December 20, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Tuolumne Meadows rangers issue report  Free Access 

Winter is officially here, and the weather actually matches the season. Rangers at Tuolumne Meadows have issued a report on conditions there. More...

Gazette lists holiday deadlines  Free Access 

Christmas is almost here, and the Mariposa Gazette wishes all its readers a safe and happy season. More...

Merry Christmas Mariposa County  Free Access 

A very Merry Christmas to all of Mariposa County from the entire staff at your Mariposa Gazette! More...

Broadway-style show presented at The Ahwahnee last Friday  Free Access 

"Say It With Music--An Evening of Musical Theater" is presented by cast and crew of The Ahwahnee's Bracebridge Dinner at 8 p.m. on Friday. The performance is offered free in The Ahwahnee's Great Lounge. More...

Dahlem gets four more years as counsel and Mosher stays on

Mariposa County Counsel  Steve Dahlem will be on the job for at least four more years. On Tuesday, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors reappointed him to a four-year term commencing Jan. More...

RESTITUTION ORDERED

Moretti sentenced to 10 years in prison

In Mariposa County Superior Court last Thursday morning, Mary Patricia Moretti, 56, was sentenced to 10 years in state prison. More...

Local News

Master Gardeners recognized for service

The UC Master Gardener program gives recognition to people who have volunteered hours to the community. More...

Chamber seeking honor nominations

The Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual awards of “man of the year,” “woman of the year,” and business of the year.  More...

SCIENCE UPDATE

Global big tree decline includes Yosemite Park

The largest living organisms on the planet, the big, old trees that sustain countless birds and other wildlife, are dying. More...

Datebook

Datebook

Friday, Dec. 21   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 

Joe ‘Papa Joe’ Falany

Long-time Mariposa resident, N. Joseph Falany Jr., known by friends and family as “Papa Joe,” went to glory to be with the Lord on Dec. More...

Joan Van Gorkom

Joan Van Gorkom went home to her Lord the morning of Dec.  14 from her Mariposa home.  Joan was born in Richmond,  Ind. on Sept. 23, 1935.  More...

Leslie Bates

Leslie Bates died Saturday afternoon on Dec. 8, at County Villa Rehabilitation Center in Merced due to respiratory failure. Les was born on Dec. 16, 1921 in Fresno. He passed away eight days before his 91st birthday. More...

Sports

Junior varsity throttles Minarets

In their non-league contest last Tuesday against Minarets, Mariposa’s junior varisty basketball team whipped the Mustangs, 67-17.  Zack Smith had 16 points followed by Ka’mare Bailey and Spencer Arebalo with 14 each. More...

Grizzlies win two tournament tests

After falling to the Minarets Mustangs in a non-league clash last Tuesday, Mariposa’s varsity basketball team traveled to Hilmar for tournament play.  On Thursday Summerville thumped the Grizzlies, 61-40. J.T. More...

Lady Grizzlies fall

Hilmar dumped Mariposa’s varsity girls’ basketball team last Thursday, 61-45, in a non-league contest.  No statistics were available from this game or from recent games from head coach and co-athletic directorTrace DeSandres.   More...

County posts 5-plus inches of rain  Free Access 

A National Weather Service device at Mariposa has posted 4.98 inches of rain since Dec. 21, with 73 inches of snow reported at White Wolf in Yosemite National Park. A chance of showers returns this Friday and Saturday. More...

Downed plane may remain lost until spring  Free Access 

A single-engine aircraft that apparently went down over Yosemite National Park may remain lost until spring. A winter storm scheduled to hit the area on Dec. More...

Squirrel hunter accidentally shot in the head  Free Access 

Mariposa Sheriff's Detectives have learned that yesterday a group of hunters from the Fresno area were reportedly hunting in the area of Miami Look-Out Mountain Road, near the Mariposa - Madera County line. More...

Bring your chestnuts

The Mariposa Lions Club’s annual tree lighting event at the Mariposa County Courthouse last Saturday evening also featured a bonfire with treats and a visit from the jolly old elf himself, Sant More...

Sheriff, schools react to tragedy

By now, nearly everyone has seen their faces. They have heard their names, and seen the grieving families of 20 children and six adults gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.  More...

CALTRANS REPORT

Tunnel may be planners’ spear for Ferguson

A final fix for the county’s Ferguson  Slide is not expected before the latter half of 2016—but project details have emerged from several planning meetings.  No official decision has been made, but hints suggest that Caltrans en More...

History shows propensity for murder in Midpines

Midpines is a sleepy little community. It is home to many long-time residents and Yosemite employees. Its “Pride of the Sierra” sign welcomes the millions who travel through each year on the way to Yosemite National Park.  More...

For the Record

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Dec. 10: A disturbance on Old Highway North ended with one arrest. •Dispatch took a child molestation report from Lake McClure. •A money order scam was reported in Mariposa. •Someone was yelling on Highway 140.  More...

Commentary

Our View

Not the answer

In the aftermath of the unimaginable event in Newtown, Conn.  More...

Letters

Enough is enough

Sir Winston Churchill is quoted as saying: “...Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it...” More...

When will the killing stop?

On Friday Dec. 14, Americans and people around the world shed tears for the 20 little children and their teachers and principal who were savagely killed in a place they should have been safe--their classrooms.  More...

Catnip needs help

It’s been over a year since I’ve been in Mariposa, and for anyone who remembers me, “hi.”  More...

Milestones

Fund established to assist local family

A fund has been established for the family of Charles E. Schiff who passed away on Wednesday, Dec. More...

Chapel lists service times

The Yosemite Chapel in Yosemite Valley will host a Christmas Eve candlelight service on Dec. 24 from 4 to 5 p.m.  On Christmas day, Catholic mass will take place at 3 p.m.  The New Year’s Eve watch night service is set for 10:30 p.m. More...

SDA Church serves dinner

The community is invited to a free turkey dinner at the Seventh-day Adventist Church at 11th and Charles Street in Mariposa.  Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. on Christmas day, Dec. 25.   More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Get the real skinny on the holiday weight gain

Cookies, and cakes and pies... oh my. It’s holiday time, and as referenced on another page of this newspaper, it’s time for parties, gatherings and family dinners. That means packing on the pounds, right? More...

Entertainment

Symphony makes merry

The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s most popular annual concert will celebrate the season on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Fiester Auditorium of Mariposa County High School. More...

Christmas concerts come to North County

On Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Greeley Hill Community Hall at 7 p.m., and again on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Coulterville Methodist Church, the Gold Country Singers will present their holiday Christmas concerts.  More...

‘Tis the season for entertaining

Entertainment takes on a new meaning at this time of year. Often, people forego live music in public places for more intimate Christmas gatherings at home. Party calendars for work, civic groups and churches fill up quickly.  More...

Inside Education

Merced College lists spring classes in town

The Merced College classes being offered at the Mariposa County High School location for the spring 2013 semester are: Environmental Science (BIOL-06), Introduction to Theater (DRAM-01), History of California (HIST-29), Fundamentals of Music (MUC-01) More...

Rotary donates dictionaries

Last Thursday Mariposa Rotary representatives Tom Cooke, Larry Vilott, and Susan Robinson presented dictionaries to Sierra Foothill Charter School third grade students who were present that day inclu More...

GH Student of the Month

The Greeley Hill Charter School Student of the Month is Sophia Seaman. Ms. Keller said, “Sophia is always on task and does her best in school. Her homework is always complete and she puts extra effort into everything she does. More...

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