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Mariposa Daily News 2011

Mariposa County 2011 Year in Review - October

A month by month look back at the top stories for 2011. October 2011.

Other months:
January 2011 - February 2011 - March 2011 - April 2011 - May 2011 - June 2011

July 2011 - August 2011 - October 2011 - November 2011 - December 2011

Yosemite Conservancy Provides $9.3 Million in Support to Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Volunteers Recognized at the Second Annual Awards Ceremony

Committee Approves Rep. Denham’s Bill To Increase Water Storage In San Joaquin Valley and Create Jobs

Mariposa County Board of Supervisors (BOS) Meeting for October 4, 2011 (With Audio)
Due to Budget Cuts there will be no coffee served at the future BOS meetings. The Supervisors agreed on audio streaming the BOS meetings. This will begin possibly in January 2012. The County Auction held over the weekend raised slightly over $700.00. Supervisor Janet Bibby mentioned she would like to see the Utility bills for the new Human Services Building. Supervisor Lyle Turpin is out on Medical.

First Wild West Day & Second Cowboy Poetry Night Was A Rousin’ Success!

Mariposa County Board of Supervisors move to ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Collective and Cooperative Medical Marijuana Cultivation in the county.
On a 3-1 Vote with Supervisor Lee Stetson voting no and Supervisor Lyle Turpin excused from the meeting the Board of Supervisors (BOS) voted on Tuesday morning, October 11, 2011 to begin the process of banning Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Collective and Cooperative Medical Marijuana Cultivation in the county. Officially the BOS Adopted a Resolution of Intention Initiating Amendment to the Mariposa County Zoning Ordinance Title 17 to Define and Regulate Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Collective and Cooperative Medical Marijuana Cultivation.

Mariposa County Sheriff Department Illegal Marijuana Interdiction Program (With Audio)
On Thursday, October 6, 2011 the Sheriff Department along with the Merced County Sheriff Department and the California Highway Patrol began a three day program to stop illegal Marijuana growing and transporting along the Highway 140 corridor and the lowlands of the county.

Mariposa County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Totten receives a Plaque from Mothers Against Drunk Driving

The Mystery Of The Gold Coin Murals
On Sunday, October 9, 2011 one of the guest speakers at the Mariposa Museum and History Center's Annual membership meeting and potluck was Marsha Crawford, known as 'Yeshe'. Marsha who is an artist, restorer and preservationist is the artist who was commissioned to restore the painted murals inside the Gold Coin in Mariposa, California.

Mariposa County Files to Destroy the Garber House
Mariposa County has submitted a building permit application to demolish three historic structures in Mariposa. The three structures are listed as contributing to the Mariposa Town National Register District.

Grizzly Band Wins Award At Fresno Fair Band Review
For the first time in the history of the event, the Big Fresno Fair staged a Marching Band Review on Wednesday, October 12th.

Mariposa County Fire Department (MCFD) Celebrates its Members at the 8th Annual Appreciation Bar-B-Que

Acorn Cooperative Preschool Closes Its Doors On October 31

U.S. dealt another La Niña winter but ‘wild card’ could trump it according to NOAA

The AAUW (American Association of University Women) presented a free panel discussion on the evening of Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the Government Center on the procedure, how and what of running for public office

Mariposa County Horse & Pony Project 4-H Group Attend UC Davis Equine Field Day

The Coffee is Back at the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors Boardroom
After hearing that the coffee service was being forfeited due to the severe budget restraints in Mariposa County, three fine upstanding residents, Ruth Catalan, Ruth Sellers and Marvin Wells have pooled their money to bring back the coffee!

Park Advocates March and Rally at the Capitol to Save Our State Parks

Mariposa County 2011 Year in Review - September

A month by month look back at the top stories for 2011. September 2011.

Other months:
January 2011 - February 2011 - March 2011 - April 2011 - May 2011 - June 2011

July 2011 - August 2011 - October 2011 - November 2011 - December 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011 Mariposa County Motor Fire (With Map)

Spending My Summer At Coulterville Pool

Farmers Almanac calls for Below Average precipitation for the upcoming Winter in Mariposa, California
Dry, below normal precipitation with average temps.

