March 26, 2015 RSS feed / Local News

Fire fees: Here we go again

Fire Prevention Fee bills for fiscal year 2014-15 began mailing early this month to more than 700,000 rural Californians, many of whom are receiving a bill for the fourth time. More...

Reprinted from December 24, 1921

Jim Westfall of Oakvale was at the County seat last Thursday. Jim says, “We’re all happy. It’s raining like h---.” More...

Boy Scouts are selling discount cards now

Local stores help out group

Boy Scout Troop 2015 of Mariposa will be selling discount cards through the end of April. Cost for the cards is $5 and they are good until Dec. 31. Proceeds of the sale will aid in sending Troop 2015 to camp this summer. More...

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Yosemite Valley Elementary School was recently visited by the Mariposa County High School Associated Student Body. More...

For group, recovery is something to celebrate

The Celebrate Recovery group meets every Thursday at New Life Christian Fellowship church. All are invited to attend. Dinner is at 6 p.m., a large group at 7 p.m., small groups at 8 p.m. and Solid Rock Cafe coffee and dessert for everyone at 9 p.m. More...

Mens’ Bible group meets on Monday

A gentleman’s Bible Study group meets at Mariposa’s Happy Burger restaurant at 6:30 a.m. each Monday morning. Happy Burger is located at 5120 Highway 140 in Mariposa. More...

Bible study focuses on book of Acts

The local Upper Room Bible Study group meets each Wednesday to read and discuss the Acts of the Apostles. The all-women group meets at 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center on Spriggs Lane. The study is free and women of all ages are welcome. More...

Legion to meet on Wednesday

All veterans are welcome at meetings of the local American Legion Post 567, according to post commander Scott Cummings. The post holds its meeting at 6: 30 p. m. on the first Wednesday of each month, followed by dinner and a social. More...

Sportsmans Cafe helps Relay for Life event

Fundraiser is set for April 11

Steve’s Sportsmans Cafe in Mariposa is supporting a Relay for Life fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, April 11. More...

MCHS alumni to speak to students

In preparation for success after high school, graduates of Mariposa County High School will be speaking to this year’s graduating class at the 63rd annual senior event, scheduled for April 2 at 12:30 p.m. More...

A.A. meets daily at a new venue

The local Alcoholics Anonymous group, which has long met in the Pioneer Village center at Highways 140 and 49 South, has a new meeting location. The group now gathers in the old ‘white house’ building behind the Bootjack Market. More...

Reprinted from March 20, 1880

On Tuesday last an extra stage of Washburn & Bruce put in an appearance loaded with tourists bound for the Yo Semite Valley. They will encounter considerable snow out on the mountains before reaching the Valley. More...

Reprinted from July 2, 1861

According to the apportionment of the School Fund, by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Hon. A.J. Moulder, Mariposa county is entitled to $296.80. There are 530 school children who are entitled to 56 cents per head. More...

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With the help of the Mariposa County Arts Council, master storyteller Antonio Rocha visited Sierra Foothill Charter School on Monday, March 16. More...

Tennis friends invite players

Residents with an inclination to play tennis are invited to join the Mariposa Tennis Friends group for Sunday morning play. The weekly event starts at 8:30 a.m. More...

Anthony Brucia scholarship available for local students

The Anthony Brucia Success Award is being offered to Central California high school seniors. Seven awards are available at $900 each. Applications are now available from high school scholarship counselor, and the deadline for applying is March 30. More...

Class will focus on wild edibles

Event will be at local church

A class on wild edible plants in the Mariposa area will be held on Sunday, April 5 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4994 11th Street in Mariposa. More...

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Mariposa Academic Boosters Club, Inc., accepted a $250 donation from Yosemite Bank in support of Mariposa County High School Arts Night, scheduled for April 17. More...

Reprinted from February 18, 1911

The town of Hornitos, this county, has a population of 160 according to an official statement issued by the Director of the Thirteenth Census. More...

Relay for Life hosts garage sale

April 18 event will benefit the Cancer Society

The Mariposa Relay for Life is hosting a garage sale on Saturday, April 18 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5087 Highway 140 in Mariposa. All of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. More...

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Pi is a name given to the ratio of circumference of a circle to its diameter, and it always equals 3.14. More...

