Dead and dying trees cause formidable crisis

Officials struggle with methods to address disaster


This 100-foot, dead Ponderosa Pine was felled by Bob Evans of Evans Tree Service at Mariposa County Park on Jan. 21. Evans, at bottom of picture with orange hard hat, said the tree had a “significant cavity” inside.An action plan is currently underway on roadway easements to mitigate the dangers associated with dead and dying trees in Mariposa County. CAL […]

County officials seek to regulate vacation rentals

Some proposed changes meet resistance


Around 50 people attended an informational meeting Jan. 21 regarding vacation rentals in Mariposa County. Mike Kinslow, building department director, left, Sarah Williams, planning director, and Dave Conway, environmental health director, listen to concerns from those in attendance in the board of supervisors’ chambers.An information meeting about vacational rentals and proposed amendments to Mariposa County code and policy drew 50 […]

Human trafficking is a real danger, even in Mariposa



Human trafficking is usually thought of as happening in more populated counties than Mariposa. But it does happen here. That’s part of the reason that the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors proclaimed January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Last year, two Bay Area men who had been arrested in 2014 in Mariposa County for growing pot, pleaded guilty to running […]

County’s home sales, prices see a downturn from last year

Mariposa slowly catching up with rest of the state

Bucking a state-wide trend of rebounding home sale prices, Mariposa County instead saw prices go down from last year at the same time. According to the California Association of Realtors, in December of 2015 the average home in the County sold for $233,330. That’s a drop from November of 2015, when prices were averaging $283,330. And in December of 2014, […]

Youth art exhibit opens at gallery



A youth art exhibit will open Feb. 4 at the Mariposa Arts Council’s Treetop Gallery.The Mariposa County Arts Council is hosting its annual Young Master’s Youth Exhibition, which will run Feb. 4 through Feb. 28. There will be a public opening reception Feb. 4 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Treetop Gallery. The special juried exhibition provides the youth […]

Sierra National Forest holds OHV meeting



The Sierra National Forest will host an open house Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Sierra National Forest Headquarters, 1600 Tollhouse Road in Clovis between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is for the public to review and comment on the forest’s off-highway vehicles (OHV) preliminary 2015/2016 grant cycle application. Feedback from the meeting will be considered […]

St. Joseph’s will host annual sale



St. Joseph’s Ladies’ Guild is sponsoring its annual rummage sale Friday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish hall at the church, 4985 Bullion Street in Mariposa. The Guild promises “bargains galore” in this sale which is often touted as the “best rummage sale in the […]

SHERIFFS’ REPORT



Jan. 18 • Suspicious circumstances calls were received from the trailer court in El Portal, Jones Street, and Highway 140 in Mariposa. • A dog was chasing livestock on Watt Road. • A suspicious vehicle was on Old Oak Lane. • A domestic dispute occurred on Guadalupe Creek Road. • A noise complaint was received from St. Andrews Road. Jan. […]

COUNTY FIRE RESPONSE REPORT

Jan. 18 - Jan. 24

EMS – 5Fire – 2Public Assist – 1Auto Collision – 4 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 14 volunteer stations located throughout the county. If you are 18 years of age and possess a valid CA driver’s license, we would love to hear from you. Positions are available for fire, medical, and various support duties. No experience necessary […]

Legion to meet on Wednesday



All veterans are welcome at meetings of the local American Legion Post 567, according to post commander Scott Cummings. The post holds its meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, followed by dinner and a social. For more information, call Cummings at 966- 7306 or email him at alpost567@earthlink.net. … An online subscription is required to […]