Shutdown’s impact topped 2013 news




Pizza Factory founder and owner Ron Willey posed with the restaurant’s sign before the rebuilt structure’s grand opening in May—a year after a devastating fire burned the business to the ground.A federal government shutdown that many thought wouldn’t take place hit with a vengeance in October— slamming area businesses, workers and county revenue. With effects that will linger into 2014, […]

Storm dampens December holiday sales




Downtown merchants Kelley Vogel (from left), Larry Funderburg, Michael Hall and Sandy Senate pose by a Christmas display in the Mariposa Marketplace. This December’s receipts are down by close to 21 percent over last year, Funderburg said.An informal poll of downtown merchants suggests that holiday sales sagged in the wake of this month’s Dec. 7 snowstorm. “Weather definitely had something […]

Coaches, parents rankled at coach’s mid-season firing




The Mariposa County Unified School District is an institution that struggles annually to find coaches for its athletic programs. The district may have shot itself in the foot for future recruitment after a recent action by the board of trustees that sent a walkon middle school basketball coach packing. Parents and fellow coaches packed last Thursday evening’s school board meeting […]

Few area residents are signing up for health insurance




Despite the fact that the first deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has passed, very few Californians have signed up for the mandatory health insurance. According to Covered California and the California Department of Health Care Services, only about 6,500 people in the counties of Mariposa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Tulare, Fresno, Kings […]

Coast Hardware makes Christmas donation



A generous donation of sports balls, toys and a total of nine bicycles were donated to the KOPS for KIDS charity effort by Heidi, Jim and Marrieta Dulcich, owners of Coast Hardware. The business is a long-time supporter of the toy drive. Pictured from left are Heidi Dulcich, Jim Dulcich, Marrieta Dulcich and Mariposa Sheriff’s Deputy and KOPS for KIDS […]

4-H Club Council is planning breakfast



The Mariposa County 4-H Club Council will host its annual pancake breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 2 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mariposa Fairgrounds cafeteria. The meal will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, tea and juice for $8. All proceeds from the event will benefit 4-H scholarships, camps, community service projects and will help leaders and youth attend […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Dec. 16: • A verbal domestic dispute occurred on Jones Street. • A cat was stuck in a tree on Oak Road. • Mail theft was reported from Hernandez Drive, Highway 140, and Hunters Valley Road. • A burglary report was taken on Guadalupe Creek Road. • Vandalism was reported from Greeley Hill Road. Dec. 17: • A large bear […]

Small businesses sought for award



Each year during National Small Business Week, the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recognizes outstanding small business owners for their contribution to the American economy and society. Small Business week will be celebrated nationally May 12 – 16, 2014. SBA is currently accepting nominations for several SBA awards, including the 2014 Small Business of the Year Award The Fresno […]

Playhouse will benefit CASA



Above, Dave Lawson of Lawson Construction inspects the progress on the playhouse his company is donating as a fundraiser for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Mariposa County. Below, the completed playhouse is shown. It will be raffled off in April and the proceeds will go to CASA.CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Mariposa County is teaming up with local […]

Radanovich visits local Rotary Club




George RadanovichMARIPOSA ROTARY The Dec. 19th Mariposa Rotary meeting opened with a delightful presentation by Mariposa High School Chorus singers led by Rod Fiester with piano accompaniment by Jill Rowney. If members and their guests weren’t ready for the holiday season, the music, ranging from hymns to rollicking rock and roll set the mood for the remainder of 2013. Quite […]