Volunteers are baffled by sudden funding loss




Manna House Vice President Gloria Franco-Moore (right) reviewed stocks in the food pantry’s storage room with volunteer Mary Ann Johnson (left) this week.A sudden and unexplained halt to federal funding for the county’s Manna House charity had the organization scratching its collective head this week. This year, the charity was expecting to see $10,500 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s […]

MCHS marks 100th birthday




When Maddalena “Skookie” Gartin comes to Mariposa this weekend, she’s hoping to see some folks she hasn’t seen for a few years. More than 60 years, to be precise. Gartin’s hoping to see fellow classmates who graduated with her from Mariposa County High School in 1952. Gartin, and hundreds of other residents and visitors, will be celebrating the 100-year anniversary […]

Proposed Park hike would push visitors over $30 speedbump




Vehicles lined up at the Park’s Arch Rock Entrance Station in the spring of 2012. A proposed fee increase being considered this autumn would raise Yosemite’s per-vehicle fee from $20 to $30 for any visit between one day and one week.It’s one hike that Park visitors would probably prefer to avoid—a $10 increase that would raise Yosemite’s per-vehicle entrance fee […]

Dollars could soon flow to county from MID settlement




A tentative agreement has been reached in a lawsuit between Merced Irrigation District and Mariposa County. According to Mike Jensen, public and government relations officer for MID, the district didn’t want to comment on the agreement. “Because this settlement and its terms have not been finalized, MID can’t comment on the matter at this time,” Jensen said. Steve Dahlem, county […]

Voters: please ignore error



Attention voters. The following notice was released by county Registrar of Voters Keith M. Williams this week. In sample ballots or election pamphlets Mariposa County voters received an argument in favor of Measure K. At the bottom of the argument is the statement “Please vote YES on Measure F.” That statement was not part of the original argument submitted by […]

Museum gold is gone forever, court hears




Randy Bolt of the California State Mining and Mineral Museum holds an image of a specimen taken by robbers in 2012. The gold piece, with an estimated value of $650,000, was apparently crushed and destroyed by the thieves.Robbers likely used pliers to crush and destroy rare gold specimens following a Sept. 28, 2012 raid on the California State Mining and […]

Honoring Janet Bibby



The Mariposa County Farm Bureau hosted its annual dinner and auction fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. The dinner honored outgoing District 3 supervisor Janet Bibby. Shown here, from left, are California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger, Sen. Tom Berryhill, Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies, Janet Bibby and Congressman Tom McClintock…. An online subscription is […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Oct. 13 • Vandalism was reported on Watt Road. • A caller reported loose bulls on Blue Spur Road. • A child custody dispute was reported on Deer Creek Road. • A bear was in the area of Cuneo Road in Coulterville. Oct. 14 • A petty theft report was taken on Highway 49 South. • A caller reported a […]

New year brings new projects for 4-Hers



For the 2014-15 4-H program year there will be several new projects 4-H members can participate in. The projects will include alpacas. This project will work in conjunction with Steve and Casey Aitchison from Epic Alpacas located in Cathey’s Valley. 4-H members will be able to lease or purchase Alpacas. The project will include showing alpacas, attending shows, learning the […]

County Fire Response Report



October 13 to October 19 EMS – 10Fire – 2 Structure, 1 VegetationPublic Assist – 1Auto 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 […]