Park claims changes won’t affect tourism

On March 1, a lot of things will change in Yosemite National Park. The Park’s concessions will be switched from Delaware North Companies Yosemite to Yosemite Hospitality, LLC, a subsidiary of hospitality giant Aramark. That means a new phone number for making reservations, but the bigger story is the name changes that the National Park Service alleges it was forced […]

Funding fair may offer solutions on dead tree issues

Event to bring stakeholders together for answers

A meeting scheduled Feb. 27 by the Mariposa County Office of Emergency Services will connect land/homeowners with vital resources to assist in the mitigation of dead or dying trees. The free Tree Mortality Funding Fair is slated from 8 a.m. to noon at the board of supervisors’ chambers. Topics include defensible space; tree hazard abatement; chipping program, homeowner insurance; dealing […]

State gives John C. Fremont Hospital good grades on infection control

Following guidelines a priority

It’s a little bit of luck and a whole bunch of good management. John C. Fremont Hospital has received average or above-average ratings from the California Department of Public Health in infection control, and that’s no surprise to the folks who keep the hospital in good health. “We follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines,” said Hillary Hill, a registered […]

El Niño rain takes a break

What happened to the El Niño? For the past few months, weather forecasters have said there is a strong El Niño that should bring precipitation-laden storms to California, and the state could see record rains. But instead of those rainclouds in the sky, Mariposa has seen temperatures in the mid-70s, and no rain. Compared to other areas, Mariposa County has […]

Enjoy it while it lasts

AAUW high school Speech Trek scheduled for Feb. 24 at MCHS

The Speech Trek contest will be held Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at Mariposa County High School’s Fiester Auditorium. The contest is sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Mariposa branch. The AAUW California region’s annual Speech Trek competition is open to all high school students. It starts on the branch level with a speech tournament for local […]

County offers free dental exams to kids under age 6

The Mariposa County Health Department and First 5 of Mariposa County are offering dental exams, education and follow up appointments for children under the age of six. To see if a child qualifies to be seen, call the health department at 966-3689 or toll-free at (800) 459-4466. Parents can also visit the department Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to […]


Feb. 8 • A burglary report was taken on Highway 49 North. • Theft of a credit card was reported from Coulterville. • A suspicious vehicle was on Alta Vista Road. • A person refused to leave Burger King on Highway 140. • A suspicious person was on Old Highway. • A report of threats was received from 6th Street. […]

Workshop at UC Merced helps gardeners design and install a drought-tolerant landscape

The California Native Grasslands Association, partnering with the California Department of Water Resources will host “California’s New Front Yard: Creating a Low- Water Landscape,” a workshop to be held Thursday, March 10 at the California Room in UC Merced Terrace Lane at the Merced campus. Gardeners will learn how to transform water-thirsty lawns to an attractive landscape featuring drought-tolerant trees, […]

Tourism bureau enjoys $1.8 million budget to attract tourists, visitors

Mariposa County chips in $500,000

The Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau was founded more than 20 years ago as a County department under the oversight of the Tourism Advisory Council and answered to the board of supervisors. In 2009, a Tourism Business Improvement District Assessment (TBID) was implemented by Leroy Radanovich, the tourism bureau executive director at the time. A TBID is a voluntary assessment that […]