New Park superintendent addressing cultural issues

Interim Yosemite Superintendent Chip Jenkins addressed the board of supervisors on Tuesday.It doesn’t take long to tell that Chip Jenkins takes his job seriously. Jenkins is the new acting superintendent of Yosemite National Park and he knows there are major issues facing not just Yosemite, but the entire National Park Service. In fact, it’s one of the reasons Jenkins is […]

Two women injured

At approximately 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, a vehicle lost control and rolled over on Highway 49 South. The wreck occurred south of the Mariposa Lutheran Church. Two women inside the Dodge Durango SLT were removed from the vehicle by emergency medical personnel and put in an ambulance. The injuries, although serious, reportedly did not at the time appear to be […]

Local beekeepers buzzing about saving area swarms

Above, local beekeeper Tim Bryant is shown with his son, Davis, attending to one of the hives of honeybees. Below is a close-up photo of one of the hives.Tim Bryant’s life is buzzing these days. “Every year is different,” said Bryant. “You never know what kind of crop you are going to get.” The crop he’s talking about is honeybees. […]

Cathey’s Valley subdivision plan gets green light

Twenty-six lots are being planned

After 23 years, the green light was given last week for the development of a major subdivision in Cathey’s Valley. By a 4-1 vote, the Mariposa County Planning Commission voted to approve plans for Vallecito Estates, which will be located along Highway 140 and between Hornitos Road and School House Road. The planning commission has the final say on the […]

Permits for burning to be required starting Monday

Burning permits will once again be required starting Monday. CAL FIRE officials from the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) have announced effective at 8 a.m., Monday, May 1, all hazard reduction burning will require a permit in Mariposa County. Permits can be obtained at the nearest CAL FIRE station. Here are the locations: • CAL FIRE Usona — 2629 Highway 49 South, […]

‘Battle of the Badges’ blood drive set

Shown from left to promote the event are firefighter Luis Hernandez, engineer Al Moreno, firefighter Ray Varvel, California Highway Patrol Lt. Becky Hagen, deputy Kelly Preston, deputy Alissa Carroll, Sheriff Doug Binnewies, Tina Dearing and Harve Dearing of Mariposa County Fire.A competition between the Valley’s finest will be held Saturday, May 13. The 16th Annual North Valley Battle of the […]

Your photos

Reader Natalie Gilbertson took this photo of bald eagles near an area lake. She called it an “amazing day.” 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 this website. To continue reading […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

April 17 – Loose roosters were reported on Highway 49 South. • A physical altercation was reported on Enramada Drive in Lake Don Pedro. • Found property was reported at Pony Expresso. • There were explosions reported on Chicharra Way in Lake Don Pedro. April 18 – A burglary was investigated on McClure Point Road in Exchequer. • There was […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

April 17 - 23

• EMS -8 • Fires -6 • Public Assists – 1• Auto Collisions – 1 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 available for fire, medical, and various support […]

Casey to retire as JCF controller, Harrison hired

Carl Casey, left, smiles after receiving a round of applause from those in attendance at the recent hospital board meeting. Seated next to Casey is Joei Harrison, incoming controller for John C. Fremont Hospital.Carl Casey feels like it’s time to close the books. Casey, who has worked as a controller for the John C. Fremont Healthcare District for a span […]