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Eco-friendly nonprofit growing in Mt. Bullion

Will Morris, cofounder of the Happy Goat farm in Mt. Bullion, feeds a herd of goats at the remote property last Thursday. The farm is part of a larger nonprofit. Organization leaders aspire to use the grounds as an educational hub for a network of regenerative farmers and Mariposa County residents. Photo by Allen LamanAbout a month ago, local entrepreneurs […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Jail Booking Report Here are some of the highlights from the recent booking reports at the Mariposa County Jail. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. July 19 – Haley Maurine Malenfant, 31, Mariposa, was arrested on warrants for two counts of failure to appear after written promise, misdemeanor failure to appear and possession […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

July 19 - July 25

• EMS – 5 • Fires – 5 • Public Assists – 0 • 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 […]

Ashton granted change of venue in murder case

A Mariposa man accused of killing his son and who has been in jail for more than a year and a half will remain in jail longer pending a location for his trial. Jesse Ashton, 24, pleaded not guilty in January 2020 after being charged with killing his 22-month-old son, Bradley Reynolds, in April 2018. Ashton has remained in the […]

National officials raise fire danger level to highest possible; earliest ever designation

Firefighter Brendon Bourdet working on the Creek Fire, September 2020. Photo courtesy 40th Combat Aviation Brigade. Photo courtesy 40th Combat Aviation BrigadeWe’re leveling up, but not in the way you’d want. A federal fire agency has elevated the nation’s emergency preparedness level to its highest limit for wildland fire in a decade. Due to “significant fire activity occurring in multiple […]

Fritz honored for love of community

Diner owner named Woman of the Year by Bigelow

Surrounded by her family, Assembly Member Frank Bigelow gives Dianne Fritz a certificate honoring the Mariposa County businesswoman as the 2021 District 5 Woman of the Year. “I love this community,” she said moments before receiving the award. Photo by Allen LamanDianne and Greg Fritz drove until the fog cleared. Years ago, the Fritzes cruised through miles of mist between […]


Many fuming over pending release of arsonist

Coarsegold resident Kenneth Jackson was convicted in 2014 of setting a rash of fires in Yosemite Lakes Park and had served only 8 years of an originally 30 year sentence when Madera County District Attorney Sally Moreno heard this week the arsonist was scheduled for release from prison. Submitted photo“This is an outrage,” said Madera County District Attorney Sally Moreno […]

‘When Ravens Speak’

Exhibit now on display at Art Center Gallery in Oakhurst

Artist and local business owner Norma Rogers, 89, is pictured holding one of her sculptures ahead of her exhibit, “When Raven Speaks,” open through Aug. 22 at Yosemite Gateway Art Center in Oakhurst. Photo by Kerby SmithA true retrospective, the evocative work of contemporary artist Norma Rogers is on display in the Art Center Gallery at Yosemite Gateway Art Center […]

Angel Falls rescue — déjà vu times two

Search and rescue responded again to Angel Falls on Friday, July 23, after a woman fell while hiking at the base of the falls and possibly broke her ankle. She was carried out by emergency personnel.It was déjà vu all over again as rescuers responded to a pair of emergencies at Angel Falls near Bass Lake, one day after another. […]

Memorial service is now scheduled for young man who was killed in hit-and-run

A memorial service is planned for 20-year-old Oakhurst resident Eben Hammond, killed earlier this month in a still-unsolved hit-and-run crash while skateboarding on School Road. Eben Hammond’s memorial will take place on Saturday, Aug. 7 at Sierra Pines Church in Oakhurst starting at 3 p.m. Sierra Pines is located at 40855 Covey Court. Phone (559) 683-2882 for more information. The […]

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