Mariposa gun shops report spike in sales

Terrorists’ attack spurs local residents

On the heels of the Dec. 2 domestic terrorist attack in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead and scores injured, Mariposa residents have been flooding local gun shops, acquiring firearms for personal protection. Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies said he believes there are two primary motivators. He sees a definite uptick in firearm purchases for personal protection, but he […]

Merry Mountain Christmas Parade steps off Saturday eve

A float in a prior Merry Mountain Christmas Parade was decorated with lights and elves. The parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 12 starting at 5:15 p.m.It’s Christmas time in Mariposa, and for a lot of folks, that means bundling up and watching the annual lighted Merry Mountain Christmas Parade through downtown, and then the lighting of the community Christmas […]

Caltrans in quandry after recent slide

Independent evaluation sought after Nov. 18 event

On the evening of Nov. 18, a massive rock slide destroyed steel netting meant to hold rocks in place at the State Route 140 Ferguson Slide Permanent Restoration Project. The talus covered half of the already excavated highway surface being prepared for the construction of a rock shed.The latest, massive rock slide that occurred at the State Route 140 Ferguson […]

Anti-CUP petition gathering steam

Backers of a referendum petition, against a General Plan amendment that would place all mining under a conditional use permit, have been busy the last week gathering signatures. There’s more than 20 petition packets out there, according to Bob Borchard, who is spearheading the effort. Borchard was stationed at Pioneer Market this past weekend. Other places where people have been […]

Black Friday brings green to merchants and shoppers

Some customers came from Fresno, Merced

For a lot of people, Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when shoppers take advantage of big discounts at stores, meant waiting in the cold for large stores to open, and then fighting off other shoppers to get the best deals. Not in Mariposa. Although the lines of people weren’t there, a lot of locals, plus people from other cities, […]

Storms fizzle, rain forecast

While Mariposa County is above average in rainfall for the month of November, the El Niño that is expected to hit the state is still lurking in the equatorial Pacific. In the month of November, Mariposa received a total of 5.18 inches of rain, and Yosemite and the Sierra saw snow dust the mountains. The average amount of rain the […]

Romantic weekend basket winner

The staff at John C. Fremont Healthcare District was thrilled to learn that Mariposa County Deputy Sheriff Rudy Mirelez was the winner of the romantic weekend gift basket raffle for Friends of Hospice. Mirelez was surprised, because he didn’t buy a raffle ticket. One of the district’s employees, who wanted to remain anonymous, bought the raffle ticket for the deputy, […]

Mariposa Community Chorus performs Christmas favorites

Dec. 15 event features many holiday tunes

The Mariposa Community Chorus will put on its annual Christmas concert performance Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Fiester Auditorium at Mariposa County High School. This year, the chorus will be joined by the Merced Cuivre French Horn ensemble, directed by Ken Mackie. The concert is titled “A Christmas Remembrance” and the evening will feature a wide variety […]


Nov. 30 • Suspicious circumstances were reported from Oak Grove School Road. • A caller from Ponderosa Court reported a “found turtle.” • Vandalism to a lock was reported on French Camp Road. • An easement dispute occurred on Hirsch Road. • A caller from Whispering Pines reported “dogs at large.” Dec. 1 • Trespassing was reported from the 5th […]

Peddlin’ for the ‘Claus’

Dr. Phillip DeBry, on an exercise bike, chats with Dave and Shelly Gerken during last Saturday’s ‘Wonderland’ fundraiser held in a gigantic tent set up on the Mariposa County Courthouse grounds. The event, which raises thousands of dollars for Valley Children’s Hospital, was presented for the third year in a row by Pure Training Studio and its sponsors…. An online […]