Great catch

Four-year-old Mia Hansen of Mariposa was among the hundreds of school children who had the chance to “catch” a butterfly on an orange slice during the butterfly release on May 4. The annual Butterfly Festival drews thousands to town for arts and crafts, food, vendors and other events…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. […]

MCUSD reduces classified staff and finalizes teacher layoffs


 The Mariposa County Unified School District has spent the better part of this spring in full crisis mode. The district’s most recent action again reduced the number of employees serving children. The board of education approved two resolutions at a special meeting on May 2 that restructured the services provided by bus drivers, secretaries, custodians, instructional aides and food service […]

Deputies bust polite burglar

TIM BUTLERMariposa County Sheriff’s deputies may have arrested the most polite burglar in recent history last weekend. The burglar, 21-yearold Tim Butler of Portland, Ore., was booked into the Mariposa County Jail. According to the sheriff’s report, dispatch received a report from a resident on Jones Street who had found a man in her house. The man was described as […]

Bicycle race will focus attention on Mariposa


A group of cyclists including Lance Armstrong head south on Bullion Street during the 2009 Tour of California event. This year, racers are expected to pass through the town of Mariposa between 12:30 and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16.The world’s best riders will pass through town next Wednesday when the Amgen Tour of California sends cyclists on a 130-mile […]

Tioga Road opens gates to skiers and sightseers

Vehicles pass through Yosemite National Park’s Tioga Pass Entrance Station in this photo taken on Tuesday. At an elevation of 9,943, this location is one of the highest paved highways in California.Tioga Road opened to through traffic on Monday— the road’s earliest opening in at least 25 years. The road opens when Yosemite National Park crews can safely remove accumulated […]

Tobacco and booze drop nets two arrests

Two people who may have thought they were doing something nice for someone landed themselves in Mariposa County Jail on May 5. Their “good deed” was allegedly dropping off tobacco and alcohol to an inmate at the California Department of Corrections (CDC) camp at Mt. Bullion. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s report, a CDC officer had seen the pair […]

Skindrud wins big

 GAZETTE reporter Erik Skindrud came home from the California Newspaper Publishers Association Press Summit a big winner. Skindrud brought home plaques for two stories. He placed first in California for his feature story “On the Trail of a Forgotten Bear Tale.” Skindrud also placed second for an environmental piece on storebought pesticides. He and other winning reporters were honored at […]

Pioneer Market helps local CASA program

Jason Dubberke (left) of Pioneer Market presents CASA representatives Linda Myers and Nancy Carroll with a $309 check.Pioneer Market recently added CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Mariposa County as a beneficiary of their receipt collection program. Pioneer Market donates one percent of the gross receipts collected by CASA, and CASA was happy to receive their first donation in the […]

Wagon Train rolls again next month

The Mariposa County Pioneer Wagon Train and its board of directors has announced the upcoming 37th annual historic Wagon Train, with horseback riders and walkers, across the Sierra from Goat Meadow, near the south entrance to Yosemite, to one of the county’s pioneer ranches near Bootjack. Since June of 1975, this wagon train, led by the historic Cannonball Stage, has […]

RCRC testifies on septic tank rules

The Regional Council of Rural Counties (RCRC) today spoke before the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) public hearing regarding a proposed onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) policy. The OWTS policy is part of a regulation which implements Assembly Bill 885, passed in 2000, to address statewide standards for all new and existing onsite water treatment systems. RCRC’s Second […]