Reflections of the Butterfly Festival



Jake, a new butterfly wrangler, gives his new friend the opportunity to glimpse at himself in the mirror. Butterfly releases started on Friday and continued throughout the weekend as part of the annual Butterfly Festival in downtown Mariposa…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and password below. […]

Meth abuse lands three in county jail



PAULA BLAIRMethamphetamine use has landed three people in Mariposa County Jail in two separate incidents. The arrests took place on April 27 and 28. On April 27, deputies responded to a home on Highway 49 North after receiving a report that someone there was using methamphetamine. The report came from another person who had been arrested for using methamphetamine. Kristen […]

Stolen pot yields arrest



KENNETH NORIEGAKenneth Noriega is in hot water with Merced authorities again. He was arrested in Mariposa County on May 5. According to Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies, Noriega was arrested on a warrant for drug charges from Merced County. He was at a home on Yaqui Gulch Road when officers responded there to a call about stolen medical marijuana. Noriega […]

‘Gone’ no more: Pizza Factory reopens




Last Friday, the mural on the exterior wall of the Pizza Factory went back up. Ron Willey helps secure some of the panels on the mural.Mariposa’s Pizza Factory restaurant is scheduled to reopen at 11 a.m. on Saturday— one year after the landmark burned in a catastrophic fire. The May 11 opening fulfills promises made by restaurant owner Ron Willey […]

Fire scorches 75 acres of grassland




This aerial view shows the grassland scorched by Saturday’s fire near Hornitos Road. It burned 75 acres.A fast-moving wildfire razed 75 acres of grazing land on Saturday afternoon. CAL FIRE Incident Commander Jeff McCarroll said the cause of the fire remains undetermined. According to McCarroll, the fire burned off Hornitos Road north of Mt. Gaines Road. No structures were threatened. […]

Life’s adventures will be recalled in yard sale




Brooks Berrien fibbed about his age to join the U.S. Merchant Marine when he was 16. He has spent the last few years building more than 20 tug, ferryboat and passenger ship models. The collection goes on sale this May 17-19.Brooks Berrien remembers. Now 86, Berrien was there on Oct. 25, 1944—when Gen. Douglas MacArthur waded ashore on the Philippine […]

Boat show comes to Bass Lake



The 23rd annual Bass Lake Classic Boat Show is set for May 18. Boats like the one shown above will be part of the event, which is sponsored by the Bass Lake Lions Club.The 23rd annual Antique and Classic Boat Show will be held at Bass Lake on Saturday, May 18. Sponsored by the Bass Lake Lions Club and Bass […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



April 29: •A burglary was reported in Hunters Valley. •A motorcycle crashed on Highway 132. •An ongoing speeding problem was reported on Dogtown Road. •Someone was burning illegally on Sixth Street. April 30: •A prowler was reported on Buckeye Road. •A controlled burn escaped its boundaries on Snyder Ridge Road. •A house check on Highway 49 south ended with an […]

County Fire Response Report



April 29 through May 5 EMS – 11 Fire – 2 vegetation Public assist – 1 Auto collision – 3 The weather is warming up so local drivers are going to be sharing the roads with more out of town visitors who may not be as familiar with Mariposa County roads. Drivers should be extra cautious. … An online subscription […]

Patriots meet



Mariposa Patriots will welcome Ken Pritchett from the Appleseed Project. An activity of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association, which is dedicated to teaching every American shared heritage and history as well as traditional rifle marksmanship skills. For more information go to: www.appleseedinfo.org. Representatives from Thrive Life Foods will give a presentation on dehydrated and shelf life foods and garden tips. […]