June 13, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Additional evacuation orders to be lifted  Free Access 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 4:30 p.m.- Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies has just announced that at 8 p.m. More...

Fairgrounds has list of camping sites  Free Access 

Mariposa County Fairgrounds officials have been inundated with evacuated residents looking for camping spots. They have now established a list of private areas where camping can be found. More...

Plea entered in manslaughter case  Free Access 

The woman charged in connection with a crash that killed Tommy Kinard in November, 2011, has entered a no contest plea in Mariposa County Superior Court. More...

Fire prompts evacuation orders  Free Access 

The fire that began shortly after 2 p.m. this afternoon in the Feliciana Mountain area has prompted an evacuation order in the Mariposa Pines area, according to Sheriff Doug Binnewies. More...

New evacuations ordered  Free Access 

Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies has issued new evacuation orders because of the Carstens Fire. More...

Fire conditions updated  Free Access 

The Carstens Fire is now being handled by the federal government, according to CAL FIRE Deputy Chief Kevin Smith. It continues to burn at this time. More...

Ambulance responds to fire scene  Free Access 

An ambulance is responding to the Carstens Fire for an injured fire fighter. More...

Campfire sparked Carstens Fire  Free Access 

An unattended campfire sparked the Carstens Fire on Sunday afternoon, fire officials said at Tuesday's Mariposa County Board of Supervisors meeting. The fire has burned 1,600 acres and remains just 15 percent contained. More...

Heat records tumble in last weekend’s oven

It’s official. Saturday, June 8 will go down as one of the hottest days ever in Mariposa County. More...

MCUSD plans to reinstate teachers, hires new director

For a number of years, the Mariposa County Unified School District has faced the daunting task of laying off teachers each spring as budget concerns plague the school system. More...

Drunk camper jailed

An allegedly drunk and belligerent man landed himself in jail on June 8, after he terrorized the Railroad Flat campground for several days. More...

Local News

4-H effects the lives of its members

Mariposa 4-H President of 1972, Barbara Massey-Nino, demonstrates leadership in the women’s movement throughout her career and education. More...

Healthy Habits are focus of event

Mariposa Safe Families Inc. is gearing up for another free family fun fair. On Saturday June 15, from 11 a.m. More...

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

June 3: •Grand theft was reported on Sierra Drive. •A car was vandalized on Old Highway North. •There was a fight on Highway 140. •A hay truck overturned on Greeley Hill Road.  More...

Datebook

DATEBOOK

Friday, June 14   Books Galore! at the Mariposa County Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More...

Milestones

Announcement

Service set for EJ Miller   The memorial service to celebrate the life of Earl J. Miller will be held on Saturday, June 22, at Mariposa Lutheran Church, 4469 Highway 49 South, at 11 a.m.   More...

Thank you

Thank you everyone for making the Rich Theodore Memorial Run for the Gold Endurance Ride an amazing success beyond words. Rich always said this ride was a prerequisite for Tevis, and that man knew what he was talking about. More...

Thank you

The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) team would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who assisted with our annual fundraiser dinner giving their time and donations. More...

Sports

Grizzlies dominate All-SAL

When all of the ballots were counted, Mariposa’s first place varsity baseball team dominated the voting of the Southern Athletic League coaches at the end of the season.  In all, eight Grizzlies were honored and six were selected for the A More...

Locals compete at state finals

The California High School Rodeo Finals are being held in Bishop through June 14, and two Mariposa County students are competing. More...

Lady Grizzlies land SAL honors

Mariposa’s varsity girls’ softball squad had a total of seven players honored in the voting of the Southern Athletic League coaches at the conclusion of the season.  More...

Satellite images Carstens Fire from orbit  Free Access 

NASA has released an image of this week's Carstens Fire taken from Earth orbit by the Terra satellite. Taken on Monday, June 17, the photo shows a smoke plume spreading from northwest to southeast. More...

Carstens Fire is 60 percent contained  Free Access 

(8:25 a.m., Thursday, June 20) Backburn operations were contributing to smoky conditions in Midpines, Lushmeadows and Mariposa on Thursday morning. More...

