Burglaries spike in south County

Burglars are using aggressive methods to gain entry. Above a broken window was used for access.December, 2010 was a banner month in Mariposa County, but it wasn’t one that law enforcement or homeowners applaud. A total of 20 burglaries, just about double the monthly average for 2010, were reported and investigated in the last month of the year, and law […]

‘New York, New York’

The award-winning Mariposa County High School Grizzly Band (The Pride of the Sierra) entertained a packed house in the board of supervisors’ chambers for the traditional swearing in ceremony with its rendition of “New York, New York.” The local band is only one of two statewide invited to participate in the 9/11 parade in New York City next fall. Donations […]

Lyle Parrish

Editor’s Note: The photography of Mr. Parrish was inadvertently left out of last week’s published obituary. THE GAZETTE regrets the error. Lyle Norman Parrish was born on Aug. 4, 1934, and went to be with the Lord on Jan. 3, 2011. Lyle was born in Bell to Mildred and Jean Parrish. He met the love of his life, Gloria Severance, […]

Margaret Stout Johnson Bowery

Margaret Stout Johnson Bowery was born in a log cabin in Mud Springs, Mariposa County, the third of seven children to Judge Ralph Simpson Stout and Marie Winchell Stout on on July 31, 1915. She graduated from Mariposa County High School in 1933. Margaret was labeled a tomboy with a spirit of adventure that never left her. In 1941, she […]

Bryants celebrate 60 years

Rob and Betty Bryant, surrounded by 20 of their friends and family members, renewed their vows to observe their 60th wedding anniversary on Jan. 13. The ceremony took place at Mariposa’s County Park, and the party then adjourned to Pizza Plus for a two-hour lunch of celebration. Betty will be remembered by her many former students who studied English and […]

Thank you

We, the 65 volunteers of Manna House, want to thank the community for its support of our Christmas grocery give away. It was such a success; on Dec. 22, we distributed 291 Christmas dinners which fed 992 people. Our thanks go to the GAZETTE and chamber of commerce for the publicity covering this annual event, and to the many clubs, […]

Thank you

The family of Joey Silva would like to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to family and friends who attended Joey’s funeral mass, who sent their condolences, flowers, food, and donations, or shared their special memories. Your kindness will be with us always. A special thank you to Father Leonard and Mark Kuhn of Hillview Funeral Chapel for their support […]

Open letter

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen and Senator Tom Berryhill: Governor Brown’s proposal to completely eliminate all funding for the California fair network could cause irreparable damage to your district. We understand the state’s economic crisis and we fully expected fairs to participate in any solution; however, a 100 percent reduction will in fact cause more harm than the short term cost savings. […]

Christmas saved

The day before Christmas, we were preparing for a family celebration and awaiting the arrival of 15 guests for the weekened. A phone call from a neighbor alerted us that there was a break in the water line delivering water to the homes in Yosemite West. Needless to say, we were alarmed and immediately checked our reserve supply of water […]


The shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and the six killed and 14 wounded has and continues to be made political. Everyone thinking, writing and verbalizing this tragedy as political are wrong. Society today is making almost every tragedy, hazard or incident political. Every time some one makes a statement about a tragedy, hazard or incident most news media make it political […]