Heavy rains, snow descend on Mariposa County

Residents throughout Mariposa County captured images of the snowfall on Monday night and Tuesday morning. Clockwise from top left: Bill Lowe captured this snow-covered rooster; Sheriff Doug Binnewies described his “morning commute” with this photo; the California Highway Patrol kept busy working traffic accidents and warning motorists; resident Kim Magana shot this photo of a pretty pine tree; Tammy Gray […]

Tourism challenges remain in the region

A clearer focus on Mariposa County seemed to be the order of the day during a meeting held last week by the Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau. The town hall style meeting was hosted by the tourism bureau at the chambers of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Jonathan Farrington, executive director of the bureau, said he wanted to get […]


California’s monarch butterfly population reaches new low

Monarch butterflies (shown above) are dying off at an alarming rate. Submitted photo by Beth Pratt-BergstromOne of nature’s special beauties are monarch butterflies, which make their way to California every winter. But the monarchs are in serious trouble, according to a study conducted by a nonprofit conservation group. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit group that conducts a […]

Judge holds off on decision for more PG&E requirements


Pacific Gas & Electric could face major consequences if a federal judge decides to implement various fire-prevention requirements on the company. PG&E has already filed for bankruptcy protection and last week, the day after that filing, the company was given a warning by U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who is considering imposing the requirements, but did not make that ruling […]

‘Mariposa Clean Sweep’ sets third annual event April 13

“Mariposa Clean Sweep” is set for Saturday, April 13. This is the third annual Clean Sweep and everyone is encouraged to attend. Everyone is invited to participate in the event, during which volunteers will be picking up trash and debris throughout the town of Mariposa. All who participate will be registered for a drawing with the grand prize being a […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log Jan. 28 – There were five loose horses on Old Highway South in Mariposa. • There was a report of multiple concerns on Trabucco Street in Mariposa. • ID theft was reported on Pine Lakes Drive in Coulterville. • Deputies investigated a report of child abuse on Hunters Valley Road in Mariposa. • A missing dog was […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Jan. 28-Feb. 3

• EMS – 9 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 1 • Auto Collisions – 2 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 […]

Jerry James Seed

Jerry James Seed of Mariposa, Calif. passed away on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 in Merced, Calif. Jerry was born on March 20, 1931 in Minneapolis, Minn. Jerry loved his family dearly, including his Lutheran Church family. He enjoyed his career in industrial food sales, his time spent giving back to his local community and the time he spent supporting Mariposa […]

Kenneth Keuning

Much loved father, brother, uncle and friend, Kenneth John Keuning was tragically taken from us on Tuesday, Jan. 29,2019. Ken was born in Hull, Iowa, on July 18, 1936, to parents Reverend John and Nina Keuning. Ken attended and graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa, and received his master’s degree in music from California State University at Sacramento. Ken […]

Shirley Akins

Shirley Ruth Akins, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away in her home in Merced, Calif., on Jan. 22, 2019. She is survived by her husband of almost 65 years, James L. Akins; children, Terry Walker of Livermore, Calif., Michael Akins of Merced, and Leslie Hummel of Mariposa; grandchildren, Alisha Beckham (Lance) of Spanish Fork, Utah, Derek Walker […]