Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Rock Climber Rescued
Missing Teen Found on 4/22/14: Mariposa County Sheriff Department Reports Missing Found Teen Kaiwi Murdock

Mariposa Wednesday Weather Forecast
Mostly sunny today with a projected high temp of 66 degrees. Mariposa recorded a high temp of 61.3 degrees yesterday at the SST Weather Station, 14.3 degrees cooler than Monday's high temp. The SST rain gauge recorded .03" yesterday. Thursday is looking partly sunny with the high temps coming in around 72 degrees for the day. Friday could see rain (possibly .50" ) and T-storms over Mariposa along with lowering snow levels. Yosemite Valley could have snow on the ground for Saturday morning.
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Celebrate 2nd Annual Law Day in Yosemite National Park on May 2, 2014
On Friday, May 2, the U.S. District Court, co-sponsored with the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will hold the second annual Law Day Yosemite in Yosemite Valley, to celebrate the Rule of Law and its contributions to the rights and freedoms all Americans enjoy... The public is invited and encouraged to attend; the program will begin at 10:00 AM..

Mariposa County Will Be Part of a Large-Scale Statewide Science Project on May 8, 2014
On Thursday, May 8, the University of California is asking the public to join its faculty, students, staff, 4-H members and volunteers, and Master Gardeners in a vast science project across the state, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of University of California Cooperative...
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Rim fire salvage logging wins support

Mariposa Museum & History Center Gives Donation to Mariposa County High School Grizzly Band Boosters
Ron Loya from the Mariposa Museum and History Center presents a $250.00 check to Nina Rogerson, Grizzly Band Vice President. The check was made out to the MCHS Grizzly Band Boosters at the 4th Annual Band Marathon...
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Sierra Foothill Charter School Visits UC Merced
Mrs. Wilde's 7th-8th grade class from Sierra Foothill Charter School enjoyed a field trip to UC Merced last week. The field trip included a very informative campus tour led by third year and fourth year UC Merced students…
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Sierra Foothill Charter School Students Present Reforestation Project to the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors
Representatives from Mrs. Wilde's 7th-8th grade class did a most excellent job presenting information about their Reforestation Project at the Mariposa County Board of Supervisor's meeting…
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Caltrans Holds Statewide Litter Pickup Day on April 24, 2014
Caltrans is holding its annual statewide Litter Removal and Enforcement Day on Thursday, April 24, 2014.  This activity is to enhance public awareness of the volume and cost associated with removing litter, trash and debris by removing litter along the highways and roadways…
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Mariposa County Daily Sheriff and Booking Report Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Letter to the Editor - Rosemarie Smallcombe is the Best Choice for District 1 Supervisor
I believe Rosemarie Smallcombe is the best choice for District 1 Board of Supervisor. I have lived in Midpines and worked in Yosemite for over 30 years and have been a member of the Midpines Advisory Committee since it was formed over 20 years ago…
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Letter to the Editor - Rosemarie Smallcombe will be a Great Representative for District 1
I met Rosemarie Smallcombe for the first time a few years ago at a community event and had the good luck to be seated at her table. I immediately felt our community was fortunate to have someone like Rosemarie and her husband Steve retire in Mariposa…
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US Air Force Staff Sergeant Matthew Matlock of Mariposa Receives Two Bronze Stars
On Monday, March 24, 2014, SSgt Matthew Matlock, US Air Force, received two bronze stars for his service in Afghanistan. One was a Bronze Star with Valor. On October 6, 2012, Airman Matlock served as the Primary Joint Terminal Attack Controller assigned to an Army Special Forces Team...

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California Assemblymembers Kristin Olsen and Brian Nestande Metal Theft Bills Pass Committees with Bipartisan Support
California State Senator Anthony Cannella Remains Committed to Water Bond Increasing Water Supply to California
UC Merced Issues Request for Qualifications for Developers to Increase Campus Size
CSU Stanislaus Receives Grant to Improve Teaching of Writing in Local Schools
Fresno State Students Honor 99th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide on April 24, 2014
City of Modesto Announces Splash Fountains to be Closed for Summer 2014

Area News
Broadband In The Mother Lode

California Department of Social Services Announces Drought Relief Provides Food to California’s Hardest Hit Communities

2014 California Annual General Trout Opener Coming Soon in the Eastern Sierra

California Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff Applauds Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action

New California Voter Registration Numbers Show Steady Gains of Unaffiliated Voters

