March 8, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

High-country snow, heavy rain expected  Free Access 

The Yosemite region high country will see between two and three feet of fresh snow between Friday and Saturday afternoons, the National Weather Service said on Thursday. More...

McClintock makes Mariposa stop  Free Access 

Congressman Tom McClintock stopped by Mariposa's Senior Activity Center on Tuesday as part of his campaign to become the county's next representative in Congress. More...

FFA Forestry team wins big at Chico  Free Access 

The Mariposa FFA forestry team for sweeping the Chico State Forestry Contest on Saturday, March 10. More...

Half Dome permit application deadline is March 31  Free Access 

Saturday, March 31 is the last day to apply for advance permits to climb Half Dome in Yosemite this summer season. More...

Poppies will continue Merced River canyon show  Free Access 

Mariposa County's native gold--California poppies--were putting on a show in the Merced River canyon early this week. The flowers open their petals and display yellow-orange color in sunny weather. More...

Filing deadline for districts 2 and 5 is extended to Wednesday  Free Access 

The filing deadline for board of supervisors candidates in districts 2 and 5 has been extended to Wednesday, March 14. To qualify for the June 5 ballot, candidates need to submit 20 valid nominating signatures and a filing fee of $446.97 by 5 p.m. More...

Dancing in the streets

There was lots of color, music and celebration at last Saturday’s 63rd annual Hornitos Enchilada Dinner. Above, members of the dance group Sol del Valle perform in Hornitos Plaza. More...

Supervisors add $1.3 million more for stations

It appears that Mariposa County’s four new fire stations will cost more than originally anticipated. In fact, they will run the county about $1.3 million more than was planned.  More...

Sheriff’s probe continues

On Wednesday morning, Sheriff Doug Binnewies confirmed that the investigation into alleged financial improprieties inside the Mariposa County treasurer’s office is moving forward.  More...

Hatton trial continues at fairgrounds

Testimony continues this week in the trial of Kyle Andrew Hatton, 22. The case is being heard by a judge and jury at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds.  On Tuesday morning, the defendant himself was on the stand. More...

Autopsy reveals cause

Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies has released information about the death of Ed Uebner, the long-time owner of Charles Street Dinner House. Uebner was found dead off the Hite’s Cove Trail on Feb. 16.   More...

Local News

Silva Road residential blaze

Firefighters responded to a residential fire in the 5,000 block of Silva Road late last Wednesday afternoon. The first units on scene found heavy dark smoke billowing from the back side of the home. More...

Groups sought for Katerpillar Kids

The Mariposa Butterfly Festival is seeking any nonprofit service organization or group interested in being involved in the festival’s Katerpillar Kids Area to fill out an application before April 5 and return it to the committee so their group More...

Farm Bureau serves rib dinner

The Mariposa County Farm Bureau will be having a Pork Rib dinner on March 24, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Stagg Hall 2884 Bear Valley Rd., Hornitos.  The cost is just $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12 years old. More...

Datebook

Datebook

Friday, March 9   Books Galore! at the Mariposa County Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Irvin “Glenn” Nielson (Wadel)

Glenn Nielson passed away on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the age of 80 after a lengthy illness. He attended his first few years of school at Winton Elementary and then moved to Merced where he completed his education and joined the Navy. More...

Joyce Lile

Joyce Lile passed away Feb. 23 at home. She was a resident of Mariposa for over 27 years. Mrs. Lile was born in DeKalb, Ill., in 1924. She moved to California in 1965, living in Santa Cruz. She has two living sons, Dave and Paul Lile. More...

Lorna Payne

Lorna Elaine Payne, daughter of Bobby Jo Wilson and Joyce Elaine Wilson, was born May 2, 1958, in Castro Valley. She was a wife to Richard Charles Payne and mother to Kimberly Tiffany and Spenser Lorenz. She married Richard on Sept. More...

Sports

Lady Grizzlies open league with 10-0 win  Free Access 

After some tough sledding in the Jackson Tournament over the weekend, Mariposa’s varsity girls’ softball squad began their 2012 Southern Athletic League campaign with a resounding victory over Denair’s Coyotes Tuesday afternoon, 10-0. More...

Soccer squad crushes Denair, now 2-0 in SAL  Free Access 

A pressing defense and sharp offensive attack led Mariposa to a decisive 9-0 Southern Athletic League victory over Denair Tuesday afternoon. More...

Lady Grizzlies even mark at 1-1

Last Thursday Mariposa’s Lady Grizzly softball team evened its preseason mark at 1-1 with a 9-2 spanking of Golden Valley.  Mariposa erupted for six first-inning runs en route to the victory. More...

Around the County

Kueppers heats up trees to test theory

Cathey’s Valley resident Lara Kueppers is putting trees under heat lamps to test their response to warming temperatures.  Around the globe, climate change is forcing plants, trees and animals to adapt to new conditions or relocate, often More...

