March 15, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Spring tomatoes arrive in town  Free Access 

Tomato, eggplant and bell peppers are among the spring vegetable seedlings on sale in town this week. More...

Rapist gets 25 to life  Free Access 

Gazette Exclusive

Jimmy L. Leonard will not see the world outside of prison bars for at least the next 25 years. When he is eligible for parole, he will be 72 years old. More...

County rainfall is about half of normal  Free Access 

Recent storms have brought this year's precipitation totals for Mariposa County to about half of normal, a check of local and regional weather records shows. More...

FFA seeks support with license plates  Free Access 

For the past several months the California State FFA Association has been promoting the California Agriculture Specialty License Plate. This plate will provide funding annually to the State FFA through the renewal of these plates. More...

Golden State Cellular assists CAL FIRE  Free Access 

Jamestown, California. Golden State Cellular has announced recent placement of a temporary cell site, or cell on wheels (COW), at the CAL FIRE Academy in Ione. More...

Snowstorm affects wide swath of county  Free Access 

One of the heavier low-elevation snow events of recent years complicated a Chowchilla Mountain rescue on Sunday evening, but resulted in few other serious incidents. More...

Tree crashes into Calaveras Co. house, kills girl  Free Access 

ARNOLD, Calif. (AP) — Officials in Calaveras County say a 100-foot-tall tree fell onto a house, killing an 8-year-old girl who was sleeping inside. More...

Large crowd attends community event  Free Access 

Speakers address "Ethics in Hard Times"

A large crowd packed Building B at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds on Saturday for the “Ever Better Community” conference, featuring a number of local community leaders as speakers. More...

Conviction sparks emotional outburst

When the jury returned the verdict in the child molestation case against Kyle Andrew Hatton, 22, it had finished its work. The emotional toll of that verdict, however, prompted tears, argument and accusations from the defendant’s family.  More...

Loberg tosses his hat into District 5 run

Longtime Wawona resident L. More...

Local News

Foundation fills equipment needs

The John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation recently funded $23,500 for the purchase of equipment and improvements for several departments in the hospital.  More...

Caltrans site helps locate heliports

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

Denham holds mobile office hours

Congressman Jeff Denham's staff members will be hosting a Mobile District Office in Mariposa this month.  More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Elizabeth ‘Bets’ Strathearn

Elizabeth Ann “Bets” Strathearn passed away in Burlingame, on March 4 at the age of 85. She resided in Mariposa County for 30 years prior to moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007.   More...

Correction

The memorial service for Joyce Lile will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Mariposa.   The obituary information incorrectly stated that the service would be held in Santa Cruz. More...

Pet Connection

LOCAL PET FEATURE

Mariposa’s cutest still abound

Mariposa’s best-looking animals are showing up at the GAZETTE’S office via email, mail and personal delivery.  This is the fourth week the newspaper has run pet photos. More...

Inside Education

Young composers’ contest begins

The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra and Mariposa County Arts Council, Inc. have announced the official opening of the "Young Master Composers Celebration" for 2012. More...

Kauk speaks at MMS

Ron Kauk, of Sacred Rok, uses his rock climbing experience and passionate awareness of our backyard open spaces to build relationships with local youth. More...

Forestry team takes second at UC Davis

The Mariposa FFA forestry team placed second at UC Davis Field Day on Saturday, March 3.Team members are pictured, from left, Dalton Thomas, Molly Clark, Justin Fiske, Matt Sharp, Wyatt Wass and Bran More...

Watch out Olympians: Rice is sliding that way  Free Access 

Most eighth graders spend winter days going to school, doing homework, texting, socializing and being annoyed with their parents. For one Mariposa girl, nothing could be farther from the truth. Mackenzie Rice spent her winter in Park City, Utah. More...

Vaughans get the miles they needed  Free Access 

Last month, the Vaughan family of Mariposa made a plea to the community. Their young son, Hudson, needs a special surgery that could change his life. The family needed some airline miles to get to the hospital in St. Louis. More...

