Grand jurors chastise County, seek answers

Superior Court Judge Michael Fagalde swore in the 2016-17 Mariposa County Grand Jury last Friday. Members are Charli McCord, Kathrynn Cotner, William Erb, Robert Fox, John Grimes, Pam Hawkins, G. Jaye Howes, Pamela Huntington, Marilyn Johnson, John McCamman and William Rust. Alternates are Eric Christensen, Archie Dixon, Tori Hall, Kim Konvolinka and Olga Rassau. The grand jurors will attend an […]

Doors slam shut on Mariposa NAPA store

With the click of a deadbolt on Tuesday, Mariposa reverted to a one-horse town — at least in the world of auto parts. Mariposa’s NAPA Auto Parts Store abruptly closed Tuesday with the arrival of a locksmith and trucks from the Fresno NAPA distribution center. The store was not a local franchise, but a corporate store operated out of Fresno. […]

Fiester Auditorium roof being renovated

Above, workers remove tiles from the roof of the Fiester Auditorium. Below are the stacks of the historic tiles that will be put back onto the roof.A legendary section of Mariposa County High School is receiving renovations. The Richard D. Fiester Auditorium, found in the main campus building, is receiving updates to its roof. A new underlay is being laid […]

Yosemite West facing major sewage issues

Yosemite West is a unique community in Mariposa County. To get to Yosemite West, travelling into the Park is necessary.Unique circumstances sometimes call for unique solutions. The community of Yosemite West in Mariposa County certainly is unique. And the solution to its current problem remains unknown, at least for a time. At issue is the sewage treatment plant in Yosemite […]

Citizenship issue forces Chappell to step down from school board position

The excitement revolving around the appointment of a new Mariposa County Unified School District board member has quickly faded. The district received the resignation of Doug Chappell, the recent provisional appointee for District 1, on July 4. Chappell voluntarily resigned following additional information provided him that prerequisites for becoming a board trustee are being a registered voter and a U.S. […]

Auditions are scheduled for upcoming production

The Mariposa Theatre Alliance, a program of the Mariposa County Arts Council, is holding auditions for their upcoming production of Arsenic and Old Lace. The audition will be July 18, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. at the Mariposa County Park Amphitheater, onstage. Rehearsals will start Sept. 6 and performances will be Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, 16. The cast […]

Your photos

Ponderosa Basin resident Leslie Brenner took this photo of a large moth in her garden. She said the body of the moth was a thick as a thumb. 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 […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

July 4 – Street racing was reported on East Monte Vista in Oakdale. • There were goat issues on Villarreal Drive in Lake Don Pedro. • Shots were reported fired on Creel Road. • There was a report of fireworks on Highway 49 South. • A dumpster fire was reported at Lake McSwain. July 5 – Deputies investigated a report […]

Stuffed animals, children to participate in sleepover

The Secret Garden will be the focus for children who participate in an upcoming at the Mariposa County Library.CASA of Mariposa County, Sierra Tel and the Mariposa County Library come together to bring you another Mariposa Reads event. The Stuffed Animal Sleepover will be at the Mariposa County Library on Saturday July 16, at 6 p.m. The library will turn […]

Tickets for Hospital event slated to go on sale June 20

It’s a ‘Hoe-Down for the Hospital’. Polish up those cowboy boots and plan now to attend John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation’s summer fundraiser. The Hoe-Down will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Van Ness Ranch, 5260 Carlton Road, Mariposa. The event will be from 5-9 p.m. Dinner is a western BBQ featuring tri-tip and chicken, beans, salads and […]