LOCAL ECONOMY

Summer was solid for local business

Erik Skindrud | The Gazette Business owner Marci Perez poses with vendor Tracey Anthonijsz at Mariposa Marketplace this week. Tourists from overseas are important customers— the map shows visitors’ countries of origin. The most consistent customers, however, are local folks, Perez reports.Mariposa business was good this summer. Most merchants are reporting revenue that is up from previous years or at […]

Gate crasher



Law enforcement officers examine the vehicle that crashed through a gate at the Mariposa County Jail last Friday morning. The SUV was driven by Phillip L. Brooks, a Mariposa County resident, who was released to medical staff for mental evaluation following the incident. According to the California Highway Patrol, which is investigating the incident, Brooks drove through the gate, exited […]

Bridgeport Fire Station breaks ground



After nearly two decades of discussion about the construction of a fire station in the Bridgeport area, Mariposa County officially broke ground on the facility on Tuesday afternoon. Officials threw the first shovels of dirt to kick things off. They are, from left, County Counsel Steve Dahlem, Firefighter Jim Monty, Interim Public Works Director Peter Rei, District 1 Supervisor Lee […]

Toes will tap, meat will sizzle this Saturday



The sights, sounds and smells at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds will be sizzling this weekend, as the fifth annual “Blazin Hog” BBQ Competition and Zydeco Music Festival will take place from noon to 8 p.m. The festival offers several food and beverage vendors, as well as unique crafts, and art vendors. With games and activities for the kids, this festival […]

Former supervisor retires



According to Mariposa County Administrative Officer Rick Benson, former District 4 Supervisor Dianne Fritz has retired from the Mariposa County Human Services Department. Fritz, who served that district from 2004 through 2008, immediately went to work in that County department at the end of her term when Supervisor Kevin Cann won election and took office in January of 2009. Fritz […]

POLITICS

Olsen backs bill to repeal SRA fees

Kristin OlsenState Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, who represents Mariposa County, and Assemblymember Kevin Jeffries from Lake Elsinore have introduced a bill to repeal the controversial State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fee passed last June. Their bill, Assembly Bill XI 45, will repeal the fire tax that was passed as part of this year’s Democrat majority budget vote. The state fire board recently […]

Memorial honored



Master of ceremonies Les Marsden (at podium) addresses the large crowd at Sunday’s 9/11 Memorial Ceremony held at the Mariposa Art Park. The event marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy that befell America 10 years ago, and the presentation of a memorial sculpture that will be erected at the Art Park. Mariposa County Fire Chief Jim Wilson, far […]

Wichmann gets the start for Bulldogs



Fresno State Bulldogs | Contributed Mariposa County High School graduate Cody Wichmann (No. 73) takes the field at Nebraska.Four years as a standout athlete at Mariposa County High School probably couldn’t have prepared 19-year-old Cody Wichmann for the biggest sports start of his life last Saturday. Wichmann, the 6’5”, 310- pound offensive lineman took the field as the starting right […]

Mariposa County Fair will feature in new documentary



Documentary filmmakers J.C. (right) and Chris Ford spent days recording with a digital video camera at this year’s Mariposa County Fair. They plan to return next year to share the result at a local screening.You may have noticed the couple roaming the fair with a video camera this year. J.C. and Chris Ford live in San Francisco, but for the […]

Denham seeks Wounded Warrior



Representative Jeff Denham announced last week that his office has been selected to participate in the House of Representatives’ Wounded Warrior Program. The program, established to create two-year fellowships that provide employment opportunities for veterans within the House of Representatives, will provide a wounded or a disabled veteran with experience and exposure working in a Congressional Office. “Our region is […]