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Board gets update on JCF hospital activities and plans

Things are improving steadily at John C. Fremont Healthcare District, and its leaders are optimistic about the future. More...

Bass Lake murder has link to Mariposa

Last week’s doublemurder suicide at Bass Lake has a connection to Mariposa County. In fact, one of the victims, Sandra Williamson, lived in Lushmeadows briefly in 2007 after she left the husband who eventually killed her.  More...

Another 14 horses are sick, quarantined

After the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office was forced to euthanize 15 horses at a Usona Road ranch earlier this month, the GAZETTE has learned that another 14 horses are in quarantine on the property due to illness.  More...

Mom who killed daughter wasn’t high

Toxicology tests indicate that Crystal Lynn Lewis, 23, was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol when she slashed the throat of her 5-year-old daughter, Marijane on Jan. 25. More...

Local News

Wellness fair comes to Mariposa

“Mariposa: A fit, healthy, happy community.” That’s the motto of the fitness and wellness based service providers who will participate in Mariposa’s first annual Fitness and Wellness Fair.  More...

Juvenile Justice Commission swears new members

The Honorable Dana Walton, Presiding Judge, conducts the swearing in ceremony for Mariposa County High School students Nicole Johnson and Jared Guenthart as they become the two newest members of the More...

Lodge gets new members

Mariposa Lodge #39, Independent Order of Odd Fellow, initiated a class of three new members into the lodge on Feb. 7. More...

Oakhurst

‘Wild West Women’ open theater season

The latest play at the popular Golden Chain Theatre opens March 25 in Oakurst.  “Wild West Women” will be the theatre’s season opener, starting things off with a historical drama penned by Diane Aubry and Richard D. More...

Leaders seek to streamline flood control processes

December 2010’s destructive floods, and the damage caused, to the tune of about a million dollars (not including crops), continues to be a key issue for the Madera County Board of Supervisors.  More...

Sierra Meadows hosts First Tee learning center

Education through golf? More...

Datebook

Friday, Feb. 25

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

Saturday, Feb. 26

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, Feb. 27

Alcoholics Anonymous - 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the fellowship hall at Pioneer Village, Highways 140 and 49 South, 966-3110.  Snelling Rebekah Breakfast - at the Odd Fellows Hall, downtown Snelling from 7 to 11 a.m. $5.   More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Norman Richard Chonle

Long time resident Norman Richard (Dick) Chonle passed on to his next adventure on Feb. 8, in Vancouver, WA. Richard was born in Tucumcari, NM Feb. 8, 1938, to Norman I. and Esther Lucille (Lovejoy) Chonle. More...

Marijane Lyn Lewis-Gutierrez

Memorial services for 5-yearold Marijane Lyn Lewis-Gutierrez will be held Saturday, Feb. 26. The service is planned at the Oakhurst Community Center at 2:30 p.m. There will be a potluck following the service. More...

Lois Scammon

Lois Alaire (Schopf) Scammon passed away peacefully on Feb. 18, as the result of complications of diabetes. More...

Inside Education

Flowers for valentines

Mariposa Elementary School students enjoyed giving and receiving carnations on Valentine's Day as part of the Parent Club's fund raising activities. More...

Dentist visits MES

On Feb. 11, local dentist, Dr. Philip De Bry, holding a toothbrush, and his wife, Shayna De Bry, visited MES kindergarten and first grade classrooms. With a fun and friendly presentation, Dr. More...

Music Student of the Month

Sayer Harry is 6-years-old and is in kindergarten at MES. He is the Student of the Month at the Sounds of Music Studio. More...

Senate adopts elimination of fair funding

The Mariposa County Fair and a number of other California fairs find themselves in continued jeopardy after the full State Senate Budget Committee voted to adopt the recommended elimination of funding for all California fairs on Feb. 17.  More...

Winter’s fury

This house on Meadow Lane took a strong punch from winter last Friday. Above, is an up-close view of the damage to one window after the tall pine came crashing down. More...

County and safety unions settle contract

Mariposa County has now settled with three of its four employee bargaining units. More...

More winter weather is headed this way

HAD ENOUGH YET?

By Jill Ballinger GAZETTE EDITOR   After a mild January and a strong winter storm last weekend, Mariposa County is preparing for another round of winter weather. More...

For the Record

County Fire Response Report

Monday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 13  EMS: 11  Fire: 4  Public assist: 0  Vehicle collision: 3  More...

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Feb. 14: •There was prowler on Woodview Lane. •Deputies investigated a theft in Anderson Valley. •Vandalism and theft were reported at the Hotel Jeffery. •A physical dispute was reported on Rainbow Road.  More...

North County

Golden Lakes Charter enrolls for next school year

Mari Brabbin was recently appointed executive director for the new charter school in Lake Don Pedro, Golden Lakes Charter School. More...

Plans begin for Coyote Howl

Artists, crafters, antique and classic car buffs and sponsors are encouraged to sign-up now for space at the 26th annual Coyote Howl and Car Show, taking place on Saturday, May 21 at the Coulterville Park.  More...

Breakfast served at Coulterville Schoolhouse

March 13 is the next History Center breakfast at the Coulterville Schoolhouse. More...

Letters

Support the community

I recently received a letter from Mike at Grace Note Chimes, apologizing to me that their materials costs have gone up, and they are left with no choice but to pass on those costs in the form of price increases on some of their chimes.  More...

Music Marathon

Hello, my name is Katie Sheetz, and I’m a third year trumpeter with the Mariposa County High School Grizzly Band. It’s been a lot of work and much fun, thanks to our director Dr. Phillip Smith, and the music department chair Mr. More...

Questions decision

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Milestones

Engagement

Lombard - Grullon

Dave and Christy Lombard have announced the engagement of their daughter, Katie Elizabeth, to Cristian Grullon, son of Vinicio and Martina Grullon. More...

Thank you

Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County sincerely thanks all who participated in the first Tour de Habitat, held at New Life Christian Fellowship on Saturday, Feb.  More...

Thank you

The Mariposa Lions Club would like to thank the following for their donations and support of the 2011 Crab Feed: Everyone who attended the event, Sierra Telephone, THE MARIPOSA GAZETTE, Bizzy Scissors, Black Oak Casino, Blue Heron Sports, Bootjack Ma More...

Sports

Grizzlies dominate Bulldogs to finish regular season play

With last Friday night’s Southern Athletic League victory over the Bulldogs in Le Grand, 63-57, Mariposa’s varsity basketball team found itself on unfamiliar ground: in second place.  The win over their arch-rival earned the Grizzlie More...

MCHS qualifies record number for Masters

Mariposa’s varsity wrestling squad will send a record number of qualifiers into this weekend’s Masters Tournament in Stockton.  A total of five Grizzlies placed high enough in the Sac- Joaquin Section Division V Qualifying Tournamen More...

JVs capture SAL crown

It was a dogfight in Le Grand last Friday night, at least through the first three quarters, but when it was all over Mariposa’s junior varsity basketball team had claimed a 74-61 Southern Athletic League victory over the Bulldogs.  The win More...

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