California State Mining & Mineral Museum “solution” is in works

The museum’s meteorite exhibit includes one specimen acquired on the advice of 19th-century naturalist John Muir. Photo: Erik Skindrud / THE GAZETTE The California State Mining and Mineral Museum will stay open for the immediate future, State Parks spokesman Dennis Weber told THE GAZETTE on Friday. Parks officials are working on "a long-term solution," to keep the museum operating, Weber […]

Foreclosure rattles Mariposa officials

More than 45 National Park Service employees have been working in this 11,000-square foot building on Stroming Road since the middle of June.Less than two weeks after a ribbon-cutting opened doors at the new National Park Service offices on Stroming Road, documents have appeared that show the building has fallen into foreclosure. What does that mean for close to 50 […]

Fair parade fading away?

 As it stands this week, the Mariposa Lions Club will not be putting on the annual Mariposa County Fair Parade over Labor Day Weekend. “We just don’t have enough members to do it safely any more,” Rick Peresan of the Lions Club told the GAZETTE Monday. According to Peresan, the parade began back in 1944 or 1945 and the Lions […]

Bill raising lake into Wild and Scenic stretch advances


John Sweigard and Mike Silva of the Merced Irrigation District visit the Merced River near the upper end of Lake McClure’s federal license boundary. A proposal to raise the dam’s capacity by 10 vertical feet would send the lake around the bend in this photo when at maximum capacity.A bill that would increase Lake McClure’s capacity by letting it rise […]

Young woman murdered near Lake Don Pedro

Tiffany RussellDetails are still sketchy on what at least on the surface appears to be a murder/ suicide that took place just outside the Lake Don Pedro subdivision. “This tragic investigation has led law enforcement to Tiffany’s (Russell) husband, Sean, as the primary suspect of her murder,” Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies told the GAZETTE on Monday morning. “However, is […]

Supes get Park update

Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher (right) stopped by Mariposa County’s board of supervisors chamber with Ranger Kevin Killian. Photo: Erik Skindrud / THE GAZETTEYosemite National Park may one day replace Arch Rock Entrance Station with a wider, multi-lane gate near the Park border at El Portal, superintendent Don Neubacher said on Tuesday. Neubacher was in Mariposa to brief county elected officials […]

Man drowns despite heroic efforts of ranger

Emergency response personnel attempt to revive Alfredo Damas on the shore of the Merced River last Friday afternoon.Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ranger Aaron Fouch’s reaction was nearly instantaneous as he crossed the Briceburg Bridge over the Merced River last Friday afternoon headed downsteam on his regular patrol. Frantic screams from young girl scouts along the river’s edge echoed off […]

Greeley Hill residents vow to open local school in August

 A committee of residents in Greeley Hill says it will open a school in that area in August, regardless of the cooperation of the Mariposa County Unified School District. Members of that committee made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that they were exasperated with MCUSD and will open a branch of the Gold Rush Country School for the 2012-13 […]

GAZETTE closes for the Fourth

The offices of the MARIPOSA GAZETTE will be closed in observance of Independence Day on July 4. Because of the closure, the deadline for classified advertising has been changed to Monday, July 2 at noon. Normal business hours resume on July 5, and the classified advertising deadline moves back to Tuesday at noon on July 9. … An online subscription […]

Summerlin installed as new regent

Andrea Summerlin, new regent, is pictured at left with Karen Montgomery, District 5 director and Carol Hanks, past regent.A May luncheon was the occasion of Andrea Summerlin being sworn in as the new Regent of the Merced River Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). She will begin her two year term on July 1. The new State […]