March 22, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

MCUSD will take action on MMS closure  Free Access 

After months of taking public input and discussing ideas, it appears the Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees is poised to take action on the closure of Mariposa Middle School. More...

County employee arrested for embezzlement  Free Access 

Tuesday,March 27, 2012, 3:15 p.m. - Approximately a half hour ago, long-time county employee Patricia Moretti, 56, was arrested on multiple felony counts related to embezzlement of over $104,000 in county funds. More...

Mariposa Tea Party group takes on health care legislation  Free Access 

The Mariposa Patriots Tea Party group met Saturday at the Art Park to show its disapproval with President Obama's health care reform legislation. More...

Wawona Hotel reopens  Free Access 

The Wawona Hotel will reopen for the 2012 season on Friday, March 30. There are several other openings and closures in Yosemite in the near future. More...

Family escapes plunge into Merced River  Free Access 

A Salinas, Calif. family narrowly escaped disaster when their 1998 Honda Accord lost traction east of Briceburg and plunged into the Merced River on Sunday. More...

Sheriff speaks to Patriots group  Free Access 

Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies addressed a gathering of Mariposa Patriots at the Mariposa VFW Hall Saturday morning. More...

Elderly man injured in single car rollover  Free Access 

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 - Around 3 p.m today an elderly man sustained unknown injuries in a single car rollover just off Highway 49 South on Chowchilla Mountain Road. More...

Search begins for new tourism director  Free Access 

The search for a new executive director of the Yosemite-Mariposa Tourism Bureau has officially begun. The tourism advisory board discussed the matter at its March meeting. More...

Low-elevation snow smacks county

STORM REPORT

Rescue crews waded through thigh-deep snow on Sunday evening to reach a 94- year-old man who fell and hit his head in his remote Chowchilla Mountain home.  More...

Family mourns tragic accident

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...

Rapist gets 25 to life

Jimmy L. Leonard will not see the world outside of prison bars for at least the next 25 years. More...

Local News

Brochure guides wildflower lovers

Wildflower season is here. Wildflower enthusiasts can educate themselves and at the same time support the Upper Merced River Watershed Council’s work in protecting these native plants and other natural features in the river canyon.  More...

Nature walk planned

The Sierra Foothill Conservancy will host a nature walk on the Long Ranch on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

Watch out Olympians: Rice is sliding that way

Most eighth graders spend winter days going to school, doing homework, texting, socializing and being annoyed with their parents. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Gordie Fraser Varney

Gordie Fraser Varney passed away peacefully at home on March 11. Gordie was born in Mariposa to Norm and Rose Varney on Dec. 19, 1956, and was a life-long resident in the mountains he loved so much.  More...

John F. Patrickson

John F. Patrickson, a 49-year resident of Mariposa, passed away on March 13. He was 83.  Mr. Patrickson lived in Mariposa and commuted to work for years.  More...

Marilyn Fry

Miss Marilyn Fry (Lynn) passed peacefully into heaven on March 19. Her nieces, DJ and DK, were with her. A formal obituary and a memorial service will be forthcoming.   More...

Pet Connection

Pets of the week continue to wow

THE MARIPOSA GAZETTE’S pet spotlight space shows no sign of slowing down.  Dozen of photos have flowed into the office by email, mail and personal delivery.  This is the fifth week the newspaper has run animal images. More...

Inside Education

Earth Day essay contest opens

Earth Day is right around the corner and the Department of Public Works Solid Waste and Recycling Division is sponsoring an essay contest for all Mariposa County students. More...

Foresty takes it all

The Mariposa FFA forestry team for sweeping the Chico State Forestry Contest on Saturday, March 10. Mariposa placed first and second with both teams. More...

Band holds third annual marathon

The Mariposa County High School Grizzly Band will hold its third annual Music Marathon on Saturday, March 31. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More...

Hatton gets eight years in prison  Free Access 

Kyle Hatton will spend the next eight years in state prison for child molestation. Judge H.N Papadakis issued the sentence in a hearing in Mariposa County Superior Court this afternoon. More...

Fire guts Greeley Hill Road home  Free Access 

A fire completely destroyed a Greeley Hill Road home on Wednesday afternoon. The sole occupant, 89-year-old Nadine Compton, was not home at the time of the fire. More...

Judge raises Moretti's bail  Free Access 

Mariposa County Superior Court Judge Wayne Parrish more than doubled the bail set for Patricia Moretti at her arraignment on Wednesday morning. More...

