Deputies step up enforcement in park, on streets

More patrols address concerns about homeless

After complaints from business owners at a meeting in March about local homeless people, law enforcement has cracked down on parkgoers and downtown regulars who are breaking the law. Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies said patrols have been stepped up. And the number of arrests show it. Back in 2005, from January through April, deputies responded to 10 transient person, […]

Marchin’ for a cure

Dozens of local residents toured the course during the Mariposa Relay for Life event last weekend at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Pictured above are a few members of the Mariposa Martial Arts team, which consisted of 33 adults and youngsters, as they endured the warmest termperatures so far this spring. According to event organizer, Kathie Hollan, the fundraiser banked $31,497.55 […]

Concert series launches Friday in Franklin’s memory

Trespassers kick it off this weekend

“Cousin” Jack FranklinThe Mariposa County Arts Council is hosting the 24th year of Cousin Jack’s Mariposa Evenings, starting on Friday, June 5 at the Mariposa County Art Park stage. The free concerts have been a Mariposa tradition since 1991. The concerts are held in memory of “Cousin” Jack Franklin, who was a minstrel, street musician, promoter and Mariposa County resident. […]

Mariposa County sees residents leaving area

In 2014, more than 358,000 people moved to California. And while most counties throughout the state had upswings in population, Mariposa County bucked the trend and actually saw people leave the county. According to the California Department of Finance, the state’s population grew by 0.9 percent in 2014. But Mariposa County population fell from 17,843 to 17,791, a change of […]

As Caltrans touts progress, engineers prepare to probe

Ferguson Project is searching for rockshed-anchoring options

A truck and trailer picked up rockslide material during the Ferguson Project’s recent talusremoval phase. The route will not be safe for the public until a rockshed structure is built through this zone, however.The Ferguson Project is facing a major engineering challenge—even as Caltrans trumpets an early end to the project’s rubble-hauling phase. While motorists are seeing less traffic now […]

Fires mark beginning of season; CAL FIRE urges extra vigilance

County-wide residential burn ban is now in effect

With the 2015 fire season officially here, two wildland fires that burned in Mariposa County last weekend brought the reality of fire season home, also prompting Tuesday’s banning of all outdoor residential burning by CAL FIRE.  A fire near Hornitos, in the vicinity of Mt. Gaines Road and Road Number 9, east of Hornitos, burned about 50 acres on Saturday, […]

Fire Safe Council secures three grants

Money will help fire prevetion

Mariposa County Fire Safe Council Executive Director Megan Atkinson, right, accepts a grant award from Corey Peters, center, of PG&E. Bob Bartholomew, chairman of the Fire Safe Council, is on the left.The Mariposa County Fire Safe Council recently announced that three large fuel reduction grants have been awarded to the group for the implementation of fuel reduction projects throughout Mariposa […]


May 25 • Illegal dumping of tires was reported from Mt. Bullion Cutoff. • A cat was trapped in a culvert on Creel Road. • A report of threats was received from Trower Road. • Petty theft was reported from Highway 49 North. • A suspicious person was on Carleton Road. • A domestic dispute occurred on Watt Road. May […]

Photos needed for recycling calendar

Entries due by June 18

The Mariposa County Public Works Solid Waste and Recycling Division is looking for photographs for the annual recycling calendar for the 2015-16 edition. Photos of nature, landscapes, historical buildings and other aspects of Mariposa County will be accepted for consideration. Photos must be in by Thursday, June 18. Selected photos will be featured in the calendar that is distributed at […]

This ring returned—after 33 years in river

Like other recent recovery, action of strangers was key

Office manager Betty Oliver of the local District Attorney’s office shows off the class ring she recently recovered after it went missing close to 35 years ago. “It’s crazy, unbelievable,” she said of the story.Betty Oliver’s class ring has endured more twists and turns than the hero of a cliffhanging novel. It was lost, then found, then lost again. Last […]