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Lake Don Pedro bridge rehabilitation completed

Though not in Mariposa County, many local residents will appreciate the fact the James W. Roberts Memorial Bridge has been completed. The bridge spans Lake Don Pedro in Tuolumne County and is a vital link for residents traveling to Sonora. Many residents in northern Mariposa County use Highway 120 on a regular basis to go to that region. The road […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Dec. 18 – An arrest was made following a domestic dispute on Tip Top Road. • An illegal burn pile was reported on Jones Street. • A suspicious person was reported on Oak Ridge Road in Coulterville. A burn pile was reported on French Camp Road. Dec. 19 – Threats were reported on Indian Peak Road. • There was a […]

Mercado named auditor

Mariposa County will have a new auditor on Jan. 1. Recently, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors appointed Luis Mercado as the new auditor. Current Mariposa County Auditor Debbie Isaacs announced her retirement effective Dec. 31. Mercado is the current deputy auditor and has also announced his intention to run for the auditor’s position in the 2018 election. Mercado will […]

In the ‘string’ of things

New ukulele group is growing quickly


Gail Dreifus is shown instructing the members of the Ukuladies during a practice on Dec. 18 at The Grove House in Mariposa. Photo by Matt JohnsonWhen Gail Dreifus received a random email one day, she knew she wanted to follow up on it. Dreifus had received an email from Rene Young, a community member, inquiring whether Dreifus would be interested […]

Supervisors agree to keep rules about consent items

Cell towers, new dental program also discussed

It was a lighthearted moment recently inside the chambers of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors when Supervisor Kevin Cann (standing) played Santa by delivering gifts from local resident Marvin Wells, who was getting a root canal that day. Cann accidently “spilled” the gift for Supervisor Miles Menetrey (looking down), so he just gave Menetrey the entire box — M&Ms […]

Off-road grant comments sought

The Sierra National Forest officials are requesting public input for the California 2018 Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program application cycle. Part of the grant process is gathering input or project ideas that individuals and organizations would like to have included in the 2018 submission. This feedback will be considered in development of the preliminary grant applications and […]

The season for giving

Helping those in need Westamerica Bank in Mariposa recently made a donation to Manna House to help purchase Christmas dinners for families in need. Bank branch manager Christene Scott is shown in the center with Manna House representatives Laurie Kinsley, left, and Elizabeth Brand. Submitted photoA worthy mission Mike Lilley, right, of Pioneer Market presents a check for $701 to […]

Kops for Kids program has record year of giving

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The scene last Saturday morning at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds said a lot about this area. On the one hand, it illustrated how caring the people of Mariposa County are — any time of the year. On the other hand, it showed the great need in this County to help those who are less fortunate. The setting was the annual […]

Help available for veterans

A regional program is in place for disabled veterans who are struggling with life issues. Victory Village, which operates in six counties including Mariposa, can help with various issues, from financial assistance to job training and more. They also can help veterans find help through the Veterans Administration. For information, contact Elicia Soto at (209) 418-4414, (209) 223-2286 or email […]

Honoring their service

Wreaths Across America is a national program to honor veterans who are buried in cemeteries across the nation. For the first time this year, the program took place at the Cathey’s Valley Cemetery. Top, Cathi Boze (middle) is presented a wreath in honor of her father, Art Mimler. To her left is Tonya Hughes, his granddaughter, and her husband, Brian. […]


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