New Yosemite chief brings local roots back to park

Mike Reynolds takes over command of crown jewel in the national system

Mike Reynolds is the new superintendent at Yosemite National Park. He understands many challenges face Yosemite, but hopes to address them as quickly as possible. Photos by Nicole W. Little Editor’s note: Last week, Mike Reynolds, the new — and permanent — superintendent at Yosemite National Park, sat down for nearly an hour for an exclusive interview with the Mariposa […]

Sierra Cider to host annual Habitat auction on April 21

A patio table by John Tomsick will be one of the auction items at the event. Submitted photoThe community is invited to Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County’s third Birdhouse and Garden Art Auction. Dave and Beth Lancaster of Sierra Cider will host the event for the second time on Saturday, April 21, from 1-4 p.m. The event is sponsored […]

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. March 19 – Larry Queen, 66, Merced, was arrested on several local arrest warrants. Charges include credit card fraud, conspiracy to commit a crime, theft of a elderly/dependent and petty theft. March 20 – Jack Dubartavis Kari, 18, El Portal, was arrested for child […]

Safe At Home event rescheduled

The Mariposa Safe Families “Safe At Home” event has been rescheduled to April 7. It had been scheduled for March 24 but weather postponed it. It will now be held April 7 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mariposa Elementary School. It is free to attend. The event has been held for over a decade. The theme is “Healthy […]

Sheriff’s Daily Log

March 19 – Three suspicious persons were reported on Old Highway South in Catheys Valley. • A target shooting complaint was investigated on Mosher Road. • There was a report of a cow in Granite Springs Road in Coulterville. March 20 – A dog was reported in Highway 140 in Midpines. • There was a neighbor complaint on School Lane […]

New book about Muir’s historic walk published

The cover of the new book is shown. Submitted photoThis spring marks the 150th anniversary of John Muir’s historic walk from San Francisco to Yosemite. The renowned conservationist, author and founder of the Sierra Club stepped off a ship in San Francisco and asked for the quickest way out of town. “Where do you want to go?” he was asked, […]

Your photos

Reader Sandy Webb submitted this photo. She said: “This majestic beauty comes to visit a few times a month. It’s a joy to watch him scout out the pond for fish.” 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 […]

Local GOP gives approval to Allen

Travis AllenAssemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) has announced the Mariposa County Republican Central Committee unanimously voted to endorse his candidacy for California governor. Mariposa County is the fifth Republican Central Committee to endorse Allen for governor. In addition to Mariposa County, Allen has also been endorsed by the Republican Parties of Amador, El Dorado, Nevada and San Benito counties. “I […]


In our March 22 edition, we made a major mistake in our lead story about a local candidate who has a violent past but says he is now rehabilitated. We listed his name as Gary Amundson but it should have been Tony Amundson. We sincerely apologize for any confusion this has caused. We strive to make as few errors as […]

Weed abatement will be part of county plan

Mariposa County officials are moving forward this year with the weed abatement program. “We had some push back from concerned residents,” said Mike Healy, director of public works about last year’s program. That program was going to be implemented but officials decided to take a step back and further study the matter. Part of that push back came from owners […]

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