Officials hope to find new piece of land for cemetery

The burial of the dead has been a custom for humans since they first walked on earth. It is a rite of passage to honor the dead; a tradition that continues to this day. In Mariposa County, the tradition of burials is a tradition unlike many other places because getting a plot in the county cemetery is virtually free. But […]

Historic donation

Submitted photoMariposa Rotarian Dan Horner (right) is shown making a donation of $400 to Mariposa Museum and History Center president Mike Wenrich for the restoration of a 10 stamp mill along Highway 140. Mariposa Yosemite Rotary Club’s Community Giving Project each year gives between $6,000 to $10,000 to local educational, charitable and nonprofit groups in need. Visit for more […]

Sheriff’s office will utilize special drug detection tool at jail

Shown is the unit that will be utilized in the Mariposa County Jail.A special machine will be used to better detect illicit drugs that are mailed to the Mariposa County Jail. The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the purchase of one ChemImage VeroVision Mail Screener for the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office to use at the jail. There was […]

Woman dies in park after being struck by ice, rocks

This is part of the Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park. A woman from Cupertino, which is a suburb of San Jose, died while hiking on the trail this past weekend. Park officials said the trail was clearly marked as closed at the time. Submitted photoA woman who was hiking on a closed trail in Yosemite National Park has died […]

Snowplow involved in hit-and-run accident

An investigation is underway in a hit-and-run accident that involved a county snowplow. According to Matthew Chance, public information officer for the California Highway Patrol, the incident took place on Feb. 21 when a Mariposa County Public Works truck with a snowplow was traveling on East Westfall Road, west of Chowchilla Mountain Road. A vehicle approaching the snowplow began to […]

Getting an upgrade

Photos by Matt JohnsonMercy Ambulance officials purchased three new ambulances in February, with new exterior designs. The three ambulances cost $400,000 total and feature improved LED lighting, heated seating and better safety restraints. Preston Smith (paramedic supervisor) said the three new units bring the total to six in the fleet. He said Mercy typically purchases one new ambulance every 18 […]


MCHS girls lose title tilt in Sacramento; still invited to play in the NorCal tourney

The girls hoops team at Mariposa County High School lines up for the national anthem prior to its championship game against Argonaut. The game was played in Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center. Coach Trace DeSandres is shown at the left, flanked by his team. Photo by John Mabon Winning a Division V section title would have been the perfect ending for […]

Your photos

Submitted photoReader Derek Arakelian sent this photo he took of the historic courthouse in Mariposa. “The family went for a walk through town to see the snow at the courthouse,” he said. The family lives on Bullion Street. Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to Please include your name and a short […]


Veterans memorial in the works for county

This is the preliminary design of the memorial, which was presented last week during a meeting of the board of supervisors. Below is a drawing of the proposed memorial. Submitted artwork by Yosemite Drafting and DesignIt almost was a “why haven’t we done this already?” moment last week at a meeting of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. “This” is […]

Entries are now being sought for 2019 Mariposa County Fair theme

Believe it or not, the time is near for officials to pick a theme for the 2019 Mariposa County Fair. The fair, which will be Aug. 30-Sept. 2, always has a theme and it comes from entries submitted by the public. To submit a theme, a person must be a resident of Mariposa County. There is no age limit and […]

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