President Obama, family pay visit to Yosemite

President Barack Obama gave a speech in Yosemite Valley on Saturday with Yosemite Fall in the background. The President spoke about the importance of national parks.Preserving national parks. That was the theme this past weekend from President Barack Obama as he and his family spent time in Yosemite National Park. It was the first time since 1962 that a sitting […]

School bond will be on ballot this November

It’s official. The Mariposa County Unified School District board of trustees will place a bond measure on the November ballot. The board agreed to move forward with the process during the June 16 board meeting. With the County schools in need of repair and update, the board decided to proceed with seeking potentially up to $24 million. “Facilities are aging […]

Burning ban now in effect

It was inevitable. Even though there have been steady rains in Mariposa County this winter and spring, drought conditions continue. Because of that, CAL FIRE officials have suspended all burn permits for outdoor residential burning. The permits are for the State Responsibility Areas of Mariposa, Madera and Merced counties. The burning suspension went into effect last week. The suspension bans […]

Doug Chappell newest school board member

Superintendent Robin Hopper congratulates Doug Chappell, the newest member of the school board, during a meeting last week.A new school board member was recently appointed. Following the resignation of District 1 board member Joe Rabon, Mariposa County Unified School District (MCUSD) officials recently invited applications from eligible candidates for the vacant seat. Doug Chappell, a community member and recently retired […]

New assistant DA loves her job

Nancy WongNancy Wong loves practicing law. In Mariposa County. “I love Mariposa,” said Wong, who was recently hired as a deputy district attorney for the Mariposa County District Attorney’s Office. A native of southern California, Wong did her undergraduate work at the University of California in Berkley. She went to law school at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. A […]

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Mariposa County resident William Alsup submitted this photo he took at Mono Lake. Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to Please include your name and a short description of the photo…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and password […]

Community BBQ slated in Basin

The annual All-Community BBQ is scheduled for Sunday, June 28 in Ponderosa Basin. The event is presented by the Ponderosa Basin Chapel, 5611 Creel Road. Worship service will be held outdoors starting at 10 a.m. with the BBQ beginning at 11. Children are welcome to stay with parents or join in the children’s program. Activities will include volleyball, Frisbee golf, […]

CoyoteFest has new site and page

The CoyoteFest in Coulterville now has a new website and Facebook page. The site,, has download-able application forms for a booth, the car show, the parade, the horseshoe contest and/or for sponsorships. Persons can register for any activities and pay online. Also on the page, there is an entertainment schedule, a list of vendors who have reserved booths, the […]

Artists’ Gallery seeking entries

The Sierra Artists’ Gallery is seeking photographers to enter the third annual Photography Fest and sale. The Gold Rush Show will be in October and is sponsored by the gallery. Photographers of the Central Valley over 18 are invited to enter the juried show. The event will be July 11-24. Awards are given in two categories: color and black and […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

June 13 – A caller from Grist Road reported a dead llama. • A mountain lion attack was reported from Highway 49 North in Bear Valley. • A donkey was stuck in a fence on Highway 140 in Cathey’s Valley. • A verbal domestic dispute was reported from Totokon Road. • Possible child abuse was reported on Circle Drive. • […]