Blaze to south sends thick morning smoke

Battling the Aspen Fire

CAL FIRE volunteer photographer Robert Martinez captured this image of a Sikorsky Skycrane dropping fire retardent on the Aspen Fire. The photo gives some idea of the steep and difficult Sierra National Forest terrain over which the fire is burning—and generating smoke for neighboring areas. A portion of the firefighting flights are occurring out of the Mariposa Yosemite Airport, GAZETTE […]

Drought conditions raise local water anxieties

This stretch of the Merced River at El Portal was showing more exposed rocks than is typical for midsummer last week. Yosemite Park concessioner DNC has already suspended rafting operation due to low water in Yosemite Valley.Several key indicators show the Mariposa- Yosemite region heading into the driest, hottest and most fire-critical time of the year. Since mid July, flow […]

County lands grant funding

It’s been proven statistically nationwide that the most dangerous call a law enforcement officer faces in the line of duty is responding to a domestic violence situation. That danger remains at a high level in Mariposa County, and statistics in the past year reveal a troubling trend with an increase in cases and a rising level of physical violence. In […]

State wildlife managers issue death sentence

This European fallow deer, dubbed Powder by neighbors, mysteriously appeared in May. Fallow deer are raised commercially for venison, including at the Betz Ranch in Grass Valley, but require special “testing and disease clearance,” a California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesperson said.A European deer that sparked widespread curiosity off Highway 49 North in recent months has been shot by […]

Fremont Hospital fills two leadership roles

Alan MacPheeJohn C. Fremont Hospital has filled two key management positions— just weeks after a pair of executives resigned. Alan MacPhee, who recently served as interim chief financial officer at a Corcoran (Kings County) hospital, will be Fremont Hospital’s interim chief executive officer. Matthew Matthiessen, a former controller at Mammoth Hospital in Mono County, has been named Fremont’s interim chief […]

Huddleston and Collective to perform


Merced blues singer Cynthia Huddleston (pictured) performs with The Whiskey Tones at the Mariposa Art Park at 7 p.m. on Friday evening. The Mariposa Blues Rock Collective entertains at the venue on Saturday.Cousin Jack’s Mariposa Evenings continues into its fourth weekend of 12 this summer at Mariposa’s Art Park on Highway 140 between 4th and 5th streets. Cynthia Huddleston & […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

July 22: • A call regarding a horse in distress was received from Bear Valley. • A report of fraud was taken on Smith Station Road. • Grand theft regarding two puppies was reported from Bumgardner Mountain Road. • An identity theft report was taken on Buckskin Road. • A call regarding suspicious circumstances on Ernst Road resulted in an […]

County Fire Response Report

July 22nd through July 28thEMS – 5Fire – 0Public Assist – 1Auto Collision – 2 The extreme heat continues to take its toll and with the added smoky conditions it can cause a multitude of health problems. Please stay hydrated and limit strenuous outdoor activities. Do you live in Don Pedro? Are you 18 years old or older with a […]

For deer fawns, trying to help can end up hurting


Fresno Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Service’s Nicole Wilson, who lives in Mariposa County, recently helped nurse these two juvenile deer back to health.Trained experts with Fresno Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Service provide emergency medical care to native species in Fresno and neighboring counties— including Mariposa. The wild animal care service is a nonprofit organization started in 1974. The organization is […]

Mariposa’s Cann leads counties against fire fee


Kevin CannThe Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) last week announced its continued opposition to the state imposed State Responsibility Area (SRA) fees as the second round of bills are slated to hit rural homeowners’ mailboxes. Current RCRC board chair Kevin Cann, a Mariposa County Supervisor, made the group’s official statement against the fee. “RCRC remains opposed to this fee. […]