Fire grows to 1,600 acres  Free Access 

The Carstens Fire has grown to 1,600 acres and remains only 15 percent contained on Monday night. More...

Evacuations lifted for Lushmeadows area only  Free Access 

Some of those evacuated because of the Carstens Fire may start returning home in the next hour. More...

What would burn bans mean to you?  Free Access 

California municipalities are considering bans on campfires and debris burning in the name of clean air. Yosemite National Park already limits campfires on some summer days. Tell us what you think. More...

Mariposa Pines residents flee  Free Access 

Residents of Mariposa Pines have left their homes as this afternoon's fire advances toward Jerseydale. More...

CAL FIRE says Carstens Fire is 15 percent contained  Free Access 

CAL FIRE has issued an update on the Carstens Fire. More...

County declares emergency  Free Access 

The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors has declared a local emergency and will be asking the governor and president to do the same because of the Carstens Fire. More...

Sheriff provides update  Free Access 

Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies has provided some updated numbers on the Carstens Fire. More...

Sampling the grape

Hundreds of residents and visitors attended Saturday’s steamy Art, Wine and Wheels at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, an annual produced by the Mariposa Rotary Club. More...

Children rescued from living in squalor

Two young children are now in the custody of Mariposa County Child Protective Services after they were taken from a home so filthy it was deemed unsafe for them. One of the children was not even a year old.  More...

Clues are sought in bizarre animal killing

Investigators are asking for the public's help in solving the disturbing killing of a doe on West Whitlock Road. More...

District says goodbye to 402 years of service

The Mariposa County Unified School District formally honored its retiring employees on June 6 and at the same time said goodbye to 402 years of service among them.  This year, the district had a number of longtime employees--both teachers and cl More...

Commentary

Belief and science: not an ‘either-or’

EDITOR’S COMMENT

Several recent letters have debated science and religion as if one must always be opposed to the other.  The idea is common, unfortunately. Books by Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens came close to ridiculing religion. More...

Letters

Gold Rush graduates

I attended the Greeley Hill Gold Rush Charter School's first eighth grade graduation. It was awesome and very inspiring. All the speakers spoke from the heart, and the audience was really with it.  More...

Guardian angel

I have received letters and phone calls thanking me for my letters, but the thanks should go to the GAZETTE for printing them.  I have been so lucky all my life to be able to do and see things most people will never get the chance to do.  More...

Bigelow marks six months

It seems like only yesterday that I took the oath of office to represent Mariposa County and the rest of the vast Fifth Assembly District in California’s legislature. More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Forsythe saddles up and rides away to retirement

It is an unlikely finish for a man whose roots sprouted in Brooklyn, NY. Last week, Mariposa County High School agriculture teacher, rancher and mentor Wayne Forsythe taught his final classes before retirement.  More...

Entertainment

Carter Ranch celebrates the harmony of Mariposa

For the past 11 years, a grassroots effort has produced a significant music festival in Mariposa County, and next weekend the effort culminates in the 12th Carter Ranch Music Festival.  Carter Ranch is a volunteer run festival that seeks to pro More...

Cousin Jack music festival postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 10th annual Cousin Jack Birthday Music Festival, always held the day before Father's Day at the Mariposa County Art Park, will not take place this year as scheduled.  More...

Golden Chain Theater opens new play

The Golden Chain Theatre presents "Dark Deeds at Swan's Place" by Tim Kelly. More...

Inside Education

Kimberly Evans Leadership Award winners

The Kimberly Evans Leadership Award is presented each year to the male and female player in the Mariposa County High School Soccer program who demonstrates the most positive, supportive, and valuable More...

Preschoolers head for kindergarten

Mariposa Kiwanis Preschool Academy recently held its end of the year celebration and graduation at the fairgrounds. More...

Sierra Tel math awards

Quinn Horvath (left) and Julia Coleman are the Sierra Telephone math award winners for 2013. They were honored at the joint promotion ceremony for Woodland and Mariposa Elementary Schools on June 4. More...

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