Sheriff Binnewies issues scam alert



The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office wishes to alert our communities that telephone fraud/scams are continuing to occur and numerous residents locally have received fraudulent telephone calls attempting to scam money.These fraud calls encompass many scams but a few prevalent scams include:“Canadian Lottery scam.”  The caller advises that you’ve won the lottery; however, in order to collect you need to send […]

Rain may help MPUD skirt drought restrictions




Clear, clean water flowed down a temporary ditch toward Mariposa Creek from Mariposa Public Utility District’s well No. 6 during a recent test. The well is now adding close to five million gallons a month to the district’s drought-stressed supply.The Mariposa Public Utility District, which supplies water to about 1,800 people in Mariposa, may just squeak by with a viable […]

Last week’s storm total was one ‘wimpy’ inch




Badger Pass lift operator Susan Erhart of Wawona gives a thumbs-up as snow falls near the resort’s 8,000-foot summit on Saturday, Feb. 8.Four days of light rain and leaden skies added 1.03 inches of precipitation to Mariposa by the time sun broke through clouds on Monday. The total for the Feb. 6 through 10 event was disappointing in light of […]

Mirelez sentencing delayed



Richard Mirelez, Jr.Sentences handed to the killers of Gerald Fontes, a Madera auto shop worker beaten to death in 2012, will do little to quell the grief of his surviving family members, several relatives said last week. Christine Fontes, the sister of the 44-year-old victim, had prepared a statement to read at the sentencing of co-conspirator Richard Mirelez, Jr. on […]

Farm bill has good news for local ranchers




The Farm Bill, which was signed by President Obama on Friday, Feb. 7, has programs that will aid local cattle ranchers who are wrestling with a historic drought. The bill, known as the Agricultural Act of 2014, includes a livestock provision which will help with losses for ranchers. “This bill puts in place permanent livestock disaster programs,” said Cathi Boze, […]

Long throws a wide brim into District 3 race





Marshall LongLong-time Mariposa County resident Marshall Long has announced the launch of his campaign for the District 3 supervisor’s seat. “I have lived a lifetime in Mariposa County and have a unique perspective of the challenges facing it today. We, the citizens of District 3 and Mariposa County, can come together to discuss and work through these challenges,” Long said. […]

Yosemite offers fee-free weekend



Yosemite National Park will waive entrance fees from Saturday, Feb. 15 to Monday, Feb. 17 in commemoration of President’s Day. Fees being waived for President’s Day weekend include the park entrance only. All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park are not waived. The fee waiver is good for Saturday, Feb. 15 through Monday, Feb. 17 […]

Rodeo royalty thanks Soroptomists



On Jan. 25 at the Senior Center, Soroptomist International held a tea to benefit the Elegant Closet Prom Dress Project. Above, from left, Carol Suggs, rodeo royalty coordinator, Pat Wight of Soroptomist, Haley Nott, queen, and Cadee Barnum, front, junior princess, are shown. The Mariposa Fair Rodeo Royalty presented the Soroptomist group with an award thanking them for being one […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Feb. 3: • A burglary report was taken on Briceburg Road. • A report of threats was received from Darrah Road. • A vandalism report was taken on Jessie Street. • A call reporting possible computer fraud was received from Highway 140. • A horse was down on Falcon Lane. • A scam was reported from Mariposa Creek Circle. Feb. […]

County Fire Response Report



Feb. 3 to Feb. 9 EMS – 8Fire – 2Public Assist – 4Auto Collision – 2 The Bridgeport station is almost complete. If you have ever thought about becoming a volunteer firefighter, medical responder, driver/operator, or support member at one of our locations, now is the time. Give us a call and see what you can do to help. If […]