Supervisors wrangle with wicked shortfall

Board Chairman Jim AllenMariposa County is facing an “unprecedented” budget crisis for the coming fiscal year, County Administrative Officer Rick Benson told the board of supervisors on Tuesday. Now, the board is charged with dealing with a $2 million shortfall for the 2011-12 fiscal year. “We have not had something like this in the past,” Benson said as he asked […]

Rain, rain go away

Larry Cullens checks the sky at Mariposa County Park. Cullens, 10, is Day Camper of the Week for Mariposa County Parks and Recreation. On Wednesday, he was worried about keeping his new Vans dry and clean. This week’s unusual storm dumped at least 1.6 inches of precipitation in one Lushmeadows gauge. Fresno posted record rainfall of .25 inches for June […]

MCUSD adopts budget

The Mariposa County Unified School District has officially adopted its budget for the 2011-12 school year. Unfortunately, it could still change depending on the outcome of the state budget process. On Monday evening, the board of trustees held a special meeting to approve the $16.9 million spending plan. The budget represents the district’s financial standing after it made sweeping cuts, […]

County considers a TOT increase

In light of Mariposa County’s pending budget shortfall, officials are now seriously considering an increase to the rate of the transient occupany tax (TOT.) The proposal would require a two-thirds majority of the voters. County Administrative Officer Rick Benson suggested the increase during Tuesday’s board of supervisors’ meeting. He said County department heads concurred with the plan to bump the […]


Community celebrates nation’s independence

A fireworks show is scheduled for Sunday evening at the fairgrounds.The upcoming weekend features two big events that mark the antion’s birthday. They will take place on Saturday and Sunday. The Kiwanis Club of Mariposa will be hosting the annual Fourth of July celebration on Sunday, July 3 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. The grandstand opens at 7 p.m. with […]

GAZETTE observes holiday

The MARIPOSA GAZETTE will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen Tuesday, July 5. There are no changes in editorial or advertising deadlines because of the closure. The staff at the GAZETTE wishes all of Mariposa County a safe holiday weekend. … An online subscription is required to view news content on this […]

Hotel Jeffery to reopen doors

Forrest Monk and Sara Zahn are scrambling to get Coulterville’s Hotel Jeffery open by the first week of July. The partners have invested in a number of period details like this Victrola record player.“President Theodore Roosevelt slept here.” That’s what the new owner-operators of Coulterville’s Hotel Jeffery can claim. The morning was May 15, 1903. The president was on his […]

Orchestra celebrates youth

The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra (according to Founder/Conductor Les Marsden) will “celebrate the unlimited imagination of our youth” during the MSO’s July 2 outdoor “Independence Day Spectacular!” Concert. The “Young Master Composers Celebration” is an annual contest sponsored by the MSO and its parent organization, the Mariposa County Arts Council, Inc. The event culminates each year with the world-premiere performances of […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

June 19: •One person was arrested following a fight on Hospital Road. •Two sheep were impounded on Allred Road. •A tree was on Highway 41. •A girl was screaming on Sixth Street. June 20: •Possibly drunk men were walking on Whispering Pines Drive. •Threats were reported on Watt Road. •Someone found pipe they believed could be related to a pot […]

County Fire Response Report

MCFD call log consists of twelve stations located throughout the Mariposa community responding to countywide incidents. Monday, June 20 through Sunday, June 26EMS: 16Fire: 3Public assist: 1Vehicle accident: 2Call of the Week: Vegetation fire from a two-day oldburn pile. It is still possible for a burn pile to be hotseveral days after the initial burn, and rekindle. Makesure that all […]