Authorities seek clues in bizarre animal killing



Image: California Department of Fish and WildlifeInvestigators are asking for the public’s help in solving the disturbing killing of a doe on West Whitlock Road on Tuesday morning. See the end of this article for information on how to report details directly or anonymously.The doe was pregnant with one baby at the time. Whoever carried out the killing trussed up […]

Garden busts take a bite out of area crime




Some of the more than 20,000 marijuana plants confiscated last week are shown above.Pot growers in Mariposa County took a pretty good hit last week. Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies took down an enormous Mexican cartel grow and another garden that was operating outside California’s medicinal marijuana act. The two busts netted nearly 30,000 marijuana plants. The first investigation took place […]

District schools score off the chart




Mariposa County students have always performed well above other neighboring schools on standardized tests. This year, however, those numbers are sky-high, and administrators credit the work of teachers with the increases. Each spring, students take a battery of tests. Their scores are aggregated and finally determine a score for each school site. The state’s target is 800, and MCUSD students […]

Local hospital backers score state victory




A piece of state legislation closely watched by supporters of John C. Fremont Hospital’s skilled-nursing facility passed California’s Assembly with a 75-to-0 vote last week. The win is a positive note in an ongoing battle against legislation that would cut state support for senior care in rural hospitals. Legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011 would slash state support […]

Art, wine & wheels arrives



The blending of Art, Wine and Wheels in Mariposa brings together three of Mariposa County’s traditions on Saturday, June 8. In the shade of the Mariposa County Fairgrounds the Mariposa Rotary sponsors the ninth annual festival from noon to 6 p.m. The event gives the community of Mariposa and all of California the opportunity to enjoy and experience the talent […]

Sexual assaults stun campus and community



When the news was released that a Mariposa County High School student had been arrested for two sexual assaults that happened on campus, the student body, parents and community were stunned. Late last week, Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies issued a press release detailing the incidents. A 16-year-old male student was arrested on May 28, the suspect was arrested and […]

Mine investors offer residents tour of site




Bear Valley resident Les Overstreet (right) asks mining engineer Eric Moeller of Fremont Gold Mining LLC a question during a tour for mine neighbors and members of the environmental group MERG on Monday. Drilling cores are displayed on the table.The group that owns 3,350 acres encompassing the Pine Tree and Josephine mines at Bear Valley on Monday granted a small […]

Wagon Train is set to roll



The Cannonball Stage is the pride of Mariposa’s annual Wagon Train event. According to tradition, the stage once carried President Theodore Roosevelt.It’s time for the 38th annual historic Mariposa Pioneer Wagon Train to roll through the Sierra from June 13 through 15. The 32-mile trek across the foothills follows many of the old stagecoach routes that went between Wawona and […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



May 27: •Smoke could be seen in the Colorado Road area. •There was a domestic dispute on Smith Road. •One person was arrested after a moving traffic hazard was reported on Highway 49 South. •Speeding was reported on Gunther Road. May 28: •There was a fire on Jalisco Way. •A shed was burglarized on Wildrose Court. •There was a disturbance […]

County Fire Response Report



May 27 through June 2EMS – 8Fire – 2 structure fire, 1 illegal burnPublic assist – 2Auto collision – 1 Spotlight call of the week- Sunday, June 2, Companies from Mt. Bullion, Coulterville, Don Pedro, Greeley Hill, Divisions 7105, 7106 and 7107 were called to an illegal burn on Greeley Lane in Greeley Hill that ultimately scorched five acres. Burning […]