The votes are in … Best of the Best selections made by County citizens

And the winners are ...

As voted by local citizens, “Ms. Mariposa County” Courtney Twiss, left, and “Mr. Mariposa County” Doug Binnewies, right, are shown at Steve’s Sportsmans Cafe with Steve Knauf, owner, whose business won two “Best of the Best 2016” awards. Also shown are Jarrod Twiss and Laurie Binnewies with their spouses. See below the complete list of winners from the contest.The people […]

MCHS grads set to walk on stage

Annual ceremony scheduled June 9

The 101st Commencement of Mariposa County High School will be held Friday, June 9 in the Gold Bowl at the Mariposa Fairgrounds. The ceremony will start at 8 p.m., and 109 seniors are set to graduate. The commencement program will feature messages from Julia Coleman, ASB president; Jacob Leuchner, senior class president; and remarks from principal Celeste Azevedo. The keynote […]

Be snake aware, take precautions

 Living in California means a lot of things. Sometimes it means dealing with heavy traffic. Sometimes it’s putting up with scorching hot temperatures. Sometimes, it means coming across a rattlesnake. It’s not uncommon to be out hiking or biking along a trail and see a rattlesnake. Sometimes, rattlesnakes can even be found on golf courses or around homes. According to […]

Advances in technology help with tree mortality, firefighting and more

Drones keeping an eye in the sky

At left, Sam Bolton of Blue Ridge Services, flies a drone at the County Park in Midpines. The drone is shown in the inset photo. On the right is the view from the drone looking down on the park. Advances in drone technology are making it easier to identify dead trees which need to be felled.Editor’s note: This story (and […]

CAL FIRE using new set of tools

Making better decisions. In just about any occupation, that is crucial. When it comes to saving people’s lives, there is nothing more important. For Frank Bigelow, pre-fire engineer for the CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit, making those decisions has been improved tremendously in the past few years thanks to major leaps in technology. “We can’t do what we do without it,” […]

Your photos

Reader Eric Munyon took this photo of a baby turkey testing its wings and landing on its mother’s back. It was taken a few miles north of Mariposa. 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 […]

VBS scheduled at Basin Chapel

A Vacation Bible School is scheduled at the Ponderosa Basin Chapel. It will be June 19-23 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. each day. Activities include Bible stories, songs, crafts, games, snacks and prizes. It is for children ages 4 through those in sixth grade. Children age 3 are welcome if a parent stays. Persons can use VBS Registration Form 2017 to pre-register. […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

May 22 – A burglary was reported on Horseshoe Bend in Coulterville. • There was a vandalism report taken on Silva Road. • An attempted burglary was investigated on Dogtown Road. • There was a report of a runaway juvenile on Old Highway. May 23 – An assault and battery report was taken at Mariposa County High School. • An […]

Cowboy poetry workshop set Saturday at library

Saturday, June 3 at 10 a.m. Mariposa’s Wendy Brown-Barry will hold a free cowboy poetry workshop at the Mariposa Library. Cowboy poetry is a unique literary genre that rekindles the spirit of the Old West. Brown- Barry has been performing her work at cowboy poetry gatherings for years and recently published a collection of her work. She will share tips […]

Finance to be topic of meeting at church in Mariposa

Personal finance will be the topic of a meeting on Sunday, June 4. Collen Choi, CPA, will explain the basics of personal finance, including taxes, credit cards, Social Security, money scams and how to manage and grow your money. The meeting will be from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of the Mariposa 7th-Day Adventist Church, 4994 11th Street, Mariposa. […]