Does perception skew reality?

This pair of apparently homeless individuals shuffle along the Mariposa Creek Parkway, checking on garbage containers and recycling bins for materials they can turn into cash at the local recycling center.PART ONE Visions of a woman inside a vehicle with two young children, windows draped and the back seat bulging with personal property evoke a myriad of emotional responses. They […]

Plastic versus paper controversy splits supervisors

Katee Owens told the board of supervisors she opposes a statewide ban on supermarket plastic bags this week. “What next?,” she asked. “A ban on the black plastic bags that line our trash cans?”Discussion of state legislation that would ban plastic supermarket bags turned into one of the more contentious recent debates among Mariposa County’s board of supervisors this week. […]

Obamacare impacts local businesses and their employees

Employers and business owners are learning about complicated changes brought about by the federal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) this autumn. Not all agree on whether the changes are good or bad. A survey of county employers finds the new federal rules will have a wide range of effects on local operations. For emergency medical service provider Rick Roesch, Obamacare’s approach […]

McClintock details evolving views on rights versus security


Rep. Tom McClintockRep. Tom McClintock made headlines in August when he said leaker Edward Snowden deserved amnesty for revealing widespread domestic spying by the National Security Agency. Since then, the revelations from Snowden have kept on coming. In October, new documents showed that the federal agency has tapped directly into Google and Yahoo data streams—allowing it to vacuum up Americans’ […]

Forest management is matter of local concern

The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) and the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) have announced joint support for the enactment of legislation to better manage California’s national forests. “The growing bipartisan recognition that Congress must address proper management of our nation’s forests illustrates the need to enact healthy forest legislation in 2014,” said Kevin Cann, RCRC Chair and […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Nov. 4: • A possible prowler was reported from Coakley Circle. • Trespassing was reported on Highway 49 North. • An injured horse was on Allred Road. • A call reporting harassment was received from Sixth Street. • A pump house fire was reported from Watt Road. • A domestic dispute occurred on Mt. Bullion Cutoff Road. Nov. 5: • […]

Preparing for flu season

Mariposa resident Marilyn Saunders gets a flu shot from nurse Marti Fazio at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds last month. Close to 370 people were treated at the first fairgrounds flushot event on Oct. 17. Last week, the county had close to 300 anti-flu doses left. Call 966-3689 to enquire about receiving a flu shot…. An online subscription is required to […]

County Fire Response Report

Nov. 4 through Nov. 10 EMS – 11Fire – 1 Vehicle Fire, 2 Illegal BurnsPublic Assist – 0Auto Collision – 0 Mariposa County Fire Department provides first response to structure fires, medical calls, motor vehicle accidents and requests for public assistance throughout the county. Stations are located in the following areas: Midpines; Cathey’s Valley; Don Pedro; Mt. Bullion/Airport; Coulterville; Mormon […]

Families are needed to host exchange students

Nacel Open Door, Inc. is seeking families to host exchange students during the school year. The organization will welcome nearly 2,000 international high school students from more than 25 countries for the upcoming school year. Applications are now being accepted for families interested in hosting a student. Students who stay with local families will have their own health insurance and […]

Superbowl means fall business boost

Volunteer Earl Heitzmann (in orange vest) stands with event organizer Bob Kirchner at the “Anger Management” station for this year’s Trans Valley Youth Football League Superbowl.Folks have pondered how to bring visitors here in the off-season for a long time. Few schemes have pulled it off. Over the past halfdecade, though, former Chamber of Commerce president Bob Kirchner has built […]