Revenue plans would pinch visitors’ wallets

Policy groups connected to America’s national parks discussed a new tax, additional fees and a larger role for Park concessioners at a Washington D.C. meeting last month. New options are needed to keep visitor services near current levels as government budget support fades, the groups say.An informal survey, however, suggests that a sour reaction might greet some of the ideas. […]

CSA fee deemed constitutional and fair

Mariposa County’s Community Service Area (CSA) #3 has apparently dodged a bullet shot by the Mariposa County Auditor at the end of last year. On Tuesday, the board of supervisors got a detailed report on the constitutionality and fairness of the CSA, which had been challenged. The CSA that was approved by property owners in July of 2008, has been […]

River Plan deadline approaches

Seen here in December, Sugar Pine Bridge is located on the Merced River near The Ahwahnee hotel. It is the only Yosemite Valley bridge slated for removal under the Park’s prefered alternative in the draft Merced River Plan.Just two weeks remain in the official comment period for Yosemite National Park’s draft Merced River Plan document. If the planners hold to […]


Sierra snow sits near half of normal

Hydrologist Frank Gehrke (right) supervises the Department of Water Resource’s recent snow survey as an assistant takes notes and members of the media look on. Yosemite crews found similar results—a snowpack barely over 50 percent of normal.State and local crews have returned from their recent surveys with snowpack measurements that match. The official Sierra snowpack stood at just 52 percent […]

Restored walk prompts hearty sighs of relief

A crew pours concrete at The Monarch Motel last week. Multiple residents were glad to see the long-delayed step in the motel’s refurbishment done before tourist season.After 10 months with a bare patch of ground out front, a finished sidewalk is back at The Monarch. “It’s a wonderful day,” neighbor and realtor Neil Stonum said as contractors poured concrete last […]

Mariposa Audubon program will address reality of climate change

Climate Reality speakers Beth Pratt (left) and Steve Smallcombe will present “Climate Change is Happening!” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Mariposa Methodist Church parish hall. The program is free and open to the public.The only constant in nature, it’s been said, is change, and survival requires adapting to it. As musician Bob Dylan wrote, “The times, they […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

March 25: •One person was arrested following an altercation on Highway 49 North. •Bee removal was requested on Highway 49 North. •There was an assault on Highway 140. •Child endangerment was reported on Hospital Road. March 26: •Spotlighting was reported on Hunters Valley Road. •There was a mountain lion on Triangle Road. •Someone was tampering with utilities on Old Highway […]

County Fire Response Report

March 25 through 31 EMS – 8 Fire – 4 (2 vegetation, 1 debris, 1 control burn) Public Assist – 2 Auto Collision – 2 Spotlight Call of the Week: On Friday, March 26, a two vehicle with rollover in the Bootjack area. There were four injuries including one road worker. … An online subscription is required to view news […]

Battles faces a dozen charges

JOSHUA BATTLESJoshua Battles made his first appearance in Mariposa County Superior Court on Thursday morning after a March 22 incident in which he allegedly tried to kill his family. Battles, 36, was charged with attempted murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, making terrorist threats, driving under the influence and causing injury, driving with a blood alcohol level […]

Family for Habitat home is announced

Chanthira Lesher and daughter Gam have been selected by Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County as the group’s second partner family. Lesher, who works for Delaware North Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, will help build her new home with Habitat volunteers this spring and summer.Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County has announced the selection of Chanthira Lesher and her daughter […]