The Giants Awaken

Mariposa Grove to reopen this Friday

Above is one of the 500 mature giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove. At left, John Blackstone, left, of CBS News, interviews Frank Dean, president of the Yosemite Conservancy on Tuesday morning. The grove opens to the public Friday. Photos by Greg LittleDean Shenk may have put it best this past Tuesday when standing in the renovated Mariposa Grove of […]

New energy

Idle Wheels slated to launch largest solar project in county

Lynn Bryant scoops the first shovel of dirt last week for a planned solar project at Idle Wheels in Mariposa. Photo by Greg LittleThe name of the place might be Idle Wheels, but residents there are anything but idle. In fact, last week a groundbreaking ceremony was held for what will be the largest solar energy project in Mariposa County. […]

Volunteers are key to the viable future of Mariposa County Fire

Many issues at stake, from insurance premiums to public safety

Ron and Lorie Setterberg are shown at the firehouse in Lushmeadows. Photo by Greg LittleEditor’s note: This is the second in a four-part series about the Mariposa County Fire Department, including its past, the present and the future. So how do an artist and an appliance repairman end up in Mariposa County as volunteer firefighters? For Ron and Lorie Setterberg, […]

Kelsey steps down from school district

Charlotte Kelsey, the transportation, warehouse and risk management coordinator for MCUSD, will step down. Kelsey made the announcement on June 6. File photo The Mariposa County Unified School District will soon lose a key member of its leadership team with the resignation notice of Charlotte Kelsey on June 6. Kelsey has been serving as the district’s transportation, warehouse and risk […]

Main Street, CHP to team up at June 29 coffee event

Two local organizations are teaming up to have a cup of coffee and visit with the public. Main Street Mariposa and the California Highway Patrol will be hosting an event on Friday, June 29. Each month, Main Street Mariposa hosts a “Friday Coffee” gathering on the final Friday. This month, the group is partnering with the CHP, which periodically hosts […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Jail Booking Report Here are some of the highlights from the recent booking reports at the Mariposa County Jail. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. June 5 – Ellison Allen Burns, 56, Coulterville, was arrested for spousal battery, possession of a controlled substance, DUI, and failure to appear after a written promise. June […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

June 4-20

• EMS – 4 • Fires – 6 • Public Assists – 1 • 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 […]

Edith Marie Bustamante

Edith Marie Bustamante of Willits passed away on May 24, 2018 in Willits, Calif. She was born on April 27, 1939 in Los Angeles to Joseph Patrick Engel and Charlotte Marie Brown. She married Richard Leonard Bustamante on Sept. 9, 1957 in Reno, Nev. In her youth she lived in Arroyo Grande, Calif. and Redwood Estates, Calif. Her family moved […]


4-H one day kids camp set The Mariposa 4-H Youth Development Program will be sponsoring a one day camp for 4-H and community youth ages 5-8. This event will be held Saturday, June 23 at the picnic area at the Mariposa fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is free. The day will include several stations with various […]

Independence Day concert is slated for June 30 in Mariposa

Shown is a scene from last year’s concert during the Independence Day celebration. Submitted photo at Glacier Point on Aug. 21, 2016. The annual MSO “Independence Day Spectacular!” concert is billed as “Mariposa’s own version of the Hollywood Bowl,” with patrons invited to dine at one of the town’s many restaurants or to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on […]