Shipping shop perseveres through flood



(Rhonda Matthews | CONTRIBUTED)Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 – 4:30 p.m. – Mariposa Shipping Co. has been serving customers as it cleans up following a Tuesday morning sewage spill, business owner Kathleen Leavitt said today.Store manager Rhonda Matthews confronted a flood of fluid from the business’s toilet when she opened the shop on Feb. 24.Plant roots that broke off and became […]

Ferguson construction may go to 2020

Caltrans will visit town on Tuesday to provide update


On May 28, 2006, a landslide obliterated 600 feet of Highway 140, blocking the county’s main route to Yosemite. The restored route is now scheduled to open by 2020.Caltrans and its contractors may not finish work on the Ferguson Slide Permanent Restoration Project until 2020, an agency spokesperson said last week. Asked about a timeline displayed on Caltrans’ Web site, […]

‘Mystery booms’ solution points to Nevada bomb-disposal facility

Unusual atmospheric conditions on Feb. 11 carried detonation sound


A display outside the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum includes bomb casings and a pair of naval guns. The adjacent U.S. Army facility and town are located in Mineral County, Nev., about 89 air miles from Mariposa.The combination of a temperature inversion and explosions at an Army facility in western Nevada were likely responsible for “mystery booms” that perplexed residents over a […]

County, innkeeper reach settlement

Parties are tight-lipped


A copper pipe was coated with deposits following a slow leak at the Yosemite Four Seasons resort at Yosemite West. Attorneys for the business originally estimated damages in the $300,000-plus range.Innkeepers Richard and Marcia Long have apparently reached a financial settlement with Mariposa County over their claim that corrosive water damaged multiple pipes on their properties. The property is the […]

Johnson takes county HR duty

County counsel has served in extra role since last June

Steve JohnsonSteve Johnson, a seasoned human resources professional who recently served the City of Dixon (Solano County), has been named Mariposa County Human Resources Director/Risk Manager. Johnson’s appointment ends more than seven months in which the department head seat stood vacant. County legal counsel Steve Dahlem will continue to cover the position in an interim role until Johnson starts work […]

Successful effort



Community activist and elementary school volunteer Ron Ritchie (at left) is pictured in front of his new handicapped-equipped 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan, along with Jim Musick. Ritchie was able to purchase the vehicle to replace his worn out van, thanks in part to a fundraiser held at the Pizza Factory in early January. Musick spearheaded the event. Ritchie thanked all […]

John C. Fremont Clinic welcomes new doctor

UC Davis-trained Sharrar is family practice physician

Dr. Kelly SharrarJohn C. Fremont Medical Clinic has announced the addition of Kelly Sharrar, M.D., to the provider staff. Sharrar received his Doctorate of Medicine from University of California, School of Medicine, Davis, in June of 2004. He completed his internship in June of 2005, and his family practice residency in June of 2007. Both his internship and residency were […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Feb. 9 • A caller reported “thin dogs” on Hites Cove Road. • Illegal wood cutting was reported on Miami Mountain Road. • A report of threats was taken on Schoolhouse Road in Cathey’s Valley. • Petty theft was reported from St. Andrews Road and Highway 49. • A loose cow was on Penon Blanco Road in Coulterville. Feb. 10 […]

Repairs to Big Oak Flat tunnels start

Delays will affect traffic

Repairs to the Big Oak Flat Tunnels in Yosemite National Park, located along the Big Oak Flat Road, or Highway 120, start this week. The historic tunnels, completed in 1937, consist of three tunnels along the Big Oak Flat Road. A majority of the repairs will occur inside the tunnels. During the construction period, there will be incremental traffic delays. […]

Silver-toned truss leads to smiles at park amphitheater

Professional-grade piece will make show lighting a breeze


County Parks & Recreation Manager Shannon Hansen (from left) joined Business Development Coordinator Tara Schiff, production volunteer Greg Kittelson and director-producer Fred Friedland at a Feb. 10 ceremony greeting a new $4,000 lighting truss donated by PG&E.Standing beneath an aluminum lighting truss that arched over the county park stage, Fred Friedland struck a satisfied pose last week. “As a user […]