New bill will target fire insurance

Proposal seeks to force insurance companies to provide fair coverage

Defensible space, like shown here in this aerial photo following the Detwiler Fire, is a key factor in proposed legislation to address the issue of fire insurance in areas like Mariposa County. Photo by Nicole W. Little Legislation will be introduced in California to address the home insurance issue related to wildfires in the state. Rep. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) […]

Manna House continues tradition of providing basic needs for many people in Mariposa County

The spirit of giving

Larry Laity, right, and Jerry Griffith load bread into a trailer last week at Pioneer Market. Both are volunteers at Manna House and were preparing the Christmas meals given away to those in need in Mariposa County. Photo by Greg LittleSometimes, they are right next to us but we don’t have any clue what is happening. Such is the case […]

New event slated to honor all veterans in Mariposa County

 When Ophelia McInturff started her term as president of the local Rotary Club, she knew she wanted to do something to help veterans. As part of a service organization, every Rotary president is encouraged to start a community project they are passionate about. It didn’t take long for McInturff to make up her mind. “My passion has always been for […]

Paige faces many sex-related counts


A Mariposa resident faces three felony counts and two misdemeanor charges related to sex charges against two minors. Michael Thomas Paige, 18, made an appearance last week in Mariposa County Superior Court where he pleaded not guilty to the charges. He remains in the Mariposa County Jail under a $100,000 bond. Paige is accused of several sexual-related counts. According to […]

Man injured following vehicle rollover wreck on West Whitlock Rd.

A Mariposa man suffered major injuries during an accident last week. According to the California Highway Patrol, Robert Peterson, 68, was driving a 1987 Mercedes Benz 190E westbound on West Whitlock Road at around 1:20 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22. The CHP said for an unknown reason, the vehicle overturned and came to rest on its roof on West Whitlock […]

Library receives funds as part of fire recovery

The Mariposa County Library will be receiving $15,000 in one-time funds as a result of the Detwiler Fire. The California State Library has announced it is awarding funding to libraries in 15 counties hit the hardest by fires this year. The allotments can be used by the libraries to add materials and other resources that help Californians and their communities […]

Your photos

Reader Jessica Varney sent this photo of her son, Nolan, who was making a new friend — this praying mantis. The new friend did crawl up to his head and he also followed it around and made an effort to feed his new friend. Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to Please […]

Lake Don Pedro bridge rehabilitation completed

Though not in Mariposa County, many local residents will appreciate the fact the James W. Roberts Memorial Bridge has been completed. The bridge spans Lake Don Pedro in Tuolumne County and is a vital link for residents traveling to Sonora. Many residents in northern Mariposa County use Highway 120 on a regular basis to go to that region. The road […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Dec. 18 – An arrest was made following a domestic dispute on Tip Top Road. • An illegal burn pile was reported on Jones Street. • A suspicious person was reported on Oak Ridge Road in Coulterville. A burn pile was reported on French Camp Road. Dec. 19 – Threats were reported on Indian Peak Road. • There was a […]

Mercado named auditor

Mariposa County will have a new auditor on Jan. 1. Recently, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors appointed Luis Mercado as the new auditor. Current Mariposa County Auditor Debbie Isaacs announced her retirement effective Dec. 31. Mercado is the current deputy auditor and has also announced his intention to run for the auditor’s position in the 2018 election. Mercado will […]