Yosemite shutdown protest held on Oct. 5



“Occupy Yosemite” protesters plan to enter the Park via the Tioga Pass Entrance Station, seen here in May. The group plans to meet at the Lee Vining Mobil gas station at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. Photo: Beth PrattFurloughed workers and their supporters planned to protest the ongoing federal government shutdown with a 10 a.m. rally at the Park […]

Yosemite Park: Closed




This traffic sign told visitors that Yosemite National Park was closed on Tuesday morning. Motorists will be permitted to pass through the Park via Tioga Road, without stopping, during the shutdown, Park officials said this week.A government shutdown of unknown duration closed Yosemite National Park on Tuesday, drawing cries of alarm from business owners who depend on Park traffic for […]

Gun-waving visitor threatens local residents



Kazz MathewsEarly last Saturday, just after midnight, a verbal altercation broke out on Fifth Street near Highway 140 in Mariposa that landed a 19- year-old visitor in jail. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office report, the heated verbal foray was between two small groups of people. One group was made up of Mariposa County residents. They were conversing outside […]

MCCA’s Home & Garden Show is Saturday



The Mariposa County Contractors’ Association hosts its annual Home and Garden Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mariposa County fairgrounds this Saturday, Oct. 5. This will be the 24th year the association holds the event. The informational and instructional event lets people meet area contractors and learn about home improvements—including cabinetry, heating and air conditioning, pools and […]

Another garden busted



This large, budding marijuana plant is one of 697 eradicated by law enforcement last Friday in the area of Hell’s Hollow near Bagby on the Merced River. Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputies, Yosemite National Park Rangers and a CALFIRE prevention officer destroyed what was left of a partially-harvested illegal grow. Officers report that the marijuana garden appeared to be tied to […]

Bootjack couple hits lotto



Customer Kirk Perrien purchased a $2 California Lottery Scratcher at Bootjack Market and Deli on Sept. 27. A few minutes later, he walked back in the store, cashier Kim Bates said this week. “He was shaking and his wife was crying,” Bates recalled. “They were really excited.” After scratching off a single line, Perrien revealed the ticket was a winner—a […]

County seats among many open in 2014




Mariposa County Auditor Bill Davis has said he will not run for reelection in next summer’s June 3 election. As of this week, no one else has declared an intention to run for the office. “I am announcing this early, with the goal of giving everyone who might be interested in being the auditor as much time as possible to […]

Stonum announces assessor-recorder run





Neil StonumNeil Stonum has announced that he is seeking election to the position of Mariposa County Assessor- Recorder, which will be on the June 4, 2014 gubernatorial primary ballot. “I believe that my 40-year career in the real estate profession uniquely qualifies me for this job,” Stonum said. “The position of assessor provides a vital contribution to the tax base […]

Flea market arrives Sunday



The 27th Annual Hornitos Flea Market starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Hornitos Park. The event kicks off with a tri-tip dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday night served by the local 4-H club. Pictured here are last year’s treasure hunters. For vendor or booth information, call 376- 2320…. An online subscription is required to view news […]

Disaster loans available to small businesses affected by Rim Fire



The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest working capital federal disaster loans to small businesses economically impacted by the Rim Fire that began on Aug. 17, according to U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Acting Administrator Jeanne Hulit. The SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request received from Gov. […]