Lighted Christmas Parade steps off Saturday

The Mariposa Public Utility District ladder fire truck was festively decorated to participate in the Merry Mountain Christmas “lighted” parade last year. This year’s parade steps off at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available following the parade for all the children.The annual Merry Mountain Christmas Parade will light-up the town of Mariposa this […]

Storm poised to blanket county in ice and snow

A strong Arctic cold front entered central California and the Sierra foothills on Tuesday, starting with a brief but soaking rainfall. Temperatures plunged around the county Tuesday night as residents awoke Wednesday morning to icy conditions and thermometers with readings in the 20s. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a winter storm is poised to blanket the county with […]

Wayfinding signs arrive downtown


County public works engineer Mark Dvorak (right) assists county technician Rom Robinson with the installation of a pole that will hold directional signage at Sixth Street. The pole and sign are one of three planned for Mariposa’s historic downtown by the end of the year, Dvorak said.Three “wayfinding” sign poles were installed in Mariposa’s historic downtown along Highway 140 at […]

Mariposa schools ready to implement Common Core

Mariposa County schools, along with schools throughout the state, have received funding for implementation of the Common Core academic standards. Aaron Rosander, superintendent of the Mariposa County Unified School District, said the district has received $351,484 to get the initiative going. “It’s a restricted funding source that can only be used for implementing Common Core,” Rosander said. The Common Core […]

‘High-grade’ ore is under Bear Valley, report claims

Bear Valley resident Les Overstreet (with camera) and John Brady of Mariposans for the Environment and Responsible Government (MERG), at left, listen to former California Gold Mining LLC mining engineer Eric Moeller at a site tour offered by the company in June. Drilling samples sit on the table.A zone of “highgrade” ore under Bear Valley “presents a compelling case” for […]

Audubon to present ‘Birds of Brazil’

The lettered aracari is among the many exotic Brazilian birds featured in a slide presentation by Matthew Matthiessen for the Yosemite Area Audubon Society Thursday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the Mariposa Methodist Church parish hall. The public is welcome.Brazil conjures up many images among Americans—Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon, tropical rainforests and abundant, exotic animals, especially its stunningly […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Nov. 25: • A call reporting a missing dog was received from Ashworth Road. • Petty theft was reported on 10th Street. • A verbal domestic dispute was reported from Piute Court. • A report of identity theft was taken on Darrah Road. Nov. 26: • A call reporting a suspicious vehicle was received from Watt Road. • Grand theft […]

Fall staffing levels of firefighters are in effect

Cooler weather has prompted the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) to transition into fall staffing levels as of Nov. 11. The transition to fall preparedness allows CAL FIRE to release some seasonal firefighters and reduce staffing on fire engines. Current and expected weather and fuel conditions will be continuously monitored to determine any […]

County Fire Response Report

Nov. 25 through Dec. 1 EMS – 15Fire – 2 Illegal BurnsPublic Assist – 0Auto Collision – 1 It’s time to deck the halls, so as you put up the tree here are some things to keep in mind to help your family stay safe this holiday season. •A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every […]

Parent classes start in January

Mariposa County Department of Human Services is holding parenting classes on Jan. 7 and 8, 2014. Families with children ages 5 to 11 will meet on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for 15 weeks. Those with children ages 0 to 5 are encouraged to come to this class. Families with children ages 12 to 18 will meet on Wednesdays […]