Supervisors seek to bump TOT tax rate

Four of five members of the board of supervisors indicated on Tuesday that they will likely vote to increase the county’s tourist-tax rate when the issue comes back to the board on July 8. Under a plan presented by County Administrative Officer Rick Benson, the county’s existing transient occupancy tax, or TOT, rate would be raised from its current 10 […]

Grads make the march

Mariposa County High School graduate and 2013-14 senior class president Joseph D. Moore addresses his fellow classmates at the opening of the 2014 graduation ceremony at the county fairgrounds on Friday, June 13…. 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 […]

Judge says courthouse repair is overdue


Superior Court Judge F. Dana Walton paused outside the Mariposa County Courthouse last week. “I’ve never seen it look so bad,” he said.On a visit to its attic some months ago, Mariposa County Superior Court Judge F. Dana Walton saw sunlight through cracks and gaps in the historic Courthouse’s roof. “You know what they have up there?,” he said last […]

Woman targets ‘friend’ in case of grand theft

Gloria NelsonGloria Nelson, 33, of Mariposa was arrested at her residence last Wednesday and charged with grand theft and second-degree burglary after a local businesswoman, who described the suspect as her long-time friend, alerted law enforcement. According to the report released by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office earlier this week, an extensive verbal account was given to the investigating deputy […]

Small blazes keep fire personnel busy

A CAL FIRE air tanker drops fire retardent on the trees and brush surrounding a fire that burned two acres and destroyed a mobile home in the Lushmeadows area on Sunday, June 15.It was a busy week for CAL FIRE and Mariposa County Fire Department staff as a pair of blazes stretched resources across the county. The first of the […]

Answers sought from water company over expenses

A group of shareholders in the Ponderosa Basin Mutual Water Company (PBMWC) is raising questions about the financial operation of the organization after one shareholder fought to receive documentation from company files. As a long-time shareholder in the Ponderosa Basin Mutual Water Company, San Francisco based attorney Junji Suzuki said he is not impressed by the failure of the board […]

American Legion announces awards

Mariposa American Legion Post 567 recently announced delegates for a June trip to the state capital. Shown here, from left, are American Legion Post Commander Scott Cummings, Dillon Acker-James, Brandon Knauf, Adam Link, Tristan Mero, Mariposa County High School principal Celeste Azevedo, Heidi Bassett and David Medema.Mariposa American Legion Post 567 recently named a boys’ delegation to the state capital […]

County Fire Response Report

June 9th to June 15th EMS – 14 Fire – 3 Structure 5 Vegetation Public Assist – 0 Auto Collision – 2 Excessive heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. It claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. Please take precautions to avoid heat related emergencies. • Drink lots of fluids. […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

June 9 • A landlord/tenant dispute was reported from Italian Creek Road. • Loose goats were on Usona Road. • A petty theft report was taken at the United Methodist Church. • A bear versus goat incident was reported from Schilling Road. • A report of threats was taken on Yaqui Gulch Road. June 10: • A chicken was found […]

Dwindling wagon train roster saddens participants

Mariposa County Wagon Train regulars Donald De Luca (from left), Tom Fraser, Wagon Master Ronald Wilson and Dave Kelly pause while setting up camp near the corner of Darrah and Triangle roads on Friday, June 13.Peggy Koon, a sixtime veteran of the Mariposa County Pioneer Wagon Train, had plenty of space to cool down her Percheron draft horses at last […]