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Man is arrested for setting tent on fire in encampment

Timothy QuallsA Mariposa man has been arrested for arson following an incident at a homeless encampment. Timothy William Qualls, 25, was taken into custody last week and placed under $100,000 bond. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, on April 6, at around 11:58 p.m., deputies responded to the homeless encampment in the 5300 block of Lemee Lane for a […]

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. April 12 – Owen Paul Johnson, Jr., 26, Merced, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale. • Dallas James Attebery, 27, Delhi, was arrested for possession of […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

April 12-18

• EMS – 5 • Fires – 4 • Public Assists – 1 • Auto Collisions – 1 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 […]

Local Grape ripe for first season



Travis Medlock opened The Local Grape last week on April 13, serving as a wine tasting center and bar with bottles for purchase. Photos submitted by Travis MedlockFollowing in Little Shop of Ramen’s footsteps, The Local Grape is now open to the public in the historic Gold Coin location. Focused on wines of the Sierra Foothills American Viticulture Area (AVA), […]

Photography program for seniors to resume

The Mariposa County Arts Council has announced the return of the F/STOP photography program for Mariposa residents 55 years of age and older. This program consists of a series of free photography workshops focused on the artistic elements of photography and is designed to promote creativity and self-expression, and increase comfort with digital technology. This year, two standard workshops are […]

Special delivery: Butterfly larvae given to area schools

Volunteer David Rozelle is shown preparing the butterfly larvae for delivery to schools. Submitted photos Festival organizers Michael D. Hall, left, and Bill Lowe, right, are shown with Deana Lessley, administrative secretary at Greeley Hill Elementary.Last week, volunteers from the Mariposa Butterfly Festival were out in force distributing thousands of butterfly larvae to local schools to be used by teachers […]

Public Works Department looks to upgrade parks, HHSA implements AB 1976



Looking to grant funding, the county is creating a priority list to improve parks and recreation areas of the county. The upgrades would be funded by the Proposition 68 Per Capita Grant Program by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Mariposa County can apply for up to $400,000 for park improvements. Mike Healy, the director of the Mariposa County […]

Group threatens to sue school district over not fully reopening to all students



Yosemite Unified School District Superintendent Glen Billington, seen on the Yosemite High campus just before spring break, said they want students back on campus full time as soon as possible. Photo by Kellie FlanaganA school district in Eastern Madera County may be facing a lawsuit brought on behalf of local parents and guardians who say they want classes to resume […]

Determined dad finds opportunity with ‘Nerf Wars’



About 60 kids turned out for the first Nerf Oakhurst Wars (NOW) this month. The next event is scheduled for May 1 at Oakhurst Community Park. Photo by Jessica Carrick Instead of sitting around complaining about how his kids had nothing to do, one local dad decided to organize something fun. Ahwahnee resident Shawn Mecca saw an opportunity to bring […]

Who you gonna call?

In an emergency, it’s hard-working dispatchers, that’s who


CHP dispatcher Ashley Wilson grew up in the Atwater area and started with the department when she was just 22 and has been on the job for a dozen years. Submitted photosYour car breaks down on a busy highway or a stretch of empty road, or you witness an accident. Or, worse yet, you’re in an accident. Who you gonna […]


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