Detwiler: The road to recovery

Opinions differ concerning North County response

Greeley Hill resident John Kirby is shown discussing the Detwiler Fire at the Gold Country Bistro in Coulterville.If there is one thing for certain, the Detwiler Fire brought out high emotions in almost everyone. In northern Mariposa County, some local residents believe there was a lack of communications that led to confusion and very little information getting to the people. […]

In spite of evacuation, Greeley Hill resident found positives at a shelter

Betty McFaddin, right, talks with Claire Long of the United States Forest Service last week at the Greeley Hill Market. She was evacuated from her home in Greeley Hill and was shopping at the market before even returning to her home.The Detwiler Fire, though a chaotic disaster with harrowing effects to many, provides an example of how people can come […]

‘Put me in coach’ attitude was key for County response to fire

Dallin KimbleLittle did Dallin Kimble know what the first seven months of being in charge of Mariposa County would be like. Kimble, the Chief Administrative Officer, was in the assistant’s role last year before the retirement of former CAO Mary Hodson. He was appointed as the interim CAO in January and then came the floods of February. Though trying, the […]

Fire operations are winding down as assessment begins

Though a few hot spots remain and are being handled, the Detwiler Fire operations are winding down. However, there will be fire crews on the scene for quite some time, according to Bernie Quinn, division chief for the CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit. Quinn gave a report Tuesday to the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors and said command of the fire […]

Thirteen local students are displaced by the fire

It’s hard to think of many parts of the community the Detwiler Fire didn’t have an impact on. Although none of the Mariposa County Unified School District facilities were damaged by the fire, there were students whose lives were affected. At the July 28 school board meeting, Superintendent Robin Hopper revealed the district received seven completed student residency questionnaires (homeless […]

Tourism bureau, County are crafting Grand Jury responses

‘We want to make sure this is done properly.’ —Terry Selk, Tourism CEOThe financial trail of the Yosemite Mariposa Tourism Bureau was the subject of one section of the recent report by the 2016-17 Mariposa County Grand Jury. And from that, officials with the County and the tourism bureau are now working on how to address the Grand Jury report […]

Elderly woman dies in golf cart accident

An elderly woman from Snelling was killed in a golf cart accident this past weekend. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 5:35 Saturday, July 29, the 98-year-old woman, who was not identified by the CHP, was driving a 2004 Yamaha G22A golf cart west on a sloped private driveway west of Boat Club Drive, making a U-turn. The […]

Bagby rec area to serve as PG&E staging point

Lake McClure’s Bagby Recreation Area will support Detwiler Fire restoration. As PG&E works to restore power poles damaged from the Detwiler Fire, the Bagby Recreation Area on Highway 49 North will serve as a staging point for utility restoration efforts. “It gives them a good base of operations,” said Mike Jensen, Merced Irrigation District spokesman. During this time, Bagby Recreation […]

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Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

July 24 – A physical altercation was reported on Dexter Lane in Greeley Hill. • Deputies conducted a vehicle check at the rest stop in Mariposa. • An arrest was made after a refusal to leave investigation on Highway 49 North in Coulterville. • A stolen vehicle was reported from Colorado Road. July 25 – A verbal dispute was reported […]