Law would boost pot-grow penalties




This California grow site, in a National Forest, is strewn with garbage, chemicals and plastic. In 2010, law-enforcement officials across the state collected more than 130 tons of trash, 300 pounds of pesticides and five tons of fertilizer at marijuana cultivation sites in the state’s National Forests.Marijuana growers who apply rat poison and other pesticides to federal lands may be […]

Volunteers’ payment raises questions




Volunteer. By definition is a person who works for an organization without being paid. There is an army of volunteers residing in Mariposa County who dedicate their time and financial resources to everything from youth sports, to 4- H, search and rescue, senior citizens on patrol (SCOPE), and even the county’s two fire-fighting agencies, Mariposa Public Utility District (MPUD) and […]

Burglars’ attempt to sell booty on eBay backfires



 On July 31, a burglary on Boyer Road was reported to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. Responding law enforcement officers were advised that a chainsaw and 14 vehicle wheels and tires had been stolen from that residence. According to the sheriff’s office, the property loss was valued near $10,000. Investigating deputies were assisted last week when the individual who lost […]

Midpines park gets big addition




This scuffed-up sign is one of the only markers that identify Midpines County Park. The county on Tuesday approved 7.7 new acres for the park. The addition will extend to Carstens Road from an area to the left of the sign.Most people don’t think of Midpines County Park as a place for recreation, neighbor Gary Francisco said this week. “The […]

Bar serves up noise, neighbors are riled




Bullion Street residents Diane Sorensen and neighbor Bob Elliott brought their concerns about noise from the redesigned Miner’s Roadhouse 140 bar to the county board of supervisors meeting on Tuesday.The bar at the Miner’s Inn motel has long been the scene of rollicking evening celebrations. Since the nightspot reopened as the Miner’s Roadhouse 140 in May, however, the bar’s new […]

Soroptimist seeking new members



Soroptimist members are pictured with local student volunteers at the First Annual Elegant Dress Closet Prom Faire, one of Soroptimist’s service projects.Soroptimist International of Mariposa is currently recruiting new members. The club will be holding an informational social event on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 4:30 p.m. for anyone interested in joining the organization. For more information about the location of […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



August 5: • A call reporting threats was received from Highway 140. • A land dispute was reported from Colorado Road. • An emaciated horse was on Bear Valley Road. • Petty theft involving gasoline was reported from Triangle Road. • A call reporting dangerous shooting was received from Colorado Road. August 6: • A domestic verbal dispute was reported […]

Parade entries are open



The annual Labor Day Parade is slated for Aug. 31, 2013 at 11 a.m. This year’s theme is 75 Years of Preserving Our Past & Protecting Our Future. Applications are available at the Mariposa Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce office and the Mariposa County Fairgrounds Office. If additional information is needed, call 966-2740. … An online subscription is required to view […]

County Fire Response Report



August 5 through 11EMS – 5Fire – 2Public Assist – 1Auto Collision – 3Spotlight call of theweek: At approximately 3 p.m. on Aug. 5, a vegetation fire was reported on East Westfall. An unattended campfire quickly spread to the surrounding vegetation which was rapidly extinguished. Please remember, vegetation is very dry and dense, use caution with all heat sources and […]

Close call



Emergency response personnel treat Michael Scott, 24, of Mariposa after a vehicle collision last Friday morning on Highway 49 just south of Sebastopol Road. According to the California Highway Patrol, Scott was driving a one-ton Scott’s Cleaning van southbound on the highway when he failed to notice a Ford pick-up stopped on the highway in front of him to make […]