Relay for Life raises more than $43,000



Participants in last weekend’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life included scooter-mounted Jack Wildt (left) and June Wildt, who will celebrate their 54-year wedding anniversary in September. June is a cancer survivor. Jack was her caregiver. Posing with the couple are blue-shirted event staffers Carol Evans (left) and Deanna Spacke (kneeling at right). Early calculations place the event’s fundraising total […]

Teachers, district at impasse as negotiations turn sour




Mariposa County Teacher’s Association vice president Lynda Dougherty-Kelly, left, at podium, addresses the Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees on May 15, 2014.As expected, negotiations between the Mariposa County Teacher’s Association (MCTA) and the Mariposa County Unified School District (MCUSD) officially hit a wall on Thursday, May 15 as union vice president Lynda Dougherty-Kelly declared a formal impasse […]

Southwood charged in stabbing case



Bradley SouthwoodAn Ahwahnee man was arrested on Thursday, May 15 for allegedly stabbing another individual at his ex-girlfriend’s apartment on St. Andrews Street. 22-year-old Bradley Southwood is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, spousal battery, intimidating a victim or witness and disorderly conduct with alcohol involved. According to a report the victim sustained a cut approximately three inches long […]

Richards’ position slashed




In a sharply divided vote, the Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees (MCUSD) eliminated the position of long-time district employee and personnel director Tammi Richards on Thursday, May 15. After a motion by board member Eldon Henderson to cut Richards’ position, the board voted 3-2, with Henderson, board president Kirstie Kari-Dunbar and member Kim Forsyth-Allison voting “yes,” and […]

Hopper tapped as new superintendent




Robin HopperRobin Hopper, the longtime assistant superintendent for educational services at the Livingston Union School District, has been offered the position of superintendent with the Mariposa County Unified School District (MCUSD). Hopper, a 1983 Mariposa County High School graduate and native of Cathey’s Valley, was given the nod by the MCUSD Board of Trustees after a closed session meeting on […]

Web sites: Parents may opt-out of Common Core




With the controversial Common Core educational curriculum framework set to be the established platform in the State of California for the foreseeable future, an uproar has been ignited in the hearts and minds of a number of parents who find the system highly objectionable. While there is a legislative fight brewing to remove Common Core testing from schools in the […]

Vanderkarr is suspect in Hornitos Road arson fire



James VanderkarrA transient Mariposa man has been arrested and jailed on suspicion of setting a fire and trespassing in Hornitos on May 17. After a brief search that included a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit, James Vanderkarr, 52, was taken into custody by deputies, who responded when residents in the area of McCay Road and Hornitos Road reported seeing […]

Wagon train ride follows old stage roads



The annual wagon train event held by the Mariposa County Pioneer Wagon Train is scheduled for June. Here, according to local tradition, the historic Cannonball Stage once carried President Theodore Roosevelt.The 39th annual wagon train event sponsored by the Mariposa County Pioneer Wagon Train will be held from June 11 to 14. The ride features the historic Cannonball Stage, wagons, […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



May 12: • A domestic dispute response on Sierra Drive in Coulterville resulted in an arrest. • Grand theft of a handgun was reported from Highway 140 in Cathey’s Valley. • Trespassing was reported on Granite Springs Road. • A call reporting a rattle snake was received from Indian Peak Road. May 13: • A verbal domestic dispute occurred on […]

County Fire Response Report



May 12 to May 18, 2014 EMS – 14 Fire – 4 Vegetation Public Assist – 1 Auto Collision – 0 We are Neighbors helping neighbors – Help us help you by volunteering today. If you are 18 years of age and possess a valid CA driver’s license, we would love to hear from you. Positions are available for fire, […]