Sixth Street Cinema turns out the lights

 Mariposa’s Sixth Street Cinema has become victim to what its board calls “the inexplicable behavior” of its funding sources and owner Tony Radanovich’s health issues. The cinema will go dark the first week in March. The board made the announcement to members by email in mid-February. “It is with sincere regret that we inform you that the Sixth Street Cinema […]

Scant moisture adds up to dire days for ranchers

Cattle graze on the little bit of grass near Cathey’s Valley that sprung up after recent rains. The lack of rain this winter has some ranchers concerned, especially in light of high hay prices.County agricultural commissioner Cathi Boze will not let her guard down in response to recent raindrops. It’s her job to exercise caution where local ranchers are concerned. […]

Hurt Hornet

The charred skeleton of a Sport Hornet experimental aircraft is all that remained after the plane made an emergency landing high on a hilltop above White Rock Road Tuesday afternoon. Above, Mariposa County Deputy Sheriff Jeff Totten and the pilot, Kevin Casson of Lakeside, examine the scene. The plane’s owner and passenger, Lucas John Haycraft of Glendale, along with the […]

MCUSD slashes 35 teachers

In its largest teaching staff cut ever, the Mariposa County Unified School District (MCUSD) Board of Trustees took action to lay off 35 teachers, more than 30 percent of its total teaching staff. The action took place at the board’s regular meeting on Feb. 16. The resolution to reduce particular kinds of service (PKS) in effect, amounts to the closure […]

Board asked to spare MMS

Even though no formal action was taken to close Mariposa Middle School (MMS) at the Feb. 16 school board meeting, a number of people spoke in support of keeping the campus open. The closure of the school is a potential cost cutting measure for the Mariposa County Unified School District, which faces a $2.4 million deficit next year. MMS teacher […]

Team searches for missing man

Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a missing Modesto man in a remote area of the county. Christopher Dellis, 33, went missing on Feb. 18. He was reported missing by the Modesto Police Department after he failed to return from a camping trip. Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies said that Dellis is considered “at-risk” because of health issues. On […]

Mariposa loses restaurant icon

A notice on the door indicates that the Charles Street Dinner House will be closed indefinitely. The restaurant’s chalk board, which usually lists the daily dinner special, contains a short tribute to owner Ed Uebner, who died last week.Mariposa has lost one of its most well-known and respected business people. The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office reported last Friday morning that […]

Readers’ pet photos bulge GAZETTE files


Boomer is a German shorthaired pointer and great Dane mix. Owner Frances Goss gave him a home in 2009.More than a dozen readers have answered the GAZETTE’S call for the county’s cutest pet photos. The pictures range from professional-quality portraits to quick shots grabbed with phones and digital cameras. Some animal friends are posed on granite boulders. Others are splayed […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Feb. 13: •There was a traffic accident on Evergreen Road. •A pack of dogs was loose on Sierra Drive. •There was a verbal dispute on Old Highway. •Grand theft was reported on St. Andrew’s Road. Feb. 14: •A burglary was reported on Banderilla Road. •A houseboat was vandalized at Arnold Bay. •Deputies took an assault report at MCHS. •Illegal dumping […]

Forest seeks artists

Stanislaus National Forest, in partnership with Three Forests Interpretive Association, has announced the opening of the application process for the 2012 Artist in the Woods program. Professional artists can apply for a two week residence in a historic cabin on the Summit Ranger District during the fall of 2012. A variety of art media are acceptable. Detailed information about the […]