Walter’s roots go deep

Brooks crashed motorcycle as teen; ancestor McNally was county coroner


Walter Brooks struck a contented pose outside of Mariposa United Methodist Church last week. The local man attended Mariposa County High School in 1963. His brother Drew Brooks was older, and a standout athlete on campus. Walter purchased his suede coat and hat at the local Fremont House, he said.When longtime resident Walter Brooks became a topic linked to the […]

Unemployment rate spikes in Mariposa




While countywide unemployment numbers are hovering around the 10 percent mark, a look at the details shows some unsettling news. Taken by itself, town unemployment recently reached an astonishing 26 percent. Numbers for the entire county are less dire. California Employment Development Department recently released unemployment figures for January. According to the state, the county has a 10.6 percent rate […]

Don Pedro district approves extreme water-saving rules




The garden at the Lake Don Pedro Owners Association’s Hacienda facility is fed by an on-site well, the association’s Pam Hatler said. With groundwater scarce, landscapers will likely cut back on irrigation this spring, she said.In a possible glimpse of things to come for other county residents, the Lake Don Pedro Community Services District last week imposed an extreme set […]

Two locals girls killed in tragic vehicle collision

Head-on crash occurred on dangerous Highway 41

Tragedy struck last Saturday when a Toyota pickup crossed a Highway 41 centerline near Fresno and slammed into an auto carrying three Mariposa County residents. Khayla Choi, 13, a former Woodland Elementary School student who lived off Triangle Road with her parents, perished at the scene of the wreck. After receiving major injuries in the crash, Christina Jarrett, 19, succumbed […]

Habitat helps maintain homes for homeowners

Program aids residents with painting, repair work

Habitat for Humanity Mariposa County has worked with local homeowners to keep houses in good repair. Shown here at a 2012 project are, from left, Ken Young, Don Giedt, John Tomsick and Phyllis Staggs.Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County has done yard cleanup, exterior painting and minor repair work for homes in the county. The program, A Brush With Kindness […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



March 9 • A call from Deer Spring Road reported underage smoking. • An easement dispute occurred on Highway 49 South. • Grand theft was reported from Mountain Way. • Stray sheep were on French Camp Road. • A trespassing report was taken on Highway 140. • A burglary report was taken on Darrah Road. March 10 • A rabid […]

Hootenanny will benefit firefighters

April event will feature barbecue and raffle

The Wildland Firefighter Hootenanny will be held on Wednesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. at The Pines Resort in Bass Lake. The event is put on by the Wildland Firefighter Foundation along with The Pines Resort. There will be live entertainment by The Mountain Men String Band of Mariposa. There will also be a barbecue crafted by Chef Frabotta. There […]

Tomatoes are topic for local workshop



Mariposa County Master Gardeners Dan Horner and Helen Willoughby-Peck will present a workshop about growing tomatoes successfully. The free workshop will be held on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at Hacienda Don Pedro, 5182 Fuentes des Flores Road, La Grange. Registration can be done online at cemariposa. ucanr.edu or by calling 966-2417. Subjects covered will include seed […]

County Fire Response Report



March 9 to March 15EMS — 10Fire – 1 Escape control burnPublic Assist — 1Auto Collision – 1 Spring has sprung. It’s time to start cleaning up and getting ready for fire season. Here are some quick tips for you to get your home ready. Inside the home check and clean your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, check your fire […]

Plaza Bar in historic Hornitos gets plaque

Local Clampers honor 150+ year old building


This picture of the Plaza Bar was taken when Hornitos still had dirt roads. A plaque will be dedicated at the bar on March 28.The building that houses the Plaza Bar in Hornitos has been around for more than 150 years, made of thick adobe and sitting at the edge of the plaza that used to be the center of […]