […]

LOCAL ECONOMY

Park ranks fourth in free spending visitors


A bar graph shows annual visitor spending for 2011 at the busiest parks in the National Park Service system. Rounding out the top six is Yellowstone National Park, where visitors spent close to $332,975,000 in 2011.Yosemite National Park visitors spent close to $380,000,000 in the Park and adjacent counties in 2011. The total puts Yosemite in fourth place for visitor […]

Tourism Bureau gets a funding boost




 The Yosemite/ Mariposa County Tourism Bureau has received a thumbsup from local innkeepers for another five years of funding. Close to 90 percent of weighted endorsements backed the one percent bed tax that funds the bureau, county tax collector Keith Williams said on Tuesday. The tax brought the bureau’s funding allocation close to $1 million last year. The tourism bureau […]

Inmate injured trying to escape at Courthouse




Mariposa County Sheriff’s officers Sterling Cramer and Tim Rumfelt look up at the balcony where a jail inmate attempted escape on Feb. 27. Directly below it is the pool of blood left after the inmate suffered severe lacerationsAn inmate of the Mariposa County Jail attempted to escape at the Courthouse on Feb. 28, and he severely injured himself in the […]

Time springs forward Sunday



 Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins this weekend, when time springs forward by one hour. The change happens at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, March 10. When setting clocks ahead one hour before bed on Saturday, residents are reminded to also change the batteries in their smoke alarms. … An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. […]

Layoff resolution fails




For the first time in many years, the Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees failed to pass a resolution that would have cut 17 teaching positions next year in order to balance the budget. The subject, however, is not closed. California Education Code requires school districts to notify teachers if they may not have a job by March […]

K-9 sniffs out burglary suspect




CAMEO RODRIGUEZThe Mariposa County Sheriff’s K-9 deputy “Zeus” scored big on Monday, when he found a suspected burglar hiding under a deck at a Lake Don Pedro home. Cameo Rodriguez, 30, of Modesto was arrested and charged with burglary. Her accomplice got away on foot.According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s report, Rodriguez and another person were spotted by a neighbor […]

Oakhurst Audubon program will feature Pacific fisher research




Scientists have been studying the southern Sierra population of the rare, seldom seen Pacific fisher for the past several years to learn more about their status and distribution. Lead project scientist Dr. Rick Sweitzer of UC Berkeley will present a slide talk on the team’s research findings at the Yosemite Area Audubon Society’s March 14 program at the Oakhurst Methodist […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Feb. 25: •Loud music was playing on St. Andrew’s Road. •A housing code violation was reported on Yosemite Parkway. •There was a disturbance on Colorado Road. •A car crashed on Darrah Road. Feb. 26: •A dog was in distress on Shaefer Road. •Possible animal abuse was reported on Ranchito Drive. •There was an attempted burglary on Dogtown Road. •Fish and […]