Children, pets found in squalid home




These puppies were discovered by animal control officers in a bathtub without food or water. A number of puppies were rehoused with the local SPCA office.More than 50 animals have been placed in new homes, and a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigation launched, after Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control officers found the animals uncared for and hungry in a […]

Christian camp hit by thieves



The Sweetwater Christian camp in a remote part of the county near Jerseydale has fallen victim to vandalism and a costly burglary that is now being investigated by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. According to a report, a deputy was dispatched to The Barrier–Sweetwater Youth Camp at 6814 Jerseydale Road on Monday, March 10 after camp director Sam Hensley reported […]

Woman escapes plunge, dog lost




This tan, four-door sedan came to rest sitting on the bottom of the Merced River about one mile east of Briceburg on March 17. One female occupant was rescued by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team.Rescuers pulled an El Portal woman from the Merced River on Monday, after she swerved to avoid a coyote or dog. Her […]

Shutdown analysis shows vulnerable economy




Amanda Ehler of Mariposa’s Anahata Fair Trade shop takes a break while reviewing sales figures last week. All together, the counties within 60 miles of Yosemite missed out on several million dollars in business during last October’s federal government shutdown.Close to 80 percent of local revenue is directly tied to Yosemite tourism, local merchants report. The link was underscored in […]

McClintock to face GOP rival




Art MooreCongressman Tom McClintock may finally have an adversary from the right side of the aisle in the 4th District Congressional race after an Auburn businessman and former active duty Army officer took out papers to run in the June 3 primary. Republican Art Moore, a construction industry executive and major in the California Army National Guard, will face McClintock […]

‘Still burning’ Rim Fire keeps gates locked tight




Close to five months after firefighters contained the enormous Rim Fire, hundreds of thousands of national forest acres remain shut—frustrating gold miners and other wildland enthusiasts. Broad swaths of unburned forest, perhaps more than a third of the exclusion zone, are included in the shut area. Stanislaus National Forest officials have issued limited-access permits to landowners and residents, but mining […]

Candidates share views



District 2 Supervisor Merlin Jones hosted a Meet Your Candidates Night last Thursday, March 13 at Greeley Hill Community Hall. From left to right here is Jones with candidates Doug Binnewies (sheriff), Tom Cooke (district attorney), Becky Crafts (assessor-recorder), Mike Fagalde (superior court judge), Debbie Isaacs (auditor), Neil Stonum (assessor-recorder) and Keith Williams (treasurer-tax collector-county clerk). The upcoming primary election […]

Deadline looms for insurance sign-ups



The Mariposa County Department of Human Services is reminding residents that they must sign up for health insurance before March 31 to avoid a penalty. Some people may qualify for a discount based on household income and the number of people in the family, and some may qualify for Medi-Cal and have no health insurance premium cost. Penalties for not […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



March 10: • Mail tampering was reported on Scott Road. • A call reporting a burglary was received from the Sweetwater Christian Camp in Jerseydale. • A report of fraud was taken on Elizabeth Lane in Cathey’s Valley. • Threats were reported on Totokon Road. • A domestic dispute and refusal to leave complaint on 6th Street resulted in an […]

County Fire Response Report



March 10 to March 16 EMS – 14 Fire – 5 Public Assist – 2 Auto Collision – 1 We are Neighbors helping Neighbors – Help us Help you by volunteering today. Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with volunteer stations in the following locations: Midpines; Cathey’s Valley; Don Pedro; Mt. Bullion/Airport; Coulterville; Mormon Bar; Bridgeport (coming soon); Lushmeadows; […]