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Amgen winds its way through Mariposa County  Free Access 

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The Amgen Tour of California has passed through Mariposa County today, and it supporters continue to follow the tour to its end in Clovis. More...

Community fund established for fire victims  Free Access 

Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kathy McCorry late yesterday issued this press release: More...

Burning restrictions updates  Free Access 

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) has announced effective Tuesday May 15, 2012 hazard reduction burning in Mariposa County below 3000 foot elevation will be restricted to night time More...

Crews will blast on Highway 49 again  Free Access 

Work continues on Highway 49 South at Ashworth Road, and delays may be significant this Friday. More...

Escaped burn razes half acre on Highway 49 South  Free Access 

Monday, May 14, 2012 - Around 11 a.m. this morning firefighters responded to an escaped controlled burn in the 4300 block of Highway 49 South. More...

Clean-up gets underway  Free Access 

Less than 24 hours after the Pizza Factory and adjacent buildings burned to the ground, little remains of the previous edifice. More...

Victims of weekend accidents identified  Free Access 

The two people killed in unrelated accidents on Sunday have been identified. Neither of them are Mariposa residents. More...

Burning rubble is all that remains  Free Access 

A pile of burning rubble is all that is left of the Mariposa Pizza Factory and adjacent buildings this morning. More...

Fifth Street continues to broil  Free Access 

Entire block razed

At this hour Fifth Street in downtown Mariposa continues to burn. Fire resources from all over Mariposa County are on scene and resouces from Madera and Merced Counties have been summoned. More...

Pizza Factory catches fire  Free Access 

Downtown Mariposa is shrouded in smoke tonight, as a fire cleared-out the Pizza Factory and looked like it might threaten other buildings. More...

Great catch

Four-year-old Mia Hansen of Mariposa was among the hundreds of school children who had the chance to “catch” a butterfly on an orange slice during the butterfly release on May 4. More...

Deputies bust polite burglar

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

Tioga Road opens gates to skiers and sightseers

Tioga Road opened to through traffic on Monday— the road’s earliest opening in at least 25 years.  The road opens when Yosemite National Park crews can safely remove accumulated snow. More...

Skindrud wins big

GAZETTE reporter Erik Skindrud came home from the California Newspaper Publishers Association Press Summit a big winner. Skindrud brought home plaques for two stories. More...

Local News

Pioneer Market helps local CASA program

Pioneer Market recently added CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Mariposa County as a beneficiary of their receipt collection program. More...

Wagon Train rolls again next month

The Mariposa County Pioneer Wagon Train and its board of directors has announced the upcoming 37th annual historic Wagon Train, with horseback riders and walkers, across the Sierra from Goat Meadow, near the south entrance to Yosemite, to one of the More...

RCRC testifies on septic tank rules

The Regional Council of Rural Counties (RCRC) today spoke before the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) public hearing regarding a proposed onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) policy. More...

Datebook

Datebook

Friday, May 11   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

Nadine Compton and family would like to thank everyone that was so helpful during the loss of her house. More...

Thank you

We would like to thank the following agencies, businesses and organizations for their continued support of the Las Mariposas Civil War event held on April 20 through 22.  More...

FFA forestry team wins state

Mariposa FFA is sending a second team to national competition next fall. On May 5, the forestry team won the State FFA Forestry Contest at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Passion, talent and roots bring brilliant balance to exhibit

“Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.”--Robert Fulguhm.   More...

Pet Connection

These animals appear to be in some trouble

This week, the Gazette shines the spotlight on local animals that have stumbled into a bit of trouble.  The theme is inspired by a harrowing tale told by Suzanne Grin of Usona Road.  On April 29, Grin’s cat Luke limped in through the More...

Inside Education

MES Terrific Kids

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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 varie More...

4-H plans for 2012 Camp Tweety

Mariposa County 4-H invites all fourth through eighth grade children to come join the fun at Camp Tweety. The camp takes place from June 16 to 18 at Camp Pacifica in Ahwahnee. More...

Breaking News - 5/17/2012 9:39 AM

Pot garden raided, suspect seized  Free Access 

During the morning hours of May 16th, 2012 the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office investigated an illegal wilderness marijuana garden near the Windy Point area below the town of Coulterville, CA. More...

Road rage escalates to assault  Free Access 

A bizarre road rage event on Tuesday escalated to a full-blown assault, and now Mariposa County Sheriff's deputies are looking for the suspect. More...

Tour peloton passes through town  Free Access 

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Announced by sirens and flashing lights, the main Amgen Tour of California rider group passed through town a little after 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday. More...

