Vandalism call leads to pot grow



Stephanie KramerWhen the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office got a call about vandalism from the Lake Don Pedro Community Services District, deputies certainly didn’t expect to find an indoor marijuana garden. On March 6, deputies responded to the call on Buena Vista Road that someone had cut the lock off a water shutoff valve that the LDPCSD had secured the system […]

Conviction sparks emotional outburst




When the jury returned the verdict in the child molestation case against Kyle Andrew Hatton, 22, it had finished its work. The emotional toll of that verdict, however, prompted tears, argument and accusations from the defendant’s family. The jury returned the verdict after 5:15 p.m. in the Mariposa County Courthouse. The bulk of Hatton’s trial had been held at the […]

Mariposa County gold



California poppies show their brilliant color about three miles up the Merced River canyon from Briceburg last weekend. The native flowers display their petals during warm and sunny conditions—and protect themselves from rainy weather by closing up tight. The bloom will likely continue when skies clear, however…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To […]

Loberg tosses his hat into District 5 run




L. Pierce LobergLongtime Wawona resident L. Pierce Loberg has entered the race for Mariposa County’s District 5 supervisor. Loberg joins John Carrier of Ponderosa Basin and Edward Mee of Wawona in contesting the seat—which is being vacated by former Sheriff Jim Allen. District 5 includes Wawona, Fish Camp and Ponderosa Basin. A Jan. 26 GAZETTE story profiled the county’s hot […]

COST OF LIVING

‘Ouch!’ - food prices rising


A shopping comparison of eight popular items at Raley’s and Vons in Oakhurst and Pioneer Market in Mariposa reveals limited difference in price.Carol Penna feels the pinch when steps up to the supermarket checkout line. With husband Harold, she knows that food costs more these days— whether the couple drives to Oakhurst, or the shorter distance into Mariposa. “Of course […]

Foundation fills equipment needs



Katrina Anderson, nursing manager of the Ewing Wing, shows the new lift to Mike Fagalde, president of the John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation.The John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation recently funded $23,500 for the purchase of equipment and improvements for several departments in the hospital. Over $12,000 of these funds were received from the live auction at the 2011 Black and […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



March 5: •An aggressive dog was loose on Watt Road. •Vandalism and mail theft was reported on Guadalupe Mountain Road. •A grand theft report was taken on Smithers Road. •Mail was stolen on Elizabeth Lane. March 6: •Mail was stolen on Granite Lane. •Identity theft was reported in Mariposa. •There was a cow on Hornitos Road. •There was a traffic […]

Caltrans site helps locate heliports



Caltrans has launched a Web site for emergency response pilots to help them find 150 heliport-equipped hospitals across California during medical emergencies. This service will provide a critical link between hospitals and personnel that respond either to daily or large-scale medical emergencies. “Until now, emergency responders had no single source of information for the locations and capabilities of these heliports,” […]

Denham holds mobile office hours



Congressman Jeff Denham’s staff members will be hosting a Mobile District Office in Mariposa this month. During these office hours, Representative Denham’s staff will be able to provide assistance to constituents on a variety of services and issues, including Medicare, Veteran’s Affairs, Social Security, Internal Revenue Services, matters regarding federal legislation, or any other questions and concerns. Constituents should feel […]

Bureau will offer history tours in town



The Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau (YMCTB) has introduced “The Mariposa Experience,” an effort spearheaded by the organization to support Yosemite National Park’s initiative to alleviate Yosemite Valley traffic congestion during the peak summer travel season. The program, funded by Yosemite National Park, represents a collaborative effort between community and county leaders, government officials, public officials, transportation officials and local merchants, […]