Rockshed gets thumbs up from state planners




A rockshed supported by columns and arches will extend close to 750 feet through the Ferguson Slide to provide a permanent, two-lane connection between Mariposa and Yosemite. This computer-generated rendering shows the design.A rockshed that uses Roman-style arches to hold up the tremendous weight of the Ferguson Slide west of El Portal has been approved by California Department of Transportation […]

McClintock, Park lock horns again




Jessie Benton Fremont posed for this studio photograph before she moved to Mariposa County’s Bear Valley in 1858.Just weeks after Rep. Tom McClintock expressed “relief” at the final Merced River Plan, the congressman was jousting again with the National Park Service over Yosemite. The recent exchange took place at a Feb. 26 Congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. In March of […]

County roads won’t get smooth anytime soon




A section of sidewalk on Fifth Street was closed off last week after the Mariposa County Public Works Department jumped into action to fix a bulge that nearly caused an injury to a local business owner.Thanks to a diminishing amount of state and federal funding for road repairs in the Mariposa County Public Works Department budget, the chance of seeing […]

Park’s Delaware North may help fund schools




Yosemite National Park Valley School is one of the schools that may benefit from a possible funding partnership between the Mariposa County Unified School District and Delaware North Companies.In an effort to add revenue to public schools located in Yosemite National Park, the Mariposa County Unified School District is looking into a variety of funding mechanisms to shore up teacher […]

Marijuana hearing may draw a crowd



The board of supervisors on Tuesday will hear arguments for and against a proposed county ordinance that would limit medical marijuana grows to 12 plants each. The public hearing starts at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11 at the County Government Center, 5100 Bullion Street in Mariposa. A county board meeting on Oct. 15 saw supervisors unanimously initiate the process. […]

Clocks ‘spring’ forward Sunday



 Residents should advance clocks one hour before retiring on Saturday night in order to wake in synch with Daylight-Saving Time on Sunday morning. The change takes place at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, when California’s official time jumps ahead one hour to 3 a.m. Many electronic clocks automatically advance themselves. Fire departments across the country recommend that residents test […]

Friends of Fair help fix sewer system



The Mariposa County Fairgrounds has had sewer system problems that began in July of 2013. The fair board was able to complete sewer system repairs, thanks to the Friends of the Fair. The group made a donation of $16,830 to fix the system. Pictured above is Friends of the Fair Board President Kion Kashefi, left, presenting Brian Bullis, manager of […]

Pork ribs are on Farm Bureau menu



The Mariposa County Farm Bureau is hosting a pork rib dinner on Saturday, March 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Golden Stag Hall, 2884 Bear Valley Road in Hornitos. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. The dinner includes ribs, salad, beans, rolls and dessert. Tickets can be purchased at the […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Feb. 24: • A call reporting trespassing in progress was received from Utah Street. • Petty theft reports were taken on Rainbow Road and Coakley Circle. • A report of threats was received from Worman Road. • A missing cat was reported from Fairgrounds Road. Feb. 25: • Vandalism was reported at the Muir Lodge in Midpines. • A call […]

County Fire Response Report



Feb. 24 to March 2 EMS – 9Fire – 4Public Assist – 0Auto Collision – 0 Don’t let the rain fool you, underneath that wet top layer is dry grass that will carry a fire far away from its initial ignition point. When burning, please give plenty of clearance away from any flammable materials including what looks to be green […]