June 27, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Heat warning extended again  Free Access 

The National Weather Service (NWS) has once again extended the excessive heat warning. This time, the warning has stretched through July 4 at 8 p.m. More...

County opens four cooling centers  Free Access 

County officials have opened air-conditioned cooling centers in Mariposa, Midpines, Cathey's Valley and Coulterville. They are scheduled to stay open from noon to 8 p.m. daily, through at least Tuesday. More...

County prepares cooling centers for heat wave  Free Access 

Mariposa County is poised to open three air-conditioned cooling centers as soon as this weekend if the National Weather Service issues an Excessive Heat Warning. Locations include Mariposa, Coulterville and Cathey's Valley. More...

Risks remain in Carstens Fire’s wake

Last week’s Carstens Fire, and two smaller blazes over the weekend, underline the need for extreme caution for the rest of this fire season, officials said this week. Fire season typically lasts at least until October. More...

School district adopts budget

The state may be funding schools at a higher rate next year, but Mariposa County Unified’s continued loss of students is still affecting its budget. The school board adopted the 2013-14 budget at its meeting on June 20. More...

GAZETTE closes to move

Thursday, June 27, the offices of the MARIPOSA GAZETTE on Highway 140 will be closed as the community newspaper moves to its new space at 5009 Fifth Street in downtown Mariposa.  More...

It’s suds & sausage on Saturday

Residents can sample close to 150 varieties of beer and 20 different sausages at the Mariposa Summerfest Suds & Sausage Sampler this weekend.  The event takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. More...

Local News

Rodeo contestants help with Wagon Train

Fifteen young ladies, ranging in age from 6 to 18 are vying for this year’s Mariposa Rodeo Queen, Princess and Junior Princess divisions. More...

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

June 17: •A report of identity theft was received from Tip Top Road. • Donkeys were reported to be on Highway 140. • A call regarding evacuation concerns was received from Clouds Rest Road. More...

Coulterville plans for fire brigade barbecue

The community can come celebrate the July 4 holiday with the Coulterville Fire Brigade at Coulterville Park on Highway 49 next to the Hotel Jeffery.  All meals include deep pit roasted beef, purchased locally from Greeley Hill Market, beans, sal More...

Datebook

DATEBOOK

Friday, June 28   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 

Martha (Pat) Randleman

Martha (Pat) Randleman was born July 24, 1920 in Los Angles and went home to heaven May  30, 2013 in Lancaster.  She was raised in the Antelope Valley, graduating from  Antelope Valley High School in  1936, Antelope Valley Jr. More...

Codie James Avery

Codie James Avery, 23, passed suddenly on May 25.  More...

Frank L. Souza, Jr.

Frank L. Souza, Jr. passed away on June 21 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  More...

Sports

All stars shine at Lemoore

The Mariposa U10 all star softball team shined in Lemoore's Diamond Dust Tournament on June 8 and 9. More...

Griz prepare for 2012 season with scrimmage

Mariposa’s Grizzly football squad continued preparing for the upcoming season with a scrimmage last week against Minarets and Hilmar High Schools.  In total, over 60 student athletes participated in the competition which included a lineman More...

Tree falls on camp in Groveland killing one  Free Access 

A tree has fallen through a dining hall at Camp Tawonga, a Jewish based summer camp for children in Groveland. Officials have confirmed that one person is dead. More...

Firefighters increase area safeguards  Free Access 

All open-flame fires, including smoking outside of vehicles, are prohibited in Sierra National Forest as of Tuesday, July 2. Similar restrictions went into effect in Stanislaus National Forest on June 22. More...

PG&E urges conservation  Free Access 

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is urging customers to conserve electricity in response to a Flex Alert called for today and tomorrow, July 1-2, by the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO), which manages the state’s power More...

Weather Service upgrades warning  Free Access 

The National Weather Service has upgraded the excessive heat watch to an excessive heat warning for Mariposa County and surrounding areas. More...

BLM adds burn restrictions  Free Access 

Effective July 3, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is implementing additional fire restrictions on all BLM-managed public lands in Mariposa County. More...

GAZETTE completes move to 5th Street  Free Access 

The MARIPOSA GAZETTE has moved to its new home at 5009 5th Street--between the Pizza Factory and Mariposa Creek. The newspaper will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and the following week. More...

Chief Wilson asks for ‘volunteers’ to be paid during fire

The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency last Monday because of the Carstens Fire--putting it in line to receive state and federal disaster funding. More...

Museum robber faces new charges

One of the men accused in the Sept. 28, 2012, robbery of the California State Mining and Mineral Museum (CSMMM) is facing new charges in Mariposa County Superior Court.  More...

Alcohol and boat make bad combo

It was just light beer, a boat passenger said after a crash injured him and the craft’s driver last Friday on Lake McClure. More...

Politics colors view of frog and toad debate

Both sides believe there’s a lot riding on a proposal that would give federal protection to three endangered amphibians in the Sierra.  Opponents like Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims and U.S. Rep. More...

Commentary

Privacy is in peril

In the early 1760s the Royal Governor of Massachusetts began issuing “writs of assistance” as general warrants to search for contraband. They empowered officials to search indiscriminately for evidence of smuggling.  More...

Letters

Get involved

On Wednesday, June 19 my husband and I attended a town hall meeting in Prather. It was very well attended by approximately 700 to 800 concerned citizens. More...

Success

The Mariposa Rotary Club sponsored its ninth Art, Wine and Wheels Festival on Saturday, June 8. Despite the record heat, the event was a success, and we thank all of our sponsors, wineries, artists, car enthusiasts and food vendors. More...

Ag notes

Horse owners should take precautions against West Nile Virus. More...

Milestones

The Key to Heaven

There’s an intriguing issue with the Christian faith that doesn’t seem to make sense to a lot of people. It has to do with what kind of people go to heaven. More...

Basin Chapel hosts barbecue and worship

Ponderosa Basin Chapel will host the sixth annual all community barbecue and outdoor worship on Sunday, June 30.  The event will take place on the beautiful park setting across the street from the chapel facilities.  More...

Thank you

Thank you to Trent Williams and Sally Uribe for organizing another successful St. Joseph’s Sesquicentennial event “Kids of Yesteryear.”  More...

Sierra Lifestyles

Smoke is focus of study, debate and irritation

Part of a series

For Cynthia Shadish, the Carstens Fire sent a plume of dread over the Sierra foothills.  The 47-year-old recalled the Telegraph Fire as last week’s blaze churned smoke into the sky. More...

Inside Education

DPHS graduates the class of 2013

Graduation was held on June 11 at the Don Pedro High School gym. Superintendent Urquhart introduced the 2013 graduating class to all who attended.  More...

Summit Christian starts K-1 program

Summit Christian School (SCS) is making plans for its new kindergarten and first grade program to be started this fall. More...

Class of 1983 reunites

The Mariposa County High School class of 1983 will hold its 30-year reunion on Saturday, July 27 at Bett’s Gold Coin in downtown Mariposa.  The reunion begins at 6 p.m. The cost is $26 per person. More...

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