Late absentee and provisional ballots may lift Long to victory

Smallcombe, Crafts win by wide margins

Marshall LongThe county’s hard-fought District 3 board of supervisors race delivered a cliffhanger result on election day, with frontrunner Marshall Long falling just short of the 50 percent tally he needs to avoid a November runoff. As of Wednesday morning, however, a total of 140 vote-bymail ballots delivered to District 3 polling stations remained to be counted of the total […]

Realignment twists probation officers’ daily challenges


The cadre of the Mariposa County Probation Department have seen major changes in the way they supervise probationers and parolees since realignment was enacted in 2011.When you imagine what a Mariposa County probation officer does in his or her day-to-day job, what comes to mind? Does it conjure images of endless drug tests administered to probationers and parolees under their […]

MCUSD to receive windfall

Mariposa County High School’s horticulture class, led by Ag teacher Buz Arnold, is one of the courses that will benefit from a grant of as much as $600,000 from the State of California to help students learn skills for employment in high-demand fields.The Mariposa County Unified School District (MCUSD) will be on the receiving end of a grant from the […]

New contract in Yosemite may affect jobs

Yosemite concession workers are anxious about the imminent bid process that could bring a new concessionaire to the Park. From left, Delaware North workers Scott Loberg, Benito Capuchin, Denise Ubidia and Juan Ubidia took part in a May 13 rally that asked the Park to require any new concession operator to retain current employees.The biggest concession contract in the National […]

Tinder-dry conditions demand defensible space


With continuing drought and hot weather crisping vegetation in Mariposa County, keeping a clear space around homes and outbuildings is becoming increasingly critical. And those residents who do not keep a defensible space around their homes don’t just face the possibility of losing their home to a fire. They can also face fines. Defensible space is defined by Public Resources […]

Fire safety treasures

Youngsters scrambled for the free coloring books and other items that were provided during last Saturday’s Mariposa County Fire Safe Council rally held at the Mariposa County Park. The rally was designed to raise wildfire awareness as the region heads into a dry and ominous fire season. Multiple agencies were on hand to provide important information to residents, including Smokey […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

May 26: • A report of a stolen firearm was received from Valley View Road. • A domestic dispute occurred on Triangle Road. • A bear was on a porch on Triangle Road. • Suspicious circumstances were reported from Bootjack Lane. May 27: • A petty theft report was taken on Coakley Circle. • Child abuse was reported from Jones […]

Double murder suspect, victim lived in county

Brian HiattA Mariposa man was killed by Merced County Sheriff’s Department deputies on the morning of Saturday, May 31 after he allegedly killed his wife and her sister at a home in Turlock the previous evening. Brian Hiatt, 49, who lived on Usona Road with his wife, Ronda Cupin-Hiatt, was shot and killed by deputies near the Motel 6 in […]

Summer concert series launches

The Mountain Men will open the 2014 Mariposa County Arts Council summer concert series at the Mariposa County Art Park on Friday night. The band includes, from left, David Barrow, Andy Roberts and Fritz Baggett. Not pictured are Alec Laroche on bass and Jared Jesperson on mandolin.The Mariposa County Arts Council summer concert series begins its 23rd season of free […]

Deer versus car on Darrah

A towing crew pulls a late-model sedan out from a steep ditch approximately halfway up Darrah Road on Tuesday, May 26. According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver hit a deer and went off the roadway, ending up in the ditch. The driver was uninjured, though the vehicle was a total loss…. An online subscription is required to view […]