County will consider CAL FIRE contract

Passion is high during County Fire discussion

Emotions were high on Tuesday when the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors considered negotiating a contract about the future of Mariposa County Fire. At issue is command and control of County Fire. Since August 2014, Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies has been the interim fire chief. In that time, the sheriff was asked to consider alternatives to the command and […]

Out of Africa

Birding, safaris, much more all part of the adventures of Mariposa resident

Matthiessen isn’t afraid of trying new things during his many ventures around the world. In this photo, he is shown kissing a cobra.Matthew Matthiessen insists there are people around the world who are much more interesting. But Matthiessen, chief financial officer at John C. Fremont Healthcare District, is being modest. Fact is, he could easily write a book about his […]

School board moves forward with bond issue

Formation of oversight committee next step

New school board trustees Kathy Chappell (top) and Jim Cupp were sworn into office last week.The clock is ticking. At the Jan. 12 board meeting for the Mariposa County Unified School District, the board officially started the timer on its bond oversight committee selection process. By passing a resolution certifying the election results from the November general election — in […]

Cottonwood Creek to debut first album

Fans invited to kickoff party this Sunday at Miner’s

Shown is the cover of the group’s new album.You don’t have to be around Maggie Little very long to know she has enthusiasm. And why shouldn’t she or her husband, Scott Little, be enthusiastic? The duo is better known to residents of this area as Cottonwood Creek, one of the region’s most popular musical acts . That act is about […]

Man arrested following DUI crash on Saturday

Around 12:25 p.m. on Saturday, this was the scene on Highway 49 North, just south of the Mariposa County Landfill. Authorities arrived on the scene quickly to administer aid to the passenger, who was reportedly partially ejected from the vehicle. First responder, Kevin Jackson from Mariposa Public Utility District Fire Department, finishes installing a high lift jack to stabilize the […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Jan. 9 – Harassment was reported on Davis Road. • Deputies investigated a refusal to leave complaint on La Rosa Road. • There was a report of a black steer in Merced Falls Road. • Vandalism was reported on County Park Road. • A person was reported in Triangle Road. Jan. 10 – Suspicious circumstances were investigated on Silver Bar […]

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Reader Conrad Fournier sent this photo of his grandson, Jamison Fournier looking over La Mineta and Rattlesnake Ridge from their property of Highway 140. 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 […]

Mariposa woman warns of phone scam

 A Mariposa resident is trying to spread the word about a possible phone scam. Patricia Binon, 75, received a phone call on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 9 a.m. while at home. The caller, who identified himself as Michael Pryce, claimed to be representing Publishers Clearing House. The caller said Binon had won $2.5 million. When Binon said she had never […]

Pining to help the environment

Chris Velez, land steward for Sierra Foothill Conservancy, helps youngsters Andrayah Collins, 10, and Tyler Collins, 5, plant a tree during Saturday morning’s event at the Stockton Creek Preserve in Mariposa. The Sierra Foothill Conservancy planted close to 100 Ponderosa pine trees along the trails throughout the preserve. Velez demonstrated how to plant the trees in holes that were pre-dug […]

Lincoln/Reagan Dinner is slated

The Mariposa County Republic Central Committee has scheduled its annual Lincoln/ Reagan Dinner. The event will be Saturday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. The focus of the dinner will be on the transition from the current administration to the Trump Administration and the political climate in California. The keynote speaker has yet to be announced. […]