Five grants awarded by First 5

Preschool, others receive funds

Mariposa County First 5 funded five grants for 2015- 2016. The grants were awarded to the Mariposa County Office of Education for $16,882 for an instructional aide in the transitional kindergarten classroom at Mariposa Elementary School from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018 and to the Mariposa County Health Department for the children’s dental health program that funds the […]

Willow Fire razes over 1,500 acres

450 structures threatened in Central Camp

A Neptune Aviation BAe-146 air tanker drops a 3,000 gallon load of retardant in front of the Willow Fire Saturday afternoon south east of Bass Lake. The fire began Saturday around 2:30 p.m., near Road 274 and Willow Canyon Drive in Madera County.A wildland fire that broke out Saturday in the Sierra National Forest near Bass Lake had scorched 2,077 […]

Saturday benefit will aid local resident



A benefit for Shannon Hansen, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, and her family is being held on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. at 5260 Carlton Road in Mariposa. The event will be a dinner with a no-host bar, music and a silent auction. Dinner and catering will be donated by River Rock Inn, and there will be beverages […]

Pot grower pleads guilty to sex trafficking

Lee was arrested last year for illegal grow

A Bay Area man who was arrested in April of 2014 in Mariposa County for growing pot, was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex trafficking. Jimmy Gong Lee, 55, was part of a sex trafficking ring, according to California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. Lee was arrested at gunpoint last year in Mariposa County after law enforcement […]

Indictment returned for marijuana cultivation

Jimenez charged with four counts

A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment on Thursday, July 23, against Juan Pedro Jimenez, 39, of Ensenada, Mexico. According to court documents, on July 8, Jimenez was found at the cultivation site on Chowchilla Mountain in the Sierra National Forest in Mariposa County. The marijuana garden was identified as an illegal Mexican cartel drug trafficking operation. Jimenez was […]

Perez claims gold medal



Mariposa CHP Officer Adrian Perez, pictured above at right, recently competed in the World Police and Fire Games (commonly referred to as the Police Olympics). Over 12,000 competitors from over 60 different countries competed at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Officer Perez competed in track and field on July 3 and 4. He earned a gold medal for first […]

Training class for new CASA volunteers set to begin Aug. 3



CASA of Mariposa County staff and volunteers include (front from left) Sheree Tedrow (Advocate), Linda Erhardt (Advocate), Patti Burgess (Advisory Council), Pam Gingold (Advocate), Sheila Paige (Advisory Council), Catherine Pichel (Advocate), and Kathy Heftner (Advocate); (back row) Izzi Stalder (CASA Program Specialist), Nancy Carroll (Advocate), Danny Fluke (Advisory Council), Dave Clayton (Advisory Council), Caroline Fruth CASA Program Director), Maggie Vilott […]

Berryhill, Bigelow to meet with constituents

Aug. 21 event held in two towns

Sen. Tom Berryhill and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow will be in Mariposa County on Aug. 21. County residents are invited to attend a morning coffee at the Miner’s Roadhouse 140, 5159 Highway 140, from 9 to 11 a.m. The two legislators will also be at the Coarsegold Chamber in Coarsegold Historic Village from 2 to 3 p.m. Discussion will be on […]

Firefighters need information on water tanks



In Mariposa County, we have two threatening issues. One being the high fire danger and the other being our water storage. In recent months, many citizens of Mariposa County have installed water storage tanks, plus you have the citizens that already have such tanks. I was also informed that in one area of the county the residents all pitched in […]

Supervisors divided by government versus business



I attended the afternoon meeting of the board of supervisors on Tuesday, July 14 for the special hearing concerning conditional use permits (CUP) for mining in Mariposa County. I listened to many people voice their concerns and desires, pro and con, while studying the Mariposa County Planning Department’s handout regarding the options being considered. The agriculture people and the Mariposans […]