Fire exercise

CAL FIRE firefighters practice a hose lay during last week’s “Fire Preparedness Exercise” held off of Highway 49 North. The exercises that prepared firefighters for the fire season included fire line construction, progressive hose lays, and structure defense techniques. There was also a three-mile hike in full safety gear in warm temperatures. CAL FIRE commanders said the exercise is one […]

GAZETTE and KMPH forge partnership

 The MARIPOSA GAZETTE and KMPH Fox 26 have forged a partnership to bring Mariposa County news to local and valley residents. Since early May, the two news organizations have been working together. The concept behind the collaborative effort is to strengthen news gathering efforts for both entities. Jim Turpin, corporate news director for KMPH, said, “I am excited about the […]

Courthouse condition is reevaluated

 The Mariposa County Courthouse’s maintenance problems may not be as serious as previously believed. Mariposa County Administrative Officer (CAO) Rick Benson said the situation is “not nearly as dire as first reported.” Benson said a second inspection by the state yielded better news than the first. Last month, Mariposa County Superior Court Judge Dana Walton told the board of supervisors […]

Representative McClintock voices opposition to NPS plan


Ronika Johnson traveled to Washington D.C. last week to oppose a National Park Service visitor center and office complex.Rep. Tom McClintock, Mariposa County’s next likely representative in Congress, voiced opposition last week to a visitor center plan supported by Mariposa’s current Rep. Jeff Denham, Supervisor Kevin Cann and the National Park Service. Denham, Cann and NPS planners see a visitor […]

Board appoints Williams as new planning director

SARAH WILLIAMSMariposa County has found a new planning director, and it didn’t have to look very far to find her. On June 26, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors appointed Deputy Planning Director Sarah Williams to lead the department. Current Planning Director Kris Shenk will retire as of July 6. County Administrative Officer Rick Benson said the board is “100 […]

Museum lands reprieve


Curator Darci Moore stands with the CM&MM’s Fricot nugget.The California State Mining and Mineral Museum still has a heartbeat this week. The museum at Mariposa’s fairgrounds is stuck in a grey zone, however. Unlike almost all of 70 state parks threatened by closure since last year, it has not found a donor or an association to pay its way. Instead, […]

Bill to restore Highway 140 heads to governor

 A bill that would allow the incidental take of the limestone salamander has passed in the State Senate and now heads for the governor’s desk. What that means is that the full restoration of Highway 140 at the Ferguson Rockslide could be closer to reality. On June 28, County Administrative Officer Rick Benson said AB 1973, sponsored by Assemblymember Kristin […]

School district welcomes transitional kindergarten

For many years, there has been a push to move the entrance date for California kindergarten students back to Sept. 2 instead of Dec. 2. Now that push becomes reality when school starts in August. The Mariposa County Unified School District, and many other districts in California, are responding to the date change by beginning what is effectively a twoyear […]

Republicans host election year picnic

The Mariposa County Republican Central Committee is hosting an election year picnic on Saturday, July 14 at the Mariposa County Park, Lions Pavilion. The barbecue starts at 6 p.m. and will include hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and watermelon. A raffle and fun evening is planned with opportunities to speak with candidates that are currently running for office and elected […]

Work causes traffic delays

Mariposa County Public Works will be doing construction work on Silver Bar Road from July 9 to 30. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should expect 15 to 20 minute delays. For more information, contact the public works department at 966-5356. … An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To […]