Hospital district responds to Grand Jury

Officials admit to making mistakes, say corrective action underway

The board of directors of the John C. Fremont Healthcare District has responded to the recent findings of the Mariposa County Grand Jury. The 2015-16 Grand Jury had several harsh criticisms of the district, including alleged violations of the state’s open records laws. The hospital district board responded to the Grand Jury with a formal letter, approved last week at […]

A hero among us

Bryce Battershell building happy life in Mariposa while serving his country

The Major William Downie Clampers Chapter #1849 displays this huge replica flag from the Revolutionary War era during the fair parade this past Saturday in downtown Mariposa. The original flag is on display in a museum in Bennington, Vt. The Clampers held up the flag and then the crowd recited the Pledge of Allegiance.When he thinks about Sept. 11, 2001, […]

Two Sept. 11 ceremonies will be held in Mariposa County

Ceremonies commemorating 9/11 will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11 throughout the County. The first ceremony will be held in Mariposa. It will start with a one-mile walk to raise awareness, beginning at 1 p.m. The walk will be hosted by 22 Too Many, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Through various events, the organization seeks to serve as a living memorial, […]

All indications are records were set during the fair

It looks as if it was a record-setting weekend for the 2016 Mariposa County Fair. The annual event took place last Friday through Monday and Fair Manager Brian Bullis said it was a big success this year. “All indications are we broke records,” said Bullis. Bullis said it takes several days before the final numbers are tallied. “It’s quite an […]

New fair blacksmith shop sizzles to life

Matthew Milazzo, right, and Dale Meisenheimer were busy Monday morning heating up brands and placing them on boards that will hang on the new blacksmith shop at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds.A fiery history was made on Monday of this week. On Labor Day morning at the Mariposa County Fair, that history was burned into boards at the newly renovated blacksmith […]

Tax postponement program will be available to residents

Area residents are reminded the California Property Tax Postponement Program is now available. Applications for the program are now being accepted by the office of the California State Comptroller. The applications will be accepted starting in October. The PTP program allows eligible homeowners to postpone payment of property taxes on a primary residence. To be eligible, you must: • Be […]

Experts say oaks in County are dying because of drought

Shown is a dead oak tree in Mariposa County. Experts say the drought is causing the trees to die.The Mariposa County University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners’ Helpline Desk has been busy fielding inquiries about dead and dying oaks. Many concerned landowners have asked, or have been told, that their trees have been infected with Sudden Oak Death (SOD). […]

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Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Aug. 29 – Power lines were reported down on Woodland Drive. • A merchant reported counterfeit money in Mariposa. • An illegal fire was reported on River Road in El Portal. • Someone reported noise from a semi idling on Highway 140 in El Portal. • There was a petty theft on Oak Ridge Road in Coulterville. Aug. 30 – […]

Grizzly Cinema to feature Mariposa Reads movie

The Mariposa County High School Grizzly Cinema’s first film of the season and one of the last Mariposa Reads events of the summer come together on Thursday, Sept. 15. It will be in the Mariposa County Fiester Auditorium from 5-8 p.m. There will be a free movie, popcorn and live performance by the Isosceles Trio of the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra. […]