Denham Discusses Effects Of Rising Gas Prices On California Families  Free Access 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Denham, a Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, discussed the effects rising gas prices are having on California families and farmers at a full committee hearing today. More...

Park plans power outages  Free Access 

There will be a power outage in Yosemite National Park on March 28. Areas affected will be DNC garage, Indian Creek Apartments, the DNC general offices, the bank, and Camp 6. More...

Curry Village opens for 2012 season  Free Access 

Curry Village will open for the 2012 season on Friday, March 23. The Curry Village registration will open at noon on Friday for check-in for arriving guests. More...

Trail plan tops Midpines meeting agenda  Free Access 

A proposed recreation trail along Bear Creek tops the agenda for Tuesday evening's Midpines Planning Advisory Committee at the Midpines County Park. More...

Snowboarding accident claims Stanners  Free Access 

A tragic snowboarding accident at China Peak on Sunday claimed the life of Kynan Stanners, 30, a 1999 graduate of Mariposa County High School and CAL FIRE firefighter. More...

Tourism bureau's Hentz heads for Florida  Free Access 

Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau's Jeffrey Hentz will start a new job in Florida next month, he said on March 17. More...

Whatley wins western region  Free Access 

Percy Whatley, CEC, of Yosemite, executive chef of The Ahwahnee, was named Western Region Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation last week after winning a competition during the organization’s 2012 ACF Western Regional Conference held a More...

Vandalism call leads to pot grow

When the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office got a call about vandalism from the Lake Don Pedro Community Services District, deputies certainly didn’t expect to find an indoor marijuana garden.  More...

Mariposa County gold

California poppies show their brilliant color about three miles up the Merced River canyon from Briceburg last weekend. More...

COST OF LIVING

‘Ouch!’ - food prices rising

Carol Penna feels the pinch when steps up to the supermarket checkout line. With husband Harold, she knows that food costs more these days— whether the couple drives to Oakhurst, or the shorter distance into Mariposa. More...

For the Record

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

March 5: •An aggressive dog was loose on Watt Road. •Vandalism and mail theft was reported on Guadalupe Mountain Road. •A grand theft report was taken on Smithers Road. •Mail was stolen on Elizabeth Lane.  More...

Commentary

Opinion & Perspective

(Opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author.)  Very grateful   More...

Datebook

Datebook

Friday, March 16   Books Galore! at the Mariposa County Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More...

Milestones

Birth Announcement

Christian Nathaniel Bass was born at 8:17 pm on Dec. 20, 2011, to Jeanette and Luke Bass of Holland, Ohio. He weighed eight pounds, four ounces, and he was 20 and one-half inches long. More...

Thank you

Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County sincerely thanks all who participated in the second Tour de Habitat, held on Feb. 11. The event raised $10,000 which was the goal for this year.  More...

Thank you

The Winters Family would like to thank you all for your very kind donations during a difficult time.  More...

Sports

Sports schedules changed  Free Access 

Due to field conditions after last weekend’s drenching storms, MCHS athletic teams have had to made a few adjustments. More...

Soccer squad crushes Denair, now 2-0 in SAL

A pressing defense and sharp offensive attack led Mariposa to a decisive 9-0 Southern Athletic League victory over Denair Tuesday afternoon.  The win boosted the MCHS girls’ soccer squad to 2-0 in SAL play.  Almost every Lady Grizzly More...

Student athletes land league honors

A pair of MCHS varsity boys’ basketball standouts, junior Ian Merzwinski and senior Wyatt Ellis, were named All-Southern League in recent voting by the league’s head coaches.  Seniors Jimmy Neri and Yussif Sulaiman both received hono More...

Around the County

Sal Maccarone’s How Art Shapes Our Lives

Victorian-era architecture

Preceded by the Georgian period and succeeded by the Edwardian period, the Victorian-Era refers to the reign of Queen Victoria of England. More...

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