Toxic work culture alleged at Yosemite

Whistleblower tells of harassment, male-dominated environment throughout all of National Park Service

Don NeubacherQuestions about the leadership at Yosemite National Park took the center stage last week in Washington, D.C. Kelly Martin, the chief of fire and aviation management at the Park, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and had tough words for National Park Service leadership, including allegations of sexual and gender exploitation. She said reports of […]

NPS implementing plan to address harassment allegations



The National Park Service is implementing a plan to address the issue of harassment in the workplace. According to Jeremy Barnum, public affairs officer for the National Park Service, the key components are as follows: Hotline and ombudsman The NPS has established an ombudsman program, which will operate a confidential hotline service for individuals who may have witnessed or experienced […]

A festive weekend ahead

Go West Festival set to go on Saturday

The Sierra Guns for Hire group staged a shootout last weekend in Coulterville as part of CoyoteFest. The group will be performing this Saturday during the Go West Festival in Mariposa.Gun fights, gold panning, roping and much more are set for this Saturday in Mariposa. The inaugural Mariposa Go West Festival starts at 10 a.m. in downtown Mariposa. “We hope […]

Major fire erupts Monday, forces Highway 49 closure

Fire is more than 900 acres in size

A helicopter makes a drop on the Marshes Fire, located just north of Mariposa County. The fire has forced evacuations and the closure of part of Highway 49 North.A wildland fire erupted on Monday just north of Mariposa County. According to officials from CAL FIRE, the Marshes Fire began at around 12:15 p.m. on Monday north of Lake Don Pedro. […]

School officials say the need for facility upgrades crucial

Many issues involved with crumbling facilities

This ceiling tile at the alternative school is covered in black mold. This tile is located in a portable building that can no longer be used.Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series about the Mariposa County Unified School District and its facilities. This week’s focus is the current state of the facilities. Superintendent Robin Hopper, right, looks […]

Ventura woman dies following recent wreck



A Ventura woman died as a result of this accident on Highway 49 South at Chowchilla Mountain Road. The vehicle became airborne before striking a tree.A Ventura woman died following a single-vehicle crash in Mariposa County. According to the California Highway Patrol, at 4:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, Leslie Y. Casner, 66, of Ventura, was driving a 2010 Toyota […]

Drug take back program is scheduled for Oct. 22



On Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be set up at several locations in Mariposa County allowing local residents to return their unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal. Bring your medications for disposal to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office located at […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log



Sept. 19 – A dog was impounded after a report of a dog bite on Holztel Road in Coulterville. • Vandalism was reported on Tip Top Road. • Deputies investigated threats at Lake Don Pedro High School. • An arrest was made following a report of a possible overdose in Mariposa. • An arrest was made following a suspicious person […]

Prescribed burn set for Mariposa Grove



Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning a 137 acre Mariposa Grove prescribed fire in the coming weeks, weather and air quality permitting. Ignition will take approximately two to three days with an additional seven to 14 days of active burn down. Smoke will be present during the prescribed fire and in the Wawona area. Fire managers are working with […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log



Sept. 19 – 25EMS – 5Fires – 2Public Assists – 1Auto 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. […]