Shutdown ends, Yosemite opens



 National Park Service officials reopened Yosemite National Park around 8 p.m. on Wednesday following government action in Washington, D.C. The move most directly affects close to 600 NPS employees and as many as 1,450 Park concessionaire employees.”We are excited to reopen and welcome visitors back to Yosemite,” Park superintendent Don Neubacher said. “Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy […]

James Allen (Diaz) nabbed by deputies



Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 10:40 a.m. – On Tuesday Oct. 15 at approximately 8 p.m., the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received a call regarding threats occurring at in the 5000 block of Chowchilla Mountain Road. The victim being fearful for his safety, armed himself with a firearm and locked himself in the bathroom after being threatened by James Allen […]

Shutdown effects were varied




Comfort Inn manager Gopal Das looks over the motel’s vacant grounds on Monday. The Yosemite closure has forced the innkeeper to lay off six full-time housekeepers and three part-time desk clerks. “I feel bad,” he said.Antique dealer Jim Nady isn’t happy about the federal government shutdown that continued this week. But when he compared sales for the first half of […]

Mud drags, car show are this weekend



Partial government shutdown or not, there will be a flurry of activities and entertainment at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds this Saturday. The weekend kicks off with the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce’s Hot Rod and Custom Car Show. Admission to the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fairgrounds, is free. Over 150 custom cars and […]

Board moves forward on limiting grows




The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday directed planning staff to fine-tune a proposed medical marijuana ordinance and bring it back for a public hearing and further discussion. The proposed ordinance, which would limit medical grows to 12 plants, will likely return to the board by the end of the year, county planning director Sarah Williams said. At least […]

State report urges hantavirus caution




Dr. Charles Mosher demonstrated safe hantavirus cleanup last year. In addition to using a bleach solution, Yosemite procedures require employees to wear respirator filters during cleanup of “heavy infestations.”Yosemite National Park supervisors need to be more vigilant in enforcing mouse infestation cleanup precautions, a California Department of Public Health report on last year’s hantavirus outbreak says. The report, released last […]

CHP vows attention to unsecured loads



CALTRANS workers have collected more than 200 bags of trash along county highways this month. Local CHP officers are on the lookout for truck and trailer operators with unsecured loads, local CHP Lt. Becky Hagen reports.Local CALTRANS crews are reporting an uptick in side-of-theroad garbage. Since Oct. 1, orangesuited workers have collected more than 200 large plastic bags of trash, […]

Aborn aims for return to board

JUNE 3 ELECTION



Brad AbornIt is my intention to run for the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors District 1 seat in June of 2014. I served Mariposa County in the same position starting in 2007. At that time we had a number of issues in the county including some involving public safety that were not being addressed, and many of us were very […]

Hambleton, Foster pitch in big



Electrician Rob Hambleton (left) has donated thousands of dollars worth of labor to the local Habitat for Humanity chapter’s second home. Troy Foster (right) of Foster True Value Hardware has made generous donations as well.Among the many donors to the second Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County partner family home are two local businessmen, Troy Foster and Rob Hambleton. Through […]

Interactive theater part of Halloween at hostel



A night of Halloween fun will be held at the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort, 6979A Highway 140, on Saturday, Oct. 26 starting at 6 p.m. The event, “Halloween at the Bug Hostel: The Infestation,” will feature an interactive theater. There will also be a haunted dance club available for drinks, dancing and an interactive video wall, special effects, a […]