Governor’s signature will raise minimum wage to $10

Photo: Wikimedia CommonsGov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 25 signed a bill that will raise California’s minimum wage to $10 an hour.The full rate hike will not occur until 2016. California’s current minimum wage was raised to $8 an hour in 2008.Business groups this week criticized the move, saying it will force business owners to hire fewer workers and limit economic […]

Intoxicated vandals hit school sites

Pictured above is just one of the Mariposa County Unified School District vehicles that were vandalized at Mariposa Elementary School and Mariposa County High School. Two are in custody after being arrested at the scene.In the wee hours of last Saturday morning, a pair of reportedly drunken 20-year olds did thousands of dollars of damage at Mariposa Elementary School (MES) […]

County moving toward limiting marijuana grows

Mariposa County officials are moving to rein in what some see as a Wild- West attitude towards medical marijuana growing. If approved by the board of supervisors, new health-and-safety-code language would limit medical gardens to 12 plants and restrict pot production to sites with permanent residences. The local ordinance route is being taken by a growing number of rural California […]

Board okays funding projects

The county on Tuesday decided to outlay $192,800 on three projects that will upgrade public space in town and at Midpines. Together, the projects will consume more than two thirds of a $269,229 bicycle and pedestrian fund accumulated from local sales tax in recent years. The single biggest project amount is $83,100 to create a new stairway connection from the […]

Rydingsword moving on

Mariposa County Human Services Director Jim Rydingsword has accepted a position in San Benito County, he announced on Sept. 17. Rydingsword will continue in the local position through Oct. 11. He cited financial security and a wish to be closer to the coast in his resignation letter, chief county administrator Rick Benson said. The current director will occupy a similar […]

Manager trainee burglarizes employer


Cherie RagsdaleFirst thing Monday morning, Mariposa County law enforcement was alerted to a burglary at the local Burger King restaurant on Highway 140. After an investigation and review of surveillance equipment, officers arrested 28-year old Cherie Ragsdale of Mariposa. She was arrested for felony burglary and being under the influence of methamphetamine. She was booked into the Mariposa County Jail […]

Smith announces run for county supervisor

Karen SmithKaren Smith has announced that she will run for county supervisor in District 1. The district includes Midpines, El Portal and Yosemite Valley. The election will be held on June 3, 2014. Smith and husband Dr. Michael Martin moved full-time to Mariposa in 2002 after spending several years as weekend residents. “We bought a weekend home in 1999 and […]

Supporters rally for man with ALS

Three years ago, Trish Nady heard from good friend Donna Santi that Santi’s husband Tom had been diagnosed with the degenerative nerve disease ALS—also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. On Oct. 5, a benefit dinner for the Santis and the ALS Association will start at 5:30 p.m. at New Life Christian Fellowship in Bootjack. After doing a bit of research, […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Sept. 16: • A dead bear cub was reported on Highway 49 South. • Petty theft of medications was reported from Mykleoaks Road. • A call reporting vandalism to a vehicle was recieved from Old Highway. • A mountain lion sighting was reported from Highway 140. • A banded pigeon was found on Carter Road. • Three pit bulls were […]

County Fire Response Report

Sept. 16 through Sept. 22EMS – 7Fire – 4Public Assist – 1Auto Collision – 2Spotlight call of the week: On Sept. 16 a vegetation fire was reported on Trabucco Road behind Mariposa County High School. A quick response kept the blaze contained to 23 acres. Please remember when using mechanical equipment outdoors to have an extinguisher or water source close […]