Scarlett Sims takes out national sensation with win on Jeopardy!

Mariposa native bags $33,000 and major game show bragging rights

Scarlett Pedersen Sims is shown on television station WBIR in Knoxville after her big win on Jeopardy! Sims did many interviews after she beat Austin Rogers on the show.She will forever be remembered in game show lore. Scarlett Pedersen Sims, a 2004 graduate of Mariposa County High School, is a Jeopardy! champion. And not just any Jeopardy! champion. Sims took […]

The ‘Grate’ weather balloon mystery is finally resolved

Around the Sierra ... in 16 months

The students are shown in the spring of 2016, releasing the balloon at Yosemite National Park.If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That was the lesson science teacher Danielle Grate and her former eighth grade students learned recently. Two school years ago, Grate’s eighth graders (who are now sophomores in high school), released two weather balloons which they […]

New landfill rates will be considered

There was a lot of trash talk during a meeting last week. Mainly because the focus of the meeting was about the Mariposa County Solid Waste Facility — the landfill. The AB 939 Local Task Force is a group which meets quarterly and focuses on operations at the landfill, including the eventual closure of the facility. AB 939 is a […]

Familiar face back on board

Steve Bacus of Greeley Hill is shown being sworn is as the new District 2 school board trustee.A familiar face has joined the ranks of the school board. With the death of District 2 board trustee Jim Cupp, there was a vacancy on the Mariposa County Unified School District’s board of trustees that needed to be filled. Steve Bacus, who […]

Man sentenced for summer stabbing incident

Clifton BarnardA Mariposa man will avoid prison time for stabbing another man. Clifton “Poncho” Barnard, 61, was sentenced to one year in Mariposa County Jail and four years of probation for his actions in a July 7 fight at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. The sentence was handed down by Mariposa County Superior Court Judge Dana Walton, who acknowledged that Barnard […]

Royal treatment

From left, seniors Haley Warmboe and Preston Scherf were named the homecoming queen and king for Mariposa County High School. The announcement was made during Friday night’s homecoming football game at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. For coverage of the homecoming game, see page B-1 in the sports section…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. […]

Pot discussion heats up at supervisor’s meeting

The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors took the next step in banning commercial marijuana in Mariposa County. By a 5-0 vote, supervisors approved the second reading of a zoning ordinance which bans any marijuana-related business that would require a license from the state. Supervisors had previously waived the first reading of the ordinance. Even though the board voted 5-0, Chairman […]

Your photos

Reader Trish Randall of Mariposa submitted this photo she took during a flight to Monterey. This photo was taken over the Bear Valley area and shows the damage caused by the Detwiler Fire. She called it “a flight with a different perspective.” Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to Please include your […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Oct. 9 – Harassment was reported on St. Andrews Road. • A report of lewd acts with a child on Hospital Road. • There was a suspicious person on Monte Vista Lane. • A prowler was reported on Allen Court. Oct. 10 – A lewd act with a child was reported in Mariposa County. • Identity theft was reported on […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

August 21 - 27

• EMS – 7 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 0• 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 […]