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Yosemite honors its volunteers

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael Reynolds (left) honors Colin Lang, Athena Demetry and Molly Downer, Yosemite National Park, Vegetation and Ecological Restoration, as the 2018 Volunteer Program of the Year.Yosemite National Park has announced the 2018 recipients of the park’s Volunteer of the Year awards. These prestigious awards are bestowed annually to outstanding volunteers in nine different categories for exemplary […]

Come fly (and drive) away!

From the top photo down, attendees of the first ever Wings and Wheels Fest gathered around a classic car as the engine was revved by its owner; two tourists, Keri Endich and Cameron Dale, took a moment to view one of the smaller planes at the airport; a young child, Kade Kirshtner, 6, gets the chance to learn a bit […]

Oct. 7-13 declared National 4-H Week



From left, 4-H representatives Fadzayi Mashiri, Russ Hill, Karen Cutter and Donna Wice accept a resolution honoring Oct. 7-13 as National 4-H Week from Mariposa County Supervisor Rosemarie Smallcombe. Photo by Matt JohnsonIt’s hard to express the impact 4-H has on young people across the nation. It has an influence on thousands of children each year, teaching leadership and a […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log Oct. 1 – There was a missing dog reported on Boyer Road in Mariposa. • Trespassing was reported on Granite Dome in Mariposa. • Threats were reported on Oakridge Road in Coulterville. • Calves were in the roadway on Hornitos Road in Mariposa. • There was a fire on Highway 132 in Lake Don Pedro. Oct. 2 […]

Supervisors honor work battling domestic violence



Kristen Fiester (left) of Mountain Crisis Services accepts a resolution on behalf of the agency from Mariposa County Supervisor Rosemarie Smallcombe (right). Photo by Matt JohnsonThe Mariposa County Board of Supervisors honored the work of Mountain Crisis Services last week. The board unanimously declared October as Domestic Violence Prevention Awareness Month, and presented a resolution in honor of the work […]

Agreement between county, state will help move inmates through justice system faster

Sheriff also looks back on third anniversary of deputy shot in line of duty


 A new agreement between Mariposa County and the Department of State Hospitals will help inmates move through the court system in a more efficient manner. The agreement was approved unanimously by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors during last week’s board meeting. The contract will help inmates who are deemed incompetent to stand trial to be treated and become competent […]

UC students take time to beautify Yosemite

University class from Merced takes part in facelift event at end of September


Students at UC Merced attended the annual Yosemite Facelift at the end of September. While there, they used trash objects found at the park to create sculptures (one is shown above). These pieces of art were based on the local impact of climate change and wildfires, specifically the Ferguson Fire. Submitted photosStudents from UC Merced made the trip all the […]

Blue Ridge Services gives update on tree work



Neal Bolton, owner of Blue Ridge Services, is shown giving a presentation last week to the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Photo by Matt JohnsonTree mortality. Those are two words almost every citizen of Mariposa County is tired of hearing. Tree mortality has been a major concern over the last several years, and because of the amount of dead trees […]

Important tips for visiting Yosemite NP in the fall

Mariposa County can be a bit unpredictable when it comes to fall and winter weather. Here are a few tips to help keep you safe and warm during your visit to Yosemite National Park. • Check the weather forecast. The weather can change dramatically throughout the day. Even a clear, sunny morning can turn into a stormy afternoon. Checking the […]

Local fire victim subject of film that will be shown in Fresno

Dennis Bright, 71, who lost his home of 44 years on Yaqui Gulch Road in the 2017 Detwiler Fire, is the subject of a short film that will be shown as part of the Big Tell Film Showcase at the Tower Theatre in Fresno on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. A proposal submitted by Mariposa resident Karen Dusek, was […]


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