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Who is mystery '49er on County sign?  Free Access 

What local man posed as a Gold Rush miner for the soon-to-be-installed billboard on Highway 140 near the Merced County border? Let us know if you have the answer. More...

Gazette will be closed Friday  Free Access 

The offices of the Mariposa Gazette will be closed this Friday, April 6. More...

Grading for second Habitat for Humanity home begins  Free Access 

Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County graded a hillside site near John C. Fremont Hospital this week where volunteers will start building a second home later this year. More...

Weekend storm adds an inch of rain  Free Access 

The weekend's blustery, but quick, storm left about another inch of precipitation in Mariposa County rain gauges. More...

Yosemite's Badger Pass wraps up ski area's 2011-12 season  Free Access 

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Yosemite National Park's Badger Pass ski area wrapped up its 2011-12 season with an awesome day of play on new snow this Sunday, April 1. More...

Drought designation for county is possible  Free Access 

Despite recent storms, conditions across the region remain dry and Mariposa County may issue an official drought statement by the end of April, county agriculture commissioner Cathi Boze said on March 30. More...

Probation sweep nets meth lab

Mariposa County Probation wants those it is supervising to know officers are watching them. That message was sent last week when officers paid some probationers, including those who have recently returned from state prison, a visit.  More...

Folks consider details of health care debate

Mike Butler knows what it’s like to lack health insurance and suffer a serious accident.  In June of 2010, the hang-gliding pilot whacked into the ground after a flight from Yosemite’s Glacier Point.  “I still need surgery More...

Local News

Tourism Bureau begins search

When Jeff Hentz leaves his post as Yosemite-Mariposa Tourism Bureau executive director next month, he will leave some pretty big shoes to fill. The bureau’s board of directors met to discuss replacing its first-ever director last week.  More...

‘Tis the season

The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office made the first significant marijuana garden bust of the season this week. Officers found some 20,000 young pot plants in Mt. Bullion. More...

Vaughans get the miles they needed

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...

Datebook

Datebook

Friday, March 30   Books Galore! at the Mariposa County Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More...

Milestones

Kenyan missionaries speak at St. Joseph’s

On Friday, March 30 at 6:45 p.m. in the St. Joseph’s Church Hall, following the Lenten Soup Supper, Alene Burgert (daughter of Al and Lil Kudela of Mariposa), and her husband, Dr. Steve Burgert, will speak.  More...

Birth Announcement

Diesel Walker Dahlem was born Dec. 27, 2011, at 9:04 a.m. He weighed eight pounds, two ounces and was 19 and one-half inches long.  His parents are Brett and Jill Dahlem of Madera Ranchos. He was welcomed home by his brother, Jaxton.  More...

Good Friday service set

A community Good Friday Service sponsored by the Mariposa County Ministerial Fellowship is scheduled for Good Friday, April 6, beginning at 12:05 p.m. and ending at 12:55 p.m. at the historic St. More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Soroptimist project marks down price tag for prom night

For most high school students, prom night is one of the most anticipated activities of the year. Planning for the big event begins much earlier in the year, but the big night is typically in May.  More...

Pet Connection

These pets have doses of attitude

THE MARIPOSA GAZETTE’S pet page has some special ingredients this week.  This installment shows off animals with zany looks, funny names and bizarre outfits.  The pet feature will continue to run as long as readers submit photos.  More...

Inside Education

Forestry team wins again

The Mariposa FFA forestry team competed at the Redwood Regional Logging Convention on March 19. More...

Denham announces history essay contest

Congressman Jeff Denham has announced that the United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS) is holding its first annual student essay contest. More...

Wearing many hats

Woodland Elementary Students recently celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday earlier this month and also celebrated Read Across America on Dr. Seuss' day. Some classes encouraged students to bring Dr. More...

Olympic Winter Games at Tahoe in 2022 is goal of dual-state bid  Free Access 

California and Nevada officials are joining forces to lure the Olympic Winter Games to the Lake Tahoe area in 2022, forming an exploratory committee to start the process. Planners made the announcement on Thursday, April 5. More...

Good Friday service set  Free Access 

A community Good Friday Service sponsored by the Mariposa County Ministerial Fellowship is scheduled for Good Friday, April 6, beginning at 12:05 p.m. and ending at 12:55 p.m. at the historic St. More...

