Survey finds snowpack still at dismal numbers




Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys program, takes a snow sample on Dec. 30. The California Department of Water Resources’ survey showed that the snowpack is at only 50 percent of normal.The snow survey taken on Dec. 30 by the California Department of Water Resources brought both good and bad news to drought-stricken California. The good news […]

Delaware North claims it owns Yosemite names

Move stuns Park fans, many say it's backfiring for concessionaire


A pair of visitors sit outside Yosemite Lodge in September of 2013. As seen here, Delaware North’s complete name for the location is Yosemite Lodge at the Falls.Yosemite concessioner Delaware North Companies doesn’t own The Ahwahnee, but it does own the famed hotel’s name, the corporation said last week. Also in its portfolio of “intellectual property” are names like Badger […]

Dentist eyes ambitious plans for former Sixth Street Cinema building

Historic structure, built as a Masonic Lodge, is seeking several new roles


Realtor George Heiss (left) posed with Dr. Steven Destler outside the old Masonic Lodge on Sixth Street. Dentist Destler assumed ownership of the property in November.The long demise of Mariposa’s old Masonic Lodge on 6th Street is about to be reversed, Dr. Steven Destler says. The Thousand Oaks dentist, who purchased the two-story rectangular box in November, has grand plans […]

Taking the oath



Superior Court Judge Dana Walton (at right) administers the oath of office to newly-elected Judge Michael Fagalde in front of a packed house in the board of supervisors’ chambers on Monday. Fagalde is flanked by his wife Sharon (red coat). He ran for the Superior Court Judge position that came open with the retiring of Judge Wayne Parrish…. An online […]

New county public health officer has stellar background

Dr. Ryder has worked at CDC


Dr. Robert RyderWhen Dr. Charles Mosher announced his retirement as public health officer for Mariposa County, anyone hired to replace him had some pretty big shoes to fill. Dr. Robert Ryder does just that. The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors has announced that Ryder took Mosher’s place effective on Monday, Jan. 5. Ryder brings an impressive resumĂ© with him. He […]

Officers sworn



As family members snapped photos, Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies (far right) read the oath to four officers promoted within the department during a ceremony last Friday. From left, Kevin Packard was promoted to Patrol Sergeant, Jake Bobman was promoted to Patrol Sergeant, and Jeremy Briese, who was the senior sergeant, was promoted to Captain of the Public Safety Division. […]

Forest Ranger David Martin retires



Ranger Dave MartinAfter 14 years as the District Ranger for the Bass Lake Ranger District in North Fork, Ranger David Martin is retiring from the National Forest Service. But Martin plans to stay engaged with the Forest Plan Revision process and conservation strategy for Pacific fisher, a species recently proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act. He will also […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Dec. 29 • Theft of mail was reported from Buckmeadows Road. • An injured canine was on Cole Road. • Trespassing was reported from Fish Camp. • A harassment report was taken on Bullion Street. Dec. 30 • Theft of a package was reported from Hirsch Road. • A call reporting a stolen iPad was received from Coakley Circle. • […]

County Fire Response Report



Dec. 28 – Jan. 4 EMS — 17Fire – 2Public Assist — 1Auto Collision – 1 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 13 volunteer stations located throughout the county. If you are 18 years of age and possess a valid CA driver’s license, we would love to hear from you. Positions are available for fire, medical, and various […]

County officials are sworn



Monday saw seven county officials sworn in by Superior Court Judge Michael A. Fagalde (left) in the board of supervisors’ chambers on Bullion Street. From left are District Attorney Thomas K. Cooke, District 1 Supervisor Rosemarie Smallcombe, District 3 Supervisor Marshall Long, Assessor and Recorder Becky Crafts, Auditor Debbie Isaacs, Treasurer and Tax Collector Keith M. Williams and Sheriff Doug […]