Hawaiian hospital hijinks



A crowd of aloha-shirted celebrants showed up at the Casto Oaks Vineyard for last Saturday’s John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation fundraiser. Showing off their festive attire here are Dana Oster (from left, foreground), the hospital foundation’s incoming president, Dr. Joe Rogers, M.D., head of the hospital’s ER department and party host Kris Casto, who holds a Penny Otwell oil painting […]

Park eyes keeping rink, rides, rafts and bicycles




Yosemite might be able to keep visitor raft rentals if the watercraft were stored out of Yosemite Valley and trucked in on an as-needed basis, Park planning staff have told the GAZETTE.Yosemite National Park wants more time to fine tune the Merced River Plan—and explore ways to keep hotly-debated visitor amenities in Yosemite Valley. National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis […]

MPUD Fire Chief Dulcich resigns, replacement sought




Jim DulcichAfter 14 years at the helm of the Mariposa Public Utility District Fire Department, Chief Jim Dulcich is seeking a less intense role in the organization. “It’s an extremely rewarding thing to do,” Dulcich said of the position. “But there’s a lot of work that goes with it. You have to make sure your equipment is tested and your […]

Hospital chief Hill resigns, citing salary




David HillJohn C. Fremont Hospital Chief Executive Officer David Hill has submitted a letter of resignation to the hospital’s board of directors. His last day will be Friday, July 26. Hill assumed the chief position in February of last year. He presided over a difficult period—with the hospital facing financial challenges due to threatened cuts in state Medi-Cal reimbursements and […]

Disputed fire fee bills on the way




Gov. Jerry Brown spoke during a CAL FIRE fire-awareness event in May. Brown would likely veto any bill that repeals the state’s fire fee without finding an alternate source of revenue, Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann said this month.Early this year, more than 8,000 county residents received bills for a controversial fire fee dedicated to fire prevention education. This month, […]

Courthouse clock and tower subjects of study




The clock that tops Mariposa County’s courthouse stopped in late 2011 when workers removed weights and cables to lighten stress on the building’s cracked roof trusses.For a year and a half, Mariposa’s Courthouse clock has been stuck at 2:35 p.m. On an afternoon in late 2011, county workers removed weights and cables that added a precarious burden to the old […]

Local soroptimists install new officers



The 2013-2014 Soroptimist International of Mariposa officers include Anita Starchman Bryant (fom left), Jovan Trujillo, Beverley Rutherford, Sandy Semtner, Dianne Fritz, Beverly Suggs, Patricia Wight, Dee Carr and Dotty Ducret. (Sherry Gorham and Karen Verdugo are not pictured.)Soroptimist International of Mariposa held its annual installation of officers on June 26 at the home of member Sandy Semtner. The event was […]

New club team forms



Mariposa Futbol Club Fire is a US Club Soccer competitive soccer program starting up in Mariposa. Currently the club is fielding teams for girls ages 7-8, 9-11 and 12-13. The club is also fielding teams for boys ages 8-10 and 11-12. Organizers are specifically looking for girls for a U-14 travel team (girls ages 12-13). Parents who have a child […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



July 8: • A physical domestic dispute was reported from Meadow Lane. • A call reporting stolen medication was received from Bullion Street. • Illegal dumping was reported on Fairgrounds Road. • A harassment report was taken on Princeton Way. • An out-of-control juvenile was on Highway 49. July 9: • Suspicous circumstances were reported from Hospital Road. • A […]

County Fire Response Report



July 8 through July 14 EMS – 7Fire – 3Public Assist – 3Auto Collision – 2 Spotlight call of the week: On Monday, a vegetation fire in Coulterville on Highway 132 was started by a motorhome. We urge drivers to use caution while driving. If you need to pull off the road, please use designated turnouts if possible and avoid […]