Yosemite whistleblower Kelly Martin opens up about experiences, culture within park service

Kelly Martin, chief of fire and aviation at Yosemite National Park, is shown explaining a fire during a television interview. Martin testified before a congressional committee as a federal whistleblower.Editor’s note: Kelly Martin is an employee of the National Park Service and a government whistleblower. This is the first in a two-part series of stories about Martin, who sat down […]

Feelings mixed about the future of County Fire

CAL FIRE officials make proposal to supervisors

The future of firefighting in Mariposa County was the topic of a lengthy discussion Tuesday. The issue was the subject of a two-hour discussion during a meeting of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. The issue has been on the radar screen for over two years, when Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies was appointed as the interim fire chief. He […]

Does Dollar General make ‘cents’ in area?

Controversy erupts in Don Pedro area about proposal to erect store

You can bet your bottom dollar the proposal to build a Dollar General in the Don Pedro area is going to create plenty of passion from both opponents and supporters. Does it make “cents” for the community? An estimated 300-500 people attended a Tuolumne County Planning Commission meeting in November. At that meeting, the site development permit for the project […]

PG&E continues program to remove trees in County

Logs are loaded onto a truck in eastern Mariposa County on Monday afternoon. PG&E officials say their log removal program could last for five years or more.Removal of dead trees in Mariposa County will continue for many years. Exactly how many years remains unknown, according to PG&E officials. “You can’t estimate because you don’t know the total impact,” said Denny […]

Three injured in Monday wreck on Highway 49 S.

Three Virginia residents were injured Monday when the Nissan Pathfinder they were riding in flipped over. The cause of the wreck remains under investigation.Three Virginia residents were injured Monday in a traffic accident on Highway 49 South. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 1:52 p.m., a 1994 Nissan Pathfinder was northbound on the highway just north of Usona […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Dec. 5 – Suspicious circumstances were reported at the Midpines Post Office. • There was a landlord/tenant dispute on Manzanita Way in Greeley Hill. • Petty theft was reported on Jalisco Way in Lake Don Pedro. • There was an oven fire on Carleton Road. • A wallet was found on 10th Street. Dec. 6 – Suspicious circumstances were reported […]

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Art Ability night gives youngsters chance to be creative

Moira Donohoe helps youngster Dillon Long begin his painting on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Donohoe volunteered to teach an art session to kids in the County.Hallmark might want to hire a few of the kids in Mariposa County to create some Christmas cards. Children in the community had the chance to express their creativity at the Art Ability night, held at […]

Mariposa County Flashback

“Mariposa County Flashback” is a collaboration between the newspaper and the Mariposa County Museum and History Center. The Oso House in Bear Valley was largely constructed from building materials brought “Around the Horn in 1849-50.” It was a large two-story building that was headquarters for John C. Fremont in 1859. It burned down in December 1937 with the help of […]

Was writer at different meeting?

Editor, Your front page article (Dec. 1, 2016: Tough Talk and Threats…) left me wondering if I attended a different board of supervisors hearing than your reporter. Both Richard Ryon and Karen Glendenning, who represent a small water provider in Fish Camp (YACSD), were courteous and respectful in their appeal to the supervisors. Both Mr. Ryon and Ms. Glendenning are […]