October 25, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Fire razes outbuilding  Free Access 

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 - 2:04 p.m. - Just after 1 p.m. this afternoon firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 5600 block of Carleton Road. More...

Jack-o-lantern jubilee

There will be plenty of Halloween festivities in Mariposa later today, and these jack-o-lanterns will be a part of it. More...

Small blaze is contained at Foresta  Free Access 

The Spur Fire was contained near the community of Foresta, east of El Portal on Monday. The fire was named for Flying Spur Ranch, once owned by the late Yosemite historian Shirley Sergent. More...

Experts suggest bear caution with pumpkins  Free Access 

Pumpkins are known bear attractants. Residents are advised not to leave the orange gourds out lest they attract some real monsters this Halloween. More...

1983 BEIRUT BOMBING

War widow’s vigil is close to three decades

Cleta Wells marked a grim anniversary sitting by an electric space heater in her one-bedroom apartment on Sixth Street this Tuesday.  Twenty-nine years ago, Cleta’s husband Tandy Walker Wells died with 240 other Americans when a truck bomb More...

Skindrud takes the reigns

For the first time in 15 years, the MARIPOSA GAZETTE will have a new editor. Erik Skindrud, current reporter and long-time journalist, begins his tenure on Nov. 5.  More...

District’s test scores soar

Students in the Mariposa  County Unified School District made huge strides in their already high standardized test scores. More...

MCUSD loses its financial leader

Mariposa County Unified  School District is losing its chief business officer. Linda Levesque, who has been the district’s financial guru since October, 2009, submitted her resignation on Oct. 19.  More...

Local News

Vintners’ Holidays are a fall highlight

The Ahwahnee Hotel is preparing for its fall classic. The 31st annual Vintners’ Holidays event series begins in November, welcoming more than 30 of California’s best winemakers.  More...

Woman to stand trial for dog death

The Mariposa woman jailed for leaving her dog in a hot car, allegedly causing its death, will stand trial beginning Jan. 8, 2013.  Carrie Landen, 41, was arrested at her Pinecrest Road home on Aug. 10. More...

Officers earn promotions at jail

Two recent promotions have occurred in the custody division of the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies made the announcement on Oct. 19.  More...

Letters

Vote for Carrier

I met John Carrier at a Mariposa County Contractors Association meeting and was amazed at how he managed the budget, as a CAL FIRE equipment manager. More...

Vote for Mee

Mariposa County elections will soon be upon us. There are many qualified candidates, one being Mr. Edward Mee, running for our District 5 Supervisor’s position.  More...

High tech in the foothills?

For altogether too many years, the rural areas of this great State of California have been stagnating in an atmosphere of joblessness or low wage paying jobs, and even worse, seasonal occupations that have little chance of survival.  More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Bats grab autumn attention

Jim Nichols is a bat man.  Since his childhood in Missouri, Nichols has taken a special shine to the flying mammals. More...

Sports

Bulldogs dominate MCHS, 49-6  Free Access 

Although Mariposa put the first six points on the board, Le Grand's Bulldogs dominated the contest thereafter, hammering the Grizzlies, 49-6, in their Southern Athletic League clash Friday night in Pioneer Market Grizzly Stadium. More...

Ripon Christian downs MCHS 3-0 to take SAL crown  Free Access 

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 7:10 p.m. -- Tonight inside the MCHS Loyd Hobby gymnasium, Ripon Christian blitzed Mariposa's Lady Grizzly spikers, 3-0, to capture the Southern Athletic League crown for the second straight season. More...

Soccer squad falls in finalé, 2-1  Free Access 

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 - 7:15 p.m. -- Mariposa's soccer squad dropped its senior night season-ending Southern Athletic League soccer match to Ripon Christian this afternoon, 2-1. More...

Parade showcases Halloween fun

The annual Mariposa Elementary School Halloween parade showcased students' costumes that ranged from frilly to scary to traditional. Many of the costumed kids will soon be out trick or treating. More...

Fire razes outbuilding  Free Access 

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 - 2:04 p.m. - Just after 1 p.m. More...

Ferguson Slide bridge has two-night shutdown  Free Access 

The one-lane bridge that gives motorists access past the Ferguson Slide will close for repairs two nights in a row this week. The bridge will close at 11 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. It reopens at 5 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. More...

Bug Halloween party lives up to legend  Free Access 

The county's annual Halloween blowout at the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort attracted a host of zombies, ghouls and other cool costumes on Saturday night. Check out the photos here. More...

Great pumpkins

It’s well into the fall season, and the Jerseydale Pumpkin Patch is brimming with all sizes of pumpkins, from the Jack Be Littles to the Prize Winners. Although there was some rain this week, the forecast for Halloween is dry and warmer. More...

CRIME WATCH

Overheard threat prompts Manna House to ‘beef’ up security

Volunteers at Mariposa’s Manna House food pantry are tightening security in the wake of an apparent threat to the charity’s meat locker.  On Oct. More...

Clerk explains ballots

Mariposa County’s Registrar of Voters Keith Williams told the board of supervisors on Tuesday that all sample ballots for the upcoming general election on Nov. More...

Fall arrives with wet, blustery storm

The first measurable rain of the season starting falling early Monday morning, ushered in by gusty winds. More...

For the Record

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Oct. 15: •Two dogs were loose on Indian Peak Road. •There was a neighbor dispute in Cathey’s Valley. •A bear was seen on Silver Bar Road. •A drug violation was reported from Old Highway North. Oct. More...

County Fire Response Report

Oct. 15 through 21 EMS - 7 Fire - 2 Public assist - 2 Auto collision - 6   With the weather changing, recent rain, and paving being done throughout the county there is loosened oil and dirt on the roadways. More...

Commentary

ELECTION 2012

Our Endorsements

In this critical election year, we offer the following endorsements for Mariposa County and State of California elected positions.  More...

CALIFORNIA COMMENTARY

Have You No Sense of Decency?

When Army special counsel Joseph Welch asked during the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, “Have you left no sense of decency?” he could just as easily have been addressing Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker John Perez More...

Datebook

Datebook

Friday, Oct. 26   Books Galore! at the Mariposa County Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

N. Dean Overton

N. Dean Overton, born June 8, 1929, passed away on Oct. 18 at his home with his family by his side: his wife, Roberta; son, Dean; and daughter, Tina. More...

Egon A. Ruttiman

Egon August Ruttiman, a 38- year resident of Mariposa, was born Oct. 25, 1923, and passed away on Oct. 7. He was 88 and a native of Denmark.  More...

Nicholas J. Kamberalis

Nicholas James Kamberalis passed on Oct. 7 in peace and surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Don Pedro. He was born Aug. 27, 1927, in Haverhill, Mass.  While in Massachusetts, he worked for Western Electric. More...

Inside Education

MCHS students attend UCM conference

Mariposa County High Students had the opportunity to attend a You See Leaders Conference at UC Merced on Sept. 29. Many schools from the valley attended. MCHS was the only mountain school. More...

Contest honors Red Ribbon Week

The Mariposa County High School home football game on Oct. 26 against Le Grand will be honoring Red Ribbon Week. More...

Mariposa Rotary backs JA

On July 25, Mt. Bullion Vineyard opened its doors to the launching of the Mariposa Youth Impact Project (MYip). The project will prepare Mariposa youth with career and financial skills to help them better access future opportunities.  More...

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