Drought fears stay high, like temperatures




Low water at Briceburg tempted several parties to pan for gold along the Merced River last weekend. Trout fishermen had less luck, however.Warm weather brought folks with fishing gear to the Merced River last weekend, but the trout didn’t show up for the party. “It’s been pretty grim,” local guide Tim Hutchins said. “There are very few trout left to […]

Rippin’ it up



Dawn Miller of Oakhurst, in the used-to-be white Chevrolet Tahoe at right, makes her winning run for the overall title in the first annual Mud Drags held in the Gold Bowl Arena at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds last Saturday. According to the promoters of the event, the Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds Foundation, the event was a hit with the […]

STABBING SUSPECT Deputies arrest wanted assailant



Last Tuesday, at approximately 8 p.m., the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received a call of 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 and Justin Bolton. Deputies responding to the call had […]

Funds enable new drug-abuse treatment options




A $241,800 drug abuse treatment grant promises to significantly expand treatment options available in Mariposa County, local officials and treatment experts said this week. On Tuesday, the board of supervisors approved multiple agenda items implementing programs run with the funds. The money will pay for transportation services that will allow north county residents to participate in drug-court programs that let […]

Isaacs aims for county auditor





Deborah IsaacsDeborah Isaacs, the current Assistant Auditor of Mariposa County, announces she will run for County Auditor. Isaacs is a long-time resident of Mariposa, having first started working for the county in 1985, as an assessment clerk in the assessor’s office. In 1988 she transferred to the treasurer- tax collector’s office where she remained until 1998 when she promoted to […]

Shutdown over: layoffs are off




County-wide layoffs that appeared likely to close local libraries and furlough most county employees just two weeks ago did not appear necessary at this week’s meeting of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Asked before the session if the across-theboard cuts appeared needed, with the federal government shutdown over on Oct. 17, Deputy County Administrative Officer Mary Hodson said such […]

County cemetery seeks donated land





We all have one thing in common if we intend to live out the rest of our lives in this beautiful county. That is the somewhat uncomfortable question of where our mortal remains will be placed when we’re no longer among the living. Even though it is not a light topic, it’s a question that has to be answered, if […]

Hornitos procession honors the dead



Hornitos, once a goldmining town of more than 12,000 people, now slumbers in the foothills, a reminder of when the town was full of gold miners seeking their fortunes. Once a year, for more than 45 years, a candlelight procession makes its way up a hill to St. Catherine’s Catholic Church on Nov. 2, which is All Souls Day. In […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Oct. 14: • A trapped skunk was on Highway 49. • Theft of a horse trailer was reported from Oak Road in Midpines. • A grand theft report was taken on Yosemite Park Way. • Illegal dumping was reported from Coakley Circle. • A call reporting unsafe shooting was received from Snow Creek Road. Oct. 15: • Animal neglect was […]

County Fire Response Report



Oct. 14 through Oct. 20, 2013 EMS – 12 Fire – 6 Public Assist – 1 Auto Collision – 0 There were 3 vegetation fires this week in the Greeley Hill area. As autumn approaches, there is a false sense of security with the cooler weather. Fuels are still very dry due to a lack of rain. Please use extreme […]