Final evacuees can go home

Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies has lifted the evacuation order for residents of Carter Road and Buckingham Mountain Road.Beginning at 4 p.m. this afternoon, Thursday, June 20,  the Carter Road and Buckingham Mountain Road areas will open to residents only.  ***Forest Service Roads leading to and around the Carstens Fire will remain closed. Be sure to bring some form of identification […]

Carstens Fire threat thwarted

Blaze razes hundreds of acres, but no structures lost

On Sunday night, June 16, the Carstens Fire provided some incredible views from all over Mariposa County and beyond. This photo shows the inferno as it could be seen from Allred Road. The fire would ultimately scorch some 1,600 acres by Wednesday and caused nearly 1,200 people to be evacuated from their homes. (See additional photos on pages A-7 and […]

Evacuations displace some 1,200 residents

Alicia Osteen, who lives in Mariposa Pines, anxiously waited for her family’s arrival to help her evacuate on Sunday evening.Five years ago, 2,000 people were evacuated as the Telegraph Fire roared–ultimately destroying 30 homes and 100 outbuildings in Mariposa County. Those people were kept from their homes for a week. Firefighters were ultimately able to spare evacuees a similar experience […]

Business Expo planned for July

Representatives from Farmers Insurance are pictured at last year’s Business Expo.The Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the second annual Summer Business Expo on July 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Many people aren’t aware of all the businesses available to them in Mariposa County. This venue is designed to give everyone the opportunity […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

June 10: •There was a loose dog on Burney Road. •A child abuse report came in from the human services department. •Trespassing was reported on Highway 49 North. •There was a family dispute on Digger Pine Drive. June 11: •A license plate was stolen on Foresta Road. •A horse was roaming on Holtzel Road. •An argument was occurring on Stumpfield […]

County Fire Response Report

June 10 through 16EMS – 4Fire – 3Public Assist – 1Auto Collision – 3 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with volunteer stations in the following locations: Midpines; Cathey’s Valley; Don Pedro; Mt. Bullion/Airport; Coulterville; Mormon Bar; Bridgeport (coming soon); Lushmeadows; Greeley Hill; Ponderosa Basin; Fish Camp; Hunter’s Valley and Bootjack. Anyone who is 18 years of age and […]

Vehicles needed

In Mariposa County, many hard-working families are living in substandard housing. Call Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County, 966-7444 or visit, to learn how anyone can donate a car, running or not, to help the organization raise funds for building simple, decent and affordable homes in partnership with low-income families. Eighty percent of the funds obtained from the sale […]

Volunteers mobilize for cemetery maintenance

Mariposa County Cemetery Adopt-A-Plot program directors Ann Means and Ron Loya demonstrate proper technique for cleaning a headstone. Volunteers have already adopted close to 200 plots, but close to 3,500 burials exist in the cemetery.Mariposa’s public cemetery off Joe Howard Street dates back to the 1850s. To cite recent reports, the burial ground still experiences activity worthy of the Wild […]

Driver enters plea to manslaughter

The woman charged in connection with a crash that killed Tommy Kinard in November, 2011, has entered a no contest plea in Mariposa County Superior Court. On June 13, Tammy Lawhon pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter and child endangerment in the Nov. 1, 2011 incident. A separate driving under the influence charge was dismissed. Lawhon was emotional as […]

Linda Eade receives Park’s highest honor

Linda Eade, Yosemite National Park’s 2012 Barry Hance Award winner, poses with her plaque. She is pictured with (left to right) Don Neubacher, superintendent; Tom Medema, chief of interpretation and education; and Jonathan Bayless, chief curator. All individuals pictured are Yosemite National Park employees.Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher has announced that Linda Eade, Yosemite Research Librarian, is the recipient […]