Midpines and Basin are zones of concern

Pictured above is just one of multiple power supply boxes that were damaged or destroyed when wire thieves struck the camp sites at the Bagby Recreation Area that are operated by the Merced Irrigation District. One suspect was arrested and another is sought by law enforcement officers.Dry vegetation combined with a lack of fuel breaks are aiming an ominous arrow […]

Wire thieves strike MID campgrounds

 A property crime that has plagued the Central San Joaquin Valley for several years has reached the Sierra foothills. Late in the evening last Sunday, March 2, copper wire thieves struck the Merced Irrigation District (MID) campgrounds at the Bagby Recreation Area. The following morning, Supervising MID Ranger, Jim Williams, contacted the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office to report the theft. […]

Supes vote on plant limit

Medical Marijuana Ordinance

The board of supervisors on Tuesday voted to set the county’s per-parcel cap for medical-marijuana gardens at 24 plants. The 24-plant limit would apply only to properties where more than one cannabis-using patient or approved caregiver resides, however. Following a long afternoon public hearing on the issue, the board moved ahead with the proposed ordinance with a narrow 3-2 vote. […]

School board votes to eliminate special education positions

Just two weeks after the Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire five new teachers at Mariposa Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and Lake Don Pedro School for the 2014-15 school year, the board voted to eliminate more than five positions across the K-12 spectrum. In closed session on Tuesday, March 4, the board decided […]

Olson enters District 3 race

Harvey “Pete” OlsonHarvey “Pete” Olson has announced the start of his campaign for the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors District 3 seat. Pete and wife Robin have called the mountains their home since the mid 1970s. In 2007, they returned to Mariposa County, and now reside on their ranch in Cathey’s Valley. Pete attended El Camino Real High School and […]

Yosemite schedules prescribed burn

Yosemite National Park is planning a prescribed fire in the Hetch Hetchy area, near the O’Shaughnessy Dam. The fire is planned for mid to late March and will include a total of 57 acres. Ignition and active burning will take approximately one to two days and a few additional days to patrol and monitor until the end of the burn. […]

CAL FIRE wins bike race

CAL FIRE employees won the Tour de Habitat stationary bike “race” for the third time on Feb. 22 at the New Life Christian Fellowship. Members of the “CDF on Fire” team were, from left, Tim Mace, Jay Gates, Martin Silguero and Frank Bigelow—son of the California State Assemblyman of the same name. Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa welcomed 16 team […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

March 3: • Illegal dumping was reported from Agua Fria Road. • A call reporting a child custody dispute was received from Stumpfield Mountain Road. • A dead skunk was on Chapulin Way. • A report of threats was taken on Old Highway North. • Petty theft was reported from Indian Peak Road. March 4: • A missing juvenile was […]

Lions membership down, other groups see growth


The Mariposa Lions Club donated the Colorado Blue Spruce Christmas tree that stands adjacent to the Mariposa County Courthouse. The tree, which was donated in late 2004, is one of a number of civic projects the club undertook before losing a majority of its members in recent years.The Mariposa Lions Club is facing an uncertain future with declining membership and […]

1980s night will benefit high school

The Mariposa County High School Academic Boosters Club is hosting 80s Night at Savoury’s, 5034 Highway 140, on Saturday, March 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. The event will feature prizes for best 1980s attire as well as roulette and blackjack tables. There will be a deejay and dancing available. A dinner from Savoury’s and a no-host bar will be […]