Crisis support group is offered

Mountain Crisis Services offers a weekly support group for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. The groups meets at 3 p.m. every Wednesday at 5079 Highway 140. Attendees use art and conversation to heal and be heard. More...

Good Friday service set for April 3 at St. Joseph’s

Community is invited to attend

A community Good Friday service, sponsored by the Mariposa County Ministerial Fellowship, is scheduled for Friday, April 3 beginning at 12:05 p.m. and ending at 12:55 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 2nd and Bullion Streets. More...

Lutheran Church celebrates Easter

Easter egg hunt for children set

Mariposa Lutheran Church will celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 5 at the church. Easter worship services with Holy Communion will be held at 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. with an Easter brunch at 9:15 a.m. and an Easter egg hunt for the kids at 9:45 a.m. More...

La Grange Rodeo takes over arena

Event scheduled for this Sunday

The La Grange Rodeo is scheduled for Sunday, March 29 at the La Grange Rodeo Arena on Highway 132, east of town. The roping and riding events start at 8 a.m. and the rodeo queen will be crowned at noon. More...

Reprinted from May 22, 1880

The Bridgeport ball, which occurred at the schoolhouse on Friday evening last, was a success so far as having a good time was concerned. It was intended as a benefit for the Sohn family, who are in quite destitute circumstances. More...

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Greg Fritz, left, owner of Happy Burger Diner is shown giving Amy Woodward, vicepresident of Mariposa Grizzlies Boosters, two gift certificates for Sober Grad 2015 from Happy Burger Diner. More...

Reprinted from May 14, 1887

Bill Nye, it seems, has a cow which he offers to sell in the following language: “Owing to ill health, I will sell at my residence in township 29, range 18 west according to government survey, one crushed raspberry colored cow, aged six years. More...

Fun fair is free for families

Mariposa Safe Families is host

Mariposa Safe Families is hosting a free family fun fair, “Safe at Home,” on Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mariposa Elementary School, 5044 Jones Street in Mariposa. More...

Mushroom permits available for forest

Up to 75 pounds can be gathered

Free use and chargeable permits for collecting mushrooms are now available at any district office on the Stanislaus National Forest. Free use permits allow mushroom hunters to gather up to five pounds of fungi for personal consumption at no charge. More...

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Paul Reed, center, was the winner of the book “Struggle to Survive,” in a drawing at the March meeting of the Mariposa Veterans of Foreign Wars. More...

Yosemite Chapel Easter services are set

Easter week services at Yosemite Valley Chapel will include a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. and Good Friday services at noon and 7 p.m. at the chapel. On Easter Sunday, a service will be held at 7 a.m. at the Lower Pines Amphitheater. More...

Reprinted from February 14, 1863

Homicide. - A woman by the name of Baker, living at Bower Cave near Coulterville, shot her husband week before last. He subsequently died and the woman was acquitted on examination. More...

Gardeners turn to technology to endure drought

Most of the time when you mention the word hydroponics, people’s minds go to growing cannabis— the scientific name for marijuana. More...

Women consider ‘Christian Basics’

The local Upper Room Bible Study meets on Thursday afternoon for a session on Christian Basics. No previous knowledge of the Bible is necessary. The course runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center on Spriggs Lane. More...

Free group for children is offered every Thursday

Mountain Crisis Services offers a weekly support group for children who have been touched by trauma or abuse. It’s called “Expressing Yourself Through Art and Words.” The free group meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. More...

Reprinted from August 27, 1898

On Monday evening last at about five o’clock Giacomo Dulcich of Hunter’s Valley, quietly passed away. He had been sick for some time past with typhoid fever, which was the cause of his death. More...

Pianist thanks teacher

Jonah Dacanay, right, who performed his first solo piano concert for the Mariposa community, presented flowers to his music teacher, Gail Vanderslik, at the end of his concert. More...

Volunteers are needed for cancer patients

American Cancer Society seeks transportation for locals

An estimated 1.6 million California residents will learn that they have cancer this year. More...

ILLUMINATION

History, loosely defined is “the continuous, typically chronological, record of important or public events.” The MARIPOSA GAZETTE has recorded the history of Mariposa County for the past 161 years. More...

