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Caltrans will close Highway 49 for blasting  Free Access 

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will intermittently close State Route 49 from Silva Road/ Indian Peak Road to Allred Road for blasting. More...

Tioga Road opens gates to skiers and sightseers  Free Access 

Tioga Road opened to through traffic on Monday, May 7—the road’s earliest opening in at least 25 years. More...

Whitfield honored by CDE  Free Access 

El Portal Elementary School's Suzie Whitfield has been named Classified School Employee of the Year by the California Department of Education. More...

Skies fill with butterflies  Free Access 

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The skies above downtown Mariposa are filled with colorful butterflies, and the sidewalks are decorated with chalk art as Mariposa school children participated in the first activities of the 2012 Butterfly Festival. More...

What’s next? - Ten years after mine fire

The Mariposa Mine‘s stamp mill burned ten years ago this week.  On private land behind St. More...

Burglar pleads to four counts

The man responsible for a rash of residential burglaries in Mariposa County last year has pleaded no contest. Tyler Harris will spend 10 years, four months in state prison as part of the plea deal.  More...

Firewood and tennis lights are likely with utility grant

Night lighting will return to the town tennis courts for the first time since the 1990s, thanks to a grant from electric utility PG&E.  On Tuesday, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors decided how to spend the $5,000 grant—which ha More...

Local News

Audubon program will explore mystery of birdsong

Springtime brings an array of sights and sounds that delight people’s senses--a kaleidoscope of wildflowers, scents of fresh growth, the rush of creeks and rivers, and a symphony of birdsong. More...

Golden Agers host bingo

Anyone over 18 is invited to Golden Agers Bingo at the Senior Center on Spriggs Lane on the first Friday of each month.  Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 6:30 p.m. There are pull tabs and big pots. More...

Bus driver of the year

James Crawford (at right) gets a celebratory splash from his passenger Ben Woolsey, after he received Mariposa County Unified School District bus driver of the year honors on April 24. More...

Datebook

Datebook

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

Milestones

MLJC celebrates

Taking place on the 33rd day after the end of Passover, Lag B’Omer is a festive holiday on the Jewish calendar. It is a popular day for weddings, picnics, youthful celebrations and bonfires. More...

Thank you

Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County is truly grateful for the wonderful community support we have had for our sales on the first and third Saturdays of the month. More...

Thank you

For the 8 p.m. circle, prayers, songs, hugs, tears and to open the door for Kathy so the light would show her the way home March 14. More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Local couple supports missionaries delivering the ‘Word’ in Africa

Hundreds of followers of Jesus Christ dedicate their lives every day to spreading the “Good News” to the peoples who inhabit and survive in the most remote regions of the planet.  More...

Pet Connection

WEEKLY PET PHOTO FEATURE

Cameras focus on corgis this week

Welsh corgis are a breed of small herding dog. The energetic canines scamper, jump and bark. Humans are entertained by their antics.  Perhaps the best-known corgi owner is Queen Elizabeth II. More...

Inside Education

‘Click Clack Moo’

Woodland Elementary school kindergarten through third graders recently watched a performance of “Click Clack Moo,” a musical featuring tap dancing cows, an exasperated farmer, a wily duck More...

MSO announces young composers

The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra and Mariposa County Arts Council, Inc. have revealed the outcome of the Young Master Composers Celebration for 2012. More...

Drama Club presents ‘Scenes on the Apron’

The Mariposa County High School Drama Club in partnership with the Academic Boosters Club will present “Scenes on the Apron” featuring special musical guest The Adam Burns  Band.  “Scenes on the Apron” will include a More...

Work affects Bullion Street  Free Access 

The Mariposa Public Utility District (MPUD) will be performing work that will affect traffic on Bullion Street beginning May 14. More...

Road work snarls traffic today  Free Access 

The road work on Highway 49 South at Ashworth Road could cause significant delays today. More...

Violent crash injures one  Free Access 

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A car that appeared to have lost control on Darrah Road this morning ended up on top of its driver, injuring him. More...

Burglar apologizes for break-in  Free Access 

Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies may have arrested the most polite burglar in recent history last weekend. The burglar, 21-year-old Tim Butler of Portland, Ore., was booked into the Mariposa County Jail. More...

