Proclamation gives teeth to fire prevention efforts

Offenders face misdemeanor

Last August, the Junction Fire ravaged eastern Madera County, destroying 47 structures, including multiple family homes. A homeless encampment on the northeast corner of Oakhurst was named as the origin point, and the proclamation issued earlier this month by CAL FIRE Unit Chief Nancy Koerperich is aimed at avoiding a repeat performance amid California’s record-setting drought and skyrocketing temperatures.Last August, […]

Intoxicated man’s threats, brandishing lands him in slammer

Replica firearm hidden near St. Joseph’s

Mitchell AmondsLast Wednesday an intoxicated man, Mitchell Larry Amonds, 46, found out that making terrorist threats and brandishing even a replica firearm will earn you a trip to jail. Around 7:30 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were summoned to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mariposa where a subject was reported brandishing a weapon and issuing threats. St. Joseph’s is a participant in […]

Residents with dry wells may qualify for help

USDA offers low-cost loans

Nate Nichols, left, and Dan Sabol, both employees of Yosemite Falls Well Drilling, work on a well in Bootjack. Drillers are seeing more wells going dry in the county.Mark Harris has been busy. Real busy. Harris, the owner of Yosemite Falls Well Drilling Inc. in Mariposa, has been sinking new wells, extending older wells and helping people who are dealing […]

County cooling centers are ready to open when extreme heat hits

State may see record high temps in July

Summer has hit Mariposa County, and the rest of the state, with blistering temperatures and the possibility that June may go down as one of the hottest months on record. The National Weather Service has predicted that temperatures will continue to be hot through the first week of July, and many areas of California, including Mariposa, will continue to see […]

Social media addiction is real, according to experts

Excessive Internet use works like drugs on brain

Social media addiction is a reality for many people, who can go online 50 or more times every day. Too much time online affects not only adults, but children also, who may end up not using their imagination.It’s an addiction like any other. People crave it, obsessively think about it and the addiction often cuts them off from their families […]


Sharon Peterson (at right) fills the sample cup of an attendee at the Summerfest Sausage and Suds fundraiser held at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds last Saturday evening. The popular, fourth annual event was presented by the Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds Foundation. Peterson poured at the Ranch Fence booth. Dozens of other businesses and organizations were represented…. An online subscription […]

DeSandres honored by Mariposa Lions Club

Coach is citizen of the year

Trace DeSandres, left, was recently named Citizen of the Year by the Mariposa Lions Club. Chris Chase, right, presented DeSandres with a plaque in his honor.The Mariposa Lions Club recently named Trace DeSandres as its 2015 citizen of the year. DeSandres was born in Yosemite Valley, attended El Portal Elementary School and Mariposa County High School. He was very active […]


June 22 • A prowler was reported from Stroming Road. • Illegal camping was reported in the 5th Street parking lot. • A petty theft report was taken on 10th Street. • A domestic dispute occurred on East Westfall Road. • A suspicious person was on Highway 49 South. June 23 • Trespassing was reported from Buckmeadows Road. • A […]

Monthly bingo back in action

Golden Agers Bingo is held on the first Friday of every month, and everyone over the age of 18 is invited to attend the game at the Senior Activity Center, 5246 Spriggs Lane in Mariposa. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 6:30 p.m. The event features pull tabs and big pots. Food is available, along with free […]

Gem and Mineral Club will meet next Sunday

The Mariposa Gem & Mineral Club meets at 4 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum at the county fairgrounds. Visitors are welcome. Information: 742-7625. … 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 […]