Crash injures three

A head-on collison on Monday afternoon injured three people. The accident happened around 4:20 p.m., just west of the Ferguson bypass bridge. According to the California Highway Patrol, 20-yearold Darcy Blackburn of Mariposa was driving westbound on Highway 140, just after crossing the bridge. She attempted to pass a long line of cars and did not see an eastbound vehicle […]


Officers take out 25,000 pot plants

These plants were part of a huge garden, possibly the largest single plot ever busted in Mariposa County. Local law enforcement took nearly 24,000 plants from the grow area on Monday.The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, working with Mariposa County Probation officers, CAL FIRE officers and California Department of Justice (DOJ) CAMP units investigated four more illegal marijuana complexes on Friday, […]

Billowing blaze

Jill Ballinger | The Gazette Smoke billows from a wildland fire on French Camp Road, just outside of Mariposa, Monday afternoon. Two different blazes sprang up that afternoon, sending firefighters scrambling to different locations. The French Camp Road blaze consumed just three acresa and no structures were damaged or threatened…. An online subscription is required to view news content on […]


For storied structure, finish line is in sight

Erik Skindrud | The Gazette Building owner Helen Kwalwasser (left) stands with restaurant proprietor Linda Halvorson. The painting displays a scene from an 1862 naval battle off the coast of Virginia. Col. John C. Fremont, the building’s first owner, left Mariposa to serve in the Union Army during the Civil War.The Gold Coin, at Highway 140 and 5th Street, is […]

Cinema shows ‘Trust’

The Sixth Street Cinema will present “Trust” on July 29 and 30, at 7:30 p.m. “Trust” is rated “R” and runs for 104 minutes. A suburban family is torn apart when 14-yearold Annie (Liana Liberato) meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating through online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to […]

Odd Fellows fry catfish in La Grange

It’s finally summertime and the catfish are jumpin’ in La Grange. It’s time for the fourth annual Catfish Dinner, Saturday Aug. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the IOOF Hall on Main Street, sponsored by the La Grange Odd Fellows of LaFayette Historical Lodge #65. Besides deep fried catfish fillets the menu also includes cornbread, coleslaw salad, corn on […]

Board dismisses public works director

ALAN TOSCHIMariposa County is once again without a public works director. The board of supervisors took action during closed session on Tuesday afternoon to “dismiss” Public Works Director Alan Toschi, effectively immediately. County Administrative Officer Rick Benson confirmed the action following the meeting. He said the circumstances surrounding the dismissal would not be released. Toschi has been the director since […]

Tame the flame

A U.S. Forest Service firefighter sprays the edges of a wildland fire off of Old Oak School Road Monday afternoon. The fire, caused by downed power lines, was reported around 4 p.m. and it quickly consumed one shed and 13 acres with aid of an afternoon breeze. Multiple firefighting agencies responded. The blaze was called contained at 6:50 p.m. Around […]

Man runs from North County traffic stop

What began as a simple vehicle stop in the La Grange area on July 21, ended when the driver bailed out of his vehicle and ran from the scene. What the officer found inside the car could land that driver in big trouble. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Report, Deputy Mike Charman was following a Dodge Durango on Merced […]


School district reclassifies business director to CBO

The Mariposa County Unified School District has been faced with some serious financial issues throughout the spring. Several years ago, however, the issues were compounded by the fact that the district didn’t have a business officer in place. Last week, at its regular meeting the MCUSD Board of Trustees voted to change the title and salary of its business director, […]