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Yosemite honors its volunteers

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael Reynolds (left) honors Colin Lang, Athena Demetry and Molly Downer, Yosemite National Park, Vegetation and Ecological Restoration, as the 2018 Volunteer Program of the Year.Yosemite National Park has announced the 2018 recipients of the park’s Volunteer of the Year awards. These prestigious awards are bestowed annually to outstanding volunteers in nine different categories for exemplary […]

THE INEVITABLE

Pair of meetings scheduled to discuss potential for landslides in canyon area

This photo from the California Highway Patrol shows the landslide that happened last week on Highway 140 in the Merced River canyon. If last week’s first rain of the season is any indication, it could be a long winter and fall. “We are going to have landslides,” said Rosemarie Smallcombe, chair of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Kellen Takemaka, […]

Come fly (and drive) away!

From the top photo down, attendees of the first ever Wings and Wheels Fest gathered around a classic car as the engine was revved by its owner; two tourists, Keri Endich and Cameron Dale, took a moment to view one of the smaller planes at the airport; a young child, Kade Kirshtner, 6, gets the chance to learn a bit […]

Ferguson Fire cause listed but questions still remain

FREE Blaze scorched more than 96,000 acres in county

The cause of the Ferguson Fire has been released, though questions still remain. Officials from the U.S. National Forest Service have listed the cause of the fire as “superheated pieces of a catalytic converter,” though it is unclear if that means it was a defective piece or if a vehicle may have went into dry vegetation. The forest service further […]

Oct. 7-13 declared National 4-H Week



From left, 4-H representatives Fadzayi Mashiri, Russ Hill, Karen Cutter and Donna Wice accept a resolution honoring Oct. 7-13 as National 4-H Week from Mariposa County Supervisor Rosemarie Smallcombe. Photo by Matt JohnsonIt’s hard to express the impact 4-H has on young people across the nation. It has an influence on thousands of children each year, teaching leadership and a […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log Oct. 1 – There was a missing dog reported on Boyer Road in Mariposa. • Trespassing was reported on Granite Dome in Mariposa. • Threats were reported on Oakridge Road in Coulterville. • Calves were in the roadway on Hornitos Road in Mariposa. • There was a fire on Highway 132 in Lake Don Pedro. Oct. 2 […]

Supervisors honor work battling domestic violence



Kristen Fiester (left) of Mountain Crisis Services accepts a resolution on behalf of the agency from Mariposa County Supervisor Rosemarie Smallcombe (right). Photo by Matt JohnsonThe Mariposa County Board of Supervisors honored the work of Mountain Crisis Services last week. The board unanimously declared October as Domestic Violence Prevention Awareness Month, and presented a resolution in honor of the work […]

Agreement between county, state will help move inmates through justice system faster

Sheriff also looks back on third anniversary of deputy shot in line of duty


 A new agreement between Mariposa County and the Department of State Hospitals will help inmates move through the court system in a more efficient manner. The agreement was approved unanimously by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors during last week’s board meeting. The contract will help inmates who are deemed incompetent to stand trial to be treated and become competent […]

UC students take time to beautify Yosemite

University class from Merced takes part in facelift event at end of September


Students at UC Merced attended the annual Yosemite Facelift at the end of September. While there, they used trash objects found at the park to create sculptures (one is shown above). These pieces of art were based on the local impact of climate change and wildfires, specifically the Ferguson Fire. Submitted photosStudents from UC Merced made the trip all the […]

Blue Ridge Services gives update on tree work



Neal Bolton, owner of Blue Ridge Services, is shown giving a presentation last week to the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Photo by Matt JohnsonTree mortality. Those are two words almost every citizen of Mariposa County is tired of hearing. Tree mortality has been a major concern over the last several years, and because of the amount of dead trees […]


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