California Foreclosure Starts Hover Near 8-Year Low

California Drought Brings New Attention to Groundwater

American Farm Bureau Tells Members to ‘Ditch’ EPA Water Rule

U.S. Postal Service Celebrates Earth Day 2014 With Global Forever Stamp 

Yosemite National Park Mentoring Program Enters Second Year With 22 Participants

National Park Service Invites Public Comment on Updating Rules About Service Animals in National Parks

California Weekly Drought Brief for Monday, April 21, 2014

Mariposa Piece Makers Announce Upcoming Outdoor Quilt Show on May 3, 2014
Mariposa Piece Makers announces their upcoming Outdoor Quilt Show scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014.  This colorful display of more than 120 quilts will take place at Mariposa Museum and History Center... The event is open to all at no charge.  Quilts made by local quilters feature traditional construction methods as well as modern techniques and contemporary designs and is held in conjunction with Mariposa Butterfly Festival...

Letter to the Editor - Support for Karen Smith as Supervisor in District 1
As a member of the Friends of Bear Creek, I have had the opportunity to work with Karen Smith on current projects; the Midpines County Park expansion and Bear Creek Trail. The “Friends of Bear Creek” organization is a group of Mariposa volunteers who are involved with a variety of projects to provide additional recreational opportunities in Mariposa County...

U.S. Census Bureau Celebrates Earth Day - April 22, 2014 - With Interesting Facts

Letter to the Editor - Fire Fees and Compliance
In the center of Downtown Mariposa stands one of the most attractive motels, the Mariposa Lodge, with landscaped grounds and entryway. To its right is a vacant lot, obviously privately owned, that has not seen brush clearance or even a garden hoe in over 30 years. To its left is an equally neglected space...

Mariposa County Daily Sheriff and Booking Report Monday, April 21, 2014

Mariposa County Fire Dept. Log
Mon., April 14 thru Sun., April 20

Valley Online
UC Merced Professors’ Expertise Tapped for Policy Discussions at Drought Summit in Sacramento
Modesto Police Department April 19, 2014 DUI Checkpoint Nets 1 Arrest
Fresno Drug Dealer Who Killed Customer In Self Defense Sentenced To More Than 12 Years In Prison For Drug Charge
United States Citizen Extradited From The Netherlands Pleads Guilty To Offenses Related To Fresno, California Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor
California State Senator Cathleen Galgiani Introduces Bill to Fully Fund Additional Water Storage Projects

California Governor Jerry Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring John Muir Day

League of California Cities Announce League Co-Sponsored Medical Marijuana Bill Passes First Legislative Committee Milestone

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events, Online Activities

Harvey Milk Forever Stamp to be Dedicated at White House on May 22, 2014

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and Colleagues Urge White House Task Force to Adopt Key Recommendations to Combat Campus Sexual Assaults

USDA Announces $150 Million Investment Fund to Grow Small Businesses, Create Jobs in Rural America

Attorney General Holder: Justice Department Set to Expand Clemency Criteria, Will Prepare for Wave of Applications from Drug Offenders in Federal Prison

Mariposa Master Gardeners Annual Plant & Garden Art Sale to be Held on May 3, 2014
We've had a pretty challenging spring. Warm weather for weeks then WHAM! cold, wind, and, for some of us, snow. All that has made getting the garden started a challenge. Mariposa County Master Gardeners will help get you back on track with the annual plant and art sale Saturday, May 3... We will shine a spotlight on drought-tolerant plants and have a demonstration table with tips for conservation plus material about drip irrigation systems...

Northern Mariposa County History Center Activities for May 2014
The third event in this year’s NMCHC Spring Lecture will be a free screening of the Emmy® award winning documentary film, Green Fire on Saturday, May 3rd the Lake Don Pedro Elementary School... Give Mom the day off and show her how much you love and appreciate her by taking her to the Mothers Day Breakfast on Sunday, May 11th... CoyoteFest Planning meeting scheduled for Friday, May 2nd…  
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Palo Alto man falls 30 feet while climbing at Yosemite

Current Reservoir Storage Levels in California for April 19, 2014 Including Lakes McClure and Don Pedro - Lake McClure Rises to 26%

Mother Lode Jewish Community Passover Dinner & Seder Offered May 2 & 18, 2014
The Mother Lode Jewish Community is holding three events in May… a Shabbat Dinner on Friday, May 2nd in Sonora and then, on Sunday, May 18th both a “spring clean-up” of the Sonora Jewish Cemetery followed by a Lag B’Omer celebration at a home in Jamestown...

Helplines Provided by Mariposa Master Gardeners Starting May 5, 2014
Mariposa County Master Gardeners have two offices to help home gardeners with their problems and questions. In the north part of the county, the line will be staffed Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning May 5, 2014. Call any time to leave a message...

