‘Kops’ event is biggest ever




Longtime Kops for Kids volunteer Sheila Paige (left) helps mom Tanya Steeves select toys for children Cailee, 2, and Carlee, 9 months, at last Thursday’s distribution event at the county fairgrounds.Good Christmas cheer was in no short supply at last week’s Kops for Kids event at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. There was no shortage of toys, either. In fact, this […]

High-speed chase results in rollover, but officer escapes




This CHP vehicle collided with a rock embankment on Highway 140 west of Agua Fria Road while pursuing a driver on Saturday afternoon. Officer Adrian Perez was protected by an air bag and seat belt, and escaped with minor injuries, Officer Steven Lewis said.A Merced motorist driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol led a CHP officer in a […]

Metal thieves are targeting stock panels




Metal thieves, more commonly referred to as “scrappers,” are targeting expensive stock panels on rural ranches in Mariposa County, and thanks to Prop. 47, which was passed in the November general election, those crimes will probably skyrocket. Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies said last week, “Most counties wouldn’t even arrest these criminals now, since it’s a misdemeanor, but if we […]

Little Lucas born on way to hospital




Rachelle Araque, left, gave birth to baby Lucas with help from husband Justin Araque by a Planada almond orchard on Nov. 25. Justin here stands behind children Justin, 7, and Alaina, 3.Little Lucas Araque entered the world the old-fashioned way—without the support of a modern birthing room. Less than one percent of American moms fail to make it to the […]

Sierra Meadows golf complex gets reprieve




Sierra Meadows Country Club and Golf Course, which was scheduled to close on Dec. 15, will stay open with reduced hours and higher fees for golfers. The golf course, located in Ahwahnee, has been experiencing lower numbers of golfers along with the lack of water to keep the course open. The news is a boon to local golfers—and to a […]

TOPS donates to Kops for Kids



Members of TOPS CA 1369 of Mariposa once again supported the Kops for Kids program by donating a large array of toys from the annual TOPS Christmas party at the home of Elaine Parrish on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Shown here with some of the toys they donated, the group hopes the toys will bring smiles to the children of the […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Dec. 15 • A report of harassment was received from Dogtown Road in Coulterville. • A landlord/tenant dispute occurred on Highway 140 in Midpines. • A resident on Live Oak Road reported a scam. • Suspicious circumstances were reported from Ernst Road. • Debris was in the roadway on Highway 140 in Cathey’s Valley. Dec. 16 • An assault and […]

Master Gardeners name award winners



 Ingrid Angelini has been named Mariposa Master Gardener of the Year for her many contributions to the University of California-affiliated volunteer organization. Angelini created the wall-size display for the Mariposa County Fair, which showed the history of the Cooperative Extension program, the parent of Master Gardeners. Among Angelini’s other projects were a presentation on the extensive water cachement system at […]

Mariposa Storytelling Festival is this March



The Mariposa County Arts Council’s 28th Mariposa Storytelling Festival will take place this March 13 through 15. There will be storytellers from National Public Radio and award-winning authors. Some will recreate the stories of Mark Twain, Garrison Keillor and Will Rogers. The event will have two evening events, performances throughout the day on Saturday and a special Yosemite concert on […]

County Fire Response Report



Dec.15 to Dec. 21 EMS — 10Fire – 4Public Assist — 0Auto Collision – 2 Chimney fires are on the rise. Please be aware that chimney fires are completely preventable if you just take a few extra steps, you can help keep your family safe and warm this winter. Have your chimney inspected. Use seasoned woods. Build smaller, hotter fires […]