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March HOW Dinner Honors Ailene Thomas

AHWAHNEE — Friends and neighbors will gather at The Hitchin’ Post on Wednesday, Mar. 20, as the nonprofit group Helping One Woman (HOW) honors Ailene Nicole Thomas. Ailene is a lifelong Mariposa county resident and a Mariposa High School graduate, Class of 2014. Shortly after graduating, say HOW organizers, Ailene met the love of her life: Jonah Seth Mackenzie Thomas. ...

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Over The Garden Fence: Container Gardening

By Brian David —  How are you at growing plants in containers? From Dixie cups to fifty gallon barrels, the size of a container and its material composition make container gardening different from nurturing plants in the earth. Clay pots are porous, for instance, and plastic pots are impermeable. A plant’s nutrients, air flow and water need special attention in ...

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Tom Bopp Talks Roosevelt And Muir In Yosemite

MARIPOSA — If you’re looking for a mix of entertainment and education this weekend, stop by the Mariposa Museum and History Center for a Fireside Chat with musician and historian Tom Bopp. Tom Bopp has entertained and educated Yosemite’s guests at the Wawona Hotel and The Ahwahnee since 1983. His interest in Yosemite’s cultural history led him to develop interpretive ...

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Flash Flood Warning For Mariposa County

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Central Mariposa County in central California and Southeastern Tuolumne County in northern California until 5:15 p.m. Doppler radar detected thunderstorms with very heavy rain over northwestern Mariposa county. This area of thunderstorms is moving eastward and will be within the Ferguson burn scar region by 4:30 ...

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Highway 140 Reopens From Midpines To El Portal

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A stretch of Highway 140 that was closed for about seven hours due to the recent storm has reopened, according to Caltrans. Caltrans had announced a preemptive closure of State Route 140 in and near the Ferguson Fire burn scar beginning Wednesday, Mar. 6 at approximately 12:30 p.m. due to an ongoing storm they believed could impact ...

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Mariposa Man Arrested, Charged With Having Sex With A 13-Year-Old

MARIPOSA – Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 24-year-old Mariposa man on charges that include unlawful sex with a minor. Miles Imamura was taken into custody on Friday, Mar. 1, outside the home of his alleged victim – a 13-year-old whose gender is not being specified by the Sheriff’s Office at this time. During the course of their investigation ...

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Foothills Flood Watch, High Country Storm Warning

MOUNTAIN AREA — Rain and snow return to the foothills and high country as the National Weather Service (NWS) issues a Flood Watch for the foothills and a Storm Warning for the Sierra above 7,000 feet. A moisture-laden weather system arrives Tuesday and persists until Thursday, and then yet another system brings unsettled conditions Thursday night into at least Friday. ...

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Inmate Who Escaped From Mt. Bullion Camp Apprehended

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Law enforcement officials today arrested Joseph Speakman, an offender who walked away from the Mount Bullion Conservation Camp in Mariposa County on Mar. 1. At 1:55 p.m., Speakman was found hiding near a vacant cabin located in a rural area about three miles from the Mount Bullion camp, say officials. He was taken into custody without incident, ...

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Officials Searching For Inmate Who Walked Away From Mount Bullion Camp

MARIPOSA — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are searching for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Mount Bullion Conservation Camp in Mariposa County today. CDCR officials say that inmate Joseph Speakman, 46, was last seen during an inmate count at 3:15 a.m. on Mar. 1. He was discovered missing at 4:20 a.m. and officers immediately ...

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But Wait, There’s More: Hydrologic Outlook

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Hydrologic Outlook for heavy rainfall and a threat of flooding next week, as new storms impact the Central California interior during the next seven days. There’s also a Winter Storm Warning for snow in the Sierra Nevada above 7,000 feet. Either way, there will be water this week. ...

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