Robert Wayne McKnight

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Robert McKnight was born into Depression era Long Beach, Calif. and grew up near the dairy farms, orchards and oil fields that dominated the area. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Southern California (USC), Robert’s planned teaching career was put on hold as he served in the army at Fort Ord teaching artillery and mortar […]

A dog and peanut butter lead to emotional rescue

Bootjack tow truck driver turns a routine day into one worthy of a hero

Shown is Martin Hall, Jr., and his wife, Heather. Photo by Nicole W. LittleMartin Hall, Jr., doesn’t see himself as a hero. Others, though, might beg to differ. “I don’t consider myself a hero by any means,” said Hall, 43, of Bootjack . “I think I was in the right place at the right time. Something led me there.” It […]

Homeless in Mariposa County

Situation continues to be a major concern; officials working on solutions to the matter


  Editor’s note: The name of the woman Jessica is a pseudonym, per her request. “I never thought I’d be in this situation.” Those words from Jessica, a middle-aged homeless woman in Mariposa County, are probably true for most homeless people. For whatever reason, whether it’s bad luck, poor health, strained family relationships, drug use, mental illness or more, many […]

Fatal accident claims life of county resident

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A 22-year-old Mariposa man died after being ejected from a vehicle last week. Jonah Thomas was killed when the truck he was driving crashed in Catheys Valley. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 5:44 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 28, Thomas was driving a 2003 Ford F-150 eastbound on Highway 140 approaching the east end of Trower Road. The […]

Cox case taking new twist, money at issue


Although the case against Mariposa County resident Jerry Cox has been ongoing for two years, it appears that pace may pick up in the near future. A hearing about the matter was held this week in Mariposa County Superior Court and it was clear money issues are about to surface — in a big way. The case against Cox involves […]

Many events set this weekend throughout Mariposa County

All types of treasures will be available this Sunday at the annual Hornitos Flea Market. Submitted photoAfter months of scorching heat, wildfires and not a sign of rain, things are changing. But it’s not just the weather. As fall is now upon the area, so are weekend events, which are coming quickly and will offer a wide variety of activities. […]

Book signing to feature local author

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He was in special operations for years in the military. He’s lucky to be alive. Both of those, however, are the case and now Steve Kuryla, known to almost everyone as “Chief,” is an author. “Six Days to Zeus: Alive Day,” is the first of what Chief hopes to be many focusing on various issues, but most notably those who […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log Sept. 24 – There were bat issues on Dolorosa Street in Mariposa. • A prowler was reported on West Whitlock Road in Mariposa. • Deputies investigated a report of a cat bite on Cerro Sierra Road in Coulterville. • A verbal dispute was investigated on Lakeview Drive in Mariposa. • Harassment was reported on Sebastopol Road in […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Sept. 24-30

• EMS – 13 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 5 • 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 […]

Annual Sierra Art Trails event returns this week

One artist displaying her work at Sierra Art Trails will be Cheryl Petretti. She will be showing at Miner’s Roadhouse 140 throughout the weekend. Petretti has a passion for landscape photography and photo-documentation of Mariposa County architecture. She says it has “evolved into an obsession.” Submitted photoThe Sierra Art Trails open studio tour takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. […]