Free Workshop on Year-Round Gardening Offered by Mariposa Master Gardeners on May 10, 2014
You CAN have fresh food all year long. Mariposa Master Gardener President Betty Massey will present a free workshop on year-round gardening Saturday, May 10, 2014. Workshop time from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Citizen Hall located at 10340 Greeley Hill Road in Greeley Hill...

Talkin’ Trash: Is it Really Necessary to Rinse Recyclables?
Wise water use is on everyone’s mind in Mariposa. If you’re trying to conserve water, rinsing recyclables may seem like a waste of a precious resource. Even if you’re not watching every drop, scrubbing stuck-on goop from peanut butter and jelly jars may seem like a gigantic waste of time. There are several sound reasons for rinsing and ways to reduce wasting water when you do it...

Coulterville and Tracy Youth Become Cadets in Air Force Auxiliary
Two area teens are on their way to becoming tomorrow’s aerospace leaders. The youth are the newest cadets of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol... The following cadets completed the Great Start training program and were also promoted to the rank of Cadet Airman: Robert DeBolt (Coulterville, CA) and Michael Sampino...

Help Wanted: El Portal Dining, Inc. Now Hiring for the 2014 Season
El Portal Dining, Inc. is looking for people interested in joining our team. Our goal is to provide a fun working environment, and to enrich the lives of our guests and our team members. We have openings for all jobs and all shifts including, experienced cooks, shift managers, servers, host/cashier, bussers, and bartenders. These positions may be full time or part time. All jobs are seasonal...
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Valley Online
Fresno State Announces Yearbook and Newspaper Archive Now Available Online
City of Modesto Renovates Three Playgrounds

Rural County Representatives of California Find Partisan Differences Arise on Home-to-School Transportation Fix

Rural County Representatives of California Report Hearing on SB 1270 - Mining Legislation Bill Delayed

Launch Your Next River Trip from Your Computer Using the Latest Streamer from the U.S. Geological Survey

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day Release 2014 Easter Message

Yosemite National Park Celebrates 2014 National Park Week and Earth Day with Special Programs and Activities 
Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day from Saturday, April 19 through Sunday, April 27. Special events and activities are being sponsored and organized by the National Park Service, DNC Parks & ...

John Muir Yosemite Ramble Trip Gains Notable Supporters
Coulterville, CA – "Going Muir's Way" travel for visitors to Yosemite National Park is gaining notable supporters and renewed calls to name "John Muir Highway" to honor Muir's legacy in 2014, the 100th Anniversary of his death.  Muir scholars and guests from the University of the Pacific's Muir Symposium field trip (3/21/14) now are sharing their praise of following firsthand the route of Muir's1868 walk to Yosemite...

Mariposa Relay for Life Hosts Annual Pancake Breakfast on May 3, 2014
On Saturday, May 3 Relay for Life of Mariposa will have its Annual Survivors Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. - 12 noon at the Mariposa United Methodist Church at 6th St. & Bullion. All cancer survivors are free!

Mariposa County Arts Council’s Treetop Gallery to Host 2nd Annual Clothesline Art Sale on May 3, 2014
On Saturday, May 3 the Mariposa County Arts Council’s Treetop Gallery will hold their second annual Clothesline Art Sale, immediately following the Butterfly Festival Parade. The public is invited to watch many of Mariposa’s local artists create original pieces of work and hang them on clothesline to dry. Pieces may be purchased right off the line, all artwork will be $75 or less...

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for Supporting 4th Annual Arts Night
Mariposa County High School’s 4th Annual Arts Night rocked!  Thank you, Mariposa, for your continued support of performing and visual artists. Your presence at Arts Night honored Dr. Phillip Smith, to whom the evening was dedicated. Thank you to our Primary Arts Night Sponsor...

Obituary: James Victor Romero
James Victor Romero passed from this world in Clovis, Calif., on April 6, 2014, with his beloved wife Cindy by his side. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Cynthia Lee Hammer Romero, his father, James Romero, his brother, Tony Romero, and his many children and grandchildren...

