Wild pigs ravage playground




Wild pigs turned over soil covering close to 65 percent of the play field at Sierra Foothill Charter School, Principal Alfonso Garagarza said. On Nov. 25, inmates from CAL FIRE’s Mt. Bullion work camp spent the day repairing and pressing the field with a turf roller, the principal said.Wild pigs rooted through Sierra Foothill Charter School’s play field like a […]

Merry Mountain Christmas Parade steps off on Saturday




The Mariposa Public Utility District Fire Department’s ladder truck was decked out with lights, a wreath and a large American flag in this photograph from a past Merry Mountain Christmas Parade.In recent years, Merry Mountain Christmas Parade organizers have endured several weather-related disappointments, as a storm delayed the 2009 event and forced its cancellation last December. Following this week’s downpour, […]

Thumbs down to video signals budget cinching




The board of supervisors last week cited the failure of November’s tourist-tax increase at the ballot box in its decision not to fund a promotional video for the local school district. While the video project was a hard-sell proposition, with a phoned sales pitch from a Florida company, the discussion at the Nov. 25 board meeting suggested that belt-tightening may […]

Pipe bomb scare closes Highway 49



Late Monday morning, a resident called the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office to report the discovery of what appeared to be a possible pipe bomb near Silva Road and Highway 49 South. The sheriff’s office contacted the California Highway Patrol because the incident involved a state highway. CHP secured the area and closed the highway, summoning the Merced Police Department bomb […]

Station dedication



Several elected officials dedicated the new Mariposa County Fire Bridgeport Station No. 28 during a ceremony Tuesday afternoon. Above center, Supervisor Janet Bibby conducts the traditional hose cutting with the assistance of Deputy Fire Chief Jim Middleton. Also participating were, left to right, Supervisor Kevin Cann, Sheriff and Interim Fire Chief Doug Binnewies, Supervisor Merlin Jones, Supervisor John Carrier, and […]

Moms endure search for prenatal services




Women in Mariposa County who are pregnant often have to go outside the county to deliver babies or get prenatal assistance.Pregnant women in Mariposa County face an uphill climb to get good prenatal care. With no obstetricians practicing locally, women must make plans to have their baby in another county, with most choosing Merced County. But there’s more to having […]

Lawson donates labor to build Habitat home



Dave Lawson of Lawson Construction donated five and a half days of labor to the latest home built by Habitat for Humanity. Here, Lawson, left, is shown with Amanda Ehler and her two children, Khalil and Ella Rose.Dave Lawson, owner of Lawson Construction, recently donated five and a half days of labor valued at more than $7,500 for the framing […]

County Fire Response Report



Nov. 24 – Nov. 30 EMS — 14Fire – 0Public Assist — 2Auto Collision – 2 It’s the time of year to start stringing those Christmas lights, but keep in mind that there are 250 Christmas tree fires and 14 related deaths each year so before you flip the switch to dazzle the neighbors with your spectacular light show, please […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Nov. 24 • A report of hoarding was received from Schafer Road. • A petty theft report was taken on Las Mariposas Street in Cathey’s Valley. • A domestic dispute occurred on Hunters Valley Road. • Vandalism was reported from East Whitlock Road. Nov. 25 • A call reporting a burglary in progress was received from Silva Road. • A […]

Smooth sailing on Bullion



Bullion Street is sporting a fresh layer of asphalt after a $286,825 repaving project last month. The new surface prompted one resident to post a sign thanking the county’s Public Works Department for the job. The street is named for Sen. Thomas Hart Benton (1782-1858), nicknamed “Old Bullion” for his support for currency tied to a gold standard…. An online […]