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Yosemite Bear Activity

There have already been 22 bears hit, and 7 killed by vehicles this year. Please obey speed limits and pay attention while driving!


Bears are still active in Yosemite Valley and Crane Flat. Bears have entered unsecured buildings on several occasions and obtained large food rewards. Leaving windows, doors, and garages open encourage bears to enter these structures to demolish them and obtain huge food rewards. Bears historically repeat and escalate this behavior after the initial food reward which too often leads to the animal having to be destroyed.

If you are visiting Yosemite, be aware that bears are extremely clever and opportunistic. It is your responsibility as a visitor to ensure that bears do not get your food. Please keep these animals wild by diligently following all park laws. If you see a bear during your visit please report it to the Save-A-Bear Hotline at 209-372-0322.


All species of bear have 42 teeth except for the Sloth bear who have only 40. Permanent teeth are usually in place by the time a bear is approximately two and a half years old.


Yosemite Fire News 10-06-2010

Yosemite National Park experienced over 1,220 lightning strikes Oct. 1-4, leading to at least 15 fire starts.

On Oct. 1, the Long Gulch and Smokey Jack fires were discovered by helicopter reconnaissance. On Oct. 2 the Coyote fire was discovered. On Oct. 3, the Smith, Middle, Dome, Mono, Turner, Alder, Chilnualna, and Crescent fires were also discovered by helicopter or visitor reports to dispatch. On Oct. 4, the Wawona, Canyon Ranch, Aspen, and Mather fires were discovered by park personnel or visitors. The park's fire management team is waiting for the wet weather to end to identify which fires have potential in drier weather.

Fires in the Suppression Zone: The Middle, Aspen, Canyon Ranch, Smith and Mather fires occur with the park’s suppression zone and will be extinguished.

Fires in the Wildland Fire Zone: The 10 other October fires are in the wildland fire zone, where fires can be managed for multiple objectives.

Note: Yosemite fire management has not flown a reconnaissance mission since Sunday so there may be other fires burning in the park. However given the wet weather and the duration of the weather system, this could be our season-ending event. Fire Management will evaluate all fires in the wildland fire zone when low pressure moves out of the region.

Summer’s Earlier Fires: The Slope and Vernon fires have been burning since mid-summer. Both of these fires have aided significantly in restoring forest health by the return of fire to the landscape. The fires have been managed and monitored with little intervention by firefighters, allowing the fires to move in natural directions and filling key pieces of the fire mosaic. Crews were removed from both fires on Sunday due to the intense lightning activity. Fire Management will also evaluate the potential of the Slope and Vernon Fires when it dries out.

For more information, see Yosemite's "Current Fire Activity" webpage at

John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation To Celebrate 30 Years Of Success At This Years Black & White Ball

Fran Shell has her ticket for the Black and White Ball...Do you?

The Fremont Hospital Foundation is kicking off ticket sales to the annual Black and White Ball this week as it celebrates 30 years since it was founded by Cleo Adelsbach.

In keeping with the 30th anniversary, the theme for this year's event on November 6 will be "30th Anniversary Gala" and just like a 30th wedding anniversary, pearls will be in abundance.

Attire is 'Boots and Bolo Ties' or 'Sunday Best' and everyone is welcome to a fun filled evening at the fairgrounds. 

BBs Catering will be serving your choice of filet mignon, chicken marsala or portabella mushroom stacked with grilled vegetables Just like last year, the Smooth Jazz Ensemble, capable of playing just about anything, will be playing your favorites to listen to or dance the night away. 

Raffle tickets are now on sale and the prize winners will be drawn at the gala. Prizes include a 26 ton wood splitter donated by Foster's True Value, a 22 inch Hi-Wheel Grass Trimmer donated by Coast Hardware, an Apple IPAD donated by Marilyn Corral and Gina Wood, and a $200 gift certificate donated by Pioneer Market. Watch for people selling tickets around the community between now and November 6 or you can purchase the raffle tickets the night of the event. 

Tickets to the gala are $75 each and can be purchased at the law firm of Michael Fagalde, 5102 Hwy 140 in mid-town Mariposa or at the Fremont Hospital Fiscal Office, in the back of the hospital past the emergency room. 