California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Siskiyou County Landowners Collaborate on Black-Tailed Deer Capture

California Research Bureau Overview on Health Information Exchange Among Different Care Settings

Rural County Representatives Of California Reports U.S. Sentencing Commission Takes Action on Illegal Marijuana Cultivation on Public and Private Lands by Increasing Penalties for High-Level Offenders

Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Report for March 2014 finds the West with the Highest Jobless Rate at 7.2 Percent

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announce Habitat Conservation Plan Proposed for Electric Power Plant Project in Santa Clara County - Plan to Help Offset Impacts to Threatened and Endangered Species

Credit Card “Skimmer” Found at Woodland Market in Mariposa County

Sonora Pass Opened at Noon on Friday, April 18, 2014

Genealogy With Michael Fisher: A Family Affair - The Granite Mountain Vault
Since my wife and I began our Family History Research, there have been dramatic changes in the way things are done.  We used to drive hundreds of miles on a single round trip to visit one of the Federal Archives Buildings or other repository. 

John C. Fremont Hospital Volunteers' to Hold Annual Spring Fling on May 17, 2014
The John C. Fremont Hospital Volunteers are again planning their Annual Spring Fling. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at the Senior Center on Spriggs Lane. The sale of crafts will start at 9:00 a.m. and a Taco Salad Luncheon will...

Bootjack Fire Company Breakfast, Bake Sale and Fire House Yard Sale to be Held on April 26th, 2014
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Today's Weather

Mariposa for today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the morning. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast after midnight.
Mariposa topped out at 61.3 degrees yesterday at the Sierra Sun Times Weather Station with .03" of rain in the gauge.
Mariposa Thursday Weather: Partly sunny, with a high near 72.

Read more about yesterday's weather and the extended outlook on the Weather Page.

Wednesday's Area Forecast
63- 73 Today:
Mostly sunny today with the high temps warming up five to six degrees
from yesterday's high temps. Most Area Weather Stations are reporting overnight temps in the 40's with the higher elevations in the 30's.

Yosemite Valley: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.

Real Estate

All-Cash Financing Increases; Buyers Avoid Red Tape
A survey of real estate agents released Monday finds a growing number of homeowners have turned to all-cash financing in order to avoid the red tape that comes with mortgage lending.

California Farm Bureau

Range condition improves a bit

Ranchers who struggled much of this year with lack of forage for their animals have now found some relief. Due to spring rains, pasture conditions have improved in parts of the state. But range conditions remain challenging, and ranchers worry about being able to grow enough forage for summer. Some ranchers may need to reduce their herds further, in order to stretch supplies due to rising costs for feed and water.


CalPERS puts Yolo workers in Sacramento region
Yolo County workers, including those employed by its cities, will soon pay less for their healthcare after the California Public Employees' Retirement System Board of Administration voted to move Yolo County from the Bay Area health plan region to the Sacramento region last week. The change will take effect next year and will cut premiums for public agencies in Yolo County by about 15 percent in 2015.
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California Economy

Tesla leases Lathrop facility but won’t say why
As speculation grows about where Tesla Motors will build its massive battery factory, the electric automaker has been quietly snapping up real estate for other purposes. Tesla Motors has leased a facility in Lathrop, CA — about an hour’s drive from the company’s Fremont factory. The Manteca Bulletin, which first reported Tesla’s lease on Tuesday, identified the building as a former distribution center for DaimlerChrysler.
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United States Economy

Sales of Existing U.S. Homes Fall for a Third Month
Sales of previously owned homes fell in March for a third consecutive month as rising prices and a lack of inventory discouraged would-be buyers. Closings, which usually take place a month or two after a contract is signed, fell 0.2 percent to a 4.59 million annual rate, the lowest level since July 2012, the National Association of Realtors reported today in Washington. Purchases were down 8.5 percent compared with the same month last year before adjusting for seasonal patterns.
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'Breakfast is Served'
Photographer Chuck Cagara captured this wonderful image of a fawn in Mariposa County.
Chuck commented, "Recent rains have produced new shoots to help replenish the "buffet" for our local wildlife. Here a yearling doe browses her breakfast in our Sierra foothills a few days ago."

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Today's SST Poll

Reuters reports the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 - the minimum demanded by the U.S. military to train Afghan forces. Should the U.S. maintain 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, less than 10,000 or no troops?
U.S. should maintain 10,000 troops in Afghanistan - 30.3%
No troops in Afghanistan - 51.5%
U.S. should maintain less than 10,000 troops in Afghanistan - 15.2%
Not sure on the number of troops in Afghanistan - 3%

Total votes: 33
The voting for this poll has ended on: 23 Apr 2014 - 00:00

SST Poll - Yesterday's Poll Results

The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors have provided a response to the Grand Jury Investigative Report of the Human Services Department. Are you satisfied with their response?
No, I am not satisfied with their response - 84.2%
Not sure I am satisfied with their response - 2.6%
Yes, I am satisfied with their response - 13.2%

Total votes: 38
The voting for this poll has ended on: 12 Apr 2014 - 00:00

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