Sheriff’s Office to take command of County Fire




The board of supervisors on Tuesday directed county staff to take first steps towards merging the county fire department with the sheriff’s office. The decision followed passionate statements by Sheriff Doug Binnewies and several current and former firefighter volunteers and fire department personnel. “I find this very demoralizing for our fire department,” said Steve Kitchen, a 14-year volunteer for the […]

Water-tank boom is sign of dry times




Local supplier Steph Sievert (right) tested a water filter on Bear Valley homeowner Randy Flannigan’s 2,500-gallon water tank last week. Flannigan (left) installed the tank last summer after reading about the mounting drought.Electrician Jason Swartz is familiar with the standard customer response to the burned-up water pumps that result when water wells go dry. “First they cry,” Swartz said last […]

Blazin’ Hog fires up this Saturday




The planning committee for the 8th annual Blazin’ Hog Barbecue Competition and Zydeco Music Festival is primed and ready for the ever-popular event, which happens from noon to 8 p.m. this Saturday at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. The event is put on by the John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation. It is one of the biggest fundraisers for the hospital foundation, […]

County’s youth second highest of unvaccinated in the entire state




According to the California Department of Public Health, Mariposa County has a large number of unvaccinated children.In a world where measles and whooping cough may seem like diseases from the past, it may have been easy for parents to decide not to have their children immunized. But choosing not to vaccinate children can have a wicked backlash, the county’s chief […]

Fire workshop flows from a long memory




Associate Director John Schroeder of the Mariposa County Resource Conservation District pauses by a big sugar pine on his 190 acres. Clearing brush and tree limbs at ground level reduces fire intensity and helps trees survive fires, he said.John Schroeder recalls the different set of fire standards that prevailed when he grew up in the 1950s. On some days, when […]

Courtney Fire burns 33 homes




Yet another wildfire clobbered the area this week, with the Courtney Fire claiming at least 33 homes in a zone around Bass Lake’s north shore. The fire was first reported around 1:36 p.m. on Sunday. The most recent available CAL FIRE report said it had burned 320 acres and was 40 percent contained by CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE press time. […]

Bike rodeo is part of children’s fair



The 25th annual Children’s Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mariposa County Park. The park is reached via 6th Street, Stroming Road and County Park Road. Children are invited to bring their bikes to the fair. Officer Will Atkinson from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to help children […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Sept. 8 • Theft of a bicycle was reported form Carleton road. • A burglary report was taken on Old Toll Road. • Theft of an iphone was reported from West Whitlock Road. • An easement dispute occurred on Old Highway North. • Petty theft was reported on Stewart Lane. Sept. 9: • Trespassing was reported form Hunters Valley Access […]

County Fire Response Report



Sept. 8 to Sept. 14EMS – 6Fire – 0 Structure, 5 VegetationPublic Assist – 0Auto Collision – 3 We are still working our way through a very intense fire season and it doesn’t look like it’s going to lighten up any time soon. Please continue to be vigilant with your defensible space. Make a plan with things that you can […]

Mariposa Creek is slated for cleanup



The Great Sierra River Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20. The Mariposa Creek Parkway site, located at the Art Park, is also going to be cleaned up on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will remove dried vegetation, broken bottles and other debris. The residents of Mariposa Open Arms and the Roadhouse have been invited to participate in […]