March 7, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Precipitation season is much below normal  Free Access 

Winter snow and rain across Mariposa County add up to less than 70 percent of normal, local records show. Across the region, January and February were among the driest on record. More...

‘The Little Mermaid’ brings down the house

Scuttle the seagull, portrayed by Jessee Brownell (left) explains “human stuff” to The Little Mermaid, Ariel, played by Aminta Dunn. More...

LOCAL ECONOMY

Park ranks fourth in free spending visitors

Yosemite National Park visitors spent close to $380,000,000 in the Park and adjacent counties in 2011. More...

Inmate injured trying to escape at Courthouse

An inmate of the Mariposa County Jail attempted to escape at the Courthouse on Feb. 28, and he severely injured himself in the process.  Jerry Richards, 59, of Mariposa, had made an appearance in court on drug charges. More...

Layoff resolution fails

For the first time in many years, the Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees failed to pass a resolution that would have cut 17 teaching positions next year in order to balance the budget. The subject, however, is not closed.  More...

Local News

Oakhurst Audubon program will feature Pacific fisher research

A shy and elusive member of the weasel family, the Pacific fisher seems misnamed. More...

Festival brings talent and droves of visitors

Mix together individual performances by six nationally and internationally known storytellers, add a variety of group performances, plus an enchanting children’s story concert, at 2 p.m., on Saturday, March 9, and that is the perfect magical re More...

Fuel contamination issue at Chase’s bulk plant solved

A diesel fuel contaminaton issue that began in late February at popular Chase’s Foothill Petroleum has been solved, according to Mark Conover of Mariposa County Weights and Measures.  Conover said that on Feb. More...

Datebook

Datebook

Friday, March 8   Books Galore! at the Mariposa County Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More...

Milestones

Hike and potluck set

A “Walking With God” hike and potluck will be held in Mariposa on Saturday, March 16. The hike will be at 10 a.m., and the potluck is set for noon. Everyone is welcome. Contact Claudia 966-6684 for more information.   More...

PBC hosts dinner

Ponderosa Basin Chapel is hosting an enchilada dinner on March 13, 6:30 p.m.  The cost is donations only. All proceeds benefit the youth mission trip.   More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Old GAZETTE issues are now rich online source

Rosalee Spoon spent several hours last week whirring through old MARIPOSA GAZETTE issues using a microfilm reader at the local library.  Many folks head to the paper’s archives to look up obituaries and other family news.  More...

Entertainment

Art hops through town on Saturday

On Saturday evening March 9, everyone is invited to stroll around downtown and enjoy the Mariposa Art Hop. Look for the Art Hop banners at many of the participating venues. More...

‘BOOTSTRAP CIRCUS’

The Adam Burns Band announces name change

The Adam Burns Band, widely-known as the house band for Yosemite National Park employees, has changed its name to Bootstrap Circus.  While discussed for some time, the rebranding caught some local people off guard.  Manager Carrie Kidwell o More...

Sixth Street hosts special musical event

The Sixth Street Cinema will screen a special classical music event from Berlin, starring famed conductor Gustavo Dudamel, and hosted by Mariposa Symphony Orchestra Music Director/Conductor, Les Marsden, on Sunday March 17, at 4 p.m., and 7 p.m.  More...

Inside Education

Earth Day essay contest sets deadline

Earth Day is right around the corner and the Department of Public Works Solid Waste and Recycling Division is sponsoring its second annual essay contest for all Mariposa County students. The topic is: “What Earth Day means to me.”  More...

Parenting class set

Maripsoa Safe Families will be hosting a 12-week parenting class beginning April 1 and ending July 15. It will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church lower hall.  More...

Gold Coin awards productions

Bett’s Gold Coin, in Mariposa, sponsored a video contest for students of the Mariposa County High School multi-media communications and design program. More...

Mariposa man arrested on Illinois pot warrant  Free Access 

A Mariposa man is behind bars this morning after US Marshalls arrested him on a warrant out of McHenry County, Ill. More...

