Too hot to handle: Holiday weather creates its own flame

While not a scientific thermometer reading, this home gauge shows an outdoor temperature of 107.9 degrees on Sunday afternoon in Lushmeadows. This was not, however the hottest temperature recorded this year. On June 15, the thermometer read 110 degrees in the same location. Yosemite Valley broke its all-time high record the same day.It seems ridiculous to even mention the heat […]

Busts net 19,517 pot plants

This garden on Live Oak Road yielded law enforcement 783 plants. The garden was supposed to be one for medicinal use, but the number of plants indicated to law enforcement that it was clearly a for-profit operation.The heat was on last week–both in the atmosphere and for illegal marijuana growers. Two large and one smaller marijuana site were eradicated by […]

Sunday crash lands car in river

A group of people visiting the Merced River on June 30 were likely doing so to beat the heat. Unfortunately, as they left the area, the car they were in crashed and landed in the Merced River. According to California Highway Patrol Officer Tim Kilcrease, the accident happened around 2:40 p.m. on Sunday. Ashley Stayner, 27, of Atwater was driving […]


‘Senior campus’ concept moves forward here

For the past year, a working group has explored creating a place that brings together senior housing, food service, fitness and assisted living in one Mariposa package. Last week, the county board of supervisors gave its thumbs-up for a $30,000 feasibility study to be produced and paid for by a developer of such facilities. American Baptist Homes of the West […]

DUI arrests skyrocket

The last week in June was a busy one for law enforcement patrolling local road ways. Ten people were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) from June 25 to 30, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. On June 25, three people were booked on DUI charges. The following day, one more person joined them. On June 28, two […]

For firewood scofflaws, Yosemite is a No. 1 goal

Visitors enjoy a Tuolumne Meadows Campground fire ring in July of 2009. Close to 90 percent of visitors who bring wood to the Park transport it from outside the Mariposa-Yosemite area, a Park survey found.“Yosemite or bust” is an apparent motto of the state’s illegal firewood traffickers, a recent survey shows. Over the past five years, staff at 16 California […]

Arts Council hosts reception and event

The gardens below Treetop Gallery are shown earlier this year during the Arts Council’s “Clothesline Art” event. Pictured, from left, is artist John Tomsick showing his work for Karen Smith and Kris Casto.The Mariposa County Arts Council welcomes the community to the just-installed, gallery-wide exhibit in the Treetop Gallery, featuring current, new works by regional artists. On Friday July 12, […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

June 24: •Harassment was reported on 10th Street. •A horse was loose on Italian Creek Road. •A dog bite report came in from John C. Fremont Hospital. •Deputies responded to a child abuse report on Pinecrest Drive. June 25: •One person was arrested following a domestic dispute on Highway 140. •There was a reindeer sighting on Highway 49 North. •An […]

County Fire Response Report

June 24 through 30 EMS – 9Fire – 4Public assist – 5Auto collision – 5 Heat related incidents are on the rise. Residents should remember to stay cool, if possible, hydrate and reduce activities. Do you live in Hunter’s Valley? Are you 18 years old or older with a valid California State driver’s license? Mariposa County Fire needs volunteers in […]

Golden Agers host bingo

Anyone over 18 is invited to Golden Agers’ Bingo at the Senior Center on Spriggs Lane on the first Friday of each month. It will be held Friday, May 3. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 6:30 p.m. There are pull tabs and big pots. Free coffee and food are available. All income is used for the […]