Tour of California bike race rolls on Wednesday  Free Access 

The Amgen Tour of California professional bicycle event rolls through Mariposa County via Highway 49 on Wednesday. A "rolling road closure" will accompany the Tour, local CHP Sgt. Becky Hagen said. More...

Video highlights fire's fury  Free Access 

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Video shot by Ron Iudice shows the heat and fury of the 5/11 blaze from a vantage point on 5th Street. The video is perhaps the most vivid of many fire clips posted to the Web in the wake of the disaster. More...

Mother's Day ends in tragedy at Dawn Lake  Free Access 

A Mother's Day outing at Dawn Lake in Lushmeadows has ended in tragedy for a Merced County family, as their 7-year-old son drowned. More...

Bicycle racer killed on Darrah Road  Free Access 

A Kern County woman competing in a bicycle race on Darrah Road was killed after she crashed into one of the race's official vehicles. More...

Victims of weekend accidents identified  Free Access 

The two people killed in unrelated accidents on Sunday have been identified. Neither of them are Mariposa residents. More...

Highway 140 remains closed  Free Access 

Mop-up of devastating fire continues

Saturday, May 12, 2012, 6:15 a.m. More...

Fire destroys 5th Street in downtown Mariposa  Free Access 

Blaze has not jumped across Fifth Street

Although a number of questions on the Gazette's Facebook page are asking if the fire has crossed Fifth Street to the Gold Coin and other buildings, the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office has just confirmed that the blaze is being contained to just the More...

Fire razing downtown Mariposa  Free Access 

All structures being evacuated

A fire that started earlier this evening at the Pizza Factory in downtown is now engulfing and entire block in downtown Mariposa. More...

El Portal gas station will reopen  Free Access 

The El Portal Gas station is on schedule to reopen during the first part of July, according to the National Park Service. More...

MCUSD reduces classified staff and finalizes teacher layoffs

EDUCATION CRISIS

The Mariposa County Unified School District has spent the better part of this spring in full crisis mode. The district’s most recent action again reduced the number of employees serving children.  More...

Bicycle race will focus attention on Mariposa

AMGEN TOUR

The world’s best riders will pass through town next Wednesday when the Amgen Tour of California sends cyclists on a 130-mile Stage 4 from Sonora to Clovis.  There are multiple ways to view the race. More...

Tobacco and booze drop nets two arrests

Two people who may have thought they were doing something nice for someone landed themselves in Mariposa County Jail on May 5. More...

For the Record

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

April 30: •A noise complaint came in from Jones Street. •There was an attempted burglary on Bullion Street •A fire was reported above the landfill. •Someone was shooting fireworks on Blanchard Street.  More...

County Fire Response Report

April 30 through May 6  EMS - 8  Fire - 2  Public assist - 2  Auto collision – 2  Other – aircraft down - 1  Spotlight Event of the Week: On Saturday, May 5, at Mariposa - Yosemite Airport - an aircraft lande More...

Letters

Allen endorses Mee

On June 5, I ask you to vote Ed Mee for County supervisor District 5. I asked Ed to run for county Supervisor due to his vast experience in public safety and land use issues. More...

Follow the rules

Regarding your article “Quest for recognition: Southern Sierra Miwuks, federal decision is extended again,” It looks like the Southern Sierra Miwuk got a second extension dated April 19.  More...

Don’t have the facts

Well, as usual, we have individuals who do not know all the facts.  A few weeks ago letter-writer, Ferol Conklin wrote that the Republicans and Tea Partiers are behind the SRA "fire tax." Should he want the facts, I would suggest he contact Supe More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Philip ‘Bub’ Alonzo Wright

Philip “Bub” Alonzo Wright was born July 24, 1923. He spent most of his early life on the family cattle ranch in the Oakhurst and Raymond areas where he worked with his dad on the ranch. More...

Susan Rader

Susan Rader, 58, passed away on April 25, in Beaverton, Ore., after a four-year struggle with cancer.  She is survived by her sister, Robin Amos and husband, John; and nieces, Ashley and Whitney Amos. More...

Charles Ray Moore

Charles Ray Moore, age 86, a resident of Mariposa for over 30 years passed away Monday, April 30, at his home with his family by his side.  More...

Sports

Breaking News - 5/17/2012 8:14 AM

Grizzlies claw Golden Sierra  Free Access 

In Wednesday afternoon's first round contest of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs, Mariposa whipped Golden Sierra, 9-4. More...

Grizzlies share league crown

Four of the last five seasons, Mariposa has captured the Southern Athletic League baseball pennant. More...

Lady Grizzlies clinch championship

Last Thursday afternoon’s 3-0 victory over rival Ripon Christian launched Mariposa’s varsity girls’ softball team into the Sac- Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs.  First year head coach Tony Williams’ charges polished More...

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