New supervisors take oath



Judge F. Dana Walton swears in Mariposa County Board of Supervisors members Merlin Jones (from left), Kevin Cann and John Carrier on Tuesday. Jones took over from former supervisor Lyle Turpin in north county’s District 2. Kevin Cann, re-elected in November, continues in Mariposa’s District 4. John Carrier takes the baton from former supervisor Jim Allen in District 5…. An […]

Troubling changes seen in crime stats




Sheriff Doug BinnewiesMariposa County residents enjoy a level of safety that most other Californians would envy. There is concern, however, about the future, as last year’s crime statistics show some disturbing changes. “Mariposa County crime is changing,” said Sheriff Doug Binnewies after the 2012 statistics were released. “We are experiencing an increase in serious and violent crime that we have […]

MCHS reopens campus




 For the first time since late last November, Mariposa County High School students are allowed to leave campus at lunch again. The open campus policy resumed on Jan. 8 when students returned to school after the winter break. The campus closure followed what administrators termed “recent behaviors and decisions made by students while off campus during lunch.” On Nov. 5, […]

Long-awaited effort unveils history signs




Chery Davis, Marion Lafler and Ed Temple (from left) of Mariposa’s Historic Plaque Committee pose with building owner Lester Bridges. As the plaque at left relates, today’s Fitness Zone gym building formerly housed a movie theater and the Mariposa Free Press newspaper.Three new bronze plaques affixed to downtown buildings are telling locals and visitors about Mariposa’s history. Unveiled last week […]

Man arrested on multiple charges



Shaun AndersonLast Friday, Shaun Anderson was arrested at his mother’s home in the 3500 block of Creek View Drive on charges of dissuading a witness from testifying, making terrorist threats, elder abuse, and brandishing a weapon. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office report, Suzanne Anderson, Shaun’s mother, called the sheriff’s office reporting that she was being threatened by her […]

Readers choose the ‘best’




Readers of the MARIPOSA GAZETTE have spoken, and their choices for “Best of the Best” in Mariposa County are made. The following are the winner’s in the annual competition. Best Breakfast: Sugar Pine Restaurant is the best place to start the day, according to voters. The Miner’s Inn was second. Best Restaurant: Mirriam Platto’s Savoury’s is the top choice for […]

Prefered Yosemite plan would up camp spaces




The longawaited Merced River Plan “prefered alternative” that could guide development and restoration in Yosemite Valley for decades to come was unveiled on Tuesday. As written, the plan would add 161 camp sites, boosting Valley camping opportunities by 37 percent. The spaces, most of which would be walk-in sites, would be spread among Upper Pines Campground, near Ahwahnee Meadow, an […]

Area Audubon group releases Christmas Bird Count numbers




The National Audubon Society’s 113th Christmas Bird Count included local counts in Yosemite (pictured), Mariposa and Oakhurst among more than 2,100 such events throughout North, Central and South America.Annual Christmas bird counts last month in Mariposa, Oakhurst and Yosemite yielded fewer birds than last year, yet organizers of the three local events nonetheless judged them successful– and, as always, fun. […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Dec. 31: A report of harassment was received from Bullion Street. • Petty theft was reported on Coakley Circle. • A call was received from 10th Street in Mariposa reporting forgery. • A call describing trespassing in progress was taken from Serpentine Drive. Jan. 1: • Missing person reports were taken from Highway 140 in Mariposa and North Parsons in […]

Lions plan crab feed



The Mariposa Lions Club will have its annual crab fee on Feb. 2, 2013, at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Take-outs will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. The no-host bar opens at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. by the Mariposa County High School FFA chapter. Dinner incudes one pound of crab, potato salad, cole […]