Yosemite alternative halving Valley lodging is studied  Free Access 

Five alternatives, including one that would cut the number of Valley lodging units in half, are being discussed at workshops and via the Yosemite National Park Web site this spring. More...

Hatton to be sentenced tomorrow  Free Access 

Kyle Andrew Hatton, 22, will be formally sentenced in Mariposa County Superior Court on Thursday afternoon. His attorney has filed a motion for a new trial. More...

Park prepares for Mariposa move  Free Access 

Yosemite National park is preparing to move some 45 employees to Mariposa in mid-May. Park Superintendent Don Neubacher gave employees an update today. More...

Yosemite ranks in spring break's top 10  Free Access 

Palm Springs and Miami watch out. Yosemite National Park is now among the top 10 spring break destinations in the country. More...

Park has opportunity for student intern  Free Access 

The Yosemite National Park Environmental Planning and Compliance Branch of Project Management has an internship opportunity this summer for a current college/graduate student through the Student Conservation Association. More...

Prom Faire draws eager shoppers  Free Access 

The Mariposa Soroptimists first annual Prom Fair and Elegant Dress project appears to be a huge success. More...

Skate competition set for Saturday  Free Access 

A.B. Positive Underground Skate Shop will present the first annual "Luck of the Irish" skate competition at the Mariposa skate park on Saturday, March 24. More...

Park needs volunteer  Free Access 

The Yosemite National Park Division of Resources Management and Science is looking for a volunteer to assist with surveying and monitoring peregrine falcon nests in April and May. More...

Assembly bill challenges ‘fire tax’

CONTROVERSIAL FEE

Governor Jerry Brown and California’s legislature approved a special fee last year designed to raise funds for firefighting in rural areas.  Intended to make up money lost to state budget cuts, the plan does not please owners of more than More...

Hentz takes Florida job

Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau's Jeffrey Hentz will start a new job in Florida on April 30, he announced this week.  Over the past three years, Hentz built a national reputation for the Yosemite/Mariposa bureau.  Today, filling the More...

Board analyzes MMS numbers

EDUCATION CRISIS

At its March 6 meeting, the Mariposa County Unified School District heard a pitch from staff members at Mariposa Middle School to keep their site open. The plan presented by school staff changed the school to a sixth through eighth grade site.  More...

For the Record

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

March 12: •A burglary was reported on Agua Fria Road.•A call about neglected horses came in from Guadalupe Mountain Road. •A mailbox was vandalized on Ashworth Road. •A firearm was stolen on Stumpfield Mountain Road.  More...

Letters

Opinion & Perspective

(Opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author.) Historic Sites statement Mariposa County Supervisors: More...

Datebook

Datebook

Friday, March 23   Books Galore! at the Mariposa County Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More...

Milestones

Thank you

The Mariposa Academic Boosters Club (ABC) would like to thank all individuals in attendance at the hugely successful “Savoury’s Patron of the Arts Night,” a benefit for ABC and Mariposa County High School academics. More...

Thank you

Thanks to everyone who helped make the third Wayward Ponies' Home annual open house a success.  More...

Thank you

The annual Lutheran WELCA rummage sale on March 3 was a great success. Thank you to all who worked on the sale and to those who came by and supported the sale. We are indeed grateful. More...

Living Healthy in the Sierras

Healthy Living in the Sierra

Dear Dr. Lisa,  I’ve lost 25 lbs but I’m totally stuck. I can’t lose more weight. What can I do?  --Lost   Dear Lost,  More...

Sierra Lifestyles

CarStations connects electric cars to juice

Halfway between Cathey’s Valley and Hornitos may seem like an odd spot for a business based on electric cars.  A few years ago, some electric autos got just 70 or 80 miles to a charge.  That might have left David Raboy and Heather Ber More...

Sports

Soccer squad suffers first league loss  Free Access 

Mariposa's varsity girls' soccer team suffered its first Southern Athletic League loss Friday afternoon. Waterford's Wildcats kept Mariposa off the scoreboard to register a 2-0 victory. More...

Lady Grizzlies edge Waterford in extra innings  Free Access 

Mariposa's varsity girls' softball team kept its Southern Athletic League record spotless Friday afternoon at Waterford, edging the Wildcats, 4-3, with a solo run in the eighth inning. More...

Grizzlies hammer Denair, 12-1  Free Access 

Move to 2-0 in SAL play

Mariposa's varsity baseball team drubbed Denair on the Coyotes home field Wednesday afternoon, 12-1. More...

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