Mariposa will metamorphose into a ‘flutter-fest’ this weekend




Butterflies will be everywhere, both figuratively and literally, in Mariposa this weekend. The 2012 Butterfly Festival takes place May 4 through 6. On Friday, school children will be releasing the butterflies they have raised at the Art Park from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. The chalk art festival also takes place at that time. In the evening, the Taste of […]

What’s next? – Ten years after mine fire




Landowning partner Dave Lawson stands with the remains of the Mariposa Mine’s five-stamp mill—which burned 10 years ago this week. The mine has since been picked over by relic seekers and scrap thieves. “It’s just a crying shame,” Lawson said of the damage and loss.The Mariposa Mine‘s stamp mill burned ten years ago this week. On private land behind St. […]

Burn permit season arrives



Effective May 1, the Madera- Mariposa- Merced Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is requiring burning permits within State Responsibility Areas of Mariposa County. Until CAL FIRE stations are fully staffed later in the month, permits will be available only during business hours Monday through Friday, at the following locations: •CAL FIRE Headquarters, 5366 […]

Deputies arrest child pornographer



BRIAN MCDONALDMariposa County Sheriff’s detectives have nabbed a suspected child pornographer. The man, 52-year-old Brian “Mac” McDonald of Mariposa, was arrested April 19 at his home on East Whitlock Road. According to Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies, McDonald was booked into the Mariposa County Jail on one count of possession of child pornography. He was being held on $40,000 bail, […]

Burglar pleads to four counts



TYLER HARRISThe man responsible for a rash of residential burglaries in Mariposa County last year has pleaded no contest. Tyler Harris will spend 10 years, four months in state prison as part of the plea deal. Harris had long been on the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Department’s radar for the string of burglaries last summer and fall. In late August of […]

Mariposa County soldier emerges with ‘scratch’




Army Spc. Jack BrownA Taliban sniper slightly wounded Army Spc. Jack Brown in a firefight that left another soldier dead and one seriously injured in Afghanistan last month, his wife Chantell Brown told the GAZETTE. The incident occurred in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province on April 17. A bullet fired by the enemy grazed the cheek of Brown, 28. The projectile then […]

Firewood and tennis lights are likely with utility grant




The lighting system for the county park tennis courts can be seen in this photo taken at an October tournament. The system needs new wiring but can be repaired for less than $2,000, Parks and Recreation Manager Shannon Hansen said.Night lighting will return to the town tennis courts for the first time since the 1990s, thanks to a grant from […]

Audubon program will explore mystery of birdsong




Oak titmice, common in the foothills, produce a diversity of songs and calls. Naturalist and author David Lukas will talk on “The Mystery of Birdsong” in his slide presentation at the Yosemite Area Audubon Society program Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in MariposaSpringtime brings an array of sights and sounds that delight people’s senses–a kaleidoscope of wildflowers, scents of […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



April 23: •A loud bird complaint came in from Parmabell Road. •A cat was in a tree on Gunther Road. •A suspicious person was arrested on Cole Road. •A challenge to fight was reported on Usona Road. April 24: •Pedestrians were on Highway 41. •There was a sink hole on Highway 49 North. •Internet bullying was reported on Chinche Court. […]

County Fire Response Report



April 23 through April 29 EMS – 10 Fire – 0 Public assist – 1 Auto collision – 2 Spotlight Event of the Week: On Saturday, April 28, approximately 88 people and 17 agencies from Mariposa and Tuolumne County participated in a multicasualty incident (MCI) drill to practice for future emergency situations. … An online subscription is required to view […]