Close call



Firefighters help Alan Morehouse, 52, of Mariposa out of his overturned Caltrans sand truck after it rolled over on the Briceburg Grade of Highway 140 early Tuesday morning. Deputy Jeff Totten, on top, and Fire Chief Jim Wilson climb down from the vehicle after treating the driver. According to the California Highway Patrol, excessive speed on this treacherous corner caused […]

Board votes to shutter middle school




The newest school in the Mariposa County Unified School District will close to students next year. The board of trustees voted unanimously to close Mariposa Middle School at a special meeting on March 29. After months of working on solutions to bridge a huge budget gap, the board moved to close the school. This is the third such closure in […]

Supervisors pick new welcome sign




The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors has approved the sign above as the new welcome sign at the western edge of the county. The chamber of commerce expects the new sign to be in place in the next month or two.Visitors to and residents of Mariposa County will now have a new greeting at the western edge of the county. […]

Hatton gets eight years




Following emotional pleas from all sides in the child molestation case of Kyle Andrew Hatton, 22, the judge in the matter made his view very clear. Hatton would be going to prison. “This court has seen no remorse from you–none whatsoever,” Judge H.N. Papadakis told Hatton. “You attempted to shift blame on this little girl who looked up to you.” […]

Ag, fire and media classes get reinstated




While the Mariposa County Unified School District (MCUSD) Board of Trustees has been slicing and dicing at the district’s budget to make ends meet, it was able to restore three very popular and valuable courses at Mariposa County High School. The district had previously eliminated projected funding for Regional Occupation Program (ROP) programs because state funds were expected to be […]

Arts Council post brings Goger home



Cara GogerThe Board of Directors of the Mariposa County Arts Council Inc. has announced Cara Goger as its unanimous choice as the organization’s new executive director. Goger replaces longtime Executive Director Donna Brownell, who announced her retirement in February. Goger was raised in Mariposa, attending Mariposa Elementary and Mariposa Middle School before graduating from Mariposa County High School in 1995. […]

Uninsured patients place burden on county, hospital

Health Care: Part 2


Mike Butler racked up close to $20,000 in emergency medical bills when he crashed his hang glider in Yosemite National Park in 2010. Seen here last month, Butler holds a CT scan with a view of his shattered vertebrae—the white circle near the bottom of the image.Last week, the GAZETTE focused on local opposition to the 2010 health care law. […]

Aububon program focuses on rehabilitating raptors



Western screech-owl triplets stare down from their perch, waiting for a meal from mom or dad. A western screech-owl will be among five live raptors wildlife rehabilitator Diane Ganner will feature in her presentation for the Yosemite Area Audubon Society at the Oakhurst Methodist Church April 12 at 7 p.m.Few birds stir a sense of awe and admiration more than […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



March 26: •There was a suspicious person at the Best Western in Mariposa. •Dispatch took an assault report from Sixth Street. •Grand theft was reported on Golfito Way. •An harassment complaint came in from Allred Road. March 27: •A missing person’s report came in from Fairgrounds Road. •Three shoplifters were apprehended at Pioneer Market. •A report of drug activity ended […]

Cemetery begins program sign-ups



The Mariposa Town Cemetery Adopt-A-Plot Program will begin its Spring recruiting season next month, with directors staffing a sign up table at the Mariposa Cemetery chapel shelter. Since its inception last year, over 100 graves have been “adopted” by members of the community who commit to caring for a grave older than 60 years that has shown no sign of […]