Cathey’s Valley Garden Club meets

The Cathey’s Valley Garden Club will hold its meeting on Tuesday, March 13, at McCay Hall in Cathey’s Valley.  The meeting is at 10 a.m., followed by guest speaker Maxwell Norton. More...

Mist Trail is among nation's best  Free Access 

Yosemite National Park's Mist Trail has been named among the top three places to hike in the United States by Fox News. More...

Assemblymember Olsen and Legislative Republicans Announce Effort to Repeal Fire Tax  Free Access 

Measure Seeks to Stop Tax Increase on Rural Property Owners

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, and legislative Republicans announced the introduction of Assembly Bill 1506 to repeal the recently-imposed fire tax. More...

Congressman Denham Announces 2012 19th Congressional District Annual Art Competition  Free Access 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jeff Denham announced the start of California’s 19th District Congressional Art Competition. More...

School board continues to wrestle with options  Free Access 

When the Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees meets tonight, it will continue to try to figure out a solution to its budget crisis. The board will also hear the second interim budget report. More...

Spring wild turkey season starts March 31  Free Access 

The spring hunting season for Mariposa County's wild turkey population starts on Saturday, March 31. The MARIPOSA GAZETTE is looking for turkey hunters to interview. More...

Congressman Denham Launches New Congressional Website  Free Access 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Denham today announced the launch of his newly redesigned Congressional website. The website will improve accessibility, and serve as an online office and interactive resource for Denham’s constituents. More...

Sierra frog is a survivor, scientists say

The Pacific chorus frog has a high rate of infection with a deadly fungus but rarely succumbs to the disease, a team of scientists said on March 12. More...

Yosemite’s Abbe receives Valor Award  Free Access 

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar presented several prestigious Department of the Interior Valor Awards and the Citizen’s Awards for Bravery to National Park Service rangers, staff and citizens at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. last week. More...

Jury finds Hatton guilty  Free Access 

Late Friday afternoon, the jury in the child molestation trial of Kyle Andrew Hatton, 22, returned a verdict in the case. Following the verdict, the courtroom erupted into an emotionally tense scene as Hatton was taken to jail. More...

Vandalism call leads to pot bust  Free Access 

On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputy met with a representative from the Lake Don Pedro Community Services District Office to investigate the report of vandalism. More...

Rapist enters plea, gets 25-years to life

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...

School board gets input

As time becomes short for the Mariposa County Unified School District to make some drastic budget reductions, its board of trustees continues to hear from the public and staff on ways to help mitigate a $2.4 million shortfall. More...

Special legislation seeks slide solution

Mariposa’s State Assembly representative has introduced a bill that opens the door to a rockshed fix for the Ferguson slide zone.  Located halfway between Briceburg and El Portal, a rockslide closed the highway in May of 2006. More...

For the Record

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Feb. 27: •There was a verbal dispute on Circle Drive. •A structure fire was reported on Merced Falls Road. •There was a rabid raccoon on Highway 49 North. •A child abuse case was reported by officials at John C. More...

County Fire Response Report

Monday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 4  EMS: 8  Fire: 7  Public assist: 2  Vehicle collision: 0  More...

Easter plans set for Coulterville

The Easter Bunny will be hopping down the bunny trail to the Coulterville Park (on Highways 49/132 next to the historic Hotel Jeffrey) on Sunday, April 8 at 11 a.m. More...

Milestones

Thank you

 Mariposa Preschool recently visited the Mariposa CAL FIRE Station, and thanked Justin Wight for taking the students through the tour of the facilities. Mariposa Preschool More...

Birth Announcement

Michael Simpson and Jackie Carway have announced the birth of their daughter, Gabriella Grace Simpson. She was born Jan. 24, weighing five pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 19 inches long. More...

Christian Science Church hosts talk

The Christian Science Church of Mariposa is giving a talk “The Healing Effect of Your Prayers,” at Fresno City College in the Old Administration Building. More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Sign plan will highlight town’s historic district

More than 40 bronze plaques will tell the stories behind Mariposa’s historic buildings when a plan put forward by volunteers gets rolling this spring.  More...

Pet Connection

GAZETTE’S cute pets will run on

CUTE PET FEATURE

Dozens of Mariposa’s animal residents are showing up at the GAZETTE’S office via email, mail or personal delivery.  Today marks the third week the newspaper has run cute pet photos. More...

Inside Education

Mariposa County High School Are Getting Ready For The Prom On May 5th

  Mariposa County High School students are getting ready for the prom on May 5. Soroptimist International of Mariposa is sponsoring a prom spa day and the Elegant Dress Project. More...

Legion prepares for Boys’ State

Mariposa American Legion Post 567 is preparing to interview Mariposa High School Juniors to select five young men who will represent their families and Mariposa at Boys’ State in Sacramento this June. More...

Elegant Dress project continues

Soroptimist International of Mariposa and the Mariposa County High School Associated Student Body are collecting formal dresses for The Elegant Dress Closet service project. More...

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