RSVP Extended Til Oct. 27th

** Questions about the event may be directed to Suzette Prue at 742-6962.


RSVP Extended Til Oct. 27th


Mariposa Museum & History Center’s 2010 Annual Membership Meeting & Potluck on Oct. 17th - Features Guest Speaker Pat Kaunert As Mark Twain

Pat is equipped to tell you Mark Twain’s Out West experience, first hand. Pat brings to his characterization of Mr. Twain thirty five years of his own, real out west adventure with the U.S. Forest Service and working with news media to tell the compelling stories of wildfires, wildlife, ranchers, loggers and miners in the mighty Sierra Nevada

In his performance, Pat faithfully interprets Twain’s experiences and observations of the American West. Possessing a Bachelor’s Degree in English with an emphasis in American Literature, Pat is well studied in the life, times, and literature of Sam Clemens. Also, he is familiar with the historic places and people along the Mark Twain trail.

In Twain’s voice, Pat tells you about traveling West in 1861—about his failure at gold and silver mining, camping and starting a forest fire at Lake Tahoe, writing tall tales for the Territorial Enterprise, big trouble in San Francisco, skedaddling to Jackass Hill, becoming a writer of fiction, and his views on life and the human race. 

Pat brings the person of Samuel Clemens to life in his forty five minute performance, and tells some of Twain’s most beloved stories including the Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, A Genuine Mexican Plug, Tom Quartz the Cat, Baker’s Blue Jay Yarn, and the Million Dollar Gold Pan. And, of course he throws in a shovel full or two of Twain’s humorous witticisms. Shorter vignettes with period music are also possible. 

Pat has performed for Historic Societies in Tuolumne, Mariposa, Calaveras, and Alpine Counties; Stanislaus National Forest interpretive campfire programs, Tuolumne County Schools, advanced high school English and drama classes, fourth graders, special events, celebrations, and festivals; benefit dinners, and senior assisted living centers.  

Pat is the spirit of Twain, and portrays Samuel Langhorne Clemens as the very human, and thoroughly independent American man he was, and is today. He portrays Twain accurately, and differentiates himself from scallywag impersonators who spray paint their hair and wear wigs and makeup. Pat is the real deal—he is Samuel Clemens Out West.      


Party for a Livable Future in Mariposa

A group of Mariposa families is organizing a "Party for a Livable Future" at the Mariposa Art Park in downtown Mariposa from noon-4 p.m. this Sunday.

One of more than 6000 10.10.10 "global work parties" being held in 184 countries.

The Mariposa event will be a family-friendly affair with many fun, hands-on activities for all ages that demonstrate sustainable solutions to climate change.

Highlights include:

• Kids Activities Galore – art, music, story-telling.

• Free Bicycle Repair

• Making and Cooking with a Solar Oven

• Making Composte Tumblers

• Sharing of Ideas for a Sustainable Mariposa

• Walking Tour of Sustainable Mariposa businesses

Those attending the Mariposa Party for a Livable Future are encouraged to arrive by bus,

carpool, bicyle or foot!

The 10/10/10 Global Work Party is being coordinated by the international climate campaign

For more information and to register for the event, visit, or contact John Friedrich, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks - Large Marijuana Plantation Eradicated

On Wednesday, September 29th, rangers removed an illegal marijuana plot with a total of 13,077 plants worth over $52 million from Sequoia National Park. They also found several hazardous materials that can cause harm to the natural environment at the site, including trash, fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. The plot is believed to have ties to a Mexican drug trafficking organization. No arrests have been made yet. An investigation is ongoing.

Prescribed Fire for Resource and Public Benefits

Fire Name & Ranger District

Mi-Wok District Pile Burning, Mi-Wok Ranger District.

General and  Specific Location

Slash piles (tree limbs and branches) are located throughout the
Mi-Wok Ranger District and are the result of forest thinning projects.  

* Smoke may be visible from Hwy 108.

Projected Duration

Pile burning will begin in mid October, 2010 and continue through late spring of 2011.  Burning is contingent on weather, fuel moisture, and air quality. All burning is monitored and conducted in accordance with state and county air quality guidelines and closely coordinated with local county air quality control districts.   

 Planned Size of Prescribed Burn

Cumulative total of approximately 372 acres of piles.

Type of Prescribed Burn

Slash pile burning.

Burn Project Objectives

Reduce residual slash generated from forest thinning projects.

Public Benefits

Prescribed burning is an effective, cost efficient method of reducing flammable forest fuels that have been generated from forest projects.

Resource Benefits

Resource benefits include fire protection through the reduction of residual slash from forest thinning projects.

Public Advisory

This project is a planned prescribed fire. Please do not report as a wildland fire.


Thank you for your cooperation!


Jerseydale Ranch Pumpkin Patch


Click here to see 2011 updated page

~ Open Daily in October 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. ~

Tons of Pumpkin choices available, including all sizes tiny to Giant! A huge assortment of Heirloom variety pumpkins.

