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News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log Jan. 6 – There was a report of loose ducks, a chicken and a goat on Buckeye Creek Road in Mariposa. • Neglected horses were reported on Ranchito Drive in Lake Don Pedro. • There was a neighbor dispute on Rock Springs Lane in Mariposa. • A hazard was reported in Fish Camp. • Someone found a […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Jan. 6-12

• EMS – 7 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 2 • 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 and […]

Turn old magazines into art at the library

Turn old magazines into decorative bowls at an upcoming event at the local library. Submitted photoDiscarded magazines and newspapers can be easily transformed into bowls, coasters, ornaments and even jewelry using a simple technique that anyone can learn during two free Makerspace workshops at the library. The first will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 3-5 p.m. for children […]

Habit seeking various volunteers for group

Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County is reaching out to the community to recruit members for a new special disaster preparedness committee. Habitat is looking for people who have had some training in this area or who just want to participate and would be willing to meet from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month […]

Forsythe to speak at RPEA meeting

The next regular meeting of the Retired Public Employees Association (RPEA) will be held at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 21. It will be held at Miner’s Roadhouse restaurant, located at 5159 Highway 140 in Mariposa. Lunch will be free for those attending the meeting. The guest speaker will be Wayne Forsythe, Mariposa County Board of Supervisor candidate for District 4. […]

Menetrey honored for his service as board chairman



County supervisor Miles Menetrey (center) is presented with a gavel plaque for his service as board chairman in 2019. Menetrey was honored during last Tuesday’s board of supervisor meeting. The new chairman is Kevin Cann while the vice chair is Marshall Long. Shown from left are supervisor Marshall Long, supervisor Kevin Cann, Menetrey, supervisor Rosemarie Smallcombe and supervisor Merlin Jones. […]

Sheriff informs board, public about growing problem of meth use in county



Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies shared some statistics from 2019 with the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors last week, as well as his concerns about meth use in 2020. “I wanted to highlight a couple points,” said Binnewies. Binnewies said the sheriff’s office responded to more than 3,000 additional calls in 2019 compared to 2018. “We responded to 30,224 calls […]

No human trafficking in the county? Think again



The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors observed Human Trafficking Awareness Month last week. Shown from left are Tori Leanos (Older Adult Advocate), Kristen Fiester (Program Director), Donna Rangel (Community Resource Specialist), Katy Wardle (Program Specialist) and Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann. Photo by Matt JohnsonIf you think there’s no link to human trafficking in Mariposa County, you’d be wrong. Mariposa […]

Job service gets grant to help curb meth use

The Department of Labor has awarded a $512,500 grant to Mother Lode Job Training (MLJT) to establish services that will assist in re-integrating dislocated workers, long term unemployed and those affected by the national opioid crisis back into the workforce. Funding from the grant will help provide both employment and support services by paying for temporary workers in public or […]

Ferguson Project meeting set

An update on the Ferguson Project will be one of the main topics at an upcoming meeting in El Portal. Mariposa County District 1 Supervisor Rosemarie Smallcombe is asking local residents to attend the meeting, set for Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. at the El Portal Community Hall. Caltrans District 10 Director Dan McElhinney will be at the meeting […]


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