Jenni Kiser, who battled addiction, comes out on the other side and will help you to get fit

At left, Kiser is shown participating in the Spartan Games. Above is Kiser before her dramatic change. Submitted photosFor Jenni Kiser, the road to happiness and health was a winding one that took her to some dark places. “Eight months of my life I was heavily addicted to methamphetamine. I was arrested, thank God,” Kiser reflects. That arrest, close to […]

Hopper stepping down as school chief

Robin HopperIn just a few months from now, Superintendent of Schools Robin Hopper will step down from her post. Hopper notified Mariposa County Unified School District staff in a letter dated Dec. 20 that she intends to resign on June 30, 2019. See page A-7 of this newspaper for the entire letter issued by Hopper. Hopper was hired by MCUSD […]

TOT hike set April 1

Lodging tax scheduled to go from 10 percent to 12 percent

The coffers of Mariposa County will be growing starting April 1. That’s the date the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors has set for implementing the 2 percent increase in the transient occupancy tax (TOT). Measure M, the ballot measure asking voters to increase the TOT from 10 percent to 12 percent, passed easily during the November general election. It passed […]

Mormon Bar, Old Highway repairs are (finally) slated

After waiting almost endlessly for emergency funding, two key roads in Mariposa County are going to be repaired next month. A section of Old Highway as well as the Mormon Bar crossing will be repaired, according to Mike Healy, director of the Mariposa County Department of Public Works. The county has issued a contract with George Reed Construction of Modesto […]

First responders honored on cover of phone book

First responders were honored last week during a ceremony at the courthouse in Mariposa. Shown, from left, are Debbie Peters (Sierra Tel); Preston Smith and Jessie Figueroa (Mercy Ambulance); Rick Lingren (CHP); Ron and Lorie Setterberg (County Fire); John Morgan (CAL FIRE); Adrian Perez (CHP); Gary Hampy, John Musik; Peter Kroeker, (County Fire); Jaime Williams (CAL FIRE); Deputy Josh Collins […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log Dec. 17 – Assault and battery was reported on Hospital Road in Mariposa. • There was a water hazard reported on Yaqui Gulch Road in Mariposa. • Explosives were heard in the Bootjack area in Mariposa. • A firearm was found on Ben Hur Road in Mariposa. • Suspicious circumstances were reported on Guadalupe Creek Road in […]

Government shutdown is impacting Yosemite

Various services curtailed at park

Though there were visitors on the trail to Lower Yosemite Fall on Sunday, as shown here, it was not as busy as normal. The park remains open with limited service. No rangers are at the entrance gates, so admission is free during the shutdown. Photo by Greg LittleThe partial federal government shutdown continues as members of Congress struggle to come […]


Chamber to host coffee event The next “Friday Coffee” gathering is set for Dec. 28. The monthly event, sponsored by Main Street Mariposa, will be at 8:30 a.m. at the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is located at 5158 Highway 140 which is on the southwest corner of the four-way stop in Mariposa. The event is for local […]

New CFO introduced at hospital meeting

JCF employee JoAnne Eskra (left) had a resolution declared in her honor as she is set to retire. Board member Linda Prible read the resolution.The search for a new chief financial officer has come to a close for the John C. Fremont Healthcare District. JCF Chief Executive Officer Matthew Matthiessen announced the hiring of Robert Reyes to fill the CFO […]

DSA thanks the Dulcichs

Submitted photoThe Mariposa County Deputy Sheriff’s Association thanks the Dulcich family and Coast Hardware for their donation of 14 new bicycles to the KOPS for KIDS Program. “Jim, Heidi and their family have been a huge part of the KOPS for KIDS program’s success for many years and we couldn’t be more grateful for their continued support!” said Deputy Will […]