Pot plant ordinance changes the game for local growers

At right, medical marijuana grower Ken Rutledge trims one of his high-cannibinoid female plants in his legal, 12-plant outdoor grow operation in rural Mariposa County.When the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors approved in March a downward departure in the number of Proposition 215-approved medicinal marijuana plants that are legal to cultivate, many rules went into place regarding the legal way […]

Summertime fun

County parks and recreation staffer Mika Pieper-White (right) clowned with brother Lucas Pieper-White at the local summer day camp program at Mariposa County Park last week. See the related story on page A-3…. 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 […]

Wildfire causes vary

Wildfire investigators follow exhaustive procedures when working to determine a fire’s origin. Jumping to conclusions is not one of them. All too often, however, rumors regarding a fire will sweep an affected community. It happened last month, when neighbors said a fire off Colorado Road may have started from gunfire hitting a propane tank. Last summer, a Tuolumne County firefighter […]

Nutritious lunches go in search of sociable seniors

JoAnn Beaudoin, standing, serves lunch to one the 24 seniors gathered at the Mariposa County Senior Center on Monday, July 7. Beaudoin is a long-time volunteer at the center and helps serve on Monday through Friday.For the seniors of Mariposa County, there is possibly nowhere that can provide more social interaction—and a good, hot $4 meal to boot—than the healthy […]

Supes vote to bump TOT tax to 11.25 percent

The board of supervisors on Tuesday voted to nudge the county’s tourist bed tax up from its current rate of 10 percent to 11.25 percent. While the board endorsed the increase, it will need to be confirmed by a majority of voters in the Nov. 4 general election to go into effect. And voters aren’t the only group that will […]

Sex registrant exposes himself to shopkeeper

Gilbert BarreraBack on May 31 of this year, a local business owner reported to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office that a man had exposed himself inside her business. The incident was witnessed by another employee at the shop, but responding deputies were unable to identify the perpetrator based on the physical description given by the shopkeeper and employee. On June […]

Live performers to appear in town park

Singer-songwriter Gail Dreifus of El Portal performs with Moon in Leo at the Mariposa Art Park at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 12.Local band Colorado Road will play in the Mariposa Art Park at 7 p.m. this Friday, July 11. Moon in Leo, another local act, takes the park stage the following evening on Saturday, July 12—also at 7 p.m. […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

June 30 •A report of petty theft and harassment was received from Coachman Road. • A landlord/tenant issue occurred on Usona road. • Suspicious circumstances were reported from Fox Creek Road. • A physical domestic dispute occurred on Greeley Hill Road. July 1: • An assault and battery report was taken on Highway 140 in Mariposa. • A call reporting […]

County Fire Response Report

June 3 to July 6 EMS – 11 Fire – 1 Structure 3 Vegetation Public Assist – 1 Auto Collision – 2 We are all guilty of it in one way or another. Some may not even know they are doing it. The problem is… extension cord abuse. There is an estimated 3,300 residential fires each year caused by extension […]

These campers can’t get enough summer


Mariposa County Arts Council instructor Tiffany Newberry helped students fine-tune their clay creations last week. From left are day campers Matthew Burton, 9, Aya Westerling, 9, and Kiersten Lott, 12.Mika Pieper-White graduated from Mariposa County High School in 2013 and spent the past school year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. But she’s back this month at her summer […]