January a busy month for outdoor activities across the state

Several activities have been slated this month by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Here is a calendar of CDFW events going on around the state. • Various days — Guided wetland tours, by reservation, at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley. A wildlife naturalist will lead any group, school or organization on a half-mile route […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Dec. 24-30

• EMS – 8 • Fires – 0 • Public Assists – 2 • Auto Collisions – 1 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 […]

Cooke, Joseph honored for service

Supervisor Rosemarie Smallcombe presents Mariposa County Assessor/Recorder Brent Joseph with a plaque during a ceremony last week. Photo by Greg LittleTwo retiring Mariposa County employees were honored last week. Mariposa County District Attorney Tom Cooke and Mariposa County Assessor/Recorder Brent Joseph were both recognized during a ceremony by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. “Your work here has been exemplary,” […]

Another successful event

 Steve Knauf and his staff at Steve’s Sportsmans Cafe hosted yet another successful fundraiser in support of the Mariposa County Deputy Sheriff’s Association’s Kops for Kids program. The fundraiser at Steve’s on Dec. 15 raised a total of $5,000 to benefit local families this holiday season. The program assists local families in need each holiday season by providing toys, warm […]


Jenni Kiser, who battled addiction, comes out on the other side and will help you to get fit

At left, Kiser is shown participating in the Spartan Games. Above is Kiser before her dramatic change. Submitted photosFor Jenni Kiser, the road to happiness and health was a winding one that took her to some dark places. “Eight months of my life I was heavily addicted to methamphetamine. I was arrested, thank God,” Kiser reflects. That arrest, close to […]

Take a cold plunge on New Year’s

What better way to start out the new year than by… jumping into freezing cold water? A new event is set from 9-11 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, in Mariposa. The first-ever Polar Bear Plunge is being hosted by Mariposa County Parks and Recreation. Daring thrill seekers are being invited to jump into the ice cold Mariposa pool […]

Hopper stepping down as school chief

Robin HopperIn just a few months from now, Superintendent of Schools Robin Hopper will step down from her post. Hopper notified Mariposa County Unified School District staff in a letter dated Dec. 20 that she intends to resign on June 30, 2019. See page A-7 of this newspaper for the entire letter issued by Hopper. Hopper was hired by MCUSD […]

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Submitted photoReader Daniel Ingram sent in this photo with the following comment: “The view from Guadalupe Grade reminds us why we left the valley.” 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. … An online subscription is required to view news content […]

TOT hike set April 1

Lodging tax scheduled to go from 10 percent to 12 percent

The coffers of Mariposa County will be growing starting April 1. That’s the date the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors has set for implementing the 2 percent increase in the transient occupancy tax (TOT). Measure M, the ballot measure asking voters to increase the TOT from 10 percent to 12 percent, passed easily during the November general election. It passed […]


Parachute group plans to land in Mariposa at 2019 Butterfly Festival

Shown is an example of a Team Fastrax jump. Team Fastrax photoAn idea that will certainly add some flair to the Mariposa Butterfly Festival appears ready to take flight. The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors lent its support to a plan to have professional skydivers featured at the start of the 2019 parade, which is planned for May 4. Organizers […]

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