Building permits surge




Debra Willis and Mike Kinslow of the Mariposa County Building Department show off an empty box of forms used for printing building permits last week.Building permits, a key economic indicator that is closely watched across the country, are up locally and nationwide. Last week, new building permits issued in all 50 states rose to a nearly five-year high. At Mariposa […]

Pot bust yields guns and suspects



Marijuana, guns and other evidence confiscated at the Spring Gulch Road marijuana garden are shown above.Mariposa County Sheriff’s officers executed a search warrant on Monday, May 20, for a marijuana cultivation operation on Spring Gulch Road in the Coulterville area. There, they found an armed man and 507 marijuana plants, processed marijuana, a shotgun and two handguns. The armed suspect […]

Carrying the torch for a cure



Cancer survivor Jon Youngblood (foreground at right) carries the torch to start off this year’s Relay for Life, which took place last weekend. He is followed by the Mariposa County High School Grizzly Band, which marched in support of its director, Dr. Phil Smith, who is also a survivor. Many others joined Youngblood in the survivors’ lap, which was followed […]

YLP fire claims home




Charred rubble is all that’s left of the Altmiller’s Yosemite Lakes Park home. The family escaped without injury.The Sunday afternoon wildfire that burned just over 90 acres in Yosemite Lakes Park in Madera County claimed the home of a family with long-time ties to Mariposa County. Josh and Angie Altmiller’s home was burned, but they and their children were able […]

Clarification offered on fire insurance




Last week, the MARIPOSA GAZETTE presented information to readers about a number of homeowners who are being subjected to drastic increases in insurance because of wildfire threat. Since that time, the GAZETTE has learned just how significant that risk is viewed to be and that at least one insurance company named in the previous story is not increasing rates. According […]

GAZETTE observes Memorial Day



The MARIPOSA GAZETTE will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, May 27. There will be no deadline changes for the May 30 edition. … An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and password below. Not a subscriber? Please click here to order a subscription. Existing print subscribers receive free […]

Federal report reveals new hantavirus details



Department of the Interior investigators took this photo as workers dismantled tent cabins at Curry Village.By Erik Skindrud Yosemite National Park officials responded appropriately to last summer’s hantavirus outbreak, a report by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General said this week. The report reviewed how National Park Service managers oversaw Park concessioner Delaware North Companies’ tent […]

Oklahoma tornado hits close to home




On Sunday and Monday, a massive storm system pummeled the Midwest, and Oklahoma was particularly hard hit. Even though Mariposa is thousands of miles away, the reality of the twister and its devastation hit close to home. Cody Guenthart is one of about a half-dozen Mariposa residents studying or working in Oklahoma. On Tuesday morning, Guenthart was home in Cathey’s […]

4-H celebrates its California history



 As early as 1912, the University of California had encouraged the formation of boys’ and girls’ agricultural clubs in rural areas and collaborated with school districts to organize them. In 1913, the forerunner of 4-H was founded–an agricultural club at the college of agriculture in Davis. By 1914, 84 high school agricultural clubs were reported in California. The goal of […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



May 13: •A cow was on Mt. Bullion Cutoff. •A horse was reported lost on Mt. Bullion Ridge Road. •A person was issued a citation for leaving a dog in the car in Mariposa. •A noise complaint came in from Hospital Road. May 14: •Someone found a pigeon on East Westfall Road. •There was a verbal dispute on Triangle Road. […]