A snowplow clears access from Glacier Point Road to Yosemite’s Badger Pass Ski Area



A snowplow clears access from Glacier Point Road to Yosemite’s Badger Pass Ski Area. Annual plowing operations to open Tioga and Glacier Point roads could be delayed a month or more if the Park is forced to implement cuts related to this month’s Congressional budget impasse in Washington, D.C…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this […]

Home burns in basin




 Multiple Mariposa County fire units responded with CALFIRE crews to a structure fire on Harris Cutoff Road in Ponderosa Basin on Tuesday evening. Damage to the threebedroom home was confined to the kitchen and living room areas, Mariposa County Fire Battalion Chief Jim Monty said. The main fire was knocked down in less than 40 minutes, but the blaze smoldered […]

SEQUESTRATION

Federal budget bottleneck may force Park cuts


A snowplow clears access from Glacier Point Road to Yosemite’s Badger Pass Ski Area. Annual plowing operations to open Tioga and Glacier Point roads could be delayed a month or more if the Park is forced to implement cuts related to this month’s Congressional budget impasse in Washington, D.C. Erik Skindrud | The GazetteIf forced spending cuts take effect following […]

It’s party time in Hornitos




Dorothy Bauer is pictured at last year’s Hornitos enchilada dinner. Bauer has been working the event for every one of the past 64 years.Community preparations are underway for the big celebration of the 64th annual Hornitos Enchilada Dinner to be held in historic Hornitos on Saturday, March 2 from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at Golden Stag Hall. This year, the […]

Local couple and son arrested on pot charges



Merced County authorities paid a visit to Mariposa County on Tuesday, and they weren’t sight-seeing. The Merced County STAR team served search warrants in Mariposa and Merced counties, and went home with three people in custody. According to Merced County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Delray Shelton, Michael Noriega, 51; his wife, Laura Noriega, 46; and the couple’s son, Kenneth […]

Man charged with sex crime on minor girl



CHAD WARWICKA 24-year-old La Grange man is behind bars for having sex with a girl under age 18. Chad Warwick was booked into the Mariposa County Jail on Feb. 25.According to the sheriff’s report, the victim’s grandmother caught her and Warwick in bed together in January. She warned the couple not to see each other again and did not report […]

County will weigh TOT




Mariposa County has a goose that lays a giant golden egg each year. That goose is the transient occupancy tax (TOT) and the egg weighs in at more than $10 million. Last week, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors discussed the TOT and its future. Supervisor Janet Bibby placed the item on the agenda. “If you mention TOT, it automatically […]

YOSEMITE PLANNING

Tram tours removed in Mariposa Grove plan


Visitors step carefully during a winter visit to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias near Yosemite’s south entrance. Keeping visitors on pathways—and off delicate tree roots—is a prime aim of a Park plan released this week.Concessionaire-operated tram tours will be a thing of the past if a redesign for amenities at the Park’s biggest sequoia grove are implemented. The plan […]

Suspected meth sales land three people in jail



LEONARD HUGHESThree Mariposa residents are behind bars following a bust last week. All three are suspected of selling methamphetamine. According to Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies, the arrests were made following an investigation. Leonard Hughes, 37, was arrested on Feb. 23 for sales of methamphetamine. He is being held on $30,000 bail. Jerry Richards, 59, was booked on Feb. 21 […]

Marten-like fisher rebounds in Sierra



With the Latin name Martes pennanti, the Pacific fisher is a cat-sized member of the marten family. Scientists recently discovered that a female with kits had moved into Yosemite National Park.After experiencing years of population decline on the West Coast, a recent study examining fisher populations found that—at least in the southern Sierra Nevada— the animal’s numbers appear to be […]