Measure K opponents may nudge electorate




Donna Davis of The Redwoods in Yosemite (left) met Connie Bockhop of the End of the Road Retreat last week to exchange election signage. Both innkeepers oppose Measure K, the initiative that would raise local tourist tax by 1.25 percent.The last transient occupancy tax, or TOT, increase was embraced by 64 percent of county voters back in 1996. Also called […]

Dog Rock Fire takes pilot’s life




Pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt, 62, of San Jose, perished when his Grumman S-2T airtanker crashed near El Portal on Oct. 7. (CAL FIRE | CONTRIBUTED)Yet another fire scourged the county’s landscape this week and this time turned deadly—with the pilot of a CAL FIRE aircraft succumbing in a fiery crash witnessed by multiple El Portal residents. “It’s tragic,” longtime community […]

Candidates unveil campaign finances




As the two candidates for Mariposa County Supervisor for District 3 come down to the final weeks before the election, Marshall Long has raised more than twice as much in campaign funding as Kris Casto. Long and Casto will be in a runoff on Nov. 4 because the June 3 election found Long’s final total of votes just under 50 […]

Fire-prevention council racks up another grant




PG&E’s Richard Dye (from left) visited the board of supervisors this week to present Megan Atkinson and Bob Bartholomew of the Mariposa County Fire Safe Council with a $358,575 check representing recent grants given by the utility. At right is Richard Yarnell, a PG&E vegetation program manager.The Mariposa County Fire Safe Council is on a roll, this week receiving its […]

Season is no obstacle to ice cream shop launch




Sisters Debben (right) and Morgan Beesley handed frozen treats to Mia Neilson (foreground) and mom Elissie Neilson last week. “There’s room for more than one ice-cream shop in this town,” Debben Beesley said.For a new business, ice cream is a pretty safe bet, Morgan Beesley said last week. “We’ve done our research,” the home-grown Mariposan said. “People eat ice cream […]

Soroptimist still collecting candy



Soroptimist International of Mariposa is collecting candy for the residents of Jones and Bullion streets, who give out candy to hundreds of trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. The group is taking donations of money or candy.Soroptimist International of Mariposa is collecting candy and money to make sure the residents of Jones and Bullion streets have enough for trick-ortreaters at Halloween. The […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Sept. 29 • Petty theft was reported on Stage Coach Road. • Calls reporting scams were received from Highway 49 in Coulterville and Chicharra Way in Lake Don Pedro. • A vandalism report was taken on Highway 49 South. • Twenty loose goats were reported on Silva Road. Sept. 30 • A domestic dispute on Stroming Road resulted in an […]

County Fire Response Report



Sept. 29 to Oct. 5 EMS – 9 Fire – 0 Structure, 1 Vegetation Public Assist – 1 Auto Collision – 2 Oct. 5 through 11 is Fire Prevention Week and this year’s National Fire Protection Agency slogan is — “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives! Test Yours Every Month.” • Almost three of five (60%) of reported home fire deaths […]

Willey conquers Alcatraz swim



Mariposa businessman and philanthropist Ron Willey strokes across the Pacific Ocean last Thursday morning as he makes the grueling swim to Alcatraz Island. Willey trained for over a year for the swim, and he made it in one hour and three minutes. As a cancer survivor, Willey took the challenge to honor all those in Mariposa County who have been […]

State legislature ‘bags’ the use of plastic carriers




Jerry Burgess, left, checked out at Pioneer Market last week with help from cashier Carrie Kirby and bagger Amanda Teixeira (right). All plastic bags will be banned from grocery and pharmacy stores by 2016.Those lightweight plastic bags that hold groceries in California are going to start disappearing within the next year. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Sept. 30 […]