Bizarre bat discovery sparks rabies routine




The Mexican free-tailed bat species, seen here, was implicated in a 2012 human rabies case that ended with the death of a 34-year-old Contra Costa County man. Never pick up or touch a bat, experts advise.A dead bat in a car door turned into a big headache for a county resident last week. Worried, the resident called the Mariposa County […]

Knife-wielding man arrested at gun point



William EliasFollowing an altercation at Yosemite Gifts in downtown Mariposa last Friday afternoon, William Joseph Elias, 33, of North Fork, was arrested at gun point in a rear doorway of Coast Hardware, where he was found hiding. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office report, Elias entered Yosemite Gifts with his young son, and they were both shoeless. According to […]

Grizzly Band lands invite



The Mariposa County High School Grizzly Band has been invited to the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. on May 25, 2015. It’s the latest honor for the band—which has won more than 40 awards, including a Grammy, and the honor of marching in the 2011 Veterans Day Parade in New York City. The band’s latest invitation came from […]

Air clears as blazes yield to firefighters




The El Portal Fire grew rapidly after igniting off Foresta Road near Old El Portal on Saturday, July 26. These flames were adding to smoky skies off Old Coulterville Road on Sunday, July 27. The fire eventually marched more than four miles north, approaching within a mile of Yosemite National Park’s Big Oak Flat Road.A smoky weekend that saw county […]

Ogden found not guilty on battery charge



Last Wednesday in Mariposa County Superior Court, a jury found Gregory Ogden of Mariposa not guilty of a battery with serious injury charge. The case, which took a year to reach trial, developed from a neighbor dispute between Ogden, a resident of Yaqui Gulch Road, and Lynda Jacobs and Gerry Edwards, who also reside on Yaqui Gulch Road. Mariposa County […]

Pot compliance checks strain law enforcement




Mariposa County law enforcement has discovered some very sophisticated indoor marijuana grows like the one pictured above during their ordinance compliance checksAlthough determining compliance with Mariposa County’s new medicinal marijuana grow limitations has been made easier by the April 24, 2014 ordinance, it still strains the manpower resources of the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Doug Binnewies has established a […]

Rodeo royalty vie for titles



On Saturday Aug. 9, 10 contestants ranging in ages from 6 to 21 and hailing from Madera and Mariposa counties will compete in the 2014- 15 Mariposa County Fair Rodeo Royalty Contest. There are three divisions: Junior Princess, Princess and Queen. These young ladies vying for titles have been volunteering in the community for the past few months. They have […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



July 28 •A report of threats was received from Creekview Road. • A fraud report was taken on Clouds Rest Road. • A call reporting trespassing was received from Dawn Lake in Lushmeadows. • A mountain lion sighting was reported from Coakley Circle. • Unsafe shooting was reported on Allred Road. July 29: • A grand theft report was taken […]

County Fire Response Report



July 28 to August 3 EMS – 14 Fire – 0 Structure, 2 Vegetation Public Assist – 0 Auto Collision – 4 We are Neighbors helping Neighbors – Help us Help you by volunteering today. If you are 18 years of age and possess a valid CA driver’s license, we would love to hear from you. Positions are available for […]

This 30-year mark is just one chapter in long Dulcich history




Coast Hardware owner Jim Dulcich posed with family members in the building where the family has operated since the 1920s. From left are Heidi Dulcich, Maryetta Dulcich, Jim Dulcich and Ralph Walker. Walker is the brother of Dulcich’s late mother, Marjorie Walker.Don’t let the publicity about Coast Hardware’s 30-year anniversary mislead you. Jim Dulcich, who runs the business with daughter […]