Library receives funds as part of fire recovery

The Mariposa County Library will be receiving $15,000 in one-time funds as a result of the Detwiler Fire. The California State Library has announced it is awarding funding to libraries in 15 counties hit the hardest by fires this year. The allotments can be used by the libraries to add materials and other resources that help Californians and their communities […]

Your photos

Reader Jessica Varney sent this photo of her son, Nolan, who was making a new friend — this praying mantis. The new friend did crawl up to his head and he also followed it around and made an effort to feed his new friend. Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to Please […]

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 […]

Your photos

Reader Cameron Miller took this photo in Mariposa County. Miller also has a photography blog at Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to Please include your name and a short description of the photo. Submitted photo… An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading […]

The plight of the pika: Critters retreating to even higher elevations inside Yosemite

The American pika is shown in its habitat in Yosemite National Park. Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, who has researched the American pika, said if people want to learn more, they can look up a film called the “Adventures of the American Pika,” which has several clips of the small animals. “The clips online are definitely worth seeing,” Pratt-Bergstrom said. Submitted photo Editor’s […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Dec. 11 – Threats were reported on Stout Lane in Greeley Hill. • A petty theft was investigated on Stage Coach Road in Ahwahnee. •There was a suspicious person on East Westfall Road. • An assault and battery was investigated on Old Highway North. • Petty theft was alleged on Sherlock Road in Midpines. Dec. 12 – Harassment was reported […]

New California gun laws are slated to go into effect

FREE Taking Aim

New legislation set to go into effect in 2018 already has gun owners in California scratching their heads. Many of the changes gun owners have been hearing about are just hearsay. But much is indeed changing. “They’re constantly rewriting some of this stuff,” said Matthew Haywood, an employee at Stage Stop Gun Shop in Atwater, which also operates a store […]

Sheriff’s volunteers to receive new vehicles

The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office will be adding three vehicles for its volunteers. In addition, the sheriff’s office will be adding a stock trailer and metal carport. The vehicles are being purchased through a state grant, meaning the money will not be coming out of the general fund. Sheriff Doug Binnewies, in a memo to the Mariposa County Board of […]

Retirement system puts major strain on County coffers

Mariposa County could be facing a financial crisis — sooner than later. That crisis stems from the ongoing issue of employee retirement and as it stands, Mariposa County currently has $50 million in unfunded liabilities which will be needed to fund the retirement system. “That is an estimate of what we could potentially owe,” said Louis Mercado, the deputy County […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Dec. 11-17

• EMS – 8 • Fires – 5 • Public Assists – 3 • Auto Collisions – 3 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 14 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 […]

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