August 16, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

FIFTH STREET FIRE

‘Better’ Pizza Factory rising from the ashes

Workers on Friday put down the first concrete to rebuild the Pizza Factory restaurant and attached buildings.  Three months after the spectacular blaze, the restaurant is on track to reopen by May, owner Ron Willey said this week.  More...

Feline deaths prompt concern

A neighborhood is up in arms about a number of cats that have been found dead. More...

Accused ‘jacker pleads guilty

Nearly a year has passed since a local woman and her young daughter were terrorized on a deserted Mariposa County road. More...

DA announces early retirement

As of Nov. 1, Mariposa County will have a new district attorney. The seat is not on the ballot this year, but an early retirement announced by District Attorney Bob Brown will have someone else in the job by then.  More...

Local News

Art contest added to 2012 Tomato Fest

The Sierra Artists Gallery is partnering with the Tomato Fest committee to present a tomato art contest. The three categories are professional, hobbyist or junior (under 18 years of age). More...

REFINERY FIRE BLAMED

Gasoline prices spike

Whoo-ee—what a difference two weeks makes.  Anyone lulled into complacency over gas prices in the under-$4-a-gallon range likely got a rude awakening during their last fill-up.  Since an Aug. More...

Woman jailed for leaving dog in hot car

A Mariposa County woman is in jail after she left her dog in a hot car in the extreme heat last week. The dog subsequently died. More than a dozen other animals were also found at the home.  More...

Datebook

Datebook

Friday, Aug. 17   Books Galore! at the Mariposa County Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More...

Milestones

Sorority installs new officers

The new slate of officers for Beta Sigma Phi, Mariposa Chapter, was approved and installed recently at the home of member, Celee Evans. More...

Otwell exhibit opens

The show “STONE & BRUSH, The Paintings of Penny Otwell” goes up Aug. 20 through Sept. 30 at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Village. More...

Alumni gather

The Mariposa Co. High School Alumni Association holds its annual coffee, juice and donut, short business meeting and visit time of classmates on Sunday of Labor Day Fair Weekend. This year the gathering is Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. More...

Sports

Smith completes Tevis Endurance Ride

On Saturday, Aug. 4, Jane Smith and her horse, “My Anna” completed The Tevis 100 Mile Endurance Ride. More...

Local winners

The Mariposa Miwoks softball team won top honors at the recent Salt Grass Tournament at the Tachi Reservation near Lemoore on July 29. More...

Adult softball league standings

Team Record Ranch Fence 4-0 S & S Shockers 2-1 Rowdys 2-1 State Farm 2-1 Outlaws 2-2 Got Grime 2-2 Heavenly Grounds 2-2 Ranch House Cafe 1-3 More...

SFCS celebrates first day

More than 90 students began the new year at Sierra Foothill Charter School on Wednesday morning. More...

Deck fire contained on Pinecrest

Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 -- 4:44 p.m. -- Around 3 p.m. Sunday afternon, firefighters responded to a residence on Pinecrest Drive off of Darrah Road to extinguish a deck that had apparently caught fire from a barbecue. More...

Water weather

Mary Lingo and son Danny of Mariposa cool off in the Merced River at the Mc- Clendon Beach Day Use Picnic Area last week. The temperature was a breezy 103 degrees at the time. More...

WEATHER WATCH

It’s not hot, it’s blazin’

The county weathered its hottest summer spell in years this past week.  Temperatures exceeded 110 degrees for sustained periods at El Portal—the county’s hot spot.  More...

CAL FIRE says pay now, appeal later

On Monday, the State of California started issuing bills for the new State Responsibility Area (SRA) fees. More...

WILD ANIMAL PHOTO FEATURE

Wild side photos can be seen here

The GAZETTE’S wild animal feature debuts here today.  The animal editor is pleased to report that the paper has received a zoo of responses.  If you ever doubted that lions, tigers and bears are out there—rest assured that they More...

For the Record

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Aug. 6: There was a nuisance bear on Sherlock Road. •Grand theft was reported at Pioneer Village. •There was a neighbor dispute on Sherrod Road. •Harassment was reported from Meadow Lane.  More...

County Fire Response Report

Aug. 6 through 12  EMS - 8  Fire - 0  Public assist - 2  Auto collision - 0  With the low humidity and extreme heat, MCFD would like to remind residents to comply with CAL FIRE guidelines and mow before 10 a.m. More...

Commentary

California commentary

Censorship: Another Step on the Road to Despotism?

n June, this column noted the dangerous consequences of one party rule in California. More...

Letters

Tax is not for CAL FIRE

At $150 per home for the new fire fee, what if you have two homes on the property?  More...

Reducing feral cat population

Recently I was contacted by a distraught community member who had lost her cat to poisoning. It was later learned that numerous cats were found dead in the neighborhood near Mariposa Elementary School. More...

Gun control

Here is something interesting about gun control that I looked into after seeing mention of it on an email. Thirty miles outside of Atlanta, Ga. is the city of Kennesaw.  More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Gary Miller

Gary Miller died Aug. 6, at the age of 60. He was born in Willitts on May 26, 1952. He was a resident of Mariposa County. He was an American Indian from the Southern Sierra Miwuk and Chukchansi Tribes.  More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Bootjack Stompers carry on American tradition

Square dancing is part of American history. It began in New England with the country’s earliest settlers. It continues today, and in Mariposa, has been part of the county’s history for more than 63 years now.  More...

Inside Education

Gold Rush Charter Schools works toward opening for 2012

The Greeley Hill community is working together to open a new school. More...

Summit Christian continues to grow

In 2006, a group of local parents and community leaders formed a private school with a vision for bringing classical Christian education to students in Mariposa. More...

Administrators get ready for new year

Mariposa County Unified School District is ready to start a new school year. There have been many changes, and the district has listed its administrators for 2012- 13.  More...

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