A colorful selection of decorative Gourds in many unique shapes and sizes. Indian Corn, Broom Corn and other seasonal Decorations.

Our Farm Stand is open Daily with Fresh Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, and 10 varieties of winter squash.

Bring the kids for a day of fun! Kids love our hay maze, outdoor games, apple picking, and feeding our ducks and geese.

*Free admission and parking.

**For group activities, or to reserve the date for your group's visit, please call: (209) 966-7490

Driving directions:

 * * If you're coming out of Mariposa, take Hwy 49 South.
   In Bootjack, turn left onto Darrah Rd., for 4.9 miles.
   When you reach the intersection at Triangle Rd., continue straight ahead onto Jerseydale Rd.

* * If you're coming out of the Oakhurst area, head North on Hwy 49.
  Turn right on Triangle Rd., for 5.1 miles, then turn right on Jerseydale Rd.

Just 3 Miles on Jerseydale Rd. to the Pumpkin Patch....Come on by and say "Hi!

Mariposa County Births Expected to Hold Steady for the next Decade

Mariposa County births are expected to hold steady for the next decade according to a recent report by the State of California titled: Historical and Projected State and County Births, 1980-2019, with Actual and Projected Fertility Rates by Mother's Age and Race/Ethnicity, 2000-2019.

County Birth Projections, 2010 Series  (xls. file)

Mariposa County births are projected to remain in the 154-156 births a year through 2019 according to the study.
The attached chart has Mariposa County yearly births going back to 1980.


The State Report


This report presents actual calendar year 1980-2009 births and projected 2010-2019 births for California and its 58 counties. The report also includes births by mother’s age group and race/ethnicity for the state, 2000-2019. These annually updated projections are used in the Department of Finance's (DOF's) kindergarten through twelfth grade public school enrollment projections.


Actual 2009 births (526,774) reflect substantial decline (24,793) from their 2008 value (551,567). This drop is 70 percent larger than the notable drop that occurred the previous year and larger than any drop or gain seen in California for the last 19 years (the largest previous drop of 17,449 occurred in 1994). The current series projects gains over the next decade averaging about 6,549 a year.  During the next decade, the state's total number of annual births is projected to increase about 65,500 (12.4 percent) from the 2009 level, to total over 592,000 by 2019. California’s total fertility rate (TFR)1  is now below replacement level (2.1) and is expected to fall below 2 by 2019.

Three other noteworthy findings stand out.  First, the TFRs of all seven race/ethnic groups (American Indians, Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Multirace persons, Pacific Islanders and Whites) dropped between 2008 and 2009, with only Hispanics retaining a TFR above replacement level.  Second, though Hispanic annual births will increase about 48,000 by 2019, the group’s TFR will decrease to 2.28 from a decade high of 2.92. There was also a substantial Hispanic TFR drop last year (to 2.50 in 2009 from 2.73 in 2008), and the group has the largest projected percentage decline in TFR by 2019 (8.8 percent) of any race/ethnic group.  Third, although Multirace births will continue to grow, their increase has slowed substantially compared to the recent past. The group’s projected TFR will not reach replacement level by the end of the projection period in 2019.

1 The TFR represents the average number of children that each woman would have during her reproductive life if she bore children at the currently observed age-based fertility rates.

State Overview

Although the number of state births will increase each year over the ten-year projection period compared to the current (2009) level of births, the TFR rate of the California female population is projected to very gradually and slightly decrease through 2019.  The state’s TFR, with a drop to 2.03 in 2009 from 2.14 in 2008, is projected to continue its downward trend, to 1.99 by 2019.

Age and Race/Ethnicity

Though California women’s fertility over the next 10 years will look somewhat reduced compared to the recent past, there continue to be differences in the number of births and the fertility rates across race/ethnic groups.  In general, births to women 30 and older will increase, while those to younger women are projected to decline overall.

Substantial 2009 age-specific changes in births compared to 2008 have had a noteworthy impact on fertility trends.  The percentage decreases in births from 2008 to 2009 range from a low of 1.9 percent for those aged 40-44 to a high of 7.6 percent for those aged 15-19.  Percentage drops for the four other age groups under age 40 fell in between these values. 

Over the 10-year projection period, births will generally decline over time for women under age 25.  The drop will be smaller for women aged 20-24 (down 1.4%) than for those 15-19 (down 8.8 %).  On the other hand, there will be a substantial 34.7% increase in births to women 30-34, outpacing the 5-to-13.2 percent increases to be experienced by remaining age cohorts.  

