Midpines apartments make statewide dry list




An old swimming pool at the Whispering Pines Apartments in Midpines was filled in with soil years ago. The complex has struggled to find a reliable water supply since it was converted from a motel to an apartment complex in 1979.Whispering Pines apartments in Midpines last week made a list of 17 drought-threatened locales compiled by the California Department of […]

Interim supe has experienced county astride a Harley




John R. StaffordFormer Madera Unified School District Superintendent John R. Stafford will serve as Mariposa County Unified School District’s Interim Superintendent, the district has announced. Stafford will serve the district in a purely transitional role, however. The Clovis resident is retired, and will work about three days a week through mid-June, Stafford said. “It’s a tough time for a transition, […]

Gun-rights drive gets friendly welcome




Addison Lay (from left) works with his uncle Chad Towe gathering signatures for a proposed pro-gun ballot initiative at Pioneer Market on Jan. 29. Shopper Elaine Sullens signs a petition while Jaidin Sullens, 9, looks on.Chad Towe of California Gun Rights completed a two-day signature drive outside Pioneer Market with hundreds of endorsements for a pro-gun state constitutional amendment last […]

Native group gets delay news again




A group of young visitors explore a recreated cedar-bark dwelling at the Yosemite Museum. The museum includes indoor and outdoor artifacts and displays on the county’s Native American history.The Southern Sierra Miwok Nation has again been asked to sit tight and wait for the Department of the Interior to rule on its application for federal recognition. The Mariposa County-based group’s […]

New fire station is close to opening




The Bridgeport fire station, located on Old Highway near Bridgeport, is scheduled to open in mid-March.The opening of a new fire station in Mariposa County is not only good news to firefighters, it may also help drop some residents’ homeowners insurance. The Bridgeport station, located on Old Highway near Yaqui Gulch Road, is scheduled to open in mid- March, according […]

Storytelling festival is set for March 7-9



Diane Ferlatte will be one of six performers at the Mariposa County Arts Council’s 27th Storytelling Festival held this March 7 through 9.The Mariposa County Arts Council is hosting the community’s 27th Storytelling Festival this March 7 to 9. The festival will feature six performers, including Diane Ferlatte. Ferlatte said she will tell stories about “African American, African folk tales, […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Jan. 27: • A call from Mariposa County High School reported a walk-away student. • A family domestic dispute occurred on Windy Hollow Road. • A domestic dispute was reported on Hornitos Road in Cathey’s Valley. • A call reporting a prowler was reported from Dogtown Road in Coulterville. Jan. 28: • Suspicious circumstances were reported from Clouds Rest Road. […]

County Fire Response Report



Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 EMS – 14Fire – 3Public Assist – 1Auto Collision – 3 Keep in mind that with the lack of precipitation this year’s fire season will be here sooner than usual. Take this opportunity to get a head start on the 100- foot fire clearance around your home. Mariposa County Fire Department has 12 stations in […]

Rain, snow do little good in relieving major drought



Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey Program for the Department of Water Resources, takes a sample in a meadow covered with freshly fallen snow near Echo Summit on Jan. 30. The survey showed that California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts on record.Last week’s storm that came through California did little to help […]

DUI, manslaughter charged in county’s fourth traffic death



Michael AlleeA traffic accident on Highway 41 north of Summit Road in the wee hours of the morning last Saturday caused the fourth traffic-related death in Mariposa County this year. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Allee, 30, of Fish Camp was arrested at the scene and charged with driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter after […]