State wants more McClure water to flush young salmon

Lake McClure is shown in February. A proposal to boost flows in the lower Merced River would severely deplete the already low lake, a Merced Irrigation District spokesman said.Mariposa County residents who utilize Lake McClure as a fishing, camping or swimming area may see the already low lake go even lower in future drought years. A proposal by the state […]

Bibby, Carrier dig in their heels on TOT

Measure Bound for November Ballot

The board of supervisors on Tuesday declined to return a lob sent over the budget net by the Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau. A back-and-forth of offers and counteroffers unfolded over the past two weeks as both parties sought sustainable funding streams. This week, tourism bureau representatives sought to nudge the board toward reconsidering a 50-50 split of a proposed two-percent […]

Hopper, union differ on issue


When a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled on June 10 that teacher tenure and seniority rules in public schools are unconstitutional, it threw into limbo the question of whether educators across the state would retain the job security they have grown accustomed to in their careers. In his opinion, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu stated that […]

Grand jury recommends smoking ban

Art Park regular Shanon Galley, left, joined William Ware for a smoke by the community’s Mariposa Creek walkway last week.A final report issued by the 2013-14 Mariposa County Grand Jury recommends a smoking ban along Mariposa Creek in response to “homeless individuals” who lounge in the area. Published last week, the report includes an investigation of Mariposa’s homeless issue—which has […]

MFA buys local clinic

Mariposa Family Medicine has been sold to Merced Faculty Associates, a chain of clinics based in Merced. The merger between the two clinics was completed on July 1.After decades as the local choice for health care in Mariposa, the family-owned Mariposa Family Medicine has been sold to Merced Faculty Associates (MFA). The sale, which became official on July 1, is […]

Hours will be reduced at Cathey’s Valley post office

Postmaster Glenda Miller, left, speaks with resident Heather Bernikoff at the Cathey’s Valley Post Office off Highway 140. The U.S. Postal Service will reduce service at the location to six hours a day on weekdays starting in 2015.A meeting held by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) last week informed Cathey’s Valley residents of reduced hours and services at the rural […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

July 7 •A stolen riding lawnmower was reported from Dexter Road. • Trapped kittens were on Stout Lane. • Unsafe shooting was reported from Yaqui Gulch Road. • A call regarding a “bear issue” was received from Cuneo Road. July 8: • Theft of an iPod was reported from Highway 140. • A landlord/tenant dispute occurred on Alamo Creek Road. […]

Firefighters halt Bridgeport blaze

Bridgeport Drive neighbors Sharon Wood, left, and Roy Clark watch a Grumman airtanker make a retardant drop during the Bridgeport Fire on July 10.Last week’s Bridgeport Fire between Agua Fria and Buckeye creeks off Old Highway charred just 4.7 acres—a result due to a rapid response by firefighters in the air and on the ground. No structures were lost in […]

New life for old Masonic Hall is just around corner

The Old Masonic Hall, located on Sixth Street in downtown, has been purchased by businessman John Hulbert and his family. Plans for the building could include a hostel, art space and offices.Within the walls of every Masonic lodge there are echoes of history— and a healthy dose of the mysteries that come along with the historic buildings that honor the […]

Festival closes out with locals

Local bluegrass band “The Mountain Men” closed out the Yosemite Music Festival at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds in the wee, early-morning hours of the Sunday, July 13 late-night show. The festival, which ran July 11-12 and was previously held at the ranch of Chuck Carter, off Carter Road and in the shadow of Mt. Buckingham, saw bands from across the […]