September 5, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Smoke continues to impact county  Free Access 

11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10. A low-pressure system to the south was improving air quality in Mariposa on Tuesday, but smoke remained a factor in Yosemite Valley. More...

Highway 120 reopens  Free Access 

Highway 120, the Tuolumne County route to Yosemite National Park, reopened at noon on Friday. No opening date has been announced for Yosemite's Tioga Road, however. More...

Herculean effort gains ground on Rim Fire

After more than two weeks, firefighters have turned the corner in their battle against the epic Rim Fire.   At deadline time on Wednesday, the blaze had consumed more than 237,000 acres. More...

Drone flights spark debate

TECHNOLOGY & LAW

The use of a military Predator surveillance drone over the Rim Fire this past week has drawn a range of responses from area residents and politicians.   More...

Young man dies on Highway 140

A 20-year-old driver died early on Sunday when his GMC pickup left the highway and flipped, ejecting him from the vehicle.  Daniel James Henning of Atwater was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, a subsequent report said.  More...

Local News

BBC TV program looks back at crime

A new British Broadcasting Company (BBC) television documentary is looking back on the 1999 Mariposa County killing spree that ended with the arrest of Cedar Lodge handyman Cary Stayner.  The BBC-Investigation Discovery episode is part of season More...

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

August 26: • A trapped opossum was reported on Lehamite Fall. • A call reporting a neighbor dispute was received from Dusty Oak Road. • Illegal dumping was reported on Highway 49 South. More...

Yosemite Conservancy creates dedicated fire restoration fund

RIM FIRE

The Yosemite Conservancy has established a special fund to help restore trails, facilities and natural habitat in Yosemite National Park damaged by the Rim Fire that has blackened extensive portions of the Park and surrounding forests and communities More...

Datebook

DATEBOOK

Friday, Sept. 6   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 

Pearl Carter Williams

Pearl Carter Williams, 97, widow of the late Winfred (Winnie) Williams and daughter of pioneer Mariposans, died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Mariposa on Aug. 28, 2013. Born in Lancaster on Aug. More...

Robert D. Taylor

On Aug. 28, 2013 Robert D. Taylor, known as “Mr. T” to local high school students, went to be with the Lord Jesus. He and Doris, his wife, were to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 22. More...

Collin Robert McDonough

Collin Robert McDonough was born on July 15, 1988 in Merced and went to be with Jesus on Aug. 28, 2013 at the age of 25.  More...

Remains of young man discovered in forest  Free Access 

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 -- 4:25 p.m.-- The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has recovered the remains of an adult male within the Stanislaus National Forest of Mariposa County. More...

Sept. 11 is observed in Mariposa  Free Access 

Local firefighters, law enforcement and residents gathered on Wednesday to mark the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. More...

Man stabbed in Bootjack  Free Access 

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 - Last Friday afternoon in Bootjack, one man was stabbed and the suspect is still at large. Another man who was allegedly involved is in custody according to the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office. More...

Grizzlies top Summerville in opener, 25-20  Free Access 

Mariposa opened its 2013 gridiron campaign Friday night with a 25-20 non-league victory over Summerville. More...

Investigators: hunter started Rim Fire  Free Access 

9:50 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. An unnamed hunter started the Rim Fire when he or she allowed an illegal fire to escape on Aug. 17. "No marijuana cultivation sites were located near the origin of the fire," the fire information team said today. More...

Local government layoff axe hits two

This summer’s Rim Fire and last year’s hantavirus outbreak have had some effect on the county’s tourist-tax revenue, but the overall budget picture remains strong enough to avoid sweeping budget cuts in county operations.  All More...

Victims granted payment reprieve

Business owners and feepayers impacted by the Rim Fire in Mariposa County, as discussed in a Proclamation of a State of Emergency, may request an extension to file their returns, relief of penalties and/or interest from some taxes and fees, or to rep More...

Commentary

Stopping Local Governments from Electioneering

CALIFORNIA COMMENTARY

In 1996, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association ran a successful statewide campaign winning passage of Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act. More...

Letters

Blindsided

An article was published in the GAZETTE recently regarding payment for delivering wood to disadvantaged seniors in Mariposa County. There were some facts omitted which I believe are crucial if anyone hopes to understand the whole story.  More...

Merced solitude available

Mary Bayless wants Congressman Tom McClintock to "Stop at any spot along the well-named Merced River and see what it can do for you.”  A solitary encounter with nature along the banks of the Merced River is possible in Yosemite Valley on a More...

The game is afoot

It is quite evident that things are not going to change in the governance of this county for the better until the make up of the board of supervisors is changed. More...

Milestones

Thank you

On Aug. 31 I stepped down from the Event Chair position for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Mariposa, as my term will be over. More...

Sports

Lady Grizzlies gig 'Frogs  Free Access 

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 - Mariposa's Lady Grizzly volleyball team upended Bret Harte's Lady Bullfrogs in a non-league match Tuesday, 3-1. More...

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