Fire rips through town’s hillside




A bomber drops retardant on a wildland blaze that ripped up the hillside above Mariposa County High School Monday afternoon. The drop was visible just above the rooftops in downtown Mariposa as residents and visitors absorbed the fiery scenario.Just before 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, residents and visitors all over the town of Mariposa were fixed on the hillside above Mariposa […]

Deputies raid illegal garden, four nabbed



Pictured above is a portion of the illegal grow busted on Lakeside Drive in Midpines Monday.A Monday morning raid at two Midpines properties probably started the week off badly for at least four suspects arrested by Mariposa County deputies and detectives for marijuana cultivation, sales and conspiracy crimes. Officers served concurrent search and arrest warrants at the two different locations […]

Short is suspected in Bootjack blaze



An electrical short started the blaze that destroyed this home on Tavis Road on Sept. 15. Firefighters managed to save family photo albums, however.A 1930s-era residence on Tavis Road in the Bootjack area was totally destroyed in a fast-moving structure fire on Sunday, Sept. 15. One pet dog was singed in the incident, but the homeowner escaped. The fire was […]

Facebook posts whip rumor into frenzy




A series of Facebook posts turned a minor discipline incident into the talk of the town last week—forcing school officials to spend hours setting the record straight. The tale began on Wednesday, Sept. 11 when a student driving a vehicle with an American flag was asked “to be more careful while driving” in the Mariposa County High School parking lot, […]

Crafts seeks reelection as county’s assessor





Becky CraftsBecky Crafts has been a Mariposa County Resident since 1978, graduating from Mariposa County High School and Merced College. She started her career in the Mariposa County Assessor- Recorder’s Office in October of 1983, and was quickly promoted to increasingly responsible positions. She served in a supervisorymanagement position for 14 years and for the past eight years has served […]

Fire Chief Jim Wilson closes in on retirement




Chief Jim WilsonChief Jim Wilson, who has led the Mariposa County Fire Department for the past seven years, has announced his retirement. He will serve through Dec. 30. This coming Tuesday, Sept. 24, the county board of supervisors will review the fire chief’s salary and job description before launching a recruitment drive for his successor. County Administrator Rick Benson said […]

Blazin’ Hog hits town on Saturday



This year’s Blazin’ Hog Barbecue Competition and Zydeco Music Festival happens at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds this Saturday, Sept. 21. The annual barbecue competition is known across the region. Visitors also show up for the event’s Louisiana-flavored Zydeco music. Everyone who attends supports John C. Fremont Hospital and the John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation. This year is the seventh annual […]

Conservancy seeks trust accreditation



A hiker travels part of the Stockton Creek trail system above Mariposa. The trail system is a cooperative project of Sierra Foothill Conservancy and the Mariposa Public Utility District.The Land Trust Accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Sierra Foothill Conservancy (SFC) is applying for accreditation. A […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Sept. 9: • A call reporting “bear problems” was received from Usona Road. • A long-horned bull was loose on Carleton Road. • A landlord/tenant dispute occurred on Granite Springs Road. • A paralyzed cat was found at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. • A call from Hospital Road reported a bear sighting. • A grand theft report was received from […]

County Fire Response Report



Sept. 9 through Sept. 15EMS – 11Fire – 1 Vegetation, 1 Structure, 1 Illegal burnPublic Assist – 1Auto Collision –1 Spotlight call of the week: On Sept. 15th a structure fire broke out on the 3000 block of Highway 49 South. We caution everyone to limit the use of extension cords and not to overload existing electrical outlets. If you […]