2019-07-18 E-Edition

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Midpines man gets taste of the action during filming of TV show at Savoury’s

Smile for the camera

Steve Wooding (left) shares a laugh with Savoury’s owner Mirriam Wackerman Platto during filming of the Japanese show “Origin of Taste.” Photo by Matt JohnsonWhen a Japanese film crew began scouting out people to interview for a television show about eating, Steve Wooding quickly became a top candidate. “I get excited about taste,” said Wooding. “Almost always, taste is fun […]

The names remain the same

Iconic Yosemite monikers restored after $12 million settlement

The sign at Camp Curry (above) was quickly restored on Monday following a court settlement. The sign at the left had been up for three years after the suit was filed. Photos courtesy National Park ServiceThey’re back. The iconic names associated with Yosemite National Park are back, thanks to a $12 million settlement agreed upon Monday in the U.S. Court […]

Supervisor at center of probe by the Grand Jury

FREE Group asks matter to be taken up by current panel

The Mariposa Grand Jury is recommending the next panel continue an investigation of a complaint directed at a county supervisor. The 2018-19 Mariposa County Grand Jury fielded several complaints against a county supervisor. Though the report does not name the supervisor, all indications are it is directed at Mariposa County District 2 Supervisor Merlin Jones, alleging he used his power […]

Chief nurse at JCF axed, then blasted


One of the top positions at the John C. Fremont Healthcare District remains unfilled following the firing of JCF Chief Nursing Officer Kristen Clayton last week. JCF Chief Executive Officer Matthew Matthiessen made the decision to let go of Clayton, who had been employed with the district since the spring of 2018. The move was discussed during the public comment […]

Tennis anyone? Board approves $112 million budget, with courts

Menetrey remains frustrated with funding tourism bureau

In an overall budget that is more than $112 million, the biggest discussion last week for the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors was about tennis courts. The supervisors spent a considerable amount of time discussing how to plug in $150,000 to fix the failing courts in Mariposa — and managed to add that amount before closing the public hearing about […]

Varney to receive highway memorial

Legislation passed on July 8 ensured that a firefighter who gave his life battling the Ferguson Fire in 2018 will be memorialized. The California legislature passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 47 (ACR-47), to honor firefighter Braden Varney. He passed away in the line of duty on July 14, 2018, at age 36, while operating a dozer during the Ferguson Fire […]

Fish Fire is burning in national forest

The Fish Fire is currently burning in the Bass Lake Ranger District of the Sierra National Forest. The fire was reported at 4:17 p.m., on Monday, July 15. The Fish Fire is burning entirely inside the perimeter of the 2014 French Fire, within close proximity to the Fish Creek Campground. The fire is burning on the downhill side of the […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log July 8 – Suspicious circumstances were reported both on Hirsch and Clouds Rest roads in Mariposa. • There were loose cows reported on Blackberry Creek Road and on Brooks Road, both in Mariposa. • There was a vegetation fire near Lake McSwain in Lake Don Pedro. • Suspicious circumstances were reported at Briceberg in Mariposa. • Deputies […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

July 8-14

• EMS – 8 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 1 • Auto Collisions – 0 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 13 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 […]