Gazette receives notice of awards  Free Access 

The Mariposa Gazette has been notified that it is a double winner in the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) Better Newspapers Contest. More...

AAUW salutes women's history  Free Access 

American Association of University Women (AAUW) pays tribute to the generations of women whose persistence and passion have led to discoveries and innovations which have made women’s lives much richer. More...

Crash kills one in Ahwahnee  Free Access 

A Thursday morning crash on Highway 49 killed a Coarsegold woman and injured her passenger. More...

Supervisor Stetson is recovering from heart surgery  Free Access 

Fresno doctors performed quadruple bypass surgery on county supervisor Lee Stetson on Monday. The actor and longtime resident will be away from work for at least three weeks, wife Connie Stetson said on March 7. More...

Tourism Bureau gets a funding boost

The Yosemite/ Mariposa County Tourism Bureau has received a thumbsup from local innkeepers for another five years of funding.  Close to 90 percent of weighted endorsements backed the one percent bed tax that funds the bureau, county tax collecto More...

Time springs forward Sunday

Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins this weekend, when time springs forward by one hour. The change happens at 2 a.m. More...

K-9 sniffs out burglary suspect

The Mariposa County Sheriff’s K-9 deputy “Zeus” scored big on Monday, when he found a suspected burglar hiding under a deck at a Lake Don Pedro home. Cameo Rodriguez, 30, of Modesto was arrested and charged with burglary. More...

For the Record

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Feb. 25: •Loud music was playing on St. Andrew’s Road. •A housing code violation was reported on Yosemite Parkway. •There was a disturbance on Colorado Road. •A car crashed on Darrah Road.  More...

County Fire Response Report

Feb. 25 through March 3 EMS - 10 Fire - 2 Public assist - 2 Auto collision - 3   Spotlight Call of the Week: On Tuesday, Feb. 26, a structure fire in Ponderosa Basin. More...

Commentary

Yosemite Commentary

Get the facts

I am a native of Yosemite. In 2011, I published a book entitled "Born in Yosemite" which has sold over 1,200 copies. More...

Letters

Good intentions can go wrong

There is a public comment meeting to discuss the Merced River Plan at the Mariposa County Government Center this Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Many people are concerned with some aspects of the plan.  More...

Budgeting 101

I think I now understand how to prepare my budget, based on my observations of the federal budget.  More...

Taxes and crisis

Since income tax laws were enacted in 1913 we have traditionally raised taxes to pay for the expense incurred by unplanned events.  More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Patricia Ann Garrabrant

Patricia Ann Garrabrant, 79, was called home by our Lord on Feb. 12 at Stanford Hospital.  Patricia was born April 14, 1933, in Indianapolis, Ind. She was one of four children. More...

Lottie Bell Johnson

Lottie Bell Johnson passed away on Friday, Jan. 25, with family around her at her home in Mariposa. She had been fighting congestive heart disease and was 90 years old.  More...

Alverna Lowery

Alverna Lowery, a Mariposa resident for 30 years, passed away Feb. 21, in Placerville at the age of 93. Alverna was very active in the Mariposa community, and spent a lot of her time volunteering where needed. More...

Sports

Lady Grizzlies edge ‘Jackets

Mariposa’s Lady Grizzly softball squad, the defending Sac-Joaquin Section champs, extended their preseason record to 3-1 Monday afternoon when they tripped Hilmar’s Yellowjackets, 9-8, in extra innings.  More...

MCHS football selects Oliphant

Mariposa County High School Principal David Naranjo has announced that Ryan Oliphant has been selected as the new Grizzly varsity football coach.  After several applicants applied to fill the shoes of former coach Dennis Blessing, who was at the More...

Thunder defeats golfers

In a non-league match last Thursday, the Buhach Colony Thunder golf squad topped Mariposa by two strokes, 269- 267. A week earlier the same team defeated Mariposa by 224-277.  More...

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