Produce prices set to spiral

DROUGHT WATCH


Sammy Gutierrez of Pioneer Market’s produce department poses with a pair of asparagus bunches last week. Thanks to warm weather, the vegetable has matured weeks early, leading to reduced prices at the checkout stand.Some people blame the messenger when tomatoes and artichokes spike in price. For Sammy Gutierrez, a greengrocer at Pioneer Market, that means crabby customers. With estimates showing […]

NPS’s final plan earns mixed reviews

Equestrian rides and historic structures axed

Sugar Pine Bridge, located near The Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite Valley, was marked for removal in a draft Merced River Plan released last year. The 1928 stone bridge will stay under the Park’s revised and final plan, issued last week.Yosemite’s final Merced River Plan keeps an ice rink, bike and raft rentals and Sugar Pine Bridge in Yosemite Valley. Valley […]

Elder abuse charges leveled at Wells



Meredy WellsA Mariposa woman has been arrested after allegedly assaulting an elderly woman by pushing her to the floor. Meredy Wells, 54, was taken into custody by Mariposa County sheriff’s deputies on Sunday, Feb. 16 after a 74-yearold woman was reported to have hit her head and tailbone on a kitchen floor after being shoved by Wells. According to the […]

Conference center effort is poised to pitch project

LOCAL ECONOMY


Local consultant Roger Biery is leading an effort by the county’s Economic Development Corporation to nudge investors towards building a 250-400 room hotel and conference center in Mariposa.Building a hotel and conference center bigger than anything now in the county could add as many as 200 jobs and boost Mariposa’s economy in the off-season, the project’s self-described “evangelist” said last […]

Johnson enters District 3 race





Ronika JohnsonI’ve called Mariposa my home for the past 25 years. The majority of this time I have worked in the family restaurant and hotel business, in both El Portal and the town of Mariposa. This has given me first-hand experience on how unstable the hospitality business is in Mariposa County. Off-seasons have always provided a challenge, financially, but I […]

Storytelling event to feature Weitkamp



The Mariposa County Arts Council is sponsoring the 27th annual Storytelling Festival in March. Kim Weitkamp will be one of the storytellers.The Mariposa County Arts Council is holding the 27th annual Storytelling Festival this March 7 to 9. Kim Weitkamp will be one of the speakers at the event. She has performed internationally at festivals and theaters. The festival features […]

Sheriff’s Office warns of scams



The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office and Doug Binnewies, the sheriff and coroner, are alerting the community that telephone fraud or scams are continuing to occur. Numerous local residents have received fraudulent telephone calls attempting to scam money. The fraud calls encompass many scams, but a few of the more prevalent scams include: •The Canadian Lottery Scam. The caller advises the […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Feb. 10: • A call reporting a scam was received from Mono Court. • Fraud was reported from Circle Drive. • Mail tampering was reported on Darrah Road. • Illegal dumping was reported from the Coulter Cafe in Coulterville. • An out-of-control juvenile was on Italian Creek Road. Feb. 11: • A call reporting a suspicious flyer was received from […]

Hodson ‘Trading in her work shoes for boots’




Mariposa County Deputy CAO Mary Hodson competes in a barrel racing contest last year. Hodson is set to retire from her position with the county after a new deputy administrator is hired and trained.Each weekday, from 9 a.m. until the close of business, and sometimes even later, Mariposa County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Mary Hodson has worked to ensure a […]

Johnson, Gray decline to pursue McClintock



A Democrat challenger to Rep. Tom McClintock has dropped out of the 2014 election after citing an unidentified injury. Kristen Johnson, a Granite Bay business owner, filed to run against McClintock for the 4th Congressional District in January. In a statement to supporters released last week she expressed hope that another candidate from the left would step forward. “It truly […]