Risks remain in Carstens Fire’s wake

Firefighters halted the Carstens Fire at the top of this ridge north of Bootjack. Experts from the state’s interagency Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) team were flying over the zone this week to evaluate its rainy-season erosion potential. Local contractor Dave Gerken contributed this image after flying over the zone in his own aircraft.Last week’s Carstens Fire, and two smaller […]

Chief Wilson asks for ‘volunteers’ to be paid during fire

The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency last Monday because of the Carstens Fire–putting it in line to receive state and federal disaster funding. The following day, Mariposa County Fire Department Chief Jim Wilson approached the board with an emergency item that would ensure his volunteers got paid for working the Carstens Fire and similar incidents. The […]

Museum robber faces new charges

CHRISTOPHER SHEFFIELDOne of the men accused in the Sept. 28, 2012, robbery of the California State Mining and Mineral Museum (CSMMM) is facing new charges in Mariposa County Superior Court. Christopher Scott Sheffield has now been charged with three counts of vehicle theft, one count of arson, second degree burglary, two counts of robbery, and conspiracy to commit grand theft. […]

School district adopts budget

The state may be funding schools at a higher rate next year, but Mariposa County Unified’s continued loss of students is still affecting its budget. The school board adopted the 2013-14 budget at its meeting on June 20. Next year, the local school district will receive about $6,800 per average daily attendance (ADA)–which is an increase of about $100 over […]

Alcohol and boat make bad combo

It was just light beer, a boat passenger said after a crash injured him and the craft’s driver last Friday on Lake McClure. The boat’s driver, Jonathon Brondolo, suffered moderate head injuries when the ski boat he was driving struck an underwater obstruction. The sudden impact slammed Brondolo against the windshield of his father’s boat. Unconscious, with his head bleeding […]

GAZETTE closes to move

Thursday, June 27, the offices of the MARIPOSA GAZETTE on Highway 140 will be closed as the community newspaper moves to its new space at 5009 Fifth Street in downtown Mariposa. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Submissions will still be received via e-mail, and the new office will open with regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 […]

It’s suds & sausage on Saturday

Residents can sample close to 150 varieties of beer and 20 different sausages at the Mariposa Summerfest Suds & Sausage Sampler this weekend. The event takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Mariposa County Fair- grounds office and at the door. Attendance is limited to adults 21 and over. The event is a fundraiser for the Mariposa Friends […]

Politics colors view of frog and toad debate

Yosemite toads swim near Tioga Pass. A male toad is embracing the larger, multicolored female. Federal protected status for frogs and toads would not result in forest and parkland closures, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesperson said.Both sides believe there’s a lot riding on a proposal that would give federal protection to three endangered amphibians in the Sierra. Opponents like […]

Rodeo contestants help with Wagon Train

Fifteen young ladies, ranging in age from 6 to 18 are vying for this year’s Mariposa Rodeo Queen, Princess and Junior Princess divisions. The majority of them were able to attend along with their families and help to support the Mariposa Pioneer Wagon Train Poetry and Dinner on June 15. Some contestants came early to help out with the set […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

June 17: •A report of identity theft was received from Tip Top Road. • Donkeys were reported to be on Highway 140. • A call regarding evacuation concerns was received from Clouds Rest Road. • An out-of-control juvenile was reported on Boyer Road. June 18: • Harassment was reported from Hillside Drive. • A report of threats came in from […]