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The Barnyard Stompers, an outlaw country duo shown here, will give a free performance on Sunday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at Yosemite Ale Werks on Highway 140. Rio Loco will also be playing. More...

Reprinted from April 11, 1873

Weiler, of the Mariposa Brewery, has the united thanks of the entire force of the GAZETTE office for a dozen bottles of lager. It came when we were suffering from a prolonged season of drought. Hence this expression of gratitude. More...

SHERIFFS’ REPORT

March 16 • A domestic issue was reported on Hunters Valley Road. • A call reporting child endangerment was received from Leonard Road. • A goat was found on Blue Bonnet Lane. More...

Awanas meet at Grace Community Church

Awanas, a children’s ministry at Grace Community Church of the Sierra, happens on Wednesday evenings. Activities include family night, dinner at 5:45 p.m., youth group, road to recovery and adult Bible study. More...

Bookstore is open on Fridays, Tuesdays

Books Galore!, a twiceweekly book sale offered by the Mariposa Friends of the Library, is open for business from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Friday and Tuesday. The location is Merle’s Room at the Mariposa Library, 4978 10th St. in town. More...

Mental health board meets next Thursday

The county’s Mental Health Advisory Board meets the first Thursday of each month in the Mariposa County Behavioral Health Board Room off Highway 49 North. Call Andrea Summerlin for more information at 966-2000. More...

Narcotics Anonymous meets in Coulterville

Coulterville’s Narcotics Anonymous meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the IOOF No. 104 Hall, 5030 Main Street in the North County town. All are welcome. More...

District meets on Wednesday

The Mariposa County Resource Conservation District Board of Directors meets the first Wednesday of each month at the ag complex at the county fairgrounds. The board meeting starts at 5 p.m. More...

4-Hers bring home awards

Winners will compete again in Merced

4-H Presentation Day was held on Saturday, March 14 at the Grace Community Church in Mariposa. More...

Student of the week

Ariel Rieux is Mariposa Adventist Christian School’s student of the week, officials at the school said. Ariel is a very energetic student who has a very positive attitude for learning. She strives to do well in everything she does at school. More...

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Dental hygienist Burney Stephens, shown here with students, recently visited Woodland Elementary School's kindergarten classrooms to talk about dental health. More...

Reprinted from September 13, 1919

The high school opened Monday with an enrollment of nineteen pupils. L.A. Offield is still principal. Miss Cleo B. Aubrey of Berkeley will take charge of the English and History work and Miss Florence E. More...

Reprinted from September 13, 1919

Bob Fat of the Whitlock district has made application for a passport to China, where he goes to visit relatives. Mr. Fat was born and raised in this county and is a prominent citizen and miner of Whitlock. More...

CAL FIRE offers tips on structure defense

Remove excess vegetation now

The Madera-Mariposa- Merced Unit of CAL FIRE has a step-by-step game plan for creating a structure defense plan. More...

Transportation projects are underway in Park

Yosemite roads get an update

Yosemite National Park has started one transportation project and concluded two others that will improve parking, road conditions, and traffic flow in the Park. More...

Canteen coffee time is Monday

Mariposa’s Happy Burger restaurant offers free coffee, tea or fountain drinks to veterans and their spouses on Monday mornings from 5:30 to 11:30 a.m. Happy Burger is located at 5120 Highway 140 in town. More...

Bootjack Stompers invite dance novices

The Bootjack Stompers dance group holds weekly dance evenings on Saturdays and Tuesdays each week. Saturdays see Big Band Dance take over the hall at 7 p.m. Lessons, which require reservations, are available at 6 p.m. More...

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, or TOPS, meets twice on Tuesday

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, or TOPS, is a comprehensive weight-loss program that meets on Tuesday at the Mariposa United Methodist Church. Two sessions are offered. One begins at 9:30 a.m. The other gets going at 5:30 p.m. More...

Black powder clinic is scheduled for May

All skill levels welcome

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Program and the Safety First Shooting Association will jointly offer a black powder (muzzleloader) hunting clinic on Saturday, May 30. More...

Reprinted from February 18, 1862

Francis Giltner, Esq., of Agua Fria, last week took out at Arkansaw Flat a piece of gold nearly pure, weighing 16 ounces. More...

