Road closure causing businesses to struggle



William “Big Will” Decker is shown working in the kitchen at The Bon Ton Cafe. The cafe offers Cajun and southern food. Photo byMatt JohnsonHighway 49 might be known as “The Golden Chain Highway,” but for business owners located along the highway from Mt. Bullion to Coulterville, business has been anything but golden lately. Thanks — or rather, no thanks […]

Coulterville businesses have also been impacted

Coulterville businesses have also been affected by the March 22 storm and ensuing closure of a span of Highway 49. “It’s been really bad,” said Nina Mimnaugh, director of the Coulterville Visitor Center. “We usually get about 100 people a day through the visitor center, and we’re getting 20 now. Saturday we got two people the whole day. It’s killing […]

Solemn ceremony held as tattered American Flags are retired

In honor of ...

Boy Scout Troop 94 Chairman Keith Rieg places a tattered American Flag in the fire during a ceremony last week at Steve’s Sportsmans Cafe. Also shown are Kyler Rieg, right, and Scott McGrath, the scoutmaster for the troop. Below, Steve Knauf, owner of Steve’s Sportsmans Cafe, holds the American Flag during a ceremony held last week by American Legion Post […]

County Fire is in period of change

Officials hoping it stays positive

Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series about the Mariposa County Fire Department, including its past, the present and the future. Sometimes, to know the present, and possibly the future, you have to look at the past. History can teach lessons and for Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann, nothing is more obvious than the Mariposa County Fire […]

Fires in region stark reminder of what’s ahead

Burning permits halted

Newspaper reader Beth Kellner shot this photo of the Boyer Fire in the Bootjack area last week. The blaze was one of several which broke out in the region. Kellner said this photo was taken from Homestead Road off of Boyer Road. The photo shows an air tanker making a drop; one of many made to help stop the blaze. […]

Dream of museum at airport still in the works


Kent Lentz may say a passion of his is now in a “holding pattern,” but that’s not really the case. His partner in the adventure, Roy Anderson, is the same way. Lentz and Anderson have been working on the concept of having a working museum at the Mariposa Yosemite Airport and though it is a long process, progress is being […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log June 11 – Stray sheep were reported on Blue Bonnet Lane in Mariposa. • A bat was reported on Meadow Lane in Mariposa. • A suspicious vehicle was reported on Usona Road in Mariposa. • Deputies investigated a report of ID theft on Hornitos Road in Catheys Valley. • There was a report of a bear in […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

June 11-17

• EMS – 5 • Fires – 2 • 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 […]

MCUSD receives grant to hire resource officer



A sizable grant will allow the Mariposa County Unified School District to hire a school resource officer. MCUSD received $243,955 through the California Department of Justice’s Tobacco Law Enforcement Grant Program. The school district will now be able to hire an officer to oversee efforts to reduce the use of tobacco and vaping products. The officer will conduct educational workshops […]