Generous donation



Mariposa County High School co-athletic directors, Trace DeSanders (left) and Debbie Leonard (right) accept a $10,000 donation for MCHS athletics from Pizza Factory founder Ron Willey (center) at the Mariposa location last week. Willey said he is making the donation in tribute to Dieter Dubberke, Dennis Croucher, and Jay (the barber) Posey, as well as all those in Mariposa County […]

County grabs No. 2 fire-risk rank in state




Property owner John Schroeder looked over a drought-stricken pine earlier this month. Schroeder’s annual property insurance rate adds up to a little over $2,000 a year.A higher percentage of the county’s homes are threatened by “high and extreme” wildfire risk than all but one California county, a recent report by the Verisk Insurance Solutions research group has found. The report, […]

Innkeepers plan attack on tax hike




A group of innkeepers met last week to organize opposition to Measure K, the ballot measure that would raise the pernight tax on tourists from 10 percent to 11.25 percent. Raising the tax would hammer lodging operators by upping the price of county stays compared to adjacent counties, said Kevin Shelton, a spokesman for the county’s second-biggest lodging operator. “Today, […]

Mariposa’s crosswalk upgrade must suffice




Freshly-painted crosswalks at key intersections in town mark the end of safety improvements for the crossings until a next phase in 2020, a Caltrans spokesperson said last week. Last week’s work, which slowed traffic along Highway 140 as crews painted markings, was an “interim measure”— until flashing lights are installed at some crosswalks at decade’s end, Caltrans spokesperson Angela DaPrato […]

County sees success in ditching truancy




Katelend Ramirez (top) and Haley Warmboe chatted while waiting for a ride after school last Friday. High schoolers have lower truancy rates than kindergarteners and first graders Superintendent Robin Hopper said.Mariposa County is sidestepping the trend of high truancy rates in schools in California. According to a recent report done by the office of California’s Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, […]

Habitat ‘Dining Out’ event is on horizon



Jeanne Darcy (left) and Mary Darcy were two participants in Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County’s 2013 Dining Out fundraiser. The pair were photographed at Sugar Pine Cafe. Ten local restaurants are participating this year.On Monday, Oct. 6, World Habitat Day will be celebrated around the globe from Argentina to Zambia. Worldwide about one million volunteers work with Habitat each […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Sept. 15 • A call reporting harassment was received from Yaqui Gulch Road. • Unsafe shooting was reported on Moss Creek Road. • A call reporting petty theft was received from Stewart Lane in Coulterville. • A domestic dispute report was taken on Carleton road. • Trespassing was reported on Woodview Lane. Sept. 16: • A suspicious person was on […]

County Fire Response Report



Sept. 15 to Sept. 21 EMS – 17Fire – 0 Structure, 1 VegetationPublic Assist – 5Auto Collision – 0 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with volunteer stations in the following locations: Midpines; Cathey’s Valley; Don Pedro; Mt. Bullion/Airport; Coulterville; Mormon Bar; Bridgeport (coming soon); Lushmeadows; Greeley Hill; Ponderosa Basin; Fish Camp; Hunter’s Valley and Bootjack. If you are […]

25th annual MCCA Home and Garden Show is Oct. 4



The 25th annual Mariposa County Contractors’ Association Outdoor Home and Garden Show is set for Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. The event is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is in conjunction with the Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds Foundation’s annual flea market, which begins at 8 a.m. The family-friendly event is offered with no […]

Child safety is law enforcement priority




CHP Officer Adrian Perez checked child-safety seats occupied by Connor Leonard (foreground) and Brody Leonard (rear) at last week’s Car Seat Check-Up Event cosponsored by Mariposa Safe Families.Last week’s Car Seat Check-Up Event was not parents’ last chance to have CHP officers look over childsafety seats. It makes sense to have an expert check child restraints for proper configuration, local […]