Narcotics Anonymous meets on Wednesday

Mariposa’s Narcotics Anonymous group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in the downstairs meeting room. The church is located at the south end of Bullion Street in town. All are welcome. More...

Easter groceries are now available

Manna House to help the needy

Manna House in Mariposa will provide a box of groceries to the needy in the county for an Easter dinner. The charity was hoping for even more people to sign up this week. More...

Bridge set

Folks are invited to play bridge every Tuesday morning at the Senior Activity Center, 5346 Spriggs Lane. The center is located north of Highway 49 North off Smith Road. More...

Aglow is on Friday

The Aglow prayer group meets the fourth Friday of each month. This month’s gathering happens at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Mariposa County Library at 10th and Bullion streets. For more information, call 966-5457. More...

Branches Books will host Freedman

Author will look at firefighting

Branches Books in Oakhurst will be hosting local author, Marcia Penner Freedman on Wednesday, April 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Freedman will be signing her newest book, “Fighting Fire in the Sierra National Forest.” More...

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Steve Knauf, center, owner of Steve's Sportsmans Cafe, made a donation of $500 to Pennies for Patients. More...

Master Gardeners hold water workshop

Gathering to be held in La Grange

Mariposa Master Gardeners are hosting a free workshop, “10 Principals of Landscape Design for Water Conservation,” on Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at Hacienda de Don Pedro, 5182 Fuentes de Flores in La Grange. More...

Barbecue ribs to tempt locals

The Mariposa County Farm Bureau is hosting a barbecued ribs dinner on Saturday, March 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Stag Hall in Hornitos. Cost is $15 for the meal, and take-out will be available. More...

Art Contest is open through end of month

Scholarship is first place

The Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards contest, sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6042 in Mariposa, is taking entries. More...

Passover services will be held in Murphys

Eight-day festival begins on April 3

Passover, an eight-day festival which celebrates freedom from slavery in ancient Egypt, is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish religion. More...

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Four staff members from Valley Children's Hospital in Madera recently made a trip to John C. Fremont Hospital to deliver a used isolette, which was donated to the emergency department of JCF. More...

Rotary club meets early on Thursday

The Mariposa Yosemite Rotary club meets each Thursday morning at the Senior Activity Center on Spriggs Lane. Rotarians enjoy fellowship, breakfast, news from the world of Rotary and a changing parade of speakers each week. More...

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Alan Johnson, left, former president of Mariposa Habitat for Humanity, hands the gavel to new president Barry Brouillette at the annual meeting of the board on March 12. More...

Al-Anon meets each Tuesday

An Al-Anon group meets each Tuesday in town. Sessions run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at 5131 Coakley Circle in Suite D. The location is at the corner of Highway 140 and Coakley Circle. More...

Reprinted from February 28, 1920

The Merced-Mariposa Auto Stage 1 Co. announces a daily service between Mariposa and Merced via Planada, including Sunday. Passengers and express will be carried. Stage leaves Mariposa at 8 a.m. More...

Easter Bunny will make a stop in Coulterville

Free egg hunt held for children

The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance at the Coulterville Park in Coulterville on Easter Sunday, April 5, at 11 a.m. More...

Support groups address Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome

Two Monday support groups are available to help families cope with Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome. Both begin at 9 a.m. at the Senior Activity Center of Spriggs Lane. Call Sam for more information at 742-5736. More...

Reprinted from October 3, 1891

The GAZETTE house is getting a very badly needed fence around its door yard and now fair warning is given that all stray chickens, pigs, goats or donkeys found inside of said new enclosure, will be pickled for future use. More...

Reprinted from October 22, 1861

Last Monday, an Indian was killed on Bull Creek, a short distance above Coulterville. He was detected by some persons as stealing blankets, clothing, etc. More...

Founder’s Day set to be celebrated by local Beta Sigma Phi

Members of the Merced Area Council of Beta Sigma Phi will celebrate the organization’s Founder’s Day on April 26 with a luncheon at The Branding Iron Restaurant in Merced. More...

Scholarship due date is March 29 for snow camps

Partial, complete funding available for students

Applications are being taken for youth scholarships at the Yosemite Winter Club Summer Snow Camp. There are both partial and complete scholarships to snow camps as well as Ostrander Hut fee scholarships for next season. More...

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