Parade of slide debris is pushed back to April

This mobile trash compactor lays a tarp over the day’s refuse at the Mariposa County Landfill off Highway 49 North. The piles of soil in the foreground and at rear will be used to cover the garbage when it reaches a pre-determined level.Trucks transporting thousands of tons of debris from the Ferguson Slide zone will not begin until April, the […]

Old meets new

Volunteers Dale Miesenheimer (left) and Gary Williams (right) helped position new signage for the Mariposa Museum and History Center on Tuesday morning. The spanking-new sign was created using a grant from the county, and replaced one that went up around 1990, museum President Silvia Emery said…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue […]

Stiffer penalties await cattle thieves

Cattle rustlers aren’t hung by posses anymore, but the theft of livestock still plagues ranchers who are trying to deal with drought and high feed prices in Mariposa County. But a new law, authored by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, RO’Neals, will make the penalties for livestock theft tougher on the thieves in California. Assembly Bill 1722 was signed by Gov. Jerry […]

County’s grand jury gets woman foreperson

Members of Mariposa County’s 2014-14 Grand Jury were sworn in on July 11. From left in the front row are William Mitchell, Frank Milazzo, foreperson Jeanne-Ann Pine and Ron Iudice. From left in the middle row are Breeanne Jackson, Matthew McNease, Timothy Kroeker and Richard Blakemore. Sitting in back, from left, are Olga Rassau, Kris Kirby and Sean Langley. Grand […]

Federal rule changes may spur Miwuk recognition

Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation elders (from left) Sandra Chapman, Shirley Forga, Frannie Gann and Lois Martin have been deeply involved in the application process for federal recognition before the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The tribe has highlighted that its application is based on cultural values and not the desire to seek gaming profits.After waiting for more than 30 years to […]

Eradication continues

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputies, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies, are continuing their assault on illegal marijuana grows, many connected to Mexican national cartels. On July 16, officers eradicated a garden with 2,958 plants from the Briceburg Grade area (pictured above) near the Octagon. The gardeners’ camp appeared abandoned when law enforcement arrived. A helicopter was used to […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

July 14 •A call reporting a phone scam was received from Silva Road. • A person on Scott Road called to report they were unable to feed a horse. • A verbal domestic dispute occurred on Joe Howard Street. • Suspicious circumstances were reported from Trabucco Street. July 15: • A report of a harassing phone call came in from […]

Ponderosa Basin Mutual Water Company pushes conservation effort


A very dry, brown lawn on Silver Doctor Road in Ponderosa Basin shows the signs of what the drought is doing to residential landscaping in the county.The State Water Resources Control Board made a move on Tuesday, July 15 to cite and fine—up to $500 per day—anyone in urban areas caught watering their lawns and allowing the runoff to spill […]

Biz expo sells Mariposa

Rebekah Delamare, the owner of The Quarter Note music store, shows off her skills on the violin during the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce Summer Business Expo at the fairgrounds on July 16. The expo featured local businesses discussing what they have to offer the community. Sponsors for the event included Sierra Telephone, Foster True Value, Mariposa Alarm and Video, […]

Sheriff: NIXLE alert installation is complete


The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has completed the installation of its NIXLE online alert system, which became active on Monday, April 28— and law enforcement officials are encouraging residents to log on to the Sheriff’s Web site to create an account or update their address information. According to a press release from Kristie Mitchell, the Public Information Officer (PIO) […]