Biomass project is given first step toward becoming reality

Planning commission green-lights conditional use permit

Melinda Barrett of the Mariposa County Resource Conservation District speaks in front of a large crowd on hand last week for a meeting about the proposed biomass facility in Mariposa. Photo by Greg Little Emotions ran high last week in a packed meeting room where consideration was given about whether to proceed with a proposed biomass power generation facility in […]

El Portal school hit hard by flu

Students at El Portal Elementary School were hit hard recently with flu-like symptoms. Just before the President’s Day holiday break, on Feb. 14, 26 students out of 82 — or 32 percent of the students at the school — were home sick. “If you do the percentage, that’s surreal,” said principal Sean Jacobs. On the day 26 children were ill, […]

Bigelow unhappy by lack of water decision

Shown is a wagon load of petitions which were brought to the state water commission last week. Submitted photoAssemblyman Frank Bigelow is frustrated. Bigelow’s frustration is the lack of action in getting started on having more water storage in California. “I think people will start to feel the pinch,” said Bigelow, R-O’Neals, who represents Mariposa County. Last week, Bigelow and […]

JCF financial picture continues to improve

The financial picture and overall outlook for the John C. Fremont Healthcare District continues to improve. Several notable marks were reached in January, Chief Executive Officer Matthew Matthiessen revealed at the Feb. 21 financial board meeting for the district. “It was a unique month in the history of the district, dare I say a watershed month,” said Matthiessen. “Financially, it […]

The ‘weight’ is just about over for much-anticipated MCHS room

MCHS strength coach Mike Rollinson (left) and head coach Ryan Oliphant (right, on floor) work to install mats recently at the new MCHS weight room. Submitted photo If there is one thing football coach Ryan Oliphant has learned throughout the process of installing a new weight room at Mariposa County High School, it’s to take nothing for granted. Oliphant and […]

Second ‘Clean Sweep’ planned

For the second year, a community-wide cleanup event will be held in Mariposa. Mariposa Clean Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, MARIPOSA April 28 and will once again feature a grand prize of a riding lawn mower donated by Sierra Tel. Everyone is invited to participate in the event, which kicks off at 8 a.m. with registration at the County Park […]

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Volunteers are sought for newest Habitat home

It has been more than a year in the making but Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County is ready to put out a call to volunteers for their fourth Habitat home. The new homeowners will be the Palacio family, Santiago, Clara and their daughter Cielo. They will put in “sweat equity” on the house that will be their home at […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Feb. 19 – There were two out of control juveniles reported on Converse Road in Greeley Hill. • Deputies investigated a burglary on 8th Street. • Vandalism was reported on Circle Drive. • A roll of wire was reported on Highway 49 South. • There were sick chickens on Sunrise Lane. • A lost dog was reported on Owl Creek […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Feb. 12-11

• EMS – 7 • Fires – 4 • Public Assists – 2 • Auto Collisions – 2 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 […]