April 19, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Crews plow to Olmstead Point  Free Access 

The Tioga Road is a little bit closer to opening for the season, although no date has been set by the National Park Service. More...

Single car rollover snarls Guadalupe  Free Access 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - Just before 5 p.m. today, a single car rollover on the Guadalupe grade of Highway 140 snarled traffic as first responders reduced traffic to one lane just when resident were traveling home from work. More...

Season's first prescribed burn to take place near Wawona  Free Access 

Fire Managers are preparing the Wawona Northwest fire unit as the first prescribed fire for the 2012 season for mid-May. This project has been planned since the 2007, Jack fire, a lightning caused fire. More...

Construction starts on Ashworth turn lane  Free Access 

Caltrans began the construction of the turn lane on Highway 49 South at Ashworth Road today. The project could cause some delays for drivers. More...

Highway 41 remains closed due to spill  Free Access 

An overturned big rig that spilled agricultural sulfate has closed Highway 41 near Fish Camp and the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. More...

SilverTip plan stays alive despite foreclosure

LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

County-approved plans for a 137-room hotel and conference center at Fish Camp remain on the table this week. More...

Spring has sprung in Yosemite  Free Access 

As the temperatures warm, more and more signs of a bustling spring are becoming apparent in Yosemite National Park. More...

Planning director announces retirement  Free Access 

Mariposa County Planning Director Kris Schenk has announced his retirement. He notified the county yesterday. More...

Mercy gets 10-year contract

Long-gone are the days when Mariposa’s only ambulance could be “stolen” by a rodeo clown in the Gold Bowl and subsequently used to spin out in the arena. Hard to believe, but that was the case way back in 1970.  More...

SAFE Unit busts Facebook creeper

During late March, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office was notified of local young teen girls, ages ranging from 12 to 15 years old, that had been approached on Facebook by a person appearing to be an adult male.  More...

Local News

MSO spotlights soloist

April 21 and 22 will provide a rare opportunity for music lovers in Central California to hear the saxophone as its inventor envisioned. More...

BVFD serves pancake breakfast

The Bootjack Volunteers would like to invite you to our Pancake Breakfast/Yard Sale on Saturday, April 28, at the Bootjack Firehouse at 3883 Bootjack Lane.  Volunteers will be serving delicious pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice and More...

Yosemite marks 2012 Earth Day

Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day beginning Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29. More...

Datebook

Datebook

Friday, April 20   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

Soroptimist International of Mariposa wishes to thank the community for its support of the Gold Rush Dinner Dance held March 31. It was a very successful evening filled with good food, good music and great friends. More...

Birth Announcement

Billy and Virgia Bryan have welcomed their first child, Bechler James Bryan. More...

Church presents free series

The Mariposa Assembly of God will be presenting John Bevere's, “The Fear of the Lord,” every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.  This free series begins April 11 and helps to develop a deeper reverence and respect for His power and authority More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Trespassers' music brings 'home'

MUSIC   HAS A WAY OF REMINDING listeners of a special time, place, person or event. It renders feelings of joy and community, and often nostalgia for times passed.  More...

Sports

Lady Grizzlies stay in hunt, defeat Delhi, 3-2  Free Access 

Mariposa's varsity girls' soccer squad stayed in the hunt for the Southern Athletic League title Thursday afternoon when they whipped Delhi, 3-2. More...

Lady Grizzlies, ‘Cats deadlock

The two best high school soccer teams in the Southern Athletic League went head-tohead Tuesday afternoon in Mariposa, and the result wasn’t to either team’s liking. More...

Mariposa wins pair in soaked Hilmar tourney

Head coach Bruce Vegely knew his charges would face tougher competition than has recently been served in the Grizzlies’ Southern Athletic League campaign. More...

Highway 41 closes again  Free Access 

According to the Central Valley Transportation Management Center, Highway 41 is once again closed because of the April 22 sulfur spill. More...

Glacier Point Road closes temporarily  Free Access 

The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite opened for the season last week, but Mother Nature apparently has other ideas. More...

Mariposa soldier receives minor injuries in Afghanistan firefight  Free Access 

A Taliban sniper slightly wounded Army Spc. Jack Brown of Mariposa in an ambush that left another soldier dead and one seriously injured in Afghanistan last week, his wife Chantell Brown has told the GAZETTE. More...

