Storm drops significant precipitation

A Midpines rain gauge showed 1.4 inches of rain had fallen from Wednesday night to 7:30 a.m. on Thursday. Erik Skindrud / The GAZETTEA Pacific weather system dropped an inch of rain on Mariposa and larger totals on higher elevations as it passed through on Wednesday and Thursday. An amatuer weather station in Midpines recorded a storm total of about 1.9 […]

New map system will speed first responders

County mapping specialist Emily Meriam (left) and Deputy Fire Chief Jim Middleton look over a new map book that will help law-enforcement and fire personnel find addresses spread over Mariposa County’s 1,463 square miles.For Jim Middleton, deputy chief for the Mariposa County Fire Department, the county’s new map system means less confusion at a most important time. He recalled one […]


A darker side of the scenario

The recyling center that operates in the Pioneer Market parking lot does lots of business from Mariposa’s homeless population. There’s a steady flow of people who collect recyclable materials and turn them into cash.PART TWO There is a darker side to the Mariposa homeless scenario. Aside from those individuals who are struggling but making a concerted effort to change their […]

FFA program cheers win, fears cuts

Mariposa County High School FFA standouts (from left) Wyatt Wass , Brandon Wingate, Kaymen Smith and Justin Fiske pose for a photo at the October national competition in Louisville, Ky. in which they posted a 9th-place finish in the national competition.As local agriculture students celebrate one of the biggest wins in the program’s history, its leaders say a reshuffling of […]

County scrambles to recruit new deputies

Continued erosion of Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office staffing levels would eventually leave local law enforcement without the deputies to sustain 24-hour service, Sheriff Doug Binnewies said this week. The sheriff mentioned the severe consequence that might ensue if his force not reinforced soon. There is no official discussion about reducing the community’s local law-enforcement presence below roundthe clock standards, Binnewies […]

Deadlines changed for holiday

Next week’s Thanksgiving holiday has prompted some deadline changes for the MARIPOSA GAZETTE. Classified ads for the Nov. 28 edition must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 25 at noon. That is a day earlier than the normal deadline. Editorial submissions for the Dec. 5 edition must be received by Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. Again, that is a day […]

Soroptomists make donation to CASA

Soroptomist International of Mariposa recently made a donation to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Mariposa. CASA executive director Caroline Furth, left, accepts a check from Soroptomist Oralee Phillips.Soroptimist International of Mariposa recently made a donation to CASA of Mariposa County. CASA is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who advocate in dependency court on behalf of […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Nov. 11: • A call reporting a loose, aggressive pit bull on Half Dome Court resulted in a citation. • A loose goat was on Usona Road. • Dogs were chasing horses on Red Hawk Lane. • A juvenile in possession of stolen property was reported from Boyer Road. • A report of threats was taken on 10th Street. Nov. […]

County Fire Response Report

Nov. 11 through Nov. 17 EMS – 6Fire – 1 Vehicle Fire, 3 Illegal BurnsPublic Assist – 3Auto Collision – 1 We are experiencing quite a few calls for vegetation fires that turn out to be residential burn piles. Please remember that all burning is strictly prohibited due to the extremely dry vegetation. A seemingly simple burn pile can quickly […]

Continuing drought is hitting cattlemen hard

These cattle near the Merced-Mariposa County line were subsisting on thin pasture in October, 2012. With drought continuing more than a year later, some area ranchers are now thinning their herds.The sight of cattle grazing on the rolling foothills of Mariposa County is common, but that sight may start to disappear if drought continues to stick around. Cattle producers are […]