2019-09-05 E-Edition

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A first for the fair

FREE 1850 Brewing becomes local beer vendor at the celebration

Neither Jake or Hannah Wackerman could hold back their emotions. It was about 20 minutes before the opening of the Mariposa County Fair last Friday morning. Jake and Hannah were in the beer garden area of the fairgrounds. And so was Fred Wackerman, Jake’s grandfather and a well-known resident of Mariposa County. Now it might not seem unusual that Fred […]

Hazardous property sparks vigorous debate

Public responds to possibility of ordinance by supervisors

Overgrown and hazardous property, like this example above, is a major concern in Mariposa County. There’s little doubt two major wildfires in Mariposa County have people on edge. The Detwiler and Ferguson fires, in 2017 and 2018, have left many in the community nervous, in fear and wondering when the next fire might happen. Because of that, the subject of […]

Developing issue

Board ponders incentives to boost growth in county


To incentivize or not incentivize. That was the question. The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors received a presentation from County Chief Administrative Officer Dallin Kimble last week, about how the county can provide tax incentives to housing and business developers. In a lengthy discussion, Kimble presented a draft of a plan which could be used to incentivize developers. He said […]

Victoria Smith crowned as 2019-20 Mariposa Rodeo Queen during fair



The 2019-20 Mariposa Rodeo Royalty members are shown with the outgoing royalty. Shown, from left, are program coordinator Jeanne Casner, Daniele Turck (2019-20 Jr. Princess), Lily Habeck (outgoing Jr. Princess), Ciana DeSelle (outgoing Queen), Victoria Smith (2019-20 Queen), Tillyanne Healey (2019-20 Princess), Desiree Turck (outgoing Princess) and program coordinator Carol Suggs. Photo by Matt Johnson Sunday’s rodeo royalty crowning event […]

Kennedy eyes seat held by McClintock


Brynne KennedyBrynne Kennedy has many goals. However, in order to accomplish those goals, there is one that stands above the rest. “We’re focusing on McClintock from day one,” said Kennedy. She’s referring to California Fourth District Congressman Tom McClintock, a Republican, who is serving his fifth term. Kennedy was in Mariposa over the weekend to participate in the Labor Day […]

Quick response

Photo by Greg LittleA helicopter pilot prepares to make a water drop at the Bootjack Fire, which broke out early Tuesday afternoon. A call went out for a structure fire in the 4500 block of Indian Peak Road. The blaze then spread into the surrounding wildland. Units from CAL FIRE, Mariposa County Fire and the Sierra National Forest were quickly […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log Aug. 26 – There was a pedestrian in the roadway on Highway 49 in Mariposa. • Threatening text messages were reported on Indian Peak Road in Mariposa. • Trespassing, suspicious circumstances and a scam were all reported on Old Highway North in Mariposa. • Sexual assault was reported on Highway 49 North in Mariposa. • A dog […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Aug. 29-Sept. 1

• EMS – 1 • Fires – 4 • Public Assists – 2 • Auto Collisions – 1 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 and […]

Longtime school superintendent Barendse dies

George J. Barendse, the Mariposa County Superintendent of Schools from 1972 to 1989, passed away on Aug. 8, 2019. George was born in the Netherlands, went through World War II in occupied Holland, attended and graduated from Harvard University with a degree in physics, became a United States citizen, was a radioman with the United States Air Force, obtained a […]