Mariposa team wins state championship again



The Mariposa County High School FFA natural resources team repeated as the state champions after winning the finals at Reedley College on Jan. 26. The team will represent California at the FFA National Convention next fall. Pictured, from left, are team members Brandon Wingate, Justin Fiske, Wyatt Wass (first high individual) and Kaymen Smith. FFA members also competed in the […]

Phony cops busted for burglary in Hunters Valley



 Portraying oneself as an officer of the law– paticularly when you are a criminal–is a bad idea. Two men recently found just how bad an idea and are now in custody at the Mariposa County Jail. On Jan. 4, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office initiated a residential burglary investigation when several items had been reported stolen from a residence located […]

Fifth suspect enters plea




 The fifth suspect in the California State Mining and Mineral Museum robbery on Sept. 28, 2012, has made his first appearance in court. Michael Anthony Gomes, 43, of Citrus Heights was in Mariposa County Superior Court on Jan. 24. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and refused to waive time for a preliminary hearing. Attorney John Garcia was appointed […]

Boom! Bomb squad detonates old dynamite




Arlyne (left) and Marcy Boyer have a little fun with the Merced Bomb Squad’s robot after it had safely removed four sticks of dynamite from their garage.Monday was a pretty exciting day for Arlyne Boyer and her daughter, Marcy. Boyer and her children were cleaning out a garage on Sunday when they found four sticks of dynamite in an old […]

Two men booked on sex crime charges



 Two Mariposa County men have been arrested for unrelated sex crimes. One of them remains in custody and the other has posted bail. Forrest Monk, 56, of Coulterville was arrested by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s SAFE Unit on Jan. 25. Monk has been charged with felony sex with a minor. Bail was set at $50,000. According to Mariposa County Sheriff […]

Congressman McClintock plans new Yosemite legislation




Rep. Tom McClintock took over as Mariposa County’s representative in Congress this month. McClintock’s new 4th Congressional District stretches from north of Lake Tahoe to south of Shaver Lake.The county’s new representative in Congress presented his original and controversial views on tourism and reducing traffic backups at Yosemite National Park entrances in an interview with the GAZETTE last week. For […]

Soroptimist donates to Mariposa’s Heritage House



Pictured, from left, are Soroptimist member Sherry Gorham, Heritage House Executive Director Bryan Blew, Heritage House volunteer Jerry Johnson, and Soroptimist Service Chair Sandra Semtner.Soroptimist International of Mariposa recently made a donation to Mariposa Heritage House, an addiction support service facility for the community of Mariposa. The Heritage House opened its doors in 2001 as a program of the Mariposa […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Jan. 21: •Grand theft was reported on Indian Peak Road. •There was a domestic dispute on Highway 49 South. •Threats were investigated on Granite Springs Road. Jan. 22: •An assault report was received in Mariposa. •Shoplifting was reported on Coakley Circle. •An ambulance was requested on Highway 49 North. •There was a traffic accident on Merced Falls Road. Jan. 23: […]

County Fire Response Report



Jan. 21 through 27 EMS – 7 Fire – 1 escaped control burn Public assist – 6 Auto collision – 3 MCFD would like to remind all residents to call the Burn Day Information Line at 966-1200 prior to burning. CAL FIRE and Mariposa County Air Pollution Control mandate whether it is a permissive burn day so it is imperative […]

Flu is here, but impact is minimal




Public health officials all over the United States have been warning everyone in California that the flu was coming, and now it appears it has. Mariposa County Public Health Officer Dr. Charles Mosher said there have been two confirmed cases of influenza in Mariposa County so far. That, however, does not mean that no one else out there hasn’t been […]