Sierra Tel officials say hack of devices led to technological crisis for many local residents

People wait in a long line at the Sierra Tel office in Mariposa last week. Some people reported having to wait as long as four hours to get problems with their internet modem fixed.Dependence on technology was on full display last week — and it wasn’t pretty. “There was no way to know until we started seeing those issues,” said […]

County credits firewall for not losing its internet

Officials at Mariposa County dodged a bullet last week when Sierra Tel internet service was lost by many residents and busineses. Rick Peresan, technical services director for the County, said the County has two connections and that could have helped. One connection that supports County business is “dumb,” he said, meaning is it configured “to be simply a pass through […]

School board rejects concept of ‘safe haven’

Issue not even voted on because of lack of second

At the April 13 MCUSD board meeting, Superintendent Robin Hopper (left) honored Woodland Elementary seventh grader Jonah Dacanay, 13, for reaching the MathCON Finals. MathCON is a math contest for students in grades 5-12. The first round of the competition is held at schools around the nation. On April 22, Dacanay will compete at the University of Illinois against students […]

Butterfly Festival to take flight in early May

A young Butterfly Festival visitor looks closely at the butterflies in their pavilions. The caterpillars are raised prior to the festival and then released on Saturday and Sunday.Believe it or not, the annual Mariposa Butterfly Festival is just around the corner. “We are feeling good about it,” said Jeanetta Phillips, chairman of the event. The festival, which features a wide […]

Mining CEO hopes Fremont Project can be golden for region

More testing set in Bear Valley; hopes are for boon in area jobs

Vishal Gupta, CEO of California Mining, stands in front of the hill where the testing for gold will continue this spring.Vishal Gupta has got to be feeling golden. Gupta, the president and CEO of California Gold Mining, Inc., believes a significant amount of gold is located in Mariposa County. Specifically, he believes it is located in the Bear Valley area. […]

Home invasion suspect nabbed in Watsonville

Vincent GutierrezA man suspected of aiding in a home invasion robbery in Mt. Bullion was apprehended recently. Vincent Gutierrez, 33, of Watsonville, was arrested April 5 after being on the run for over a year. Law enforcement personnel reportedly arrested him in Watsonville. Gutierrez is suspected of being one of five robbers who burst into a home on School Lane […]

Prescription drug disposal day scheduled April 29

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. It will be on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those interested can bring medications for disposal to the Mariposa County […]

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Reader Carol Ream, who lives in Ponderosa Basin, shot this photo of a spider at work. It was working following a heavy rain. She called it the “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” 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 […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

April 10 – A prowler was reported on Triangle Road. • Credit card fraud was alleged on Amelia Drive. • There was an assault and battery reported on 8th Street. • Mail tampering was investigated on Totokon Road. • A suspicious person was reported on Highway 49 North. April 11 – Logging truck issues were reported on Triangle Road. • […]

Healy takes over at public works amid storm repair work

Mariposa County Public Works Director Mike Healy is shown in his office.About 18 months ago, Mike Healy did a favor for a friend. “I came up here as a favor for a friend to meet Tony,” said Healy. The Tony he is referring to is former Mariposa County Department of Public Works Director Tony Stobbe. At the time, Healy was […]