County’s pines are being ravaged by bark beetles

Critical window for homeowner clearing of dead trees may end in a month


Homeowner and CAL FIRE Captain Gordon Dulcich (from left) investigated a beetle gallery under the bark of a felled ponderosa pine with daughters Jaylynn and Elainna last week.Sandwiched between Mariposa Creek and the county park above town, homeowner Gordon Dulcich was feeling the heat in advance of this year’s fire season last week. The longtime resident, who works as a […]

Bulging number of homeless here may exceed Oakhurst’s

Downtown business owners are fed up with familiar jobless faces


Daffodils bloomed as a group of men lounged in the town Art Park on a late-February afternoon. Originally created as a venue for music and other events, the space is now a crossroads for idle individuals during the day.Business owner Susan Clark has now seen it all, she said on Monday at The Vintage Lariat, where she is co-owner. Last […]

Hodson named CAO




Mary HodsonMary Hodson, a numbers whiz who has worked with four county chief administrators, was named County Administrative Officer, or CAO, on Tuesday. Hodson’s selection fills the top spot with an experienced administrator who will provide continuity as the county moves forward with half a dozen new faces this month. “I think it’s good for the county,” Hodson said this […]

Forest Service cuts may crimp law enforcement

Safety, anti-marijuana work possibly affected


The loss of U.S. Forest Service law enforcement positions may soon have an impact on keeping the peace on federal land in Mariposa County. The Forest Service has announced that in order to help fight and suppress wildfires during the fire season that has become hotter and drier, it will be cutting back on law enforcement. According to Public Employees […]

Hornitos readies for 66th annual enchilada fiesta




Folkloric dancers entertain the crowd at the 2013 Hornitos enchilada dinner. The event will be held this Saturday, March 7 at Golden Stag Hall in Hornitos.Although the tiny town of Hornitos has less than 100 residents, on Saturday, March 7, there will be hundreds of people there. The annual Hornitos enchilada dinner will be served in a village that is […]

New beds are donated to John C. Fremont Hospital

Acute nursing facility gets lift from family's gift

Leone Sutherland, second from right and Glenn Sutherland, right, recently donated beds to John C. Fremont Hospital. Shown with with the Sutherlands with one of the beds are, from left, Mike McCreary, chairman of the board of directors of Fremont, Theresa Loya, registered nurse, Rebecca Swisher, registered nurse and the acute nursing manager, and Alan MacPhee, chief executive officer of […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Feb. 23 • An out-of-control juvenile was on East Whitlock Road. • A neighbor dispute occurred on Vista Grande Way. • A child custody issue occurred on Mueller Court. • A report of assault and battery was taken on Old Highway North. • Suspicious circumstances were reported from Hornitos Road in Cathey’s Valley. • A suspicious person was reported on […]

County Fire Response Report



Feb. 23 to Mar. 1 EMS — 8Fire – 1Public Assist — 1Auto Collision – 0 It’s time to kick off Daylight Savings Time. This Sunday at 2 am (or Saturday night for most of us) we will need to “spring forward” and change all of our clocks to reflect the time change. Mariposa County Fire wants to remind everyone […]

Holdin’ on



Mariposa County Unified School District Superintendent Robin Hopper hangs on to her mount during last Thursday night’s Donkey Basketball event at MCHS. The annual event helps cap the MCHS FFA group’s celebration of National FFA Week…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and password below. Not a […]

Snow report bad, and not just for skiers, boarders

Groundwater is recharged by snow, wells to suffer without it


These skiers enjoyed close to two feet of snow at the county’s Badger Pass ski area in December. Conditions have run downhill ever since, however, with the facility closing on Jan. 19 due to lack of snow.Yosemite Ranger Rob Pilewski issued a stunning snow report prior to last weekend’s modest storm— just two inches on the ground at 8,600-ft. Tuolumne […]