Nature shrugs, netting shredded

New slide erases summer’s progress

This photo of the most recent slide at the site of the Ferguson Restoration Project clearly shows how the supporting netting installed by Caltrans last summer had been torn from the hillside, and the excavated highway surface being prepared for construction of a rock shed has been buried.Last week Mother Nature delivered a significant blow to Caltrans’ State Route 140 […]

County’s suicide rate is second highest in state

Rural areas see more deaths

Mariposa County has a lot to offer residents — beautiful scenery, low crime rates and a small population. But the County has another side to it, a darker side that drives some people to take the drastic step to suicide. According to the California Department of Public Health, the suicide rate in the rural counties of the state is not […]

Supes pile on mining rules

Smallcombe, Caan, Carrier pass CUP

Mariposa County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 on Nov. 17 to amend the General Plan, making all mining subject to a discretionary, conditional use permit (CUP). The decision was announced after a lengthy, contentious three-hour-plus public hearing before a crowd of 65 at the supervisors chambers. Previously, mining was a permitted endeavor in the General Plan in Agriculture Working Landscape […]

Merchants offering small-town shopping, big deals on Black Friday

Saturday also brings discounts

Lisa Yonkers, left, of Brunswick, Ohio, checks out ornaments Monday at the Mariposa Company Store. On the right, checking out her cell phone, is Kim Kopowski, formerly of Ohio who now lives in Burbank. Mariposa stores are gearing up for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, with Christmas decorations already up in many stores. Plenty of retailers will be holding […]

Dentists challenge donors to Habitat

Dr. Dennis Miller, left, and Dr. Timothy Barnes, right, are challenging donors to match their donations to Mariposa Habitat for Humanity. Shown with the dentists is Beth Tomsick of Habitat.Timothy Barnes and Dennis Miller, local dentists at General Dentistry in Mariposa, are again challenging year-end donors to Habitat for Humanity to match their donation of $1,500 for safe, decent, affordable […]

Local studio hosts ‘Wonderland’ event

Pure Training Studio is hosting “Wonderland,” a Christmas-themed family event on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mariposa County Courthouse. The event will feature a 5K run/walk, a reindeer ride stationary bike competition, children’s activities and a silent auction. In the past, the event has raised more than $6,000 for Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, […]


Nov. 17 • Theft of mail was reported from Meadow Lane. • A petty theft report was taken on Circle Drive. • A vandalism report was received from French Camp Road. • A suspicious vehicle was on Stroming Road. • A report of trespassing was received from Chilnualna Falls Road in Fish Camp. Nov. 18 • Two loose horses were […]


 Peter Hanson Age: 38Height: 6’0’Weight: 200Bail Amount: $75,000 Wanted for: Burglary and vandalism If you know the whereabouts of this individual, please contact the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. You do not need to identify yourself, inform the person answering the phone that you have information about a person who has an active arrest warrant in Mariposa. If you have contact […]

Book sale held twice

Books Galore!, a twiceweekly book sale offered by the Mariposa Friends of the Library, is open for business from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Friday and Tuesday. The location is Merle’s Room at the Mariposa Library, 4978 10th Street in town. … An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter […]

Wood sculptor brings birds and fish to life

Sometimes people think carvings are taxidermy

This owl was created by wood sculptor William Bishop of Mariposa. Bishop moved to the area six months ago from Washington state to be closer to family members.One of the biggest compliments Mariposa wood sculptor William Bishop received occurred during his first Ducks Unlimited dinner years ago. A man walked up behind his sculpture, checked to see if anyone was […]