No drought buster



The forecast El Niño that brought above normal rainfall to Mariposa County in January is being blocked by a high pressure ridge hovering over California, according to the National Weather Service. Pictured above is the Merced River at Bagby, still just a sliver of its former size. No significant precipitation is in the immediate forecast, as the storms are being […]

Cameron saves classmate by performing Heimlich maneuver during class

Junior learned the move in the Grizzly Fire program

Superintendent of Mariposa County Unified School District Robin Hopper, second from right, presents a recognition plaque to Mariposa County High School junior Jerry Cameron. A fellow student was choking at school and Cameron, who is enrolled in the Grizzly Fire program, performed a successful Heimlich maneuver on the student. On the left is board member Bob Collins, and on the […]

Fairgrounds’ depleted reserves leave facility close to life support

Funds will be exhausted in two years

Brian Bullis, general manager of the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, wants the community to know of the financial difficulties the fairgrounds is experiencing after the state cut much of the funding in 2011.One of the most important pieces of property in Mariposa County, the fairgrounds, is on financial life support and local officials are searching for answers to keep it alive. […]

Deputies bust mystery grow on Allred Road

Marijuana plants eradicated

Earlier this month, a friend of a friend, contacted a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office detective about a suspected illegal marijuana grow in the Allred Road area. The detective walked onto the suspected site from an adjacent residence, where he discovered what appeared to be several hundred marijuana plants growing. He also observed a propane generator and propane tanks at the […]

Mariposa’s grades in tobacco control are not exactly stellar



Two Fs, a D and a C. That’s how the American Lung Association rates local tobacco control in Mariposa County. The non-profit organization recently released a statewide assessment of how smoking is dealt with, and tracked progress on tobacco control across California. In the state, three tobacco control policy grades are assigned to each city and county, and are smoke-free […]

Lady Grizzlies romp



Hope McCoy, left, and Re Broomfield, right, of Mariposa County High School, apply defensive pressure against a Ben Holt College Prep Academy player Tuesday night in Loyd Hobby Gymnasium. The Lady Grizzlies’ won, 51-45, to advance to the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To […]

Humorist Jim May brings stories to Mariposa festival

Illinois native is Emmy Award winner

The Mariposa County Arts Council’s 29th Storytelling Festival will feature humorist Jim May.Jim May, a humorist and storyteller, will be one of the featured speakers at the Mariposa County Arts Council’s 29th annual Storytelling Festival, scheduled to take place March 11 to 13. May is an Emmy Award winner, along with being an author, storyteller and humorist. He tells stories […]

State’s wildlife action plan earns approval



California’s key wildlife conservation planning tool, the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP), has received final approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The plan, which recently underwent a comprehensive 10-year update, also won the California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) award for Outstanding Environmental Resource Document. The award will be presented at the AEP conference in San Diego […]

SHERIFFS’ REPORT



Feb. 15 • A caller from Rancheria Creek in Midpines reported “stray cat problems.” • Trespassing reports were received from Piney Creek Road and Indian Peak Road. • A report of threats was received from Hirsch Road. • A resident on Sawmill Springs made inquiries about eviction. • Suspicious circumstances were reported from Arbolada Road. Feb. 16 • A physical […]

COUNTY FIRE RESPONSE REPORT

Feb. 15 – Feb. 21

EMS – 19Fire – 10Public Assist – 5Auto Collision – 0 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 […]