Two Park fires smolder on

The Dark Hole Fire was sending up a light plume of smoke in early August. (NPS | CONTRIBUTED)Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 – 11:30 a.m. – At least two of Yosemite’s lightning-sparked fires remain active following last weekend’s light rainfall, Park officials report.The most active is the Cathedral Fire, which is still producing visible smoke, Park Fire Education and Information Manager […]

Officials order killing of hungry dump bears

For the past several years, a 7,000-volt electric fence (foreground) has kept bears out of the county landfill’s garbage pit. In July, a group of bears figured out how to breach the barrier.Three bears that plowed through an electrified barrier to feast on garbage have paid the ultimate price, county landfill and state wildlife officials report. An electric fence installed […]

Town to get several key fuel breaks

CAL FIRE Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney completes a daily check of the agency’s Mariposa based dozer to ensure the vehicle is fire-ready.Thanks to a grant and the cooperation of multiple agencies, Mariposa will soon create several fuel breaks designed to improve the town’s fire defenses. One, named for Pioneer Market’s Dubberke family, will straddle the ridge that overlooks […]

YARTS hits 1 million, but wants more riders


County resident Julia Parker, an Indian Cultural Demonstrator in Yosemite, boards a YARTS bus in Yosemite Valley. Parker, who has worked in the Park for more than 40 years, has been a regular rider since the bus line’s birth in 2000.YARTS, the publicly-funded bus service that gives visitors and commuters an alternative to their own vehicles, hit a milestone this […]

MCCA Home & Garden Show is this Saturday

The Mariposa County Contractors’ Association Outdoor Home and Garden Show takes place this Saturday at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. The 25th-annual event starts at 9 a.m. and runs to 3 p.m. It will be held 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 […]

Rain brings cooler weather but no end to local fire season

Last weekend’s rain was a welcome respite from hot temperatures, but it did little to reduce fire danger in the foothills. Mariposa received 1.12 inches of rain during the storm that pelted the town Saturday evening and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford. Coulterville received 1.4 inches of rain, which was the highest storm amount recorded across […]

Audubon program features author Ross

The Yosemite Area Audubon Society will start its 2014-15 program season with a presentation by Yosemite author and naturalist Michael Elsohn Ross on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Mariposa Methodist Church parish hall in Mariposa. Ross’ newest book for young adults, “A World of Her Own: 24 Amazing Women Explorers and Adventurers,” will be the subject of […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Sept. 22 • A bat was in a classroom at Woodland Elementary School. • A vandalism report was taken on Schoolhouse Road. • A report of threats was received from Yaqui Gulch Road. • Possession of marijuana was reported from Woodland Elementary School. • A bear versus vehicle incident was reported from Triangle Road. Sept. 23: • Petty theft was […]

Big weekend is ahead in Hornitos

The annual Hornitos Flea Market is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 5 in Hornitos. There will also be a barbecue tri-tip fundraiser on Saturday.The Hornitos 4-H Club is hosting a barbecue tri-tip fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the park in Hornitos. Dinner will be barbecued tri-tip, beans, salad, bread and dessert. Cost for adults is […]

County Fire Response Report

Sept. 22 to Sept. 28 EMS – 7 Fire – 0 Structure, 0 Vegetation Public Assist – 6 Auto Collision – 5 We are starting to feel that chill in the air and people are starting to turn to their wood stoves and fireplaces for comfort. Please make sure that prior to the start of every heating season you have […]