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TOT increase proposal to be on ballot

After three hotly contested hours, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place an item on November’s ballot relating to raising the transient occupancy tax (TOT). TOT is a lodging tax, collected from travelers when they rent a hotel, motel or other accommodation. The tax is then given to the county by lodging operators. Occupancy tax rates and […]

Back in the game

Several local groups celebrated the Tuesday morning opening of Yosemite National Park with a ribbon cutting on Highway 140 at the four-way stop in Mariposa. If you look closely, the highway sign in the background proclaims “Yosemite Park Open.” That’s a welcome sight to business owners and residents alike in Mariposa County. Groups involved included the Yosemite/Mariposa Tourism Bureau, the […]

Ferguson Fire (finally) winding down

Yosemite Valley reopens, along with Highway 140

This Sikorsky helicopter is shown last Saturday in El Portal taking water from the Merced River to drop on the Ferguson Fire. Crews are making steady progress in suppressing the fire. Photo by Nicole W. LittleFrayed nerves. Tension. Fatigue. All of those, and much more, have been part of the psyche in Mariposa County since the night of Friday, July […]

Doctor faces prescription abuse charges


A local physician, Dr. Carolyn Rose, has been accused by the Medical Board of California of a number of medical missteps. The board is accusing Rose of repeatedly prescribing excessive amounts of controlled drugs for patients, and more. A 46-page report filed by the board on July 6 lists five serious violations by Dr. Rose: gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, […]

Willey convicted, to be sentenced Sept. 13


A Mariposa County man was convicted last Friday of two felony counts. Luke George Willey, 38, was convicted by a jury following the four-day trial. The charges were related to a Sept. 22, 2017, incident in which he is accused of breaking into a house in Mariposa County and brutally assaulting a man who was with his ex-girlfriend. Willey was […]

Congressional debate will be held on Sept. 23

Rep. Tom McClintock and challenger Jessica Morse will be participating in a debate in Mariposa in September. McClintock, the incumbent Republican in California House District 4, and Morse, the Democrat in the race, will be taking the stage on Sunday, Sept. 23. The debate will be held at 2 p.m. at the Feister Auditorium on the campus of Mariposa County High […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

 Aug. 6 – There was a report of a dog bite on Wild Cat Lane in Mariposa. • Child abuse was reported on Highway 140 in Catheys Valley. • Deputies investigated a barking complaint on Smith Road in Mariposa. • There was an abandoned dog on Enramada Drive in Lake Don Pedro. Aug. 7 – Trespassing was reported at the […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Aug. 6-12 • EMS – 4 • Fires – 2 • 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 […]

Respond with grace, not bitterness


Allison ByerleyCan you hold a grudge? I’ve met some people in my life who could recite to you every small hurt inflicted upon them from the time they were very small to the present day. They never forgot an angry word or slight, real or imagined. Do you know anyone like that? It’s not surprising that those same people are […]