Reflections of the Butterfly Festival

Meth abuse lands three in county jail

Methamphetamine use has landed three people in Mariposa County Jail in two separate incidents. The arrests took place on April 27 and 28. On April 27, deputies responded to a home on Highway 49 North after receiving a report that someone there was using methamphetamine. The report came from another person who had been arrested for using methamphetamine. Kristen McFadden […]

Stolen pot yields arrest

Kenneth Noriega is in hot water with Merced authorities again. He was arrested in Mariposa County on May 5. According to Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies, Noriega was arrested on a warrant for drug charges from Merced County. He was at a home on Yaqui Gulch Road when officers responded there to a call about stolen medical marijuana. Noriega was […]

‘Gone’ no more: Pizza Factory reopens

Mariposa’s Pizza Factory restaurant is scheduled to reopen at 11 a.m. on Saturday— one year after the landmark burned in a catastrophic fire. The May 11 opening fulfills promises made by restaurant owner Ron Willey and family. Just a week after the blaze, son and coowner Luke Willey vowed to “bring everything back with the same facade to look just […]

Fire scorches 75 acres of grassland

A fast-moving wildfire razed 75 acres of grazing land on Saturday afternoon. CAL FIRE Incident Commander Jeff McCarroll said the cause of the fire remains undetermined. According to McCarroll, the fire burned off Hornitos Road north of Mt. Gaines Road. No structures were threatened. The response was vigorous. Six CAL FIRE engines were joined by two engines from Merced County […]

Life’s adventures will be recalled in yard sale

Brooks Berrien remembers. Now 86, Berrien was there on Oct. 25, 1944—when Gen. Douglas MacArthur waded ashore on the Philippine island of Leyte to fulfill his promise, “I will return.” The episode is one of many in Berrien’s long life, which began in 1927 in Berkeley. Sixteen years later, Berrien misstated his age on an application to the U.S. Merchant […]

Boat show comes to Bass Lake

The 23rd annual Antique and Classic Boat Show will be held at Bass Lake on Saturday, May 18. Sponsored by the Bass Lake Lions Club and Bass Lake Boat Rentals, the show will feature over 50 of the finest preserved and restored watercraft to be found on the West Coast. The show is the annual rendezvous for the Southern and […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

April 29: •A burglary was reported in Hunters Valley. •A motorcycle crashed on Highway 132. •An ongoing speeding problem was reported on Dogtown Road. •Someone was burning illegally on Sixth Street. April 30: •A prowler was reported on Buckeye Road. •A controlled burn escaped its boundaries on Snyder Ridge Road. •A house check on Highway 49 south ended with an […]

County Fire Response Report

April 29 through May 5 EMS – 11 Fire – 2 vegetation Public assist – 1 Auto collision – 3 The weather is warming up so local drivers are going to be sharing the roads with more out of town visitors who may not be as familiar with Mariposa County roads. Drivers should be extra cautious.

Patriots meet

Mariposa Patriots will welcome Ken Pritchett from the Appleseed Project. An activity of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association, which is dedicated to teaching every American shared heritage and history as well as traditional rifle marksmanship skills. For more information go to: www.appleseedinfo.org. Representatives from Thrive Life Foods will give a presentation on dehydrated and shelf life foods and garden tips. […]