March 24, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Crunch time

There were some 65 incidents of trees into power lines in Mariposa County on Sunday and Monday, and some of trees into houses like the one shown above in Lushmeadows. More...

MPUD lands $4.6 million in grant funds

The Mariposa Public Utility District has received grant funding agreements from the California Department of Public Health in the amounts of $3,000,000 from the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) and $1,666,667 from the Water Security, Cl More...

Storm strands skiers at Badger Pass

The weekend storm caught more than 50 skiers and snowshoers in the Yosemite backcountry. Most had trekked to the ski hut at Ostrander Lake and the visitor facility at Glacier Point. Several parties were in tents.  More...

Local News

YOSEMITE

The Ahwahnee reopens after renovations

The Ahwahnee, a fullservice, AAA Four-Diamond property that opened in 1927, recently reopened after completion of a multi-million upgrade to the fire, life and safety systems and a remodel of its guest rooms, public spaces and exterior areas. More...

Weather doesn’t hamper band’s plan

Mariposa's local bluegrass group, the Mountain Outlaw Band, anticipated a great adventure when they were invited to open for country music singer-songwriter Lacy J. Dalton in Reno last weekend. More...

School board approves controversial expense

Members of the Mariposa County Teachers’ Association (MCTA) and concerned parents voiced some strong opionins about the Mariposa County Unified School District spending $51,000 on a consultant at last Thursday’s meeting. More...

Oakhurst

Residents have much to choose from this weekend

Area residents have a variety of entertainment and educational events to choose from this weekend, as a worldrenowned country guitarist and a weekend-long Civil War encampment make their way to the region.  Oakhurst’s Wild Wonderful King V More...

District Attorney debate dominates supes’ meeting

Madera County District Attorney Michael R. Keitz’s office came under heavy criticism from members of the public during the March 15 Madera County Board of Supervisors meeting.  More...

Autism workshop set

“Visual Schedules-Pictures aiding Autistic Children and others with daily routines” will be the topic at the CAC (Community Action Committee) meeting on Thursday, April 7. More...

Datebook

Friday, March 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, March 26

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

Sunday, March 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 - $5 from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall.   More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Harper memorial set

A celebration of life will be held for Craig Harper on April 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 5260 Carleton Road.  Drinks will be provided.  Those attending are asked to bring some finger food to share.   More...

Doris Works

Doris Works passed away on Friday, March 11, in Merced. Doris was born in Oklahoma and moved to California with her parents and six siblings in the 1930s, settling in Inyo County. More...

Robert Sparks

Robert Walter Sparks, 86 and life-long resident of Mariposa, died on Monday, March 14, at the John C. Fremont Hospital of complications due to lung cancer. He was born on Aug. 10, 1924 in Madera, to the late Constance Agnes (Swinnock) Sparks of St. More...

Inside Education

Luck of the Irish

Everyone was Irish on St. Patrick's Day, including these Mariposa Elementary School students who got their green on to celebrate on Thursday, March 17. More...

Elsohn Ross announces his 45th book release

Michael Elsohn Ross has announced the publication of his 45th book, Yosemite Trivia, Riverbend Publishing). More...

Soroptimists offer three scholarships

Soroptimist International of Mariposa is offering three scholarships to students graduating from Mariposa County High School this spring. Each scholarship is in the amount of $1,000.  More...

Storm slams Yosemite’s doors

Yosemite National Park remains closed after Sunday and Monday’s powerful winter storm knocked down trees and power lines and made travel into the Merced River Canyon and the Park impossible. More...

DAMAGE IS WIDESPREAD

Brutal storm shuts off the lights for days

When morning dawned on March 21, more than 4,000 Mariposa County households had no power. The fierce winter storm that pummeled the county had knocked down trees, sending them onto 65 different power lines. More...

BUDGET DILEMMA

District begins looking at school consolidation

The Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees made the difficult decision to start looking at school consolidations at its meeting on March 17. More...

Man found dead on LDP road side

On Monday, March 21 at about 1 p.m. More...

Here’s your sign: Business owners sound off on ordinance

Mariposa business owners made their feelings about the County’s sign ordinance known at a public workshop held on Tuesday evening. More...

For the Record

From the Archives

(The following items were taken from the archived files of the MARIPOSA GAZETTE & MINER.)  10 Years Ago  More...

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

March 14: •Dogs were loose on Cornett’s Entrance Road. •A horse panel was stolen on El Toro Drive. •Someone challenged another person to a fight on East Whitlock Road. •Tractor parts were stolen on Mt. Bullion Cutoff.  More...

North County

Coulterville plans for 26th annual Coyote Howl

The 26th Coyote Howl and car show offers a full day and night of fun at little or no cost. Thanks to the many sponsors who underwrite much of the festivities, the Coyote Howl remains a value.  More...

Land conservation meeting set in Sonora

The Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council has announced its second of six upcoming public information meetings for select PG&E–owned watershed lands. More...

C-G Elementary plans registration

Coulterville Greeley Elementary School will hold kindergarten registration on April 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s office. Those who are unable to attend can contact the school at 878-3481 to be placed on the list.  More...

Letters

Gratitude for coaches

My son is in the middle of his second year attending Woodland School. More...

This could happen to you

My friend is being evicted.  My friend’s situation began in the summer of 2008, whe she was laid off from her county position. More...

Mariposa is terrific

Mariposa, you’ve got a terrific town.  More...

Milestones

SDA holds yard sale

Residents are invited to a community yard sale, sponsored by the Mariposa Seventh-day Adventist School, at 4994 11th Street (across from Happy Burger) to begin on Sunday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More...

Thank you

Coulterville Odd Fellows would like to thank the Rebekah Mystery Lodge for all their help with the corned beef and cabbage dinner on March 12. We could not have done without them. More...

Thank you

Couterville Odd Fellows would like to send a special thank you to Mariposa IOOF #39 for performing the initiation for our newest member, Marvita Seawell on March 7. More...

Cookin' in the Country

Feed the Need

Help fight hunger and feed your family — all on a budget

I t’s one thing to be hungry right now and wonder where to get a quick bite to eat. But it’s quite another to face hunger every day and not know when — or if — food will be available for the next meal. More...

Sports

Leonard’s smash lifts Mariposa past defending champs

Sophomore Carissa Leonard’s three-run triple in the bottom of the fifth inning lifted Mariposa’s Lady Grizzly softball team to a 9-6 Southern Athletic League win over Waterford, the defending champ, last Thursday.  More...

MYF registers players for the fall

Mariposa Youth Football will hold sign-ups for football players and cheerleaders for the 2011 season on March 26, April 9 and 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Mariposa.  More...

Marlins plan for registration event

The Mariposa Marlins will begin their 22nd season as a youth competitive recreational swim team this year. More...

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