December 30, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Rockfall closes Highway 140 into Yosemite

At approximately 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 30, a large rock fell onto Highway 140/El Portal Road blocking all traffic from entering or exiting Yosemite National Park and closing the road. More...

Decade concludes with big headlines

The year 2010 brought some notable headlines, many of which showed that Mariposa County was bucking statewide economic trends in terms of visitation. As the year ends, the GAZETTE takes a look back at the stories that made those headlines. More...

GAZETTE morphs into 2011

Beginning with the first edition of 2011 (Jan. 6), the MARIPOSA GAZETTE will adopt a new appearance and contain greatly expanded content and coverage. More...

Hughes gets 88 years to life in state prison

Bernard “Bucky” Hughes will spend the rest of his life in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. More...

Local News

NARFE installs new officers for 2011

At the December meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Mariposa Chapter #2208 the 2011 officers were installed. Helen Zajac, regional vice president, Region V111 did the honors. More...

Habitat offers A Brush with Kindness

Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County is offering low-income families or individuals, the elderly, and persons with disabilities, the opportunity to participate in a new housing preservation program called A Brush with Kindness (ABWK).   More...

Master Gardeners focus on sustainable landscaping

Sustainable landscaping will be the focus of the Mariposa Master Gardeners’ public outreach activities of 2011-2012. Master Gardeners all over California are pursuing this theme.   More...

Datebook

Friday, Dec. 31

Books Galore! at the Mariposa County Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

Saturday, Jan. 1

Alcoholics Anonymous - noon and 7 p.m. at the fellowship hall at Pioneer Village, Highways 140 and 49 South, 966-3110.   Narcotics Anonymous - 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (downstairs).   More...

Sunday, Jan 2

Alcoholics Anonymous - 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the fellowship hall at Pioneer Village, Highways 140 and 49 South, 966-3110.   More...

Cookin' in the Country

Breakfast just got Better

Breakfast Most people are familiar with the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” However, many may not realize that what they choose to eat for breakfast is just as important as eating the meal itself. More...

Sports

Raiders dismantle Mariposa, 59-33

Last Thursday in Modesto, Central Catholic’s Raiders ran roughshod over Mariposa’s varisty basketball squad, 59- 33, in a non-league contest. More...

Individuals shine in Hughson tourney

Last Wednesday Mariposa’s varsity wrestling team competed in the Hughson Dual Rotational Tournament, and finished fifth in an eightteam field. More...

Around the County

Hikers approached by lion

On Dec. 24, two visitors hiking the Chilnualna Falls Trail in Wawona were approached by a mountain lion. The visitors acted appropriately by grouping together, waving a big stick, and yelling at the mountain lion. More...

DMV lists new laws for 2011

A required motorcycle safety course for under-21 motorcycle permit applicants, new oversight of online traffic violator schools, and extensions of HOV lane stickers are among several new laws of interest to California motorists that will take effect More...

Officials will be sworn

A swearing in ceremony and reception for re-elected Supervisor Janet Bibby and elected Supervisor Lee Stetson, re-elected Treasurer-Tax Collector-County Clerk Keith Williams, Assessor/ Recorder Becky Crafts, and District Attorney Bob Brown, and elec More...

Microenterprise loans are available

The Mariposa County Office of Economic Development has funding available for a Microenterprise Business Assistance Program that provides low-interest loans and training for small businesses in Mariposa County. More...

Highway 140 reopens after rockfall

Highway 140/El Portal Road leading into Yosemite National Park has reopened after a large rock fell onto the roadway. The large rock fell onto the roadway on Dec. 30, blocking traffic from entering or exiting the Park via Highway 140. More...

Water, water everywhere

MORE THAN TWO AND A HALF INCHES OF RAIN FELL AROUND MARIPOSA COUNTY ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, FURTHER SWELLING THE ALREADY FULL MARIPOSA CREEK AND MANY OTHER SMALL CREEKS. More...

Mariposa County has higher than average number of smokers

Fewer Californians are smoking than they were 20 years ago, but rates in Mariposa and neighboring counties remain higher than the state average. The California Tobacco Control Program released the data earlier this month.   More...

Monster’ arrested by Mariposa deputies

Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested an 80-yearold man for possession of child pornography and dozens of illegally possessed, fully automatic firearms and assault weapons. More...

For the Record

Sheriff’s Dispatch Log

Dec. 20: •There were rocks on Old Highway. •A drug violation was reported on Coakley Circle. •There was a traffic accident on Highway 41 in Fish Camp. •A possible dispute was reported on Elizabeth Lane.   More...

County Fire Responses

Monday, Dec. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 26 EMS: 16 Fire: 0 Public assist: 1 Vehicle collision: 0   More...

Letters

Elected Officials

GOVERNOR Arnold Schwarzenegger   (916) 445-2841 1st Floor State Capital Sacramento, CA 95814   STATE SENATOR   14th District   Dave Cogdill   More...

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to all from the Catnip Society. We would like to thank all of our hardworking volunteers and dedicated board members and give a brief update on the year’s activities. More...

Very grateful

The Yosemite Medical Clinic will be sorely missed by so many people. Throughout the years many local residents have used the clinic as their primary caregiver.   More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Ruth Walton Smith

Ruth left us to be with her Lord on Dec. 18. She was born on Aug. 29, 1924, in Evanston, WY to Ezra and Alzina Price, the youngest of six children.   She graduated from Evanston High School in 1942 and married Claude Walton on Sept. More...

Kelly Lee Hoffman

Kelly Lee Hoffman passed away at home in Mariposa on Dec. 18. Kelly was born in Chicago, Ill. on June 23, 1948.   More...

Harry D. Wood, Jr.

Harry D. Wood Jr., who resided in Mariposa for 10 years, died in Talent, OR on Nov. 7.   He was born in Rockaway, NJ on Oct. 24, 1913, to John Hoagland and Anna Barz. He was adopted by Harry D. Wood and Clara H. More...

Inside Education

St. Andrew's on the bandwagon

DR. PHILLIP SMITH, MCHS GRIZZLY BAND DIRECTOR, (LEFT) ACCEPTS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM SAINT ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH AT THE LAST MARIPOSA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT. More...

UC Merced gears up for new year

In the coming year, the University of California, Merced, will appoint new leadership, open additional buildings, increase enrollment and hire more faculty members. More...

Woodland Terrific Kids for Integrity

WOODLAND ELEMENTARY STUDENTS (K-6) WERE RECENTLY AWARDED KIWANIS TERRIFIC KIDS AWARDS FOR INTEGRITY. More...

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