Flames devour Hunters Valley



A wall of fire devoured stands of trees, brush and grass in the first hour of the Hunters Fire as it climbed a hillside to the south of the fire’s origination point. The blaze reached the top of that hill before descending toward Lake McClure and the area near Hunters Valley Road.A fast-moving wildfire jolted residents of Hunters Valley mid-Monday […]

Thousands of rumbling trucks to besiege 140




Work on the rockshed that will restore two-way traffic to the Ferguson Slide area will start by the end of August, a Caltrans spokesperson said last week. This computer-generated rendering shows the completed structure.Caltrans contractors will commence hauling an estimated 6,750 to 9,000 loads of rock from the Ferguson slide zone near El Portal when the project launches by August, […]

Remembering the fallen



Members of the Keith M. Bertken Post 6042, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, administer a 21-gun salute at Mariposa Town Cemetery on Saturday, May 24…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and password below. Not a subscriber? Please click here to order a subscription. Existing print […]

Board makes Richards job elimination official




Despite an outpouring of support from teachers, the Mariposa County Teachers Association (MCTA) and current and former members of the education community, the Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees passed a resolution on Thursday, May 22, in a divided 3-2 vote, that will officially eliminate district personnel director Tammi Richards’ position. The resolution allows the district to issue […]

Tuesday is decision day for hard-fought primary




Voters go to the polls this Tuesday, June 3 to choose new District 1 and District 3 members of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors and a new county assessor recorder. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Both districts have four voting sites—and two precincts that offer mailin balloting only. Countywide, close to 60 percent of […]

Deputies bust Miami Mountain pot garden



Deputies found two 9-mm pistol magazines and a .22-caliber rifle at this campsite on Thursday, May 22.Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputies removed more than 10,900 small marijuana plants from a wilderness grow operation on Thursday, May 22. The garden was located on the southwest slope of Miami Mountain near the Madera County line, Sheriff Doug Binnewies said. Two men tending […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



May 19: • A noise complaint about karaoke was received from Highway 140 in Midpines. • A call reporting attempted fraud was received from Highway 49 South. • Petty theft and vandalism regarding campaign signs was reported on 10th Street. • Grand theft of cattle was reported from Mt. Gaines Road. • Theft of a water tank was reported from […]

Workshops look at forest plan revisions



The U.S. Forest Service will host a workshop for forest plan revisions on the Sierra National Forest. The workshop follows the ones the service hosted in January. The public is welcome to attend the workshop, which will be held on June 16 at the Holiday Inn Fresno Airport, 5090 E. Clinton in Fresno. The workshop will be held from 5 […]

Jail moves to kiosk system




Inmates will now receive funds from family and friends via a kiosk in the lobby of the Mariposa County Adult Detention Facility. Another kiosk is located in the booking room of the jail for inmates arriving at the facility.The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of transitioning its inmate commissary program to a modern and more efficient digital […]

‘Flash mob’ snarls traffic




Tierney Pretzer showed some moves along with more than a dozen other Mariposa County High School students during a video shoot that forced a traffic diversion for close to two hours on May 20.A video shoot organized by the Chamber of Commerce and local high school students brought traffic through the center of town to a standstill on May 20. […]