CAL FIRE’s rapid aerial attack helps douse potential infernos




This Grumman S-2T airtanker made drops on the Bridgeport Fire off Old Highway on July 10. The aircraft type did anti-submarine duty for the U.S. Navy until 1972.Those big DC-10s airplanes that drop retardant on wildfires are becoming a common sight in the air above Mariposa County. The aircraft are part of CAL FIRE’s aggressive initial attack on flames, designed […]

Water districts move to crack down on overuse




Darin Dunn did yard chores at his uncle David Brown’s home on Bullion Street as a lawn sprinkler sat idle last week. Dunn was spending part of a vacation in town. He works as a mountaineering guide in Denali National Park in Alaska.The Mariposa Public Utility District, which supplies water to about 1,800 people in the Mariposa town area, has […]

Enduring ties led to rodeo role for George




Elnora George sat in the kitchen of the house where her family homesteaded outside of Hornitos in the 1890s. George’s father Richie Morrissey served on the Mariposa County Fairgrounds Board of Directors from the 1930s to the 1960s.As she presides over this year’s Mariposa County Fair Rodeo, event grand marshall Elnora George will experience a surge of pride along with […]

Hopefuls gear up for ballot showdown




The battle for supervisor of District 3 was whittled down from five candidates in the June primary down to two who will face off in the November election. Those two, Marshall Long and Kris Casto, are readying themselves for campaigning during the last couple of months before the election. Casto and Long both said they have been busy this summer […]

Rifle raffle helps fund Grizzly gridders




Pictured above is the custom made Winchester rifle being raffled to support the MCHS football program.With school districts all over the state, particularly in rural areas like Mariposa County, struggling to fund their athletic programs, fundraising has become a key component in keeping sports programs alive. By far the most expensive program to fund is football. Safety equipment and transportation […]

Special quilt awaits fairgoers



This quilt, done by the family of Mariposa resident Florence Appling, will be on display at the Mariposa County Fair, scheduled for Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds.A quilt done by the family of local resident Florence Appling will be on display at the Mariposa County Fair, Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 at the Mariposa County […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



August 4 • A vandalism report was taken on Main Street in Coulterville. • Grand theft was reported from Highway 140 In El Portal. • A call reporting petty theft was received from Lake McClure. • A verbal domestic dispute occurred on Coakley Circle. August 5: • A resident reported a “bull problem” on Red Flat Road. • Petty theft […]

County Fire Response Report



August 4 – August 10 EMS – 11Fire – 0 Structure, 1 VegetationPublic Assist – 1Auto Collision – 4 Mariposa County Fire Department has positions available for firefighter, medical first responder, and various support opportunities. $10 per call stipend! No experience necessary – we will train you! Interested? Call (209) 966-4330. … An online subscription is required to view news […]

A year later, interest in Rim Fire still burns




Firefighters met a firestorm when the Rim Fire flared near an incident command post off Cherry Lake Road in August of 2013. Almost a year later, federal prosecutors have charged a Tuolumne County man with sparking the blaze.Here’s a question for Sierra foothill trivia buffs. How long did the gigantic Rim Fire, which consumed more than 257,000 acres in Tuolumne […]

Lions Club aids fairgrounds in Wi-Fi capability




Visitors to the Mariposa County Fairgrounds are going to find it easier to connect to the Internet by the end of August. The fairgrounds is in the middle of having new Wi-Fi installed, which will be much faster than the previous sytem. Wi-Fi is a radio-wave technology allowing computers, smartphones or other devices to connect to the Internet or communicate […]