Ethos is a hot spot for smoke and cold stares




Teens hang out across Jessie Street from the Ethos youth center at 5079 Highway 140 last week. Since December, several residents have complained about center regulars’ smoking and loitering in the area.An informal survey done around Ethos youth center last week suggests that most regulars are aware of the facility’s image issues. But to many young folks who frequent the […]

Two killed in Highway 140 head-on



Two elderly people died from a head-on crash on Highway 140 at Grosjean Road on Tuesday afternoon. According to the CHP, Stephen Ward Wells, Jr., 78, crossed over the center line and crashed head-on with Beverly L. Slaght, 82. Both were residents of Mariposa. Slaght was flown to Doctors Hospital in Modesto where she succumbed to her injuries. Wells was […]

Badger Pass eclipses latest opening date




The lodge at Yosemite’s Badger Pass ski area has received several upgrades over the past year, including a new deck (seen here, under construction), new flooring and updated restroom facilities.The county’s Badger Pass ski area in Yosemite National Park set an alltime record this week. On Tuesday, Badger Pass blew past a Jan. 28, 2002 record for the latest season […]

Hunting for gold spans history




Floyd Phelen of Merced pans for gold in Mariposa Creek earlier this month. “I’ve tried a lot of creeks around here,” Phelen said. “I haven’t found any gold in them—except this one.”On a recent Thursday, Floyd Phelen dropped his wife at a dental clinic by John C. Fremont Hospital and headed for Mariposa Creek with his gold pan and trowel. […]

Owens enters fray for District 1 seat





Katee OwensKatee Owens has filed to campaign for Mariposa County Supervisor representing District 1. She and her husband Ed, are long-time mountain residents, having moved to Coarsegold in 1993. They have multiple dogs, cats and horses, all but one a “saver.” Katee is a horseperson and owns Arabian horses. Mariposa stole her heart in 1980 when she competed in the […]

Donnelly’s statewide bus tour to stop here



Conservative candidate for California governor, Tim Donnelly, is making a stop in Mariposa.Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s statewide bus tour is stopping in Mariposa on Saturday, Feb. 8. He is a conservative candidate for California’s governor. Its a rare opportunity for local residents to meet and speak with a candidate for the highest elected office in the state. The Mariposa County Republican […]

AYSO efforts get recognition



The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors gave certificates of recognition at the Jan. 21 board meeting. The National American Youth Soccer Organization was recognized for 50 years of service, and the Mariposa American Youth Soccer Organization was recognized for 20 years of success. A certificate of recognition was given to Jess and Joyce McCoy and their family, pictured here, for […]

Pancakes are on the menu at 4-H breakfast



A pancake breakfast hosted by 4-H members and leaders will be held on Sunday, Feb. 2 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds Red Bud Room (cafeteria). The cost for the meal is $8 per person, and the menu includes pancakes, sausage, eggs and drinks. All proceeds go to funding for 4-H members and leaders, including […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Jan. 20: • A dogs versus chickens issue was reported on Clouds Rest Road. • A call reporting a strong smell of propane was received from Third Street. • A report of threats was received from Highway 140. • A call reporting a scam was received from Highway 49 North. • A domestic dispute occurred on Highway 140 in El […]

County Fire Response Report



Jan. 20 to Jan. 26 EMS – 10Fire – 3 Vegetation, 3 Illegal burns, 2 Structure, 1 CarfirePublic Assist – 2Auto Collision – 1 PLEASE REMEMBER THERE IS A BURN BAN IN EFFECT- When a burn ban is in place there is absolutely no debris burning allowed. Before you decide to burn, make sure to call the Burn Day Information […]