Three county post offices face closure

The post office at Yosemite Lodge sits opposite the resort’s swimming pool and ice cream stand. The location has limited hours, open from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. on weekdays. Other county post offices on the so-called closure list are at Hornitos and Fish Camp.Post offices at Hornitos, Fish Camp and Yosemite Lodge are under review by the U.S. Postal Service […]

Small town Saturday night

Mike Hammar and The Nails (at left) performed to a huge crowd at the Mariposa Art Park on Saturday evening, as part of the Cousin Jack’s Mariposa Evenings series that continue through the summer. Below, space fills up before the concert begins.Jill Ballinger | Mariposa Gazette… An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue […]

San Jose man drowns in Merced River

The swift, cold water of the Merced River has claimed the life of a 33- year-old man. It is the first fatality of its kind this year. According to Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies, Ngoun Moun of San Jose was tubing with friends on the river on Saturday. He reportedly fell off the tube and slipped under water. Moun did […]


Yosemite spotlight is on solar power

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher (with scissors) cuts a ceremonial ribbon marking the completion of the Park’s new solar energy array at El Portal. Long-time Mariposa resident Mike Wichmann, the Park’s construction manager, joins him at left. Mariposa County District 1 Supervisor Lee Stetson is at right in this view.Yosemite officials last week unveiled an array of solar panels […]


County hires interim director

PETER REIMariposa County has an interim public works director in place, less than a week after the board of supervisors dismissed former Director Alan Toschi. County Administrative Officer Rick Benson announced on Monday that Peter Rei is serving the County in the interim capacity. He started work on Monday. Benson said Rei has more than 20 years of experience in […]

Woman falls to her death

At approximately noon on Sunday, July 31, Yosemite National Park’s Emergency Communication Center received a 911 phone call reporting a fall of a hiker on the Half Dome cables. Hayley LaFlamme, a 26-year-old female from San Ramon, had gone to the top of Half Dome and was descending when she fell 600 feet off the cables. National Park Rangers pronounced […]

Hospital CEO leaves JCF

CHUCK BILLJohn C. Fremont Healthcare District’s Chief Executive Officer Chuck Bill is no longer serving in that capacity. Staff was notified in a brief email from the Board Chairperson Suzette Prue last Friday. “Effective today, Mr. Chuck Bill is no longer serving as the CEO of the district,” Prue wrote to all employees. Tish Miller has been named interim CEO, […]


Rare summer thunderstorms spark wildland fires

Smoke rises in the humid morning air on Spring Hill just outside of Mariposa after a small wildland blaze was ignited by lightning.By Dan Tucker GAZETTE PUBLISHER The weather in Mariposa County Sunday morning started out muggy and warm, unusual for late July. It got worse. Around 9 a.m., a flurry of thunderstorm cells battered Mariposa and Madera Counties, sparking […]

Milky Way magic comes alive from Glacier Point

A photo by University of Redlands astronomy professor Tyler Nordgren shows the Milky Way over Glacier Point as moonlight bathes the peaks. Half Dome is at left. At right, towards the south, the Milky Way glows brightest, making summer prime viewing time for the celestial wonder. (In winter, this portion of sky is below the horizon.) Nordgren is author of […]

Griz prepare for gridiron campaign

It’s almost crunch time, literally, for the Mariposa Grizzlies. Players who want to join the football program must be signedup and approved by Monday, Aug. 8. At 1 p.m. that afternoon, all players and coaches will gather in the breezeway of the cafeteria on the MCHS campus in an informal get-to-know gathering before two-a-day practices start that afternoon and evening. […]