Dr. Smith funeral set for Saturday, Dec. 21

Dr. Phil Smith proudly led the high school band at 2012 Veterans Day observance at Mariposa Elementary School. He attended again this past November. Erik Skindrud/The GAZETTEDr. Phillip Smith, who built Mariposa County High School’s band into a nationally-recognized program, passed away on Dec. 11. A public funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the town […]

Mariposa roads now among state’s worst


This stretch of Ben Hur Road is located more than 10 miles south of Highway 49. On Tuesday, the board of supervisors, acting as Mariposa County’s Local Transportation Commission, approved $1.1 million in repairs for the section.A statewide survey says that Mariposa County has joined six California counties ranked as the worst in the state for their road pavement condition. […]

Frigid temps nip residents

Mariposa resident Vicki Price recorded a snow total between 5 and 6 inches on Saturday, Dec. 7. Many other areas of the county had accumulations above that amount, and sub-freezing temperatures that broke water lines and killed plants.The county got off lightly from a double punch of snow and verycold temperatures that hit since last weekend. Snowfall totals ranged from […]

Visitor charged with molesting 5-year-old girl

Christopher WidenerLate last Friday afternoon, Mariposa County sheriff’s deputies responded to a Mariposa area home to investigate a report of child molestation. That investigation resulted in the arrest of 27-year old Christopher Widener of Marion, Va. Widener was arrested for a pair of gruesome crimes including oral copulation of a child under 10 years old, and sexual penetration of a […]

Supes fund tourism bureau

The board of supervisors on Tuesday voted to continue a $500,000 contract with the Yosemite- Mariposa County Tourism Bureau, which promotes the county around the globe. Also on Tuesday, county chief administrative officer Rick Benson presented numbers on the effect of October’s federal government shutdown. The 17-day shutdown crimped tourist tax revenue much less than expected, Benson reported. Two months […]

Toads and cattle can coexist, study finds

A study published last month appears to demolish the idea that cattle grazing hurts frogs and toads in the Sierra. What impact the finding might have on the proposed listing of Yosemite toads and yellow-legged frogs is unclear however, study author Kenneth Tate of UC Davis told the GAZETTE last week. “Listing (as threatened or endangered) is not based solely […]

Yosemite plan spills over Dec. 31 deadline


Brilliant sunlight illumines bathers by Swinging Bridge in the Merced River in July of 2012. Yosemite National Park’s long-awaited Merced River Plan is now due sometime in early 2014.The contentious and exhausting Merced River Plan (MRP) will extend into 2014, the Park has announced. In July, Park officials said the plan’s final version would be released by the end of […]

Buying local for Christmas

Holiday gift buyers Wil Van Winkle and Natashe Kupres (right) look over prints produced by photographer Ira Estin (at left here). The residents came together at the Mariposa Soroptimists’ Dec. 6 Christmas Craft Show held at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. A power outage on Saturday, Dec. 7 closed the event early, unfortunately…. An online subscription is required to view news […]

Rim Fire recovery project announced

Stanislaus Forest Supervisor Susan Skalski recently announced the second phase of the Rim Fire recovery, Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that appeared in the Federal Register on Dec. 6. The action will include: •Salvage of dead trees and fuel reduction (29,648 aces). •Removal of hazard trees, salvage of dead trees and fuel reduction along Level […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Dec. 2: • A verbal, domestic dispute was reported from Indian Peak Road. • A harassment report was taken on Highway 140. • Out-of-control juveniles were reported from Darrah Road, Ponds Way, and Triangle Road. • Vandalism was reported on Water Street. • A call reporting mailbox tampering was received from 10th Street. Dec. 3: • A call reporting a […]