In terms of age-specific fertility rates (ASFRs), those for women aged 15-19 will drop a small amount by the end of the projection period, rising or dropping a slight bit from year to year.  The decline in ASFR for women aged 20-24 will be a consistent and more sizable drop, going from 82.7 in 2010 to 76.5 by 2019. For women aged 25-29, there will be  a consistent year-to-year drop in rate and a narrowing of rate differences between those who are 20-24 and those who are 25-29, thought the final rate of the latter will remain larger.  On the other hand, the ASFRs of women aged 30 and over will consistently increase over the projection period.  Though the rate change over the period will be larger for those 30-34 than for the older groups, the larger percentage increase in rate will be experienced by those aged 40-44, whose ASFR will increase 14.6 percent.  Finally, the size distance between the ASFRs of the 5-year age groups will decrease for groups under age 30 but increase for those over that age, especially between those 30-34 and 35-39, given the large rate increase of the younger group. 

The ten-year change in annual births will be positive for six of the seven race/ethnic groups of women, although these gains, as well as TFR changes, will vary markedly by race/ethnicity. The increases in births over the decade will range from a 5.1-percent gain for Asian women (to an annual level of 65,853 from 62,647 in 2009) to a 59.2-percent increase for Multirace women (to an annual level of 15,307 in 2019 from 9,618 in 2009).  The percent change for Hispanics, at 17.8 percent, will also be substantial (from 269,953 to 317,857 in 2019).  The gains for Whites (to an annual level of 161,365 in 2019 from 151,634 in 2009) will be 6.4 percent, somewhat larger than for Asians. The annual births change for the two smallest groups will range from 9.2 percent for American Indians (from 1,991 in 2009 to 2,174 in 2019) to about 16 percent for Pacific Islanders (to 2,774 in 2019 from 2,392 in 2009).  However, among Blacks, births are expected to decline by 5.6 percent, representing an annual births change of about 1,600 Black births for the state. 

Despite the birth gains, American Indians’ TFR will drop from 1.14 to 1.05.  TFRs will also decline for Blacks (from 1.65 in 2009 to 1.52 in 2019), and for Hispanics (from 2.50 in 2009 to 2.28 in 2019).  Pacific Islanders’ TFR is expected to stay about the same over the ten years—2.00 in 2009 and 2.03 in 2019.  However, TFRs will increase for the other three race/ethnic groups.  Asians’ TFR will increase from 1.80 in 2009 to 1.85 in 2019, while that for Whites will go up from 1.61 in 2009 to 1.66 in 2019. The most marked rate change will be observed for Multirace women:  their TFR will grow from 1.87 in 2009 to 2.05 in 2019, an increase of 9.6 percent.

When both age of mothers and their race/ethnicity are taken into account, it is possible to develop more specific expectations about future fertility that clarify the state-level shift to increasing births among women of older ages and declines at younger ages. The projections show that only Multirace women will have increased births over the period across the entire reproductive age range 15-44, that is, in all six 5-year age groups.  Compared to their experiences in 2009, women aged 15-19 in all race/ethnic groups but Multirace will experience fewer births by 2019, while among those 20-24, only Hispanic and Multirace women will have increased births over the same period.  In contrast, women aged 25-39 in all race/ethnic groups will experience increases in annual births by 2019. And at ages 40-44, only White women will have fewer births in 2019 than in 2009.


Over the ten-year period, positive numerical and percentage annual increases in births are projected for 54 of the state’s 58 counties. The four counties with projected drops in births are Humboldt (21 fewer births, 1.3 % drop), Alameda (458 fewer births, 2.3 percent drop), San Mateo (731 drop in annual births, 7.7 percent decrease) and San Francisco (2,064 fewer births, drop of 23.4 percent).

The highest numerical period increase is almost 21,000 for Los Angeles County (to total about 160,000 annual births). The second- and third-ranked numeric gainers will be Riverside County, adding 8,000 (to total about 39,600 annual births by 2019), and San Joaquin County, gaining about 3,900 births (to total 14,811 by 2019).   Of California’s 51 other gainer counties, 19 (about 37 percent) will be adding fewer than 100 births to their annual totals by 2019.  Another 19 counties (another 37 percent) are projected to gain 100-850 births, while 13 of the 51 counties (about 25 percent) will be adding between about 1,300 and 3,800 births to their annual totals by 2019.

