Aspen Fire smoke “may persist through summer”

The Aspen Fire had burned more than 20,000 acres as of Monday morning. Image: Google Maps/U.S. Forest Service(9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 8) Firefighters were closing in on 100 percent containment of the Aspen Fire this week, but said smoke from the blaze “may persist through the remainder of the summer periodically.”The total acreage burned stood at close to 22,000 acres […]

Aspen Fire effects linger

The Aspen Fire was contained on its western perimeter by Mammoth Pool Reservoir and the San Joaquin River, but remained active on its east flank this week. The resulting smoke has produced unhealthful air quality throughout the region, officials said.This week, Aspen Fire incident commanders were confident they had the upper hand on the stubborn blaze. With 75 percent containment […]

MPUD starves for volunteer firefighters

Response times and fire-protection service for Mariposa are now degraded by an ongoing volunteer shortage, a captain of the local fire department said this week. If additional volunteers don’t step forward, irreplaceable buildings will not enjoy the level of protection they deserve, Deputy Fire Chief Dennis Buck of the Mariposa Public Utility District Fire Department said. The town structures covered […]

Talk marks first election event

State Sen. Alex Padilla (D–Pacoima) spoke to local voters last week as part of a 58-county campaign tour aimed at becoming California’s next Secretary of State. County supervisor John Carrier is seated at right.The state’s next election is 10 months away, but for one candidate, August is not too soon for campaigning. State Sen. Alex Padilla (D–Pacoima) spoke to a […]

Killian is named Park’s top cop

Ranger Kevin Killian (left) is seen here with Yosemite superintendent Don Neubacher. Neubacher and the Park’s executive leadership team on Monday announced Killian’s selection as Yosemite’s new chief of law enforcement and visitor protection.Yosemite National Park’s Executive Leadership Team has selected Ranger Kevin Killian as the Park’s chief of law enforcement and visitor protection. “We would like to take this […]

Pesticides are confirmed in Sierra frogs

Researchers recently documented the presence of fungicides, herbicides and other pesticides in Pacific tree frogs scattered across the Sierra.A new study has found a stew of agricultural pesticides from California’s Central Valley in water, soil and frogs across the Sierra Nevada. Scientists have long known that many Sierra frogs and toads are declining in number. Besides pesticides, other studies have […]

Fair program fundraising begins

For decades, the MARIPOSA GAZETTE has produced the official program for the annual Mariposa County Fair and Homecoming. This year is no exception, and once again half of the net proceeds will be donated to the Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds Foundation. That organization was formed after state budget cuts defunded district fairs across the state. Last year, through advertising […]

Art Hop happens this Friday and Saturday


Photographer Sally Skogen has an eye for local scenes. Skogen is one of many creative individuals who will display their talents at this weekend’s Art Hop.The artisans, artists and photographers who present the county’s Art Hop remind residents that the monthly event happens this Friday evening and Saturday. Residents and visitors can bring their friends and stroll through uptown and […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

July 29: • Trespassing and theft were reported from Highway 49 South. • A call regarding child abuse was received from Hirsch Road. • A report of threats came from Banderilla Road in Lake Don Pedro. • Cattle were in the roadway on Silva Road. July 30: • Vandalism was reproted on 10th Street in Mariposa. • Mail theft was […]

County Fire Response Report

July 29th through August 4thEMS – 13Fire – 1Public Assist – 1Auto Collision – 2Spotlight call of the week: At approximately 4 p.m. on Aug. 1, a vehicle fire was reported on Highway 49 South at Varain Road. It was quickly controlled by a passing California Highway Patrol officer with his fire extinguisher. It’s a good idea to carry a […]