Superintendent: flag is not banned



 An American flag affixed to a student’s vehicle has not been banned from the local high school campus, superintendent Aaron Rosander said on Sept. 12.The unnamed student was apparently driving the flag around the parking lot to show patriotic spirit on Wednesday, Sept. 11.A school administrator asked the student not to drive back and forth in the campus parking lot […]

Attacking the blaze



A pair of CAL FIRE firefighters add a length of hose and attack the flank of a small wildland fire Monday afternoon at the bottom of Ramsden Road off of Buckeye Road. The fire razed approximately two acres and one structure was briefly threatened. Firefighters quickly contained the fire and no property damage was sustained. The incident only added to […]

Man stabbed in Bootjack, one arrested, one sought



 Early last Friday afternoon, Mariposa County’s violent crime level moved up a notch when a broad-daylight felonious assault occurred behind the Bootjack Market and Deli on Darrah Road. According to Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies, an adult male reported that he was lured behind the market by another individual, identified as James Allen (Diaz). The man told deputies that once […]

Gigantic blaze is still 80% contained




The Rim Fire was 80 percent contained at press time this week—the same containment total provided by firefighters one week ago. The more than 3,000 personnel battling the blaze are not lying down on the job, however. The fire’s eastern flank is being allowed to burn into higher-elevation areas of Yosemite National Park where extensive granite provides a natural fuel […]

Secession organizers invite Mariposa aboard




The board of supervisors in Siskiyou County last week voted to secede from California and form a new State of Jefferson—composed of rural counties in northern California and southern Oregon. Siskayou rancher Brian Helsaple created this haybarn message to support the effort.A group of activists in Siskiyou County have found a response to the muchloathed “fire fee” levied on rural […]

Casto sets sights on District 3 board seat





Kris CastoKris Casto has announced that she is seeking to be county supervisor for District 3. “I’m passionate about local government and anticipate meeting with residents of our district to hear your concerns and priorities for our county. I love living in our small community where we recognize that each person and his or her perspective is important,” she said. […]

Cattle theft fines are priority for Bigelow




Cathey’s Valley rancher Shane Patterson brands a calf in 2011. In addition to the time-honored technique of heat branding, cattle owners use lip and ear tattoos, ear tags and embedded microchips to mark their cattle.California Assemblymember Frank Bigelow says bigger fines are in order for the crime of cattle rustling. Bigelow represents Mariposa County in the state assembly. Instead of […]

Pretzer honored as Good Citizen



Mariposa Unit 567 of the American Legion Auxillary has awarded a Good Citizenship Certificate and medal to Tierney Pretzer (second from left) for the Pretzer’s participation in the recent Girl’s State event. Group members presented the award on Sept. 4. From left to right are Esther Holm, Pretzer, Vicki Roland and Mary Ann Green…. An online subscription is required to […]

Hornitos flea market is slated for Oct. 6



Community preparations are underway for the 27th annual Hornitos Flea Market, to be held in that historic community on Sunday, Oct. 6. Gates will open at 7 a.m. Vendor spaces are available. Call 376-2320 for information, or visit hornitospc.com. “Visitors can enjoy a leisurely drive through the foothills, and experience the rich history and atmosphere of this historic town, while […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Sept. 2: • A report of child abuse was reported from Fairgrounds Road and resulted in an arrest. • Dangerous shooting was reported from Triangle Road. • A power line was down on 12th Street in Mariposa. • A domestic dispute was reported from Poppy Lake Road. • Grand theft was reported on Fairgrounds Road. Sept. 3: • A suspicous […]