Memories spark new business venture in historic location




Mariposa Creamery & Booksellers owner LuAnn Mello stands with employees Rebecca Adams (left) and Emily Bowers (right) on the business’s opening day. Memories of Mariposa’s Frost Shop inspired Mello to launch the venture.People are excited about the things LuAnn and Dave Mello are bringing back to the community. The couple has created an ice cream spot— at least part in […]

Burglars strike Oasis Market, one in custody



Jerid PalmLate on the evening of July 4, while Mariposa County residents were celebrating Independence Day, burglars broke in the front door of the Oasis Market at 2675 Highway 140 in Cathey’s Valley and absconded with over $1,000 in cigarettes and approximately $100 in Budweiser beer. According to Sheriff Doug Binnewies, the holiday heist appears to “be a crime of […]

Mariposa’s own named commander




Rebecca HagenFor the first time in the history of the Mariposa California Highway Patrol office, an officer that was basically raised in Mariposa County has been named commander of the local unit. Last week, Rebecca (Becky) Hagen was notified that she landed the promotion. Hagen, a 13-year veteran of the force, came to Mariposa when she was 12 years old. […]

Visitor discovers missing airplane




The aircraft that went missing in Yosemite National Park on Dec. 17, 2012, was a single-engine Mooney similar to this model.A single-engine aircraft that disappeared on Dec. 17 has been located by a Yosemite National Park visitor near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp. Park crews had been searching for the plane since December, when heavy snow forced them to abandon the […]

Brutal abuse leads to arrest of assailant



In the early hours of July 8, Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies received a call from the Lushmeadows area about domestic abuse. When they arrived, they found the victim deeply bruised and in need of immediate medical attention. The woman told deputies that her “lover” had assaulted her repeatedly, beginning at 6 p.m. the night before. He allegedly slapped her, choked […]

Fights keep deputies busy



Two separate altercations landed a couple of men in jail on July 7. The first was a family dispute, and the second was a love triangle. On July 7, Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home on Morningstar Lane. Once there, they were told that a young man had fired a shotgun to get his mother’s attention and that […]

McClintock, opponents of plan, grill NPS chief




Congressman Tom McClintock and three critics of Yosemite’s Merced River Plan spent close to two hours grilling National Park Service chief Jon Jarvis at a Capitol Hill hearing on Tuesday. Besides Jarvis, only one other speaker on the five-person panel had anything nice to say about the ongoing plan. “Is it a good starting point? I think so,” said Bob […]

Yosemite’s Forbidden Fire continues to burn



Yosemite National Park’s Forbidden Fire continues to burn. The lightning caused blaze has scorched about 165 acres.The Forbidden Fire is still burning in Yosemite National Park. This lightning caused fire is approximately 165 acres. A single tree was struck by lightning on May 21. The fire is west of the Eagle Peak Meadow and Creek, a tributary of Yosemite Creek, […]

PERS retirees set meeting



The next regular meeting of the Public Employees Retirees Association (PERS) will be held on Tuesday, July 6, at the senior center on Spriggs Lane at noon. Lunch will be free for those attending. The speaker will be Richard Benson, Mariposa County administrative officer. Those planning to attend are asked to call in a reservation by July 15 at 742-7182 […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



July 1: •Medications were stolen on Smith Station Road. •There was a suspicious skunk on Highway 49 North. •A motorhome was blocking Highway 140. •Firecrackers were heard on Old Highway South. July 2: •There was a traffic accident on Highway 140. •A motorhome was on fire on Highway 132. •A dog was left in a car on Fifth Street. •A […]