Toyota is going places — namely Cathey’s Valley to shoot ad spot

A film crew at a ranch in Cathey’s Valley is shown during the making of a Toyota RAV4 commercial. More than 60 crew members came to the ranch for the filming.Bill McKay was an educator and now is a cattle rancher. He didn’t know much about the television industry. Until a couple of weeks ago. “I couldn’t imagine it was […]

Courthouse renovations in next phase

A team of painters from Nelson’s Painting work at the Courthouse in Mariposa on Tuesday. Shown painting is Sergio Fletes and on the roof are Rafael Ramirez, left, and Brian Mayfield.For most people, getting a building painted is a routine process. But when you are dealing with the most iconic building in a historic county, it’s anything but routine. “We […]

School district picks firm for upgrade plan

At Monday’s board meeting of the Mariposa County Unified School District, the board selected an architectural firm to complete a modernization plan for Mariposa County High School. Upgrading the MCHS campus is one of the priorities for the district, and it will do so through spending its Measure L bond funds. Measure L is the school facilities improvement bond which […]

Detwiler Fire victims can get $2,500 in cash relief

People impacted by the Detwiler Fire can apply for financial assistance thanks to an outpouring of donations from the local community. The Mariposa Community Foundation has raised more than $100,000, according to Marilyn Saunders, who heads the foundation. Saunders said more money is coming in on a regular basis. In addition, it is possible more outside funding could become available […]

Pair of furry officers join the force at sheriff’s office

Deputy Jennifer Lobaugh and Alik demonstrate an apprehension with Detective Mike Charman suited up in a protective outfit.Two new K9s are taking a bite out of crime in Mariposa County. The two Belgian Malinois dogs, Alik and Tango, are now certified “on the street” to fight crime. Alik will be handled by its “partner,” Deputy Jennifer Lobaugh, while Tango will […]

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Drought-related disaster loans deadline nears

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West reminds small, non-farm businesses in 32 California counties of the Oct. 23, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following counties beginning Jan. 1, 2017: Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Sept. 18 – A verbal dispute was investigated on East Westfall Road. • Someone had drone questions on Jeffrey Lane in Coulterville. • Harassment was reported on St. Andrews Road. • There was a campfire reported at Yosemite Bug Hostel Mountain Resort. Sept. 19 – Deputies investigated a report of found explosives on West Whitlock Road. • Harassment was reported […]

A life-changing decision will lead local resident to far different place

Steve Johnson, the human resources director for Mariposa County, is shown at work in his office. This Friday will be his last day on the job — and his next job will be in a far different place.Making a life-changing decision is never easy. Especially for someone who loves what they do, where they live and their general circumstances. Yet […]

County wants FEMA’s money, but not regulations

Editor, Suggestion for some investigative journalism: How many of the various projects the County wishes FEMA to finance repairs on were built in areas or in ways which would not have been in accordance with FEMA’s regulations? Mariposa County is the only county in the state of California which does not belong to FEMA. No one in Mariposa County can […]