Construction blocks Woodland Drive  Free Access 

Mariposa County Public Works will be doing construction work on Woodland from April 9 to 30. More...

Snow survey shows deficit  Free Access 

Yosemite National Park rangers have completed the April 1 snow surveys. The results indicate snowfall is more than 50 percent below normal. More...

Cal Trans sand truck crashes, driver injured  Free Access 

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - Around 7:30 a.m. this morning emergency personnel responded to a rollover on the Briceburg Grade of Highway 140. A Cal Trans sand truck had rolled over, and was resting precariously on the roadside. More...

Here's your sign: board decides today  Free Access 

The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors will make a decision today on which sign visitors to Mariposa County should see as they enter the county. More...

Officials: 5 dead in Christian school shooting  Free Access 

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a Christian university in California Monday, killing at least five people, law enforcement officials said. Police say they have a suspect in custody. More...

Yosemite celebrates Village Store reopening  Free Access 

Delaware North Companies (DNC) Parks and Resorts at Yosemite is celebrating the completion of a $1.15 million dollar eco-remodel of the Village Store, which serves millions of Park visitors annually. More...

Board votes to close MMS  Free Access 

At its special meeting on Thursday night, the Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the closure of Mariposa Middle School beginning in the 2012-13 school year. More...

Embezzlement charges leveled

COUNTY EMPLOYEE NAMED

Tuesday afternoon Mary Patricia (“Koki”) Moretti, 56, calmly walked out of the Mariposa County District Attorney’s office on Jones Street and, accompanied by a Mariposa County Deputy, she was placed in the rear seat of a patrol vehi More...

Permit access studied for Park summers

MERCED RIVER PLAN NO. 3

Yosemite Valley visits would no longer be earned by waits at entrance stations under an alternative being considered by the National Park Service this month. More...

Auditor says County needs to ‘hold the line’

PUBLIC FUNDS

Since Mariposa County Auditor Bill Davis unwrapped a budget audit item that alleged over $1.5 million was “mishandled” by the Human Services Department, a flurry of questions have been circulating throughout the county.  At Tuesday&r More...

For the Record

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

March 19: •A tree was down on Buckeye Road. •There was a traffic accident on Triangle Road. •Two cows were on Banderilla Drive. •Dogs were attacking goats on Buena Vista Drive.  More...

County Fire Response Report

Monday, March 12 through March 25  EMS - 7  Fire - 0  Public assist - 2  Auto collision - 2  Spotlight Call of the Week: Sunday, March 25, one single vehicle over the bank and submerged in the Merced River on Highway 140 near More...

Letters

Questions Dean

A letter from James L. Dean to the MARIPOSA GAZETTE seemed to attempt to make two points. More...

Calling 9-1-1

I am excited to share that one of our Fire Ambassadors (FAs) suggested that we cover the procedure for calling 9-1-1. Thank you so much for participating and suggesting a topic. More...

Correction

In a letter to the editor about the Oakhurst Veterans’ Administration Clinic, an incorrect phone number was given.  The correct number is (559) 683-5300.   More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Ken Mari

Local businessman Ken Mari passed away on March 25, 2012 in Modesto.  He was born June 2, 1926, to Frisco and Rosetta Mari in Santa Monica. More...

Kevin B. Duble

Kevin Barak Duble was born in Southern California on May  23, 1992. He passed away on  March 13.  He graduated from Mariposa County High School and was on his way to being a firefighter. More...

Marilyn Louise Fry

Marilyn Louise Frey went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 19. More...

Sports

All three Grizzly teams post wins  Free Access 

It was a banner afternoon for Mariposa's baseball, softball, and soccer teams Tuesday as each posted Southern Athletic League wins. More...

Lady Grizzlies drub arch-rival  Free Access 

Mariposa shuts out defending section champs

In Thursday afternoon's Southern Athletic League contest, Mariposa handily dispatched arch-rival Le Grand, 10-0. More...

Grizzlies hammer Coyotes, 13-0

The Grizzlies’ varsity diamond crew unwrapped their bats against Denair last week, clobbering the Coyotes in a five-inning mercy rule rout Friday afternoon, 13-0, after whipping them 12-1 on Wednesday.  More...

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