Supervisors hand reins to CAL FIRE

Some volunteers balk at terms of the contract

It’s been almost three years in the making. And not without controversy. But on Tuesday, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors approved a one-year contract with CAL FIRE to take over command and control of Mariposa County Fire. The agreement also includes dispatch services as well as the Extended Fire Protection Availability Services (Amador) agreement for CAL FIRE to man […]

State superintendent of schools pays a visit to Mariposa facilities

‘Super’-sized visit

A special guest visited Mariposa County last weekend. State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, made a visit to Mariposa County schools on Friday, May 6 before spending some time in Yosemite National Park over the weekend. “It was an educational trip, all around,” said Torlakson. “I felt like his visit went really well,” said Mariposa County superintendent of schools […]

Officials say 12,000 trees are a threat to County infrastructure

There are still more than 12,000 dead trees that are a threat to the infrastructure of Mariposa County. That was the information given last week by Neal Bolton, owner of Blue Ridge Services, the company hired to lead the tree removal effort for the County. “More will die,” said Bolton, adding bark beetles are now “thick” in some parts of […]

Kimble hired as new County CAO

Mariposa County has a new Chief Administrative Officer. Dallin Kimble, who was hired as the assistant CAO last year and named interim CAO in December, was given the job during Tuesday’s meeting of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. It was a 5-0 vote and Kimble will be paid $130,000 per year. “I feel like we can do great things […]

Overnight homeless shelter will be closing on May 31

Mariposa’s overnight homeless shelter will be closing at the end of the month. Mariposa Open Arms has announced it will close on May 31 after five years of service to homeless people in the community. Officials from various County agencies met last week after learning about the shelter closing, according to Chevon Kothari, director of Mariposa County Human Services. “We […]

Search continues for man missing from Park

Yosemite National Park Rangers continue to search for Alexander Joseph Sevier, who was last seen in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday morning, May 3. Sevier, an active member of the U.S. Navy, traveled to Yosemite alone, and arrived in the Park on Monday, May 1. He was staying at Housekeeping Camp and neighbors in the camp told Park Rangers that Sevier […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

May 1 – A suspicious letter was reported on Triangle Road. • There was a dog versus turkey incident reported on Old Toll Road. • Questions about bees were reported on Highway 140. • An arrest was made following a restraining order violation on Highway 49. • A runaway juvenile was reported on Boyer Road. May 2 – Petty theft […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

May 1 - May 7

• EMS – 12 • Fires – 3 • Public Assists – 2 • Auto Collisions – 2 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, […]

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Drozen hangs up CAL FIRE uniform

Rich Drozen has never sought the spotlight. But after 32 years with CAL FIRE, including being a liaison to the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors the last few years, it’s hard to deny he is a staple of the community. “It was in the blood and something I wanted to do,” said Drozen, who hung up his firefighting gear on […]