The National Sword

It sounds ominous, and it is in the recycling world

This might look like a lot of cardboard recycling, but in reality, it is not. The brown box on the left is considered cardboard, but the rest is now classified as “mixed paper” and it is having local ramifications.The Green Fence. The National Sword. It sounds like something straight out of an action hero movie. But that’s just not the […]


Heritage House officials focused on that issue and giving hope to addicts

Debra Barcellos is shown at Mariposa Heritage House. Photo by Matt Johnson Debra Barcellos knows the ugly side of addiction. Barcellos was addicted to alcohol and drugs for several years. She lost her happiness, her identity and nearly lost her children. That was until a phone call came from her younger brother who lived in the Bay Area. He was […]

Annual Yosemite Music Festival set this weekend

Ian Moore, who has toured with the Rolling Stones, ZZ Top and Bob Dylan, will perform in Mariposa this weekend. Submitted photoAsk any Mariposa resident what they like about living in the area and you will often get some variation of, “everything is just better in the mountains.” This can be applied to the 2018 Yosemite Music Festival set for […]

Sierra Star closes office, will continue to be printed

The offices of the Sierra Star newspaper have been closed, but officials at the parent company of the paper say publishing will continue. The newspaper, owned by The McClatchy Company of Sacramento, printed a story in its latest edition announcing the office will be closed. An official press release from the company said a reporter will remain in Oakhurst as […]

Fire danger remains high with temperatures rising

 State officials are warning the fire danger is going to be high over the coming week and urging residents to use caution. With temperatures forecast near 100 over the next week, and not a drop of rain in sight, CAL FIRE officials are saying conditions are ripe for wildfires. That, combined with the Fourth of July week where people will […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log June 25 – A vaccine event was reported on Cobey Lane in Midpines. • Unsafe shooting was reported on Hunters Valley Road in Bear Valley. • A rattlesnake was reported on Wild Horse Lane in Mariposa. • A bear was sighted on French Camp Road in Mariposa. • Deputies investigated easement issues on Bull Pine Lane and […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

June 24-July 1

• EMS – 7 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 0 • 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 […]

Don Van Meter

Don Eugene Van Meter was born on March 19, 1930 in San Diego, and passed away from natural causes at home on May 23, 2018. Don grew up in Temple City and met his wife of 69-plus years, Doris, at a dance class at the age of 13. They fell in love and married on June 20, 1948 and started […]

Allen Shelley Hawkins

We will be celebrating the life of Allen Shelley Hawkins, 42, who passed away on June 22, 2018, at Alaska Regional Hospital, Anchorage, Alaska, from esophageal cancer. Allen was born in Santa Clara, Calif. on July 3, 1975. He lived in several California cities during his early years, including Riverside. In 1985, he moved with his family to El Portal, […]

Ruth Margaret Wittkopf

Ruth Margaret Wittkopf died of a stroke on June 13, 2018 in Portland, Ore. She was surrounded by her husband and four children. Ruth was born in Hood River, Ore. on November 24, 1918 to Edward and Marie Dresser. It was in Hood River that she developed a love of the outdoors, including camping, hiking and fishing. Ruth attended Oregon […]