Judge grants molestation victims over $6 million



Two female victims in a 2010 molestation case have been awarded more than $6 million in damages. Mariposa County Superior Court Judge Michael Fagalde made the ruling recently following a court trial. The case involves William “Bill” Terry MacDonald of Hornitos, who is now serving 112 years to life in prison. In 2010, MacDonald was convicted by a Mariposa County […]

Early Yosemite visitation spikes, Aramark to invest heavily at Park



A rainbow formed last Saturday at Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park. This aerial photo shows how strong the falls are running. Park officials said falls in the Park are running stronger this year than in the past five years. Visitation at the Park is rising rapidly, as well, causing traffic concerns.Visitation this year at Yosemite National Park is “off […]

Complaint prompts two mental health board resignations



Conflict of interest was cited as the reason two members of the Mariposa County Mental Health Board have been asked to resign. The issue arose earlier this month during a meeting of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors when an area citizen made a complaint. The complaint was filed by resident Kitty Hawkins, who made a presentation to the supervisors. […]

Technology target of learning for Mariposa schools



Eighth grader Nolan Lyle follows along on his laptop with a lesson in Theresa Kraemer’s class.Technology can take you places. That’s the message the Mariposa County Unifed School District is hoping to send to the community — and to its own students. The use of technology has increased across the district, and for good reason, explained superintendent Robin Hopper. “The […]

Child safety seat assistance will be focus of event in area

Program will be held May 7 in Mariposa

California Highway Patrol officer Adrian Perez installs a child safety seat in a vehicle. The CHP will be helping area residents with child seats during a May 7 event in Mariposa.There’s nothing more precious than a child. With that in mind, the California Highway Patrol will be conducting a child safety seat check in early May. “The goal is to […]

SHERIFFS’ REPORT



April 11 • Possible embezzlement was reported in the Mariposa area. • An assault and battery report was taken in the Allred Road area. • Sexual battery was reported at the County Park in Mariposa. • A suspicious person report was taken on 12th Street in Mariposa. April 12 • There was a petty theft report on Old Highway near […]

COUNTY FIRE RESPONSE REPORT

April 11 - April 17

EMS – 8Fires – 2Public Assists – 3Auto Collisions – 1 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 […]

Crime victims honored during County ceremony

One victim tells his personal story of encounter

Tyler Sparks tells his story during a ceremony held last week at the courtyard near the county complex in Mariposa. Sparks was a victim of crime in the County and praised a program that helps people in that situation.Tyler Sparks had no idea what might happen. “How that gun didn’t go off I’ll never know,” said Sparks. Sparks was the […]

John Carrier announces his bid for another term as supervisor



John CarrierDistrict 5 Supervisor John Carrier has announced he will seek a second term as Mariposa County District 5 Supervisor. Supervisor Carrier has been a reliable, skillful, and effective problem solver who continues to work to meet the needs of the residents of District 5 and Mariposa County, remaining dedicated and steadfast in his work to better both District 5 […]

How to slow tree mortality remains unclear for officials

Subject was main topic during Gateway Partners meeting in Yosemite

The devastation caused by tree mortality can especially be seen from the air. This is an area of trees in eastern Mariposa County that has been hard-hit by the devastation. Some officials estimate that up to 90 percent of Ponderosa pines could be destroyed by a combination of drought and pine beetles.The man in charge of tree mortality in California […]