Deer poses mystery

This odd looking deer is likely the same one that generated a June “reindeer” sighting reported in the GAZETTE’S Sheriff’s Log, reader Bob Ummels said. With wife Suzie, Ummels snapped this photo on July 11 in a meadow off Highway 49 North.The June animal sighting in a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office report posed a question. There was a reindeer off […]

Supervisors call for “time out” on airport brouhaha

The twin-jet Cessna Citation was parked on the airport’s tarmac last week. Erik Skindrud / THE GAZETTEThe hotly-debated question of who will run the Mariposa Yosemite Airport’s terminal and aviation services was delayed until Aug. 20 by the board of supervisors this week. The issue had escalated past the boiling point over the last month. Frayed nerves reached their peak […]

Traffic, parking will be studied

County work crews recently painted new parkingspace lines and handicapped symbols at lots in Mariposa’s historic downtown. The annual maintenance budget for the fiscal year that ends this month was about $11,000.Could a multi-level parking structure be part of Mariposa’s future? “There have been past discussions about that,” county chief adminstrative officer Rick Benson said last week. The only definite […]

County prosecutes welfare fraud cases

Mariposa County has always had a welfare fraud problem, according to some who work in the department. Now, however, the county is prosecuting nine cases of fraud. Welfare fraud is not a problem that is exclusive to Mariposa County or California, although the Golden State is hit hard by the abuse. “California is nearly twice as big as New York […]

Museum reopens treasure vault


Rangers Darci Moore and Randy Bolt stand at an entrance to the California State Mining and Mineral Museum’s secure vault—which holds the facility’s most valuable specimens.Ten months after armed robbers smashed display cases and ran off with gold and precious gems, the California State Mining and Mineral Museum has reopened the main location where the robbery occurred. The steel-reinforced vault, […]

Bark for Life looks to cancer cure for all


Roy is a cancer survivor. He had cancer in his right ear. Dr. Eileen Bissmeyer saved his life by removing the ear. Roy will be attending this year’s event.The American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life is a fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of canine companions. Over the last two years, the Relay For Life of Mariposa Committee has held […]

Bears wash cars

The Mariposa Youth Football league Bears will be having a car wash on July 27 at West- America Bank from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. … 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 […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

July 15: • A vehicle burglary was reported from Old Highway North. • A call reporting a suspicious skunk was received from Hornitos. • A theft of mail report was taken on Tenth Street. • A call regarding a vulture pick-up was taken from Mary Harrison Mine Road in Coulterville. • A missing Boer goat was reported from Triangle Road. […]

County Fire Response Report

July 15th through July 21stEMS – 20Fire – 4Public Assist – 2Auto Collision – 3 When you are out enjoying the beautiful scenery, please be aware of your surroundings and keep in mind that you may be miles away from cell service in the event of an emergency. While ATV riding and hiking use the buddy system, and if you […]

Residents urged to be ‘bear aware’

Dry summer conditions are pushing some black bears to invade human space in search of food, California Department of Fish and Game officials say.The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is reminding residents across the state to be bear aware. Over the last few months, several bears have been observed in and near residential areas, including areas where they […]