Flag flap prompts Mountain Crisis response


Star-spangled banners placed by Girl Scouts line a town walkway on Monday. Participants pay $20 to have flags mounted on seven federal holidays each year, longtime scout leader Juanita Vegely said.On Monday, 74 red, white and blue flags flew in front of offices and businesses in town. The banners were placed by local Girl Scouts in recognition of the Martin […]

Drought declarations cover state and county

Merced resident Jason Smith walks toward an exposed Yosemite Valley Railroad tunnel at Lake McClure in early January. The tunnel is normally covered by water in the lake, but in this drought year, the reservoir is at near-record low levels.On Jan. 17, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the state. In addition, 11 western states, including California, […]

Brown’s budget could strangle MCHS ag funding

In his 2014-15 state budget, released two weeks ago, Governor Jerry Brown proposed the complete elimination of funding for the Agriculture Education Incentive Grant, which supports high quality agriculture education standards in public schools, including Mariposa County High School. Many on the politically conservative side of the aisle believe it is another swipe at programs strongly supported by individuals and […]

Smallcombe to run for District 1 seat


Rosemarie SmallcombeRosemarie Smallcombe has formed a committee and launched a bid to become Mariposa County’s next District 1 Supervisor, she announced last week. “Service to community is one of my core beliefs, not just an easy phrase,” Smallcombe said. “I started volunteering with the Head Start Program in high school and have since volunteered in a variety of organizations, from […]

Fatal accident mars first month of year

A collision shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 claimed a local man and sent two of his grandchildren to area hospitals. Thomas Pimentel, 63, of Mariposa died when his 2007 Toyota Corolla was struck by a Suburban Propane truck at the intersection of Highway 49 South and Indian Peak Road. Pimentel’s vehicle failed to stop as he approached […]

Escape averted

A Mariposa County Fire Department firefighter douses flames that were spreading through dense underbrush behind a residence on Ridge Top Road last Friday afternoon. The blaze, which completely destroyed a well pumphouse and may have been sparked by an electrical malfunction, ignited the adjacent wildlands, but was quickly extinguished by County and CALFIRE firefighters. Residents are urged to use extreme […]

Blaze exposes illegal pot grow

Investigators discovered a large, illegal marijuana grow after a structure fire was extinguished on Ganns Corral Road last week.A residential fire on Thursday, Jan. 16, in the 4700 block of Ganns Corral Road, revealed an illegal marijuana grow, according to Mariposa County law enforcement officials. According to interim Mariposa County Fire Chief Jim Middleton when firefighters arrived at around 7:30 […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Jan. 13: • A report of threats was taken on Cole Road. • A call reporting a neighbor dispute was received from Blanchard. • Petty theft was reported from Yosemite West. • A dead skunk was on Ben Hur Road. • A prowler was reported on Terrace View Lane. Jan. 14: • Calls reporting threats were received from School Lane […]

Yosemite rockfalls drop with rain totals

This boulder rolled into Curry Village from a rockfall near Glacier Point in October 2008. Following the event, Park officials removed lodging from the area.Rockfall incidents in Yosemite were significantly down last year over a six-year average calculated by geologists. “Following the trend of the previous two years, 2013 was a quiet year for rockfalls in Yosemite,” Park geologist Greg […]

Recent release shows county teachers’ salaries are less than state average

The California Department of Education recently released the salaries that teachers and administrators made last year. In Mariposa County, the Mariposa County Unified School District had 86 teachers in 2013, with a total of 1,843 students. Those teachers made an average of $59,899, while superintendent of schools Aaron Rosander made a salary of $110,00. The state average for teachers in […]