Mariposa County Branch 2 Fire

2011 Early September Weather in Mariposa - Rain and Wind

Janet Bibby, District Three Supervisor for Mariposa County Addresses the Mariposa Democratic Club at their September 2011 Meeting
Secure Property Tax came in at $4.9 million. That is down from the previous year of $5 Million. Sales Tax came in at $1.1 Million up from the previous year by $100,000 but down from a few years ago when $1.4 million was collected.
Janet Bibby discuses the new budget and how they closed the $2 million dollar shortfall. She mentions a $489,000 loan to the Building Department but new revenue coming in is covering that amount of money. Solid Waste could be down $200,000. Sixth Street Cinema is requesting $5,000. This years budget is down 2.4% from last years budget. Janet Bibby is for a new top line hotel/convention center being built in Mariposa. She provides TOT (BED TAX) figures current and older. TOT came in at $10,664,788 this last budget year. Currently there are 410 County employees and 250 retirees. According to Mariposa County CAO Rick Benson the county employees are paid about 20% less than neighboring counties. She mentions her family history with property and what her ownership is. Janet Bibby owns two properties outright: 3.3 acres on Hornitos Road and 20 acres on Highway 140.

Open House at the Human Services Center in Mariposa, California

Acorn Cooperative Preschool Sprouts Enjoy Sunflowers

Mariposa County High School Grizzly Band News & Upcoming Performances

Increasing Water Storage on the Merced River Meeting Thursday, September 15, 2011 (With Audio)
Local residents Ralph Mendershausen and Steve Smallcombe discussed the issues of Congressman Jeff Denham's Bill H.R. 869 and H.R. 2578 which would allow the raising of the Lake McClure water level to rise into the Wild and Scenic Merced River.

Hotel Jeffery Ledgers Return To Coulterville

Sierra Foothill Charter School Presentation before the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors
At the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors (BOS) Meeting for September 20, 2011 Jill Harry, President and Chair of the Sierra Foothill Charter School gave a presentation to the BOS as her group pursues having a charter school in Catheys Valley. Jill Harry was also requesting that the BOS sign a Letter of Support to pursue having a charter school in Catheys Valley. After listening to the presentation the BOS on a unanimous 4-0 Vote with Supervisor Lyle Turpin excused approved signing a Letter of Support for the charter school.

Mariposa County Board of Supervisors Meeting for September 20, 2011 (With Audio)
Mount Gaines Mine PUBLIC HEARING to Consider Adoption of a Resolution Formalizing the Board of Supervisors’ Action on Appeal No. 2009-161, an Appeal of the Planning Director’s Determination that Amended Reclamation Plan No. 2009-149 is Incomplete for Processing. Amended Reclamation Plan Applicant, Property Owner and Appellant: Jack Bankhead.

Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Shibaraku: Memories of Japan 1926-1946 by Mariposa resident Lucille Apcar

Yosemite National Park Continues Concession Contract with DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. for Visitor Services

Mariposa County Board of Supervisors Meeting for September 27, 2011 (With Audio)
The Supervisors balance the Budget, hire people including a Sheriff Deputy even though there is a hiring moratorium and discuss the Parks and Recreation proposed User Fees. Adopt a Resolution Adopting Balancing Adjustments to the Fiscal Year 2011/2012 Adopted Budget Originally was out of balance by over $440,000+, now $398,000+. The BOS discuss Fund Balances. There is now a $190,000+ difference in the Fund Balance. Human Services Energy Grants added 134,000+ as there was no way else to pay for this without using the General Fund. (Ghost Funds are mentioned.) Former Auditor Chris Ebie was mentioned as knowing about this money. Supervisor Bibby mentions as an example a person charged $100 an hour for the energy program but reimbursement was only $80.00 an hour. The Auditor mentions that the loans to the Building Department are an issue and has to be resolved as another $135,000 will have to be added making the total debt to the General Fund at almost $500,000. Their revenue for this year is anticipated to be $350,000. They do not have the capabilities to pay back the money. They are not really loans and were not recorded properly in the beginning. The Auditor mentions these do not have to be Enterprise Funds. Neither the Building Department or the Land Fill are self sustaining.
Mariposa County CAO Rick Benson mentions how they can balance the budget. One: Take $94,000+ from the I.T. Department using Tobacco Settlement funds and put in General Fund. Two: Take $250,000 from the money that was set aside years ago to pay down the CalPERS Unfunded Liability. Last year the BOS took money from this account to balance the budget. The CAO said by borrowing from these funds it is in the 'Spirit' of what these funds ($2,000,000) were set aside for. Three: Disaster Funding Budget transfer $54,000 from the fund to the General Fund. This will be repaid back to the County. This will balance the budget. Supervisor Bibby asks how much money is left in the Tobacco Settlement Fund? She also mentions that the Fire Stations are going over budget. There is about $196,000 in the Tobacco Settlement Fund right now. General Contingency Fund is around $380,000.

Former Congressman George Radanovich files suit against new California congressional districts

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