Spring has sprung



It may be a week until the official start of spring, but the sights, smells and feel of spring are already here. Trees are blossoming all over the county, and temperatures are well above normal. The National Weather Service is predicting a warm end to the week with no rain in sight. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-70s […]

CAO Benson says county budget is ‘treading water’




 Mariposa County’s mid-year budget report was pretty boring, and that was a good thing. The county’s budget has come very close to performing exactly as expected. “What’s kind of remarkable about this is how unremarkable it is,” said County Administrative Officer Rick Benson on Tuesday. “The budget is stable. We’re not doing great, we’re doing okay. We’re treading water.” Benson […]

Burglar says he did it for the ‘rush’



JAMES MCCONVILLEMariposa County Sheriff’s deputies have nabbed yet another burglar, and this time the suspect says he did it “just for the rush.” James McConville, a 19- year-old transient was arrested early Monday morning after he allegedly broke into a business and apartment in downtown Mariposa. According to the sheriff’s report, deputies were dispatched to a downtown apartment at 6:40 […]

Stetson recovers from heart surgery




SUPERVISOR LEE STETSONFresno doctors performed quadruple bypass surgery on county supervisor Lee Stetson on March 4. The actor and longtime resident is recuperating at home, and will be away from work for several more weeks, he told the GAZETTE this week. “I’m in good cheer,” Stetson said. “I feel I’m getting stronger every day. I’m eager to get back to […]

Board asks Caltrans to rethink signal




 Caltrans has proposed a traffic light, which its insists is not a traffic light, at the Eighth Street crossing of Highway 140 in Mariposa. On Tuesday, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors officially made its opposition to the plan known. The board approved sending a letter to Caltrans Director Carrie Bowen that notes its enthusiasm about creating safety, but asks […]

HIGHWAY 140 INVESTIGATION

Canyon is risky, but not as horror stories have it


Workers pull the remains of a Nissan Pathfinder driven by Cedar Lodge worker Delia Gomes De Garcia from the Merced River in March of 2009. Divers found Gomes De Garcia’s body about a mile downstream.Just 25 years old on the night before New Year’s, Juan Hernandez Montalvo had plans for the future.In 2006, the soccer fan followed his parents to […]

Report shows local roads are failing




These two maps show how Mariposa County roads have deteriorated from “at risk” to “poor” in the last two years.There is always plenty of opining about the condition of Mariposa County roads on a local level. Now, a report released by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and the League of California Cities show that local concerns are real–the […]

Soroptimist chooses opportunity winner



Pictured above, from left, are Soroptimist Awards Chair Beverley Rutherford, Women’s Opportunity winner Alexandra Hernandez and Soroptimist President Nanci MacArthur.The recipient of Soroptimist International of Mariposa’s 2013 Women’s Opportunity Award is Alexandra Hernandez. The Women’s Opportunity Awards Program is Soroptimist International’s “major project.” Soroptimist members are committed to improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughou… […]

Relay for Life is around the corner



The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Mariposa is just around the corner. Register a team today by logging onto the Relay For Life of Mariposa Web site, relayforlife.org/mariposaca, and click the “sign up” button. This celebration of life brings the Mariposa community together in a unified effort to celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember […]

Artists welcome Wycoff



Yosemite Western Artists will welcome artist Joyce Wycoff. She will do a presentation of “Finding our Story—Mindmapping, Metaphors and Morphing” as it applies to the artist and to her own unique style of painting. It will be held on March 16 at 11:30 a.m. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to share for the potluck. There is a […]