Canadian gold mining firm bets millions on historic mine

The Pine Tree Mine was in operation from the 1850s until World War II. The mine has seen its share of squabbles—in 1858, Colonel John C. Fremont resisted an armed attempt to take over the mine. In the 1980s, conflict swirled around a bid to restart mining.A group of Canada-based investors have paid more than $5 million to acquire 3,350 […]

Father arrested for trying to kill family

Joshua BattlesA Mariposa man is accused of trying to kill his entire family by crashing the car he was driving into a tree just after midnight on March 22. Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies said 36-year-old Joshua Battles is in custody after he crashed the car in the Midpines area. In the car were Battles and his wife and three […]

Bear around town creates a stir

Sunflower seeds spread on a chicken coop atSEE tracted this bear to a home off East Whitlock.A cinnamon-colored bear is visiting town before dawn to snatch scraps from trash cans, residents say. Since mid-March, the local sheriff’s office has received reports from Jones Street, 13th Street, and Stroming Road. Multiple reports have come in from the hospital neighborhood and the […]

Deputies bust first gardens of season

 Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputies have taken down the first marijuana gardens of the season. During the first bust, two people were arrested. Three days later, deputies found another garden on Sullivan Road that netted nearly 7,000 plants.According to Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies, Sergio Magallanes and Spring Lawrence were arrested at a Lookout Mountain Road property on March 19. The […]


Merced River Plan attracts interest of Congressional reps

Tom McClintock spoke in Sonora earlier this year. The congressman’s views on Yosemite’s Merced River Plan will be aired at the representative’s Mariposa town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 at the board of supervisors’ chambers.The county’s elected representatives in Washington D.C. are watching Yosemite’s Merced River Plan (MRP) as the document speeds towards April 18—the end […]

GAZETTE will close for Good Friday

The office of the MARIPOSA GAZETTE will be closed on Friday, March 29, in observance of Good Friday. Regular hours will resume on Monday, April 1. There will be no changes in deadlines due to the closure. The staff at the GAZETTE wishes everyone a happy Easter. … An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. […]

MCS program connects local youth with Yosemite

Local students can take part in the Yosemite Youth Expedition, which gives Mariposa youth a connection to the national park in their backyard.The Yosemite Youth Expedition (YYE) was born in 2010 out of the recognition of the need for Mariposa youth to feel a connection to the national park in their backyard. Balanced Rock, Mountain Crisis Services (MCS), Ethos Youth […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

March 18: •There was a loud party on Highway 49 North. •A bull was in a yard on Merced Falls Road. •Grand theft was reported on Indian Peak Road. •There was a suspicious person on Seventh Street. March 19: •A bear was in the trash at a home on Smith Road. •A mailbox was stolen on Cathedral Spires Road. •Deputies […]

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,, 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 […]

Fire tax bill will be delayed

Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte), a longtime critic of the fire tax and co-author of several legislative proposals to repeal the tax issued the following statement in response of an investigation that found “errors and inconsistencies” in State Responsibility Area boundaries. “It is time to repeal this unfair tax. Careless errors in the implementation and spending of this tax just […]