Long effort is now paying off for Ben Hur wine pioneers

South county zone is winning recognition for white varietals

Mike and Leslie Rauch enjoyed a light moment while tending vines in their Ben Hur Road vineyard last week. With neighbor George Radanovich, the pair are now seeing some fruits of their labor following several decades of experimentation.About five miles below Highway 49 South, Ben Hur Road enters a picturesque valley. Here, with granite soil and summers that grow hot, […]

Former airliners are ready to return if wildfires threaten

Big craft are a welcome sight to residents

During the Bridge Fire in September of 2014, this former DC-10 airliner was used to drop retardant on the fire. The big jets lay down 11,600 gallons per load, enough to protect homes and structures, and head off catastrophic events, firefighters say.Three airplanes that used to haul passengers across the Atlantic ocean are now flying the skies on the West […]

Hall of Fame Dinner is set for Saturday

Students, standout, and supporters will be honored

The 17th-annual Grizzly Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction will be held in Building A at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds this Saturday. The social hour runs from 6 to 7 p.m. with the dinner and ceremony held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and they can be purchased at Mariposa Feed and Supply on Highway 140, or at […]

‘Three-month’ paint job will close the bridge at Briceburg

Tentative schedule would shut access for a full quarter of 2015

Perhaps due to a bad primer coat in the 1990s, the suspension bridge at Briceburg is now losing patches of its silver paint. The bridge gives access to a 4.8-mile section of dirt road and three campgrounds of the Merced River Recreation Area.A badly-needed paint job for the Briceburg suspension bridge may halt public access to the Merced River Recreation […]


Katana Johnson was all smiles during Mariposa County High School’s 99th commencement on Friday, June 12 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds in the Gold Bowl. A total of 118 students marched in the ceremony…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and password below. Not a subscriber? Please click […]


Farmer Michael Faro (right) of Raw Roots Cathey’s Valley chatted with customer Andrew Glikin of Mariposa at last Wednesday’s farmer’s market. At center rear is Faro’s wife and business partner Lauren Faro. The weekly market operates from 5 to 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the parking lot at the west end of 6th Street in town…. An online subscription is […]

Arts Council names local award winner

Babintseva gets recognition

The Mariposa County Arts Council recently announced that Darya Babintseva was selected as the recipient of the council’s 2015 award, which is presented each year to a graduating high school senior. Babintseva was recognized for her active participation in both choreography and performance with the Mariposa County High School Dance Club at school rallies and on Arts Night, as well […]

Agency to identify community needs

It desires local input for funds

The Calaveras-Mariposa Community Action Agency (CMCAA) recently completed a community needs assessment to help identify the top community needs and guide funding decisions made by the CMCAA board. Each year, CMCAA distributes $69,673 in funding to Mariposa’s communitybased organizations which operate programs that serve low-income individuals in the community. On June 23, at the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors meeting, […]


June 8 • A call was received from Highway 49 North reporting a rattlesnake. • A petty theft report was taken on Avoca Vale Road. • A child abuse report was received from Lakeside Drive. • A scam was report on Smithers Road. • A suspicious person was on 6th Street. • Vandalism was reported from Highway 49 North. • […]

Friends of the Fairgrounds host annual event

Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds Foundation is hosting its fourth-annual Sausage and Suds Sampler on Saturday, June 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. The evening will include sampling of different sausages and beers. Tickets are $35 per person presale and $40 at the door, and entitles the buyer to taste all the selections. There will […]