Time for turkey

Barbara Croft (from left), Kim Clacher and Nancy Strickland prepared turkey for last Friday’s free Thanksgiving dinner at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds put on by First Baptist Church. The event brings county residents together in a spirit of sharing and thanks, volunteer Strickland said. “This is for the whole community,” Strickland said on Friday. Several hundred people were served during […]

Ring’s reappearance is cause for Thanksgiving


Jeanne Doyle, right, holds her late son Jereme Montoya’s Class of 1994 ring. At left is Jeff Aranguena, Montoya’s brother, who recently returned to the county to work for Mariposa County Unified School District.A class ring plucked from the dust by a Yosemite visitor this summer has been reunited with its owner’s family after an emotional and far-flung journey. After […]

County funding source is being held up in D.C.

The federal land that makes up Yosemite National Park brings tourists, and money, to Mariposa County. But that land also brings expenses for the county. Although it’s federal land, the county must pay for road and bridge maintenance, law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical, fire protection, solid waste disposal and environmental compliance for any property in the county that’s […]

Long-awaited Bridgeport Fire Station to open

It’s been a project District 3 Supervisor Janet Bibby has held close to her heart for the past 12 years, and next Tuesday it will finally come to fruition. At 3 p.m. on Dec. 2, Bridgeport Fire Station No. 28 at 2746 Creek Ridge Road off Old Highway will be dedicated during an open house. Bibby will leave office this […]

No mulligan for Sierra Meadows


A wedding party walked on Sierra Meadows Country Club’s deck in this undated photo. Owners sought to add revenue with a wedding business, but could not overcome a drop in property value linked to the 2008 recession.The announcement that Sierra Meadows Country Club will close on Dec. 15 has arrived like a lump of coal in local golfers’ bags. Following […]

Free meal program is vital to school funding

In Mariposa County, 55 percent of students who attend school are eligible for free or reduced meals at the school. But many of those 55 percent don’t sign up for the breakfasts and lunches, and that’s bad news for the Mariposa County Unified School District. “If students qualify for a free lunch, and don’t take it, we lose funding,” said […]

Holiday program will feature local choirs

The Mariposa Community Chorus, along with the Mariposa County High School Advanced Choir, will hold a holiday program on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Here, singers practice for the event. Top row, from left are Rod Fiester and Roy Anderson; middle row, from left are Charlotte Hickman and Melissa Rowney and Janet Burnside is in the bottom row.The Mariposa High School Advanced […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Nov. 17 • A scam was reported from Clouds Rest Road. • A harassment report was taken on 10th Street. • Burglary was reported from Stumpfield Mountain Road. • Petty theft of gasoline was reported from Grillo Drive. Nov. 18 • Theft of a purse was reported from Highway 140. • A resident on Jones Street reported a transient problem. […]

Prop. 47 may affect Mt. Bullion prisoners

Proposition 47, which Californians voted into law on Nov. 4, will reduce the state’s prison population. That reduction may affect the inmates who help CAL FIRE fight fires. Here, inmates help with a wildland fire in the Mt. Bullion area earlier this year.Proposition 47, which was passed on Nov. 4 by California voters, will help reduce the state’s prison population […]

Housekeeper at The Ahwahnee indicted for burglary and theft

A former housekeeper at The Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite National Park, Jennifer Crystal Downing, 36, of Fresno, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury. Downing has been charged with 16 countes of first degree burglary and 16 countes of thefts, according to United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner. According to court documents, Downing entered rooms in The Ahwahnee […]