Brave faces

New kindergarteners Gillian (left) and Emma Pioske walked confidently onto the Mariposa Elementary School grounds on Tuesday morning. The twins, both 5, were among hundreds of local students who headed back to class this week. Parents Rick and Gail Pioske escorted their daughters…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter […]

These ‘newcomers’ are honored in fair parade


Elna Philbert (left) and Delores Hahn are tapped for duty as grand marshals for the 2014 Mariposa Lions Club Labor Day Parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30.Delores Hahn and Elna Philbert both arrived here in the mid- 1970s. By the unwritten Mariposa rule, that still makes them “newcomers,” they joked last week. While Hahn wasn’t born in the […]

Benson resigns as CAO

CAO Rick BensonRick Benson, the county’s chief administrative officer since November of 2006, resigned on Aug. 12 after almost eight years as the county’s top manager. “It’s time,” he said, citing a long commute that saw him spending weekdays in Mariposa and returning to his wife and home in the Bakersfield area on weekends. “I really want to get back […]

Junction Fire ignited at site of homeless camp

A building at Suburban Propane’s location on the east side of Highway 41 was consumed when a spot fire hopped the road on Monday evening. While the situation forced evacuations, the tanks at left did not ignite.This week’s lightningfast Junction Fire, which erupted in Oakhurst on Monday afternoon and quickly damaged or leveled nine structures, is prompting renewed calls for […]

Bright notes limit fear as budget week looms

What a difference 10 months make. As the county prepares for budget hearings next week, a squeeze that threatened local libraries and county workers in October has evaporated. The autumn scare resulted from a 16-day government shutdown that prompted predictions of a hit to county tax revenue. The fear followed painful choices last August that saw two public works employees […]

JCF Hospital swims out of red ink

John C. Fremont Hospital’s current home was constructed in the early 1950s.Mariposa County’s John C. Fremont Hospital is bucking the trend of hospitals in the nation by not only making a profit, but seeing patients walk away from the hospital happy with their care. After a tough year ending in June of 2013, the books of the hospital in June […]

Rotarians hear about chamber of commerce

Kathy McCorryOn Thursday, Aug. 14, Rotarians heard from Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann, from a self-assured nine-yearold Jade Seymour, from Mariposa Chamber of Commerce’s Kathy Mc- Corry and still had time to induct yet another member, attorney Neal Douglas. Following routine proceedings, Jade Seymour shared her story in 4-H with us. She used the youth development program to learn more […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

August 12 • Illegal dumping was reported on Jessie Street. • A report of fraudulent prescriptions was taken on Coakley Circle. • A petty theft report was taken on 10th Street. • A call reporting a suspicious person was received from Kemble Road. • A threatening phone call was received on Creekview Road. August 13: • Two missing pigs were […]

Local schools receive facelifts over summer

Jose Lugo (left) and Ryan Childers took a break between football practice sessions last week on new aluminum bleachers purchased for Mariposa County High School using a $10,000 grant from PG&E.Students returning to school this week were treated to new looks at some of the county’s schools. In the Mariposa County Unified School District, work was done on science rooms […]

Challengers enter Park concession competition

Delaware North Companies, the Yosemite National Park concessioner since 1993, is apparently meeting competition in its effort to stay in command of the Park’s visitor services contract for the next 15 years. While new bids, called “proposals” by the National Park Service’s Commercial Services Program, aren’t due until Nov. 20, multiple service providers showed up for a site tour last […]