Sampling the grape



Hundreds of residents and visitors attended Saturday’s steamy Art, Wine and Wheels at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, an annual produced by the Mariposa Rotary Club. Although organizers were worred about attendance due to the extreme weather, attendees weathered the 100-plus degree temperatures to partake of wine tasting, and wide array of custom and antique vehicles, multiple vendor booths and live […]

Heat records tumble in last weekend’s oven




Sunday afternoon was much cooler than Saturday in Yosemite Valley when a high temperature record was established at 105 degrees.It’s official. Saturday, June 8 will go down as one of the hottest days ever in Mariposa County. On Monday, Yosemite National Park officials said Saturday’s 105 degree reading in Yosemite Valley eclipsed all previous numbers at the location. The previous record, […]

Children rescued from living in squalor



Two young children are now in the custody of Mariposa County Child Protective Services after they were taken from a home so filthy it was deemed unsafe for them. One of the children was not even a year old. Two people were arrested and charged with child cruelty on June 4 in connection with the investigation. Cohlen Sullens and Mary […]

MCUSD plans to reinstate teachers, hires new director




Jon CorippoFor a number of years, the Mariposa County Unified School District has faced the daunting task of laying off teachers each spring as budget concerns plague the school system. This year was no different, and the district formally laid off three teachers when all was said and done. On May 30, however, the board of trustees discussed the possibility […]

Clues are sought in bizarre animal killing




Investigators are asking for the public’s help in solving the disturbing killing of a doe on West Whitlock Road. The incident occurred before noon on Tuesday, May 4 just north of Whitlock Gap. See the end of this article for information on how to report information directly—or anonymously. The doe was pregnant with one fawn at the time. Whoever carried […]

District says goodbye to 402 years of service




Sheila Hill (left) accepts a plaque from MCUSD Superintendent Aaron Rosander recognizing her 22 years of administrative support service to the district. She was among the many retirees honored on June 6.The Mariposa County Unified School District formally honored its retiring employees on June 6 and at the same time said goodbye to 402 years of service among them. This […]

Drunk camper jailed



An allegedly drunk and belligerent man landed himself in jail on June 8, after he terrorized the Railroad Flat campground for several days. Michael Volkoff, 60, of Madera, was booked into the Mariposa County Jail on charges of child abuse, brandishing a weapon, making terrorist threats and disorderly conduct. Deputies were summoned to the campground by other campers after Volkoff […]

4-H effects the lives of its members



Mariposa 4-H President of 1972, Barbara Massey-Nino, demonstrates leadership in the women’s movement throughout her career and education. “4-H prepares young people to step up to the challenges in their community and world,” according to www.4- H.org/about. Research shows that there is positive youth development and that 4-H helps young people excel. Massey-Nino worked as a professional in the then, […]

Healthy Habits are focus of event



Mariposa Safe Families Inc. is gearing up for another free family fun fair. On Saturday June 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the north county is in for a treat as businesses and organizations come together for a day full of fun, education, resources, food, games and prizes. The purpose of this event is to link participants with community […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



June 3: •Grand theft was reported on Sierra Drive. •A car was vandalized on Old Highway North. •There was a fight on Highway 140. •A hay truck overturned on Greeley Hill Road. June 4: •Petty theft was reported on Windy Hollow Road. •A rattlesnake was in a garage on Hidden Valley Road. •An under age party was reported at the […]