Supervisors vote to remove Bernikoff from commission

Heather Bernikoff addresses the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 8. Bernikoff was removed from her role as a planning commissioner.Despite addressing the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 8 and describing the good she has been doing as a planning commissioner, Heather Bernikoff was removed from her position in a unanimous vote. Supervisor Marshall Long, of District […]

Christmas Parade draws a crowd

Mariposa County Sheriff Deputy Rudy Mirelez, left, Ethan Mirelez, Christine Mirelez, Sheriff Doug Binnewies and Laurie Binnewies wave to the crowd during the Merry Mountain Christmas Parade along Highway 140 in downtown Mariposa last Saturday evening. After the parade, about 500 people trekked up to the Mariposa Lions Club’s Christmas Tree Lighting at the courthouse. There were free hot dogs […]

Horserider discovers abandoned child in remote Hites Cove area

Three-year-old child rescued, mother jailed

Heather EscandonWhat began as a picturesque horseback ride in the sundrenched Sierra National Forest on Dec. 9 evolved from what could have been a horrible tragedy into a Christmas miracle. That morning Katrina Stone of Mariposa took her horse Siren to the Jerseydale area for a ride, an exercise she has taken several times. On this day, however, she decided […]

Community opens wallets and hearts for less fortunate

Manna House, sheriff’s deputies distribute goods

Last year, Manna House gave out about 200 Christmas dinners to Mariposa residents. Here, from left, Pastor Ginger Foster, Rae Sanchez, Jerry Griffith and Richard Lozano box up food.Tomorrow, Dec. 18, the Mariposa County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (DSA) and Mariposa Manna House will make their annual distributions of children’s toys and family Christmas dinner components to almost 200 needy families […]

Area welcomes more snow, rain

Yosemite National Park got snow during last week’s storms, which dropped from one to two feet of snow in the high country. This is a view of Half Dome during last Friday’s snow storm in Yosemite Valley.Two storms that rolled through Mariposa County on Friday and Monday brought welcome snow to the mountains and almost two inches of rain to […]

School board names Collins to fill empty seat

From leading horseback rides in Yosemite to working as a teacher and coach, Robert L. Collins has a wide variety of experience in many areas. The teaching and coaching will help Collins serve on the Mariposa County Unified School District board. Collins was appointed to the empty District 5 seat at a meeting of the board on Tuesday, Dec. 8. […]

JCF employees donate to Manna House

For the fifth year, the John C. Fremont Employees’ Association sponsored a wreath and silent auction to raise funds for Manna House. The association supplied each department with a plain wreath to decorate, and on Dec. 9, 17 decorated wreaths were displayed in the main hall of the hospital for viewing and judging. This year, first place was won by […]

Farm Bureau elects Toso as second VP

Delegates to the 97th California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting have re-elected Paul Wenger of Modesto as president and elected two new vice presidents. Jamie Johansson of Oroville was elected first vice president and Tony Toso of Hornitos was elected second vice president. The elections occurred on the final day of the meeting, held recently in Reno. Toso was elected […]


Dec. 7 • Calls reporting suspicious circumstances were received from Old Highway South and Darrah Road. • A report of vehicle tampering was received from Live Oak Road. • A caller on Garcia Court reported “uncontained chickens.” • A barking dogs complaint was received from French Camp Road. • A domestic dispute occurred on 10th Street. Dec. 8 • A […]

Sharing secrets with Santa

Sierra McGuire, left, age 3, and her sister, Geneva McGuire, age 4, visit with Santa Claus during the Mariposa Lions CLub’s Christmas Tree Lighting at the Mariposa County Courthouse on Saturday evening…. 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 here to order […]