War widow’s vigil is close to three decades

Cleta Wells pauses to remember her late husband Tandy Walker Wells on Tuesday. The day marked 29 years since Wells died in a truck-bomb attack in Beirut, Lebanon.Cleta Wells marked a grim anniversary sitting by an electric space heater in her one-bedroom apartment on Sixth Street this Tuesday. Twenty-nine years ago, Cleta’s husband Tandy Walker Wells died with 240 other […]

Skindrud takes the reigns

For the first time in 15 years, the MARIPOSA GAZETTE will have a new editor. Erik Skindrud, current reporter and long-time journalist, begins his tenure on Nov. 5. Jill Ballinger, who has worked as editor, writer and photographer at the MARIPOSA GAZETTE since 1997, starts a new job as Mariposa County’s Clerk of the Board the same day. Ballinger covered […]

Fall arrives with wet, blustery storm

 The first measurable rain of the season starting falling early Monday morning, ushered in by gusty winds. Temperatures that have been well above normal for a long time dipped into the 50s by Monday afternoon. While the storm wasn’t a deluge, it was blustery–knocking out power in some areas. Snow was falling in the higher elevations, too. The wind was […]


Overheard threat prompts Manna House to ‘beef’ up security

Manna House co-president Terry Loughran checks on the food pantry’s hamburger cache last week. The charity spends about $900 to restock its meat supply every month or so, Loughran said.Volunteers at Mariposa’s Manna House food pantry are tightening security in the wake of an apparent threat to the charity’s meat locker. On Oct. 1, an unnamed volunteer overheard two men […]

District’s test scores soar

 Students in the Mariposa County Unified School District made huge strides in their already high standardized test scores. Data released by the California Department of Education shows that Mariposa’s students are head and shoulders above state averages. Each year, all students in California take the tests, which then give schools a score from 200 to 1,000. The state’s target score […]

Clerk explains ballots

Mariposa County’s Registrar of Voters Keith Williams told the board of supervisors on Tuesday that all sample ballots for the upcoming general election on Nov. 6 have been delivered. “By now all sample ballot booklets or voteby mail ballots have been in the mail long enough to have reached Mariposa voters,” Williams said. Anyone who has received a County of […]

MCUSD loses its financial leader

 Mariposa County Unified School District is losing its chief business officer. Linda Levesque, who has been the district’s financial guru since October, 2009, submitted her resignation on Oct. 19. Levesque came to the district during an extremely tumultuous time and after it had been through a number of financial chiefs in a short time. Her tenure has been marked by […]

Vintners’ Holidays are a fall highlight

Guests enjoy a gala dinner in The Ahwahnee dining room during a Vintners’ Holidays session.The Ahwahnee Hotel is preparing for its fall classic. The 31st annual Vintners’ Holidays event series begins in November, welcoming more than 30 of California’s best winemakers. Celebrating the excellence of California’s winemaking community in the breathtaking natural setting of Yosemite National Park, Vintners’ Holidays will […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Oct. 15: •Two dogs were loose on Indian PeakRoad. •There was a neighbor dispute in Cathey’sValley. •A bear was seen on Silver Bar Road. •Adrug violation was reported from Old HighwayNorth.Oct. 16: •Bear problems were reported on BuckMeadows Road. •There was a traffic accident onDarrah Road. •A neighbor was shooting at a cat onGrayling Road. •A verbal dispute was reported […]

County Fire Response Report

Oct. 15 through 21EMS – 7Fire – 2Public assist – 2Auto collision – 6 With the weather changing, recent rain, and paving being done throughout the county there is loosened oil and dirt on the roadways. MCFD reminds residents to use caution and slow down due to the changing road conditions. … An online subscription is required to view news […]