Though better, County is still struggling to combat smoking

Up in smoke
State report card gives County a ‘D’ grade

Though improved from a year ago, Mariposa County still remains low when it comes to smoking cessation and other related issues. The state of California, though, is doing quite well, getting an overall “A” grade. Submitted photo Ginnie Day knows as well as anyone the harmful effects of tobacco. Day grew up seeing her parents smoke, and she was a […]

Group wants TOT raised to help housing within County

Paperwork filed to get measure on the November election ballot

 A local group of people is attempting to get an initiative on the November ballot to deal with the housing crunch in Mariposa County. “I think momentum is on our side,” said Jim Evans, who filed the formal petition with the County. The petition, if placed on the ballot, would ask residents to approve a 1/2 percent increase in the […]

Crucial meeting about biomass proposal scheduled for Feb. 23

Shown is the proposed location of the biomass project in the industrial park in Mariposa. Submitted graphic A crucial meeting about a proposed biomass plant in Mariposa is set for Feb. 23. The meeting is a public hearing by the Mariposa County Planning Department and will include comments from the public. The Mariposa Biomass Project has been in the works […]

Cooke will not seek reelection as district attorney

Thomas Cooke In a surprise move on Tuesday, Mariposa County District Attorney Thomas Cooke announced he will not seek reelection. Cooke made the announcement during a meeting of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. He will serve out the remainder of his term through 2018. “It is best for me not to seek reelection,” said Cooke, who added it was […]

Some residents will be asked to fill out survey

A County-wide survey will provide local officials with a better idea of the aspects of the County which could be improved. At least 1,500 citizens in Mariposa County will receive the National Citizen Survey (NCS) this spring. It is considered the gold standard in community assessments today. This survey provides a picture of community quality and resident perspectives about local […]

Darrah School closed because of tree issues

To protect the public from the hazard of dead trees, Darrah School has been temporarily closed off to the public. “It is being closed because our contractor, Blue Ridge Services, has told us there may be a hazard or a risk associated with trees on a neighboring parcel that could fall into the playground or onto the building,” said Mariposa […]

Castillos sets fundraiser to assist with 4-H camp

Castillos Mexican Restaurant in Mariposa has scheduled a fundraiser to benefit 4-H Camp Tweety. Castillos, located on 5th Street, will be donating 10 percent of purchases from sales on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23. Camp Tweety will be June 30-July 2 at Camp Sugar Pine in Fish Camp. The camp is for youth in grades 4-8 or 9 years old […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Jan. 29 – An arrest was made following a report of malicious mischief on Jessie Street. • There was a report of a loose white rooster on Joe Howard Street. • A malnourished dog was reported on Pine Crest Drive. • Shooting was reported in the area of Silva Road. Jan. 30 – There was a report of a chimney […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Jan. 22-28 • EMS – 6 • Fires – 0 • Public Assists – 0 • Auto Collisions – 0 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 […]

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