Garden nets 16,605 plants

Cartel garden raided

An officer surveys the area where a 16,605 plant marijuana garden was busted last week. Two men were arrested, and three more remain at large.An early season marijuana garden bust landed two people in jail and netted Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies 16,605 plants for eradication. The bust took place on April 18. According to Sheriff Doug Binnewies, officers went to […]

Midpines, Fish Camp fire stations opening



Mariposa County Fire Department Chief Jim Wilson (left) joins fire station captain Harv Dearing (center) and county supervisor Lee Stetson at the Midpines Fire Station’s dedication on April 17. A twin station at Fish Camp is slated to debut on June 11..A pair of 4,200- square- foot fire stations are in the process of opening at Midpines and Fish Camp. […]

Two museum bandits enter pleas in court




 Two of the five men arrested and charged in connection with the California State Mining and Mineral Museum heist last September have entered into plea bargains. Christopher Sheffield, Matthew Campbell, Jonathan Matis, Edward Rushing III and Michael Gomes have been in custody for the Sept. 28, 2012, smash and grab heist that stunned the community. Four of the five appeared […]

Bizarre chase ends with crash



Mark St. Jeor, 55, of Ceres, gets medical help after he crashed his truck just east of Mariposa last Friday. St. Jeor reportedly was involved in several hit and run crashes in Merced County and had local law enforcement chasing him for miles.A Ford F-150 truck led a procession of California Highway Patrol officers and sheriff’s deputies across the county […]

Lawsuit filed over Yosemite hantavirus incident




An illustration displayed on Park concessioner Delaware North Companies’ Web site shows Curry Village’s single-walled tent cabins (top) and a now-discontinued design (bottom) that apparently harbored deer mice.The fallout from last summer’s hantavirus outbreak is continuing as a woman sickened by the mousebourne illness seeks $3.25 million from Park concessioner DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite. The lawsuit, filed in […]

Air Fair Day set for this weekend



Among the aircraft scheduled for display on Saturday is this small, remotecontrolled jet capable of speeds close to 100 mph. Owned by hobbyist Jose Macias, the King Cat is powered by a turbine engine that generates 31 pounds of thrust.The Mariposa Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association is hosting its annual Mariposa Air Fair and Family Adventure Day 2013 at […]

BVFD serves breakfast with sale



The Bootjack Volunteers invites the community to the pancake breakfast/ yard sale on Saturday, April 27, at the Bootjack Firehouse at 3883 Bootjack Lane. Volunteers will be serving pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee. Breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children and is being served from 7 to 11 a.m. No one ever goes away hungry, […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



April 15: •There was a verbal dispute on Sherrod Road. •Livestock was wandering on Highway 140 in Cathey’s Valley. •There was a neighbor dispute on Kemble Road. •A vehicle was abandoned on Dawn Road. April 16: •A prowler was arrested on Carleton Road. •There was a fight on Carleton Road. •John C. Fremont Hospital staff requested help with a belligerent […]

Reynolds puts his stamp on YNP history




Bobbi Reilly, Postal Operations Supervisor (at right), administers the official oath of office to John Reynolds in front of the Yosemite Valley Post Office. Reynolds officially has assumed the role of supervising all postal operations in Yosemite National Park.Last Thursday, John Reynolds stood in front of a place he has for nearly his entire life. This time, however, it was […]

Rattlesnake bite lands local girl in the hospital




Brooke Verley spent a couple days in intensive care after her rattlesnake bite.Brooke Verley probably wasn’t thrilled about pulling weeds on St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s likely that she won’t be doing it again soon. “I was pulling weeds, grabbed one and I got bit,” Verley said last week. The youngster was wearing garden gloves. “I threw off my gloves, […]