Woman’s beanies for kids are a holiday home run

Mary Dempsey poses with some of the close to 200 knit beanies she made and collected for the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office’s Kops for Kids event— which will distribute the items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the county fairgrounds.Mary Dempsey wanted to make a small difference for children this season. That was back in October. Two months […]

Checking his list

Dozens of local boys and girls got to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus last Saturday evening during the Mariposa Lions Club’s traditional Merry Mountain Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. This youngster was a little shy during his visit with Santa, but he did get a candy cane from Mrs. Claus. The Lions’ annual community event was held on the grounds of […]

Trees still feel state drought’s strain

A male turkey shows his feathers at the base of an oak tree in Mariposa. Oaks provide food for wild turkeys, deer and tree squirrels.The oaks and pines that dot the hills of Mariposa County are struggling to survive the double punch of insect infestation and drought. Mariposa County is unique in the state because there are the about the […]

More thieves and abusers are free under state rules

Illinois-based manufacturer Eagle Modular is building an 18-bed, 1,800 square foot addition for the county jail. The structure will help deputies segregate low-level offenders from more hardened inmates. Seen here is a company-built unit at a detention facility in Manitoba, Canada.The state’s liberalized incarceration policies are letting more low-level offenders out of jail and sending more hardened criminals from state […]

Area rain totals nudge near or above normal

The county picked up a slow but steady amount of rain over the past week, with 3.09 inches in town through Wednesday morning— and about an inch more than that at the county’s Jerseydale weather station near Lushmeadows. The much-vaunted weather event of late last week ended as a dud, however, Jim Dulcich of Coast Hardware said on Tuesday. Wary […]

Coast steps up for Kids

Heidi Dulcich (second from left) and Jim Dulcich (third from left), owners of Do-It-Best Coast Hardware in downtown Mariposa made a generous donation of toys and bicylces to the Mariposa County Deputy Sheriffs’ Assocation Kops for Kids program last week. Accepting the donation are Deputy Aron Akbiyikian (left) and Deputy Will Atkinson (right)…. An online subscription is required to view […]

CHP to keep watch over holiday drivers

The California Highway Patrol started the pre-holiday Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving Campaign on Dec. 1. Because of the holiday season, many partygoers will be drinking. The CHP wants drivers to know that if they drive buzzed or drunk during the holidays, they may be pulled over and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Due to the increase […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Dec. 8 • Calls reporting prowlers were received from Old Highway and Allen Court. • A neighbor dispute occurred on Yaqui Gulch Road. • A caller reported squatters on Carleton Road. • A suspicious person was on Granite Springs Road. Dec. 9 • A loud noise report was taken on St. Andrews Road. • Petty theft was reported from Highway […]

Making their wish

These two little girls were thrilled to sit on Santa’s lap and tell of their Christmas wishes when he visited the Mariposa Kiwanis Club’s hayride last Sunday afternoon at Triangle Market on Triangle Road. Residents warmed themselves at a bonfire while enjoying hot chocolate and the hayride, provided by the local Kiwanis Club as a traditional community Christmas event…. An […]

County completes key preparedness exercise

The county on Nov. 20 completed a large multiagency drill to rehearse how it would handle an Ebola case in a Yosemite visitor. Emergency-service providers started the day with a pretend Park visitor presenting symptoms at the Yosemite Medical Clinic in Yosemite Valley. A short time later, the drill was repeated with a Cedar Lodge “guest” falling ill just outside […]