County makes drought declaration  Free Access 

The county on Tuesday applied for federal disaster status to relieve local ranchers impacted by drought. The move will help local ranchers receive aid through a variety of disaster aid programs. More...

Business creation workshops available for residents  Free Access 

Participation is free of charge

The County of Mariposa, Community Services & Employment Training (CSET), and Alliance Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are pleased to announce the availability of free business creation workshops, individual counseling and low-cost financing More...

Construction will slow North County traffic  Free Access 

According to David Christy of the BLM Central California District Public Affairs office, traffic on the Bureau of Land Management’s Jackass Creek Road in the Groveland/Coulterville area will be subject to short-term delays beginning in early May and More...

Highway 41 reopens  Free Access 

At 5:10 this morning, the Central Valley Transportation Management Center announced that Highway 41 into Yosemite National Park had reopened. More...

Explosions over the Sierra today caused by meteor shower  Free Access 

From the Sacramento Bee - By Loretta Kalb - The sound of a powerful explosion punctuated the calm over a wide area of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California about 8:30 a.m. More...

County begins budget wrestling

What was supposed to be a very preliminary piece to the Mariposa County 2012-13 budget turned into an hours-long discussion during Tuesday’s board of supervisors’ meeting. More...

County candidates’ forum looms

Voters can check out candidates for Mariposa County’s Board of Supervisors at a special candidates’ forum on Wednesday, April 25. The event may be the best opportunity to see prospective supervisors in action before the June 5 election. More...

Board rejects fire station bids, plans to start all over

Once again, the  Mariposa County Board of Supervisors is dealing with delays and cost increases on the construction of the new fire stations. More...

For the Record

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

April 9: •Petty theft was reported on Broadway Street. •Dogs were attacking chickens on Meadow Lane. •Deputies responded to a domestic problem on Wilbur’s Way. •Aggressive dogs were loose on Woodland Drive.  More...

County Fire Response Report

April 9 through April 15  EMS - 4  Fire - 2 (1 escaped controlled burn, 1 power pole file)  Public assist - 0  Auto collision - 0  Spotlight Call of the Week: Tuesday, April 10, escaped controlled burn in the Midpines area.&n More...

Letters

Wrong projects

Wow. One of our County departments spent $1.7 million (that's million) dollars on the wrong projects. And, the state of California may want it all back!? Whose paycheck will that come out of?  More...

Youth Connection

Have you ever heard of CYC (California Youth Connection)? That is what I ask so many people, and the answer is always the same, “no.” It's sad to me, because it is a really great non-profit for foster youth.  More...

Health care law

I sympathize with Mike Butler. It is very difficult for many people to afford health care.  The article said that Medi-Cal picked up a portion of his medical bills. Medi-Cal is us, the taxpayers.  More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Needra Blew Dulcich

Needra Nadeen Christopher Blew Dulcich died peacefully on March 13 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Texas, with her husband, Cliff Dulcich, by her side. More...

Margaret A. Leard

Margaret Aaron Leard was born in San Jose on Sept. 8, 1942. A Mariposa resident for 19 years, she passed away peacefully at her home on April 16, 2012.  Services for Margaret will be held Tuesday, April 24 at 11 a.m. More...

Mary June Barber

Mary June Barber, a founding member of Sierra Baptist Church in Ahwahnee, died on March 25.  She is survived by three children, Richard, Ronald, and Rebecca, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   More...

Pet Connection

Dogs & cats round out week’s pet photos

The pet photo feature is continuing at the MARIPOSA GAZETTE. Staff will attempt to run at least one pet photo per household making submissions. Readers are asked to limit submissions to one or two photos only. More...

Inside Education

Concert benefits festival-bound choir

A fundraiser choral concert will be held on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in the Richard D. Fiester Auditorim to help pay for the Mariposa County High School Advanced Chorus’ trip to a choral festival in Southern California.  More...

Schools round up new kindergartners

Woodland Elementary School Principal Monica Fieldsted works with one of next fall's kindergarteners at the skills stations during the joint MES/Woodland kindergarten roundup. More...

Grizzly Fire learns at hospital

The morning of Thursday, April 5, 32 Mariposa County High School students in the Firefighter 1 and EMT class gathered at John C. Fremont Hospital’s helipad. More...

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