Pizza Factory gets ready to ‘toss ‘em’

Pizza Factory owner Ron Willey shows off the restaurant’s new sign as he worked toward the business’s May reopening this week. More than 200 workers have pitched in to get the structure rebuilt in less than a year, project contractor Dave Gerken said.It feels eerie when you walk into the rebuilt Pizza Factory at the corner of Highway 140 and […]

Drunk and naked lands one in jail

A simple easement dispute on April 7 turned into a bizarre exchange that landed one person in jail. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s report, Margarita Nunez was arrested on charges of indecent exposure and vandalism at an address on Mosher Road. Nunez was reported by someone who owns the property. He told authorities there is no easement on the […]

Castaldis lose lawsuit and court reopens big bankruptcy

THERESA CASTALDIMarch certainly went out like a lion for Theresa Castaldi and her father, Alfonse. The bankrupt, former owner of Coyote Springs Ranch, lost a lawsuit on March 27 and had her bankruptcy reopened in federal court on March 29.The lawsuit decision of the Mariposa County Superior Court followed a trial. Castaldi’s former partner, Ken Baker, sued the Castaldis for […]

Phones are not out of order—they’re gone

This pay phone remained in service at Midpines Country Store last week. Multiple public phones in Mariposa have been removed from service recently. Sierra Tel did not respond to multiple requests for comment about the phones’ removal.The pay phone is heading the way of the television antenna. You might see one in the community, but it’s rarely in use. Apparently […]

Fire fee stands

Apparently, the 87,000 people officially complaining about the State of California’s Fire Fee weren’t enough to convince legislators that the fee should be repealed. “Rural California gets burned again,” said State Senator Tom Berryhill after his SB 17 failed to pass the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Berryhill co-authored the bill to repeal the $150 free that was approved by the […]


Bipartisan group pries 12 extra days out of NPS

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis has apparently bowed to a request from 13 members of Congress to extend the public comment period for Yosemite’s Merced River Plan. A letter requesting an extension was sent from the legislators to the NPS director on April 11. Rep. Tom McClintock, who circulated the letter to colleagues, wanted a 90-day extension. On Tuesday, […]

Small Wonders return to festival

Winners of last year’s Small Wonders portion of the Rotary Art, Wine and Wheels show are pictured above.can be dropped off at Daily and Company at 5100 Highway 140, or the Casto Oaks Fine Wine and Art Gallery located at 5022 Highway 140, Mariposa. Entry applications may be downloaded from the Rotary Web site: or obtained by emailing Karen […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

April 8: •An unlicensed driver was operating a vehicle on Fiske Road. •There was an argument on Colorado Road. •An assault report came in from Sierra Drive. •Suspicious circumstances were reported on Easy Street. April 9: •Someone was laying on Joe Howard Street. •Threats were reported on Highway 49 North. •Two tortoises were missing on Usona Road. •Dogs were on […]

Fairgrounds plans for Summer Fest

The 2013 Mariposa Summer Fest will be held on June 29 at the Mariposa Fairgrounds from 4 to 7 p.m. This is an event of sampling different sausages and beers. Tickets are $35 per person and entitle the buyer to taste all the different selections. There will be 28 separate tables offering 150 varieties of beer, 20 different sausages, gourmet […]

Accused murderer will stand trial

RICHARD MIRELEZOne of the men accused of the February, 2012, murder of Gerald Fontes of Madera, will stand trial on those charges. Richard Mirelez, Jr. was held to answer on the charges following a preliminary hearing on April 9. Jose Jimenez, Patrick Lozano and Mirelez were arrested last summer after Fontes’ body was found off Triangle Road in May, 2012. […]