Let the sun shine

The new owners of Offline Solar, Brooke and Karen Hanner, explain the benefits of solar power to an attendee at last Saturday’s Mariposa County Contractors’ Association Home and Garden Show at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Perfect weather and a large crowd marked the event…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please […]

County workers spared for now

Decision on layoffs delayed until oct. 29

Merced Sun-Star photographer Bea Ahbeck shoots the crowded Oct. 8 county board of supervisors meeting in which supervisors voted to delay possible cuts and layoffs until Oct. 29. Erik Skindrud/The GAZETTEAfter hearing two hours of impassioned appeals, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday put off a decision on cuts, layoffs and furloughs until a special meeting on Oct. […]

Lots, personnel and airport occupy board

At least one resident has complained about people sleeping in vehicles in this parking lot at Bullion and 7th streets. The board of supervisors on Tuesday decided to delay a vote that could ban camping and overnight parking in county parking lots.A pair of county employees who received layoff notices had jobs restored by the board of supervisors on Tuesday. […]

Layoffs and less work follow DNC party

Yosemite concessionaire Delaware North Companies observed 20 years of Park operations at The Ahwahnee Hotel on Oct. 1. Most of these employees were enduring layoffs or reduced work hours as the federal government shutdown kicked in the same day.The 20-year anniversary of Delaware North Companies’ Yosemite concessionaire contract was celebrated on Oct. 1 with cake served on The Ahwahnee hotel’s […]

Cooke announces run for reelection


Thomas CookeShortly after graduating from Lincoln Law School in 1977, I became involved in the practice of criminal law. I have spent 25 of those years as a prosecutor in Merced and Mariposa counties and about nine years as a public defender in Madera and Mariposa counties. I joined the Merced County District Attorney’s Office in 1985 and retired in […]

Rodeo royalty are named at local event

Mariposa County Fair rodeo queens from left; Victoria Smith, Kristen Montgomery and Cadee Barnum.At the CCPRA Rodeo held on Sunday Sept. 1, 15 young women who were running for Mariposa County Fair rodeo royalty held their breath as the announcer, Ted Dwyer, introduced them to the crowd. Head rodeo royalty coordinators, Jeanne Casner, Carol Suggs and 2011-2013 queen Jocelynn Barrington […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Sept. 30: • A call regarding “skunk issues” was received from Mariposa Street. • Peacock issues were reported from 10th Street. • An unknown sex crime was reported from Bullion Street. • Illegal brush cutting was taking place on Morningstar Road. • A call regarding transient concerns was received from Miller Road. • A domestic dispute occurred on 4th Street. […]

County Fire Response Report

Sept. 30 through Oct. 6EMS – 5Fire – 1 Vegetation fire, 2 Vehicle firesPublic Assist – 2Auto Collision – 0 It’s Fire Prevention Week, and from Oct. 6 through 12, Mariposa County Fire is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind residents how to prevent kitchen fires. Fire Prevention Week is the longest-running public health […]

Local health care changes explained

Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, opened for business on Oct. 1 and will be helping people sign-up for health insurance through March 31, 2014. According to Covered California officials, the Web site saw five million hits at 5,000 per minute the first day. Covered California is designed to serve all income levels, adults, children and families, small business […]

Miller play to be performed here

Merced College’s Community Services program is producing Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” at Mariposa County Park Amphitheater on Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26 and 27. Set in the 1950s working class Red Hook area of Brooklyn, N.Y., the play focuses on longshoreman Eddie Carbone, his wife Beatrice, and his wife’s orphaned niece, Catherine, whom they’ve raised like a […]