Relentless rain causes damage to infrastructure

Some roads, bridges still closed

Shown above is a bridge on White Rock Road in southwestern Mariposa County. The roadway of the bridge was completely washed away during the storm two weeks ago. Other damage has also occurred around the County over the past two weeks as several major storms moved through the area. White Rock Road is located south of Cathey’s Valley.Even Noah may […]

Opinions widely varied on future of tourism funding

Supervisors decide on percentage formula

The allure of Yosemite, some officials say, is what draws people to Mariposa County.A contentious discussion about the future of tourism funding took place last week during a meeting of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Funding for the Yosemite Mariposa Tourism Bureau has been on the table for quite some time, with tourism officials requesting a new formula. For […]

Coulterville set for major drainage work

This is the bridge on Ferry Road in Coulterville, where water drains from the streets and other runoffs in the town. A new project is targeting better drainage in Coulterville.It’s really no secret. “Coulterville, for years, has had a drainage problem.” Those are the words of Merlin Jones, District 2 Supervisor and Greeley Hill resident. He’s talking about the propensity […]

Solution for Brown Act issue found

All supervisors will be voting about fire matter

All supervisors in Mariposa County will be able to vote when the issue of command and control of County Fire is brought to the table. A violation of the Brown Act had put that in question in recent weeks. The Brown Act is the state’s open meetings law. During a recent meeting called by the County sheriff involving County Fire […]

Group eyes preserving barn

Preserving a piece of Mariposa County history was front and center during a meeting on Monday. How, and if, to save the Givens Barn in Cathey’s Valley was discussed during a meeting of the Mariposa County Historic Site and Records Preservation Commission. The barn is located on private property owned by Jimmie Fortner, who is proposing development of a 26-lot […]

Your photos

Reader Sydney Keeton, a local high school student, is shown kayaking the Merced river on Christmas Eve in the snow. El Capitan is in the background. Keeton saw three river otters and a great blue heron. Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to Please include your name and a short description of […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Feb. 6 – Vandalism to mailboxes was reported on Sunrise Lane. •There was a report of unsafe shooting on Barrett Cove Road. • Dogs were chasing geese on Lakeside Drive in Midpines. • A trespassing report was taken on Darrah Road. Feb. 7 – Deputies investigated a report of a scam on Ben Hur Road. • There was a report […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Jan. 30 – Feb. 5• EMS – 9 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 5 • Auto Collisions – 3 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 […]

Healthy dating to be a focus at Youth Voices

February was designated “Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month” by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Board chairman Marshall Long, right, presents a proclamation to Audrey Davis of Mountain Crisis Services. Also shown are Mariposa County High School students Clarice Eagle-Jones (far left) and Mickie James. They are members of the Natural Helpers peer intervention program, which is assisting with the […]

Car seat safety is topic of workshop

A car seat safety workshop will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at the Mariposa Masonic Lodge, located at 5154 Jones Street. The event is sponsored by Mariposa Safe Families in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol. Those who attend will learn about the new 2017 car seat laws, review […]