Percentage gains projected over the same time frame show of the 54 counties with growth in annual births, 13 (24%) will have gains of less than 10 percent, another 20 (37%) will have increased births of between 10 and 20 percent, and 14 (26%) will go up in births by 20-35 percent.  The remaining seven counties (13%) will experience an annual increase in births by roughly 36-49 percent, topped by tiny Alpine County (to total 6 births in 2019).  The other six counties include Placer County (46% annual birth growth, to total 5,548 births in 2019); Mono County (45.6% growth, to a 2019 total of 202); Sutter County (45.5% growth, to 2,085 in 2019); San Benito County (40.2% increase to total 1,055 in 2019); Trinity County (37% increase, to 159 in 2019); and San Joaquin County (to a 2019 total of 14,811, a 36.2% rate of growth).


Sources: The California Department of Public Health, Center for Health Statistics provided calendar year birth data for 1990-2009. Denominators for race/ethnic rates and county distributions of births are derived from the distributions of female populations aged 15-44 and county distributions of projected births from the Baseline06 long-term population and birth projections for 2000-2050 produced by the Demographic Research Unit and published in July 2007. The projections are based on the 2000 U.S. Bureau of the Census decennial census counts as processed into the Modified Race (MR) file.

Rounding:Independent rounding may prevent the sum of selected data components exactly matching the total.

Terms: Births, as referred to here, are unduplicated live birth counts. In this report, ethnicity refers to Hispanic or Latino Origin and is indicated by the term, Hispanic. No other ethnic groups are identified in the report. Race as used here is a classification variable with 6 categories as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for the display of government data. As defined for use on California birth certificates, in the US Census as well as in other government documents, these official categories are: (1) American Indian/Alaska Native; (2) Asian; (3) Black; (4) Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander; (5) White; and (6) More than one race. In this report, terms used for these groups are American Indian; Asian; Black; Pacific Islander; White; and Multirace. Age is defined as mother's age as reported on live birth certificates and assumed to be age at last birthday. Ages are processed in total years and, for analysis purposes, are put into 5-year age groups for ages 15-44. Mothers older or younger than the limits of this range are put into the oldest or youngest 5-year age group within the range. Reported race of mother is used to classify births. No adjustments to the data have been made to account for any data anomalies which may result in differences in the use of race categories by respondents when reporting races of mothers and children on birth certificates.

Measures: The fertility rates presented here and defined below are calculated as the number of events per 1,000 population or subpopulation that have occurred or will occur to California residents and its counties during given years. In this report we have calculated the period (in this case, annual) measures.


Age-specific, general and total period fertility rates were developed for 2000-2009 using California birth data.These historical rates, trends were derived for six age groups and seven race/ethnic groups of mothers. In general, recent fertility trends were used for the earlier years of the projection period, with longer term trends projected for the latter years of the period. Resulting fertility rates were then applied to separately projected female population. Births and related changes produced this process were assessed for reasonableness. Statewide births were allocated to counties based on each county’s current and projected share of births.


Lightning Starts Fires in Yosemite National Park

At least 14 fires started due to lightning-based storms from the Oct. 2-4, 2010.
Fire managers identified eight fires in Tuolumne County, five in Mariposa County and, one in Madera County.
  • Oct. 2 Fires: Three fires discovered in the park: the Long Gulch Fire near Aspen Valle; the Smokey Jack Fire east of Highway 120 and north of where the South Fork of the Tuolumne River crosses Highway 120; and the Coyote Fire, north east of the Porcupine Flat campground near "coyote rocks."
  • Oct. 3 Fires: Eight fires discovered in the park: A visitor reported the Mono Fire, just off the Glacier Point Road north of the Mono Meadow Trailhead. Other fires include the Chilnualna Fire, at the top of the Chilnualna Falls trail; the Crescent Fire near Crescent Lake off of Chilnualna Creek; the Turner Fire on Turner Ridge; the Middle Fire near Bald Mountain; the Smith Fire near Smith Peak; Dome Fire is near Hetch Hetchy Dome, and Alder Fire is near Alder Creek.
  • Oct. 4 Fires: Three fires discovered in the park: Wawona Fire, the south face of Turner Ridge and is visible from Wawona; Canyon Ranch Fire on the Hetch Hetchy Road; Aspen Fire, two miles due west of Aspen Valley and southeast of Ackerson Meadow.
Suppression Zone: Middle, Aspen, Canyon Ranch and Smith fires occur with the park's suppression zone and will be extinguished.
Wildland Fire Zone: The 10 other October fires are in the wildland fire zone, where fires can be managed for multiple objectives.

There may be other fires burning in the park due to the lightning activity over the weekend.  Yosemite's fire management will not take any actions on the fires that are not in the suppression zone but will monitor them to determine a course of action.  This low pressure system, of wet weather, could be Yosemite's "fire season-ending event."

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