March 1, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Bureau will offer summer tours in town

The Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau (YMCTB) has introduced “The Mariposa Experience,” an effort spearheaded by the organization to support Yosemite National Park’s initiative to reallocate Yosemite Valley traffic congestion during the peak su More...

Warmest Spring in Years to Fuel Active Severe Weather  Free Access 

State College, Pa. -- 8 March 2012 -- AccuWeather.com reports an active severe weather season is anticipated in the U.S. during spring of 2012 with the most widespread warmth since 2004. More...

Friday, March 9 is election filing deadline

The deadline for local people to declare themselves candidates for Mariposa County's Board of Supervisors is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 9. More...

Gas prices to continue up, experts say

Triangle Market had the county's low gas price at $4.26 a gallon on Tuesday, but prices are likely to continue up, experts said this week. More...

Locals ask how high will gas prices go?  Free Access 

Gas prices have risen more than 50 cents a gallon over the past month. The cost of fuel is moving into unpleasant territory—approaching record highs posted back in June of 2008. More...

Investigation launched inside treasurer’s office

On Tuesday Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies confirmed that there is an ongoing criminal investigation within the Mariposa County Treasurer’s Office.  Binnewies said that the Mariposa County Treasurer, Tax Collector and County Clerk, More...

Local News

Audubon program focuses on ‘beautiful monsters’

Soon after American author, nature writer and poet Jeffrey Greene purchased and moved into an 18th-century home in the countryside of Burgundy, France, two experiences provoked in him an unusual and lasting fascination with Eurasian wild boars. More...

Manna House prepares for Easter

Manna House wants to help those in need by providing a bag of groceries for their Easter dinner.  Sign-ups begin on Monday, March 5 at Manna House between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. More...

State prepares new suction dredge rules

Suction dredging used to be popular on the lower Merced River between Railroad Flat campground and Lake McClure.  Miners, most of them hobbyists, spent the warm months running gaspowered dredges set on inflatable pontoons. More...

Datebook

Datebook

Books Galore! at the Mariposa County Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reformers Unanimous - a free addictions program held at 5005 Frank Wilson Road every Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Todd R. Kleinsmith

Todd R. Kleinsmith, born 33 years ago on July 5, passed away unexpectedly two weeks ago in Mariposa. Todd was raised in Michigan and California. He was an onagain, off-again, resident of Mariposa for nearly 20 years. More...

Ryder Leslie-Jay Lord

Ryder Leslie-Jay Lord was born and passed away on Feb. 8. Baby Ryder is survived by his parents, Will Lord and Mariah Tate of Cathey’s Valley; brother, Will Lord Jr. More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Mini show returns

Sierra Artists Gallery is excited to announce the coming Elizabeth Specht Memorial Miniature Show. Organizers are expecting entries from overseas and other states as they have had in the past.  More...

Claflin and ‘Maynard’ open Storytelling Festival

It’s not every storytelling festival that can claim to have an internationally famous Moose as its emcee for evening events. Storyteller and award winning author, Maynard Moose, promises an exciting listening experience.  More...

Sports

MCHS drops pair to Chowchilla nine

In a pair of pre-season non-league baseball contests last Friday, Mariposa dropped a pair to Chowchilla’s Reds, 10-2, and 5-2.  More...

Bruins close out Grizzlies, 63-41

In their first-round contest of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs last Wednesday, Riverbank’s Bruins handily dispatched Mariposa, 63-41, to eliminate the Grizzlies from the playoffs.  More...

Babe Ruth holds sign-ups in Mariposa

Yosemite Gateway Babe Ruth League will hold its next spring training clinic and sign-up at the Mariposa County High School varsity baseball field on March 3, from 10 a.m. to noon.  Players age 13 to 15 are encouraged to attend. More...

Around the County

CMWC serves breakfast in March

Volunteer Fire Company #32 and the Chowchilla Mountain Women's Club (CMWC) are hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 10, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Ponderosa Basin Fire Station at 5618 Creel Road. More...

