Wicked weather

Rain, snow, lightning and more strike county

Wild weather has been a regular visitor to Mariposa County in recent weeks. It has included everything from a tornado to thunderstorms to piles of snow in the higher elevations. Last week, a lightning strike at the Flying A Ranch in Midpines caused some significant — and strange — damage. According to Irene Oborn of Flying A Ranch, a lightning […]

Woman has toe amputated after tree falls in Greeley Hill

A Coulterville woman had to have a toe amputated after a tree fell on her vehicle last week. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 11:10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, Gloria Moshier, 69, was driving a 2016 Hyundai west on Greeley Hill Road. At the time, the CHP said there was a rain and wind storm. The car […]

County will lease homes in community for the homeless

As part of the ongoing efforts to help the homeless in Mariposa County, last week the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a new strategy to house those in need. Known as the “scattered site model,” this short-term strategy will provide assisted housing for the homeless over the next 18 months. Scattered site housing is defined as “assisted housing […]

PG&E must respond to judge inquiry by Friday

A federal judge is insisting Pacific Gas & Electric give more answers on how the company plans to clear trees and branches that can fall on power lines and start fires. Judge William Alsup last week gave the company until this Friday to respond to his questions. The judge told the company that under the plan it submitted, he believes […]

Path to Wellness will now be a part of ‘Creek Week’ activities

Ginnie Day is all smiles during last year’s Path to Wellness program, apparently tickled by something Jim Evans said. Evans has been a longtime advocate for housing in the county. Submitted photoEditor’s note: This is another in a continuing series about the Mariposa Creek Parkway and the many activities and events being planned for the area.  A local event heading […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log Feb. 11 – A traffic accident was reported on Highway 140 and Guadalupe Grade in Catheys Valley. • Deputies responded to a report of suspicious circumstances on Bondurant Mine Road in Greeley Hill. • Physical threats were reported on Darrah Road in Mariposa. • An attempted phone scam was reported on Jalisco Way in Lake Don Pedro. […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Feb. 11-17

• EMS – 8 • Fires – 0 • Public Assists – 4 • Auto Collisions – 3 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 […]


MCGS hosts meetings Merced County Genealogical Society (MCGS) invites anyone who would like to know more about their own family tree to attend its meetings on the third or fourth Saturday each month at the Merced County Library’s Gracey Room at 2100 O Street in Merced at 1 p.m. MCGS has been active since 1983, and each month, it has […]

Hites Cove Trail workday planned

Shown is the Hites Cove Trail in the Merced River Canyon in Mariposa County. A workday on the trail is set for Feb. 23. Submitted photoVolunteers are being sought for a work day on the Hites Cove Trail in Mariposa County. The event will be Saturday, Feb. 23 along the trail in the Merced River Canyon. It is being spearheaded […]

Carleton Watkins and the Fremont Grant, part 1


Carleton E. Watkins’ photograph of Agua Fria, the first county seat of Mariposa. Editor’s note: this is the first in a three-part series about Carleton E. Watkins, one of Yosemite’s first photographers, who was introduced to the incipient national park while working on a commission to photograph the Fremont Grant. When my parents purchased the Mariposa Drug Company in 1943, […]