More of park closes, human feces part of issue

Yosemite services remain limited because of government shutdown

The Big Trees Lodge in Wawona was open on Sunday and many visitors were at the lodge. Other parts of Yosemite, however, have been closed because of issues with visitors. Photo by Price LittleThe partial government shutdown, now into a second week, is having a major impact on Yosemite National Park. So much so, park officials have closed some areas […]

The real story: A child’s smile

Kops for Kids event helps those in need — and more

Shown are some of the volunteers who worked the front table at Kops for Kids at the fairgrounds. From left are Everett Atkinson, Megan Atkinson, Grady Atkinson and Sheila Paige. Submitted photoEditor’s note: The following story about Kops for Kids is written in first-person and reflects the event which took place just prior to Christmas at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. […]

A GRAVE CONCERN?

Cemetery at airport draws mixed reviews


A “grave” situation has arisen at the Mariposa-Yosemite Airport. At the Dec. 18 Mariposa County Board of Supervisors meeting, the possibility of locating a cemetery near the airport was discussed. Tim Wennberg, a community member who utilizes the airport as a pilot, said he became aware of discussions by county public works officials to station a cemetery there. Wennberg is […]

Familiar name hired to head local chamber

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It’s a legendary name in Mariposa County. And now, the name will continue in a new form. Scott Fiester is the new executive director of the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was made last Friday morning during the monthly Friday Coffee event of Main Street Mariposa, which was held at the chamber office. “We wanted to come back […]

All aboard

Amtrak program gives locals train experience


Makayla Barrett (left) and her daughter, Haley, take a moment to relax on the train ride to San Francisco. Photo by Matt JohnsonA large group of Mariposans couldn’t have asked for a better day to visit the Bay Area last weekend. The weather was sunny and temps were in the 60s on Saturday for the annual Kids ‘N’ Trains trip […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log Dec. 24 – There were dog questions on Highway 49 in Mariposa. • Mail theft was reported on Woodview Lane in Mariposa. • There was a report of fireworks on Greeley Hill Road in Coulterville. • There was a traffic accident on Merced Falls Road in Mariposa. • An out of control juvenile was reported on Veredita […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Dec. 24-30

• EMS – 8 • Fires – 0 • Public Assists – 2 • 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 […]

IN BRIEF …

Monthly bingo this Friday Everyone over 18 is invited to Golden Agers Bingo at the Senior Center on Spriggs Lane on the first Friday of each month. The Golden Agers Bingo offers pull tabs and big pots. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 6:15 p.m. The snack bar at the center offers baked potatoes, all beef hot dogs […]

Six injured following Christmas Eve crash

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Six people were lucky to escape with minor to moderate injuries following a Christmas Eve head-on collision in Mariposa County. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 8:41 p.m., with light rain showers falling, a 911 call was received about the two-vehicle accident on Highway 140 at Mt. Bullion Cutoff Road. According to the CHP, Dawn Ross, 65, of […]

From guns to breastfeeding, California has many new laws

If there is one thing residents of California can always count on in a new year, it’s new laws. A wide variety of new laws are in effect, or going into effect, in 2019. Following is a summary of some of the new California laws. Guns • SB 1100, Firearm sales to minors — The minimum age to buy a […]