Butterfly kids sought for contest

Are there any future “Captain Caterpillars” in the making? Or perhaps there are some “Little Miss Butterflies” waiting to spread their wings for the 2012 Butterfly Festival Contest. More...

Golden Agers host bingo

All residents at least 18 years of age are invited to Golden Agers bingo on the first Friday of each month at the senior center on Spriggs Lane.  Doors open at 5 p.m., and games start at 6:30 p.m. More...

ROP programs are safe next year  Free Access 

After several months of worrying that Mariposa County High School's Regional Occupation Programs (ROP) would be cut because of state budget reductions, the Mariposa County Unified School District has learned that the funding is likely safe for 2012-2 More...

Caltrans site helps locate heliports  Free Access 

Caltrans has launched a website for emergency response pilots to help them find 150 heliport-equipped hospitals across California during medical emergencies. More...

Yosemite's Big Oak Flat Road to Reopen on Saturday  Free Access 

Yosemite National Park's Big Oak Flat Road is scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 10--almost a month earlier than expected. More...

Rapist enters plea, gets 25-years to life  Free Access 

By Jill Ballinger, Gazette Editor

His violent, home invasion crime shook Mariposa’s sense of small town security, and now Jimmy L. Leonard, will spent at least the next 25 years behind bars. Leonard, 47, pleaded guilty some 15 felony counts associated with the crime. More...

Weather service seeks spotters

The National Weather Service is seeking weather spotters for its Hanford-office service area--which covers Mariposa. More...

Employees spared rent hike

The drastic rent hike that National Park Service employees who live in El Portal were expecting won’t happen now. More...

Fire guts building in Lake Don Pedro

A fire of unknown origin completely destroyed the interior of the Lake Don Pedro Community Services District office on Merced Falls Road early Monday morning.  More...

For the Record

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Feb. 20: •Dispatch took a missing person report in Mariposa. •Shooting was reported in the Smith Station Road area. •Someone was arrested for petty theft at Pioneer Market. •A drug overdose was reported on Hospital Road.  More...

Commentary

Our VA clinic

A little over 40 years ago, hundreds of thousands of us returned from Vietnam to a country that didn't give a damn about us and a Veterans’ Administration that didn't know what to do with us.  More...

Should be ashamed

Congressman Jeff Denham:  It’s common knowledge that the Social Security fund is going broke at an extremely rapid rate. More...

Spare the ag program

It has come to my attention that there will be major cuts coming to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Mariposa County High School. More...

Milestones

Degan chosen as sorority princess

Judy Degan was crowned 2012 princess by Xi Phi Upsilon, a Mariposa chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Currently its treasurer, Degan has been an active member of Xi Phi Upsilon for more than 20 years and has also served as president and vice president.  More...

Soroptimist gives opportunity award

The recipient of Soroptimist International of Mariposa’s 2012 Women's Opportunity Award is Jovahnna Turl. The Women's Opportunity Awards Program is Soroptimist International's “major project.”  More...

Dinner benefits the Ewing Wing

Preparations have already begun for the annual “Four Seasons” Ewing Wing Benefit Dinner, slated for Saturday, March 17. This fundraising event offers a tri-tip or vegetarian dinner. More...

Pet Connection

Animal friend photos will continue to run

Pet photo submissions are continuing to accumulate at the MARIPOSA GAZETTE.  Staff will attempt to run at least one pet photo per household making submissions.  Please limit submissions to one or two photos only.  Not all images can be More...

Inside Education

Friesen receives Richardson Award  Free Access 

The recipient of Soroptimist International of Mariposa’s 2010 Violet Richardson Award is Rachel Friesen, a Mariposa County High School student. More...

‘I Believe’ theme helps ag students hold out hope

The theme for this year’s National FFA Week is something local members are really taking to heart. “I Believe,” the national theme, is ringing true as local agricultural education programs are threatened by state budget cuts. More...

FFA novice parli-pro team

The Mariposa FFA novice parlaimentary procedure team is pictured at a recent competition at CSU, Chico. The group placed fourth in the huge contest. More...

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