Rockshed gets thumbs up from state planners

A rockshed that uses Roman-style arches to hold up the tremendous weight of the Ferguson Slide west of El Portal has been approved by California Department of Transportation planners. Construction must start by Jan. 1, 2016 to comply with state legislation that lets the project impact limestone salamander habitat, project manager Grace Magsayo said this week. Last year, Caltrans narrowed […]

McClintock, Park lock horns again

Just weeks after Rep. Tom McClintock expressed “relief” at the final Merced River Plan, the congressman was jousting again with the National Park Service over Yosemite. The recent exchange took place at a Feb. 26 Congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. In March of 2013, McClintock introduced H.R. 1192, a bill designed “to redesignate Mammoth Peak in Yosemite National Park as […]

County roads won’t get smooth anytime soon

Thanks to a diminishing amount of state and federal funding for road repairs in the Mariposa County Public Works Department budget, the chance of seeing any repaving of county maintained roads downtown, in the foreseeable future, is not likely. The network of roadways in downtown, namely the numbered streets and roads adjacent to Highway 140, have not seen any major […]

Park’s Delaware North may help fund schools

In an effort to add revenue to public schools located in Yosemite National Park, the Mariposa County Unified School District is looking into a variety of funding mechanisms to shore up teacher positions there. One of the channels the district is looking into for funding is by negotiating a “guest fee” agreement with Delaware North Companies (DNC) that would add […]

Marijuana hearing may draw a crowd

The board of supervisors on Tuesday will hear arguments for and against a proposed county ordinance that would limit medical marijuana grows to 12 plants each. The public hearing starts at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11 at the County Government Center, 5100 Bullion Street in Mariposa. A county board meeting on Oct. 15 saw supervisors unanimously initiate the process. […]

Clocks ‘spring’ forward Sunday

Residents should advance clocks one hour before retiring on Saturday night in order to wake in synch with Daylight-Saving Time on Sunday morning. The change takes place at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, when California’s official time jumps ahead one hour to 3 a.m. Many electronic clocks automatically advance themselves. Fire departments across the country recommend that residents test […]

Friends of Fair help fix sewer system

Pork ribs are on Farm Bureau menu

The Mariposa County Farm Bureau is hosting a pork rib dinner on Saturday, March 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Golden Stag Hall, 2884 Bear Valley Road in Hornitos. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. The dinner includes ribs, salad, beans, rolls and dessert. Tickets can be purchased at the […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Feb. 24: • A call reporting trespassing in progress was received from Utah Street. • Petty theft reports were taken on Rainbow Road and Coakley Circle. • A report of threats was received from Worman Road. • A missing cat was reported from Fairgrounds Road. Feb. 25: • Vandalism was reported at the Muir Lodge in Midpines. • A call […]

County Fire Response Report

Feb. 24 to March 2 EMS – 9Fire – 4Public Assist – 0Auto Collision – 0 Don’t let the rain fool you, underneath that wet top layer is dry grass that will carry a fire far away from its initial ignition point. When burning, please give plenty of clearance away from any flammable materials including what looks to be green […]