Fairgrounds supporters host fundraiser  Free Access 

The Friends of the Mariposa Fairgrounds is holding their first annual "Suds and Sausage Sampler" on June 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. More...

Caltrans will blast on Highway 49 next week  Free Access 

Expect temporary road closures

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform one-way traffic control on State Route 49 from Silva Road/ Indian Peak Road to Allred Road. More...

Mariposa will metamorphose into a ‘flutter-fest’ this weekend

Butterflies will be everywhere, both figuratively and literally, in Mariposa this weekend. More...

Burn permit season arrives

Effective May 1, the Madera- Mariposa- Merced Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is requiring burning permits within State Responsibility Areas of Mariposa County.  Until CAL FIRE stations are fully staf More...

Deputies arrest child pornographer

Mariposa County Sheriff’s detectives have nabbed a suspected child pornographer. The man, 52-year-old Brian “Mac” McDonald of Mariposa, was arrested April 19 at his home on East Whitlock Road.  More...

Mariposa County soldier emerges with ‘scratch’

A Taliban sniper slightly wounded Army Spc. Jack Brown in a firefight that left another soldier dead and one seriously injured in Afghanistan last month, his wife Chantell Brown told the GAZETTE.  More...

For the Record

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

April 23: •A loud bird complaint came in from Parmabell Road. •A cat was in a tree on Gunther Road. •A suspicious person was arrested on Cole Road. •A challenge to fight was reported on Usona Road.  More...

County Fire Response Report

April 23 through April 29  EMS - 10  Fire - 0  Public assist - 1  Auto collision - 2  Spotlight Event of the Week: On Saturday, April 28, approximately 88 people and 17 agencies from Mariposa and Tuolumne County participated More...

Commentary

CALIFORNIA COMMENTARY

New California Taxes Pay for Pensions, Not Schools

Most Californians would be surprised to learn that 100 percent of education’s share of the tax increase proposed by Governor Jerry Brown will go to pensions instead of classrooms. More...

Letters

Stop spending

Representative Jeff Denham:  I watched your interview on Fox Business News where you indicated you were going to chair the committee investigating the General Services Administration (GSA). More...

Keep off my farm

Department of Labor:  Keep your department's nose off family, extended family, neighborhood, FFA, and 4-H farms. My children will not have their agrarian lifestyle controlled by a government whose sole purpose is to grow and control.  More...

Mariposa should be proud

Four years ago this summer, a terrible fire occurred. The Telegraph Fire took place near the town of Midpines, just outside of Yosemite where I live. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Anita Kerkling

Anita Corinne Bayer was born May 19, 1932 in San Francisco, the third child of Louis Otis Bayer and Bernice Julia Cushman Bayer. She joined two older siblings, Leland Charles Bayer, born in 1929, and Shirley Irene Bayer, born in 1930. More...

Don Brown

Don was born in 1937 and grew up in Massachusetts and Connecticut and proudly served on the U.S.S. Ranger in the United States Navy. After discharge he worked for Perkins and Elmer in Connecticut as an electronics specialist. More...

Shirley E. Kimbro

Mariposa resident Shirley E. Kimbro died April 13 at Sonora Community Medical Center. She was 82.  More...

Sports

Grizzlies rebound against Le Grand  Free Access 

Showdown set Tuesday afternoon

Friday afternoon, after suffering their first Southern Athletic League loss of the season on Wednesday, Mariposa's varsiy baseball team rebounded against Le Grand with a 9-4 victory in nine innings. More...

Lady Grizzlies are undefeated SAL champions  Free Access 

With Thursday afternoon's defeat of Ripon Christian, 3-0, Mariposa's varsity softball team finished its Southern Athletic League campaign with a perfect record of 14-0. More...

MCHS sweeps Turlock Christian, remains unbeaten

Following a narrow 6-5 decision over Turlock Christian’s Eagles last Wednesday in a rainshortened contest, Mariposa cranked up the offense and easily whipped the visitors last Friday afternoon, 14-2, to move its Southern Athletic League record More...

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