County inches closer to CAL FIRE pact

Final decision is expected during April 25 meeting

Mariposa County took the first step on Tuesday to having CAL FIRE take command and control of County Fire. The issue has been on the table for more than two years. It was two-and-one-half years ago that Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies was appointed as the interim fire chief. Since that time, officials have been formulating ideas about the future […]

Air curtain burner now up and running at the landfill

New machine a key component in tree mortality issue

Above, the air curtain burner is shown in operation at the landfill in Mariposa. In the inset photo, material is loaded into the machine.After a few months of red tape, a new way to dispose of dead trees is now in operation in Mariposa County. An air curtain burner is now being used at the landfill in Mariposa. Officials from […]

Internet woes plaguing many throughout County

Internet connection issues were rampant throughout Mariposa County on Monday and into Tuesday of this week. Sierra Tel officials were swamped with complaints about what appeared to be faulty modems in homes and businesses throughout the County. Long lines of people were waiting at the Sierra Tel office on Bullion Street in Mariposa on Tuesday morning. Phone lines at Sierra […]

Man charged following local domestic dispute involving two women

Shane NorrisA Mariposa man faces several domestic violence charges following an incident last week. Shane Norris, 27, was arrested and placed under $75,000 bond and faces charges of spousal abuse, child cruelty and trying to prevent or dissuade a witness. In a report issued by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the fairgrounds on Highway 49 South […]

Major subdivision proposal for Cathey’s Valley focus of meeting

Group trying to save historic Givens Barn will make case

Shown is the historic Givens Barn in Cathey’s Valley. A local group is trying to find a way to save the barn.A hearing about a proposed subdivision in Cathey’s Valley is scheduled for next week. The issue has drawn a lot of interest in Cathey’s Valley because the property includes the historic Givens Barn. The Mariposa County Planning Commission meeting […]

School district to consider safe haven

The Mariposa County Unified School District will be holding its board meeting Thursday, April 13 at the district office. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The school board will be considering whether to pass a safe haven resolution. The item is listed as a review/action item on the meeting’s agenda, meaning the board can choose to take action on […]

Four hurt after vehicle plunges off Highway 49

Members of Mariposa County Search & Rescue are shown at the scene of the accident last Friday near Coulterville.Four people were injured last week when a car they were riding in plunged off of Highway 49 North near Coulterville. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 11 a.m., Ricardo Gonzalez, 28, was driving a 2004 Toyota Camry southbound on […]

Man crashes truck, flees and later arrested for DUI

A Mariposa man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol following an accident early Sunday morning. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 2:10 a.m., Samuel F. Patterson, 21, was driving a red 2000 Nissan Frontier south on Highway 49. Just south of the Usona Road intersection, Patterson apparently made an abrupt turn to the right, crossed […]

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Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

April 3 – There was a report of a sign obstructing traffic on Highway 140. • Unsafe shooting was reported on Triangle Road. • There was a suspicious person on Varain Road. • A domestic dispute was investigated on Bullion Street. April 4 -A burglary was reported on Creel Road. • There was an out of control juvenile reported at […]