Predator drone flights continuing over fire

Predator drones have flown at least two, 20-plus hour missions over the Yosemite region since 2006. The use of the reconaissance and weapon system over civilian areas of the U.S. has drawn some criticism from privacy advocates. Photo: U.S. Air Force/Lt. Col. Leslie PrattA Predator drone will continue to loiter over the Rim Fire, “providing realtime visual and infrared intelligence.” […]

Mariposa County’s favorite gathering begins on Friday


County residents and visitors line up to buy tickets at a Mariposa County Fair in the 1960s. See page B-1 for more on a historic photo project that is seeking input from fairgoers at this year’s fair.The 75th Mariposa County Fair, which has won the “favorite annual event” category for over a decade in the GAZETTE’S “Best of the Best […]

Lions’ parade honors threesome

 This year’s Mariposa Lions Club Labor Day Parade honors three Mariposans who’ve made big contributions to the community. The 2013 parade also marks the Mariposa County Fair’s 75th anniversary. The procession rolls at 11 a.m. on Saturday in downtown Mariposa. Longtime residents Dan Michael and Jim Dulcich will share this year’s grand marshal duties. This year’s parade also honors the […]

Blaze might scorch county budget

Greeley Hill photographer Al Golub captured the Rim Fire leaping across the forest crown as it burned along Cherry Lake Road last week. As the GAZETTE went to press, the fire had burned close to 3,000 acres in Mariposa County out of a Wednesday total of more than 187,000 acres. No Mariposa County structures were reported lost.The county has been […]

Binnewies seeks reelection

Sheriff-Coroner Doug BinnewiesMariposa County Sheriff-Coroner Doug Binnewies likes his job— and he hopes to keep it. This week, Binnewies has officially announced his intention to seek reelection in 2014. “It is my total focus to ensure that Mariposa County receives the finest, most professional law enforcement services,” Binnewies said. “The philosophy of total service continues to be successful in Mariposa […]

Fagalde eyes bench in Superior Court

Michael FagaldeMariposa attorney Michael Fagalde has announced his candidacy for Judge of the Mariposa County Superior Court in the 2014 election for the seat currently held by Judge Wayne Parrish. Parrish has indicated he will not be seeking reelection. Fagalde is a graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, and a partner in the local law firm of Fagalde, […]

Ready to rodeo

This collection of youngsters at the Kid Korral Daycare operated by Marie Pretzer are all set for the start of this year’s Mariposa County Fair. The fair opens on Friday, Aug. 30 and runs through Monday, Sept. 2. Pretzer said this group “hopes everyone will be safe and have a bunch of fun.”… An online subscription is required to view […]

Annual alumni gathering set


The annual Mariposa County High School Alumni Breakfast Gathering will be held this Sunday morning in the high school gym breezeway, from 10 a.m. to about 1 p.m. Donuts, coffee and juice will be served, and a donation jar will be offered. There will be raffle prize drawings, including the annual drawing for a handwoven butterfly chair— made and donated […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

August 19: • A call reporting a scam was received from Snyder Ridge Road. • Vandalism was reported from Tip Top Road. • Illegal dumping was reported on Chowchilla Mountain Road. • A report of petty theft came from Rocky Hollow Road. • A domestic dispute was reported on Old Highway South. • Threats were reported from Panchito Way in […]

County Fire Response Report

Aug. 19 through Aug. 25 EMS – 6Fire – 6Public Assist – 0Auto Collision – 0 Spotlight call of the week: At approximately 2:42 p.m. on Aug. 20, a vegetation fire was reported on Chowchilla Mountain Road. The fire was quickly contained to five and a half acres by fire crews and no structures were damaged. Please stay clear of […]