Capturing ‘Layla’ becomes challenge




Animal control officers Eric Vogel (left) and Erin Andrews (center) help federal trapper Jeff Davis move a “pig trap” into place late last week in an attempt to catch Layla. The runaway dog has captured the hearts of residents in the Yaqui Gulch area over the past several months.Almost two years ago, a mid-sized, shepard mix female dog ran away […]

Dr. Smith’s passing prompts outpouring




Dr. Phillip Smith looked over the proceedings at 2012’s Veterans Day ceremony at Mariposa Elementary School. A funeral observance starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the local cemetery off Joe Howard Street.Dr. Phillip Smith, a teacher who presided over achievements that filled the community with pride, died on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Smith passed at age 58 after […]

Clark gets six-year sentence for death



Jeffrey Lee ClarkJeffrey Lee Clark was sentenced last week to six years in state prison for the Dec. 1, 2012 death of Gordon Crisp in Midpines. Clark, 52, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in October by a jury in Mariposa Superior Court. His sentence could have ranged from between three and 11 years, however. A spokesperson for Mariposa County District […]

Robbery conspirator given five-plus years




Christopher SheffieldChristopher Scott Sheffield, 44, was sentenced last week to five years and four months in state prison for his role in the September 2012 robbery of the California State Mining and Mineral Museum. Sheffield, the last of five defendants to learn his punishment, was sentenced by Judge Wayne Parrish in Mariposa Superior Court on Dec. 3. The audacious crime […]

North County man held on $1 million bail



Joctan Ramon-OrtegaLast Monday, Dec. 9, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Joctan Ramon-Ortega, 38, of Greeley Hill for child molestation. It was the second horrific arrest for child molestation in a oneweek period. The investigation has identified one female child victim. Ramon-Ortega has been charged with four felonious penal code violations, including oral copulation with a child under 14 years of […]

GAZETTE deadlines change for Christmas, New Year’s



Special deadlines will apply over the next two weeks for classified ad and editorial submissions to the MARIPOSA GAZETTE. Due to next week’s Christmas holiday, the classified ad deadline for the Dec. 26 paper will be noon on Friday, Dec. 20. Due to the following week’s New Year’s Day holiday, the classified ad deadline for the Jan. 2 paper will […]

A lot like Christmas



Faith Moore, wife of Yosemite Community Church Pastor Brent Moore, captured this image in a past snow storm. The church welcomes residents and visitors to two special holiday events this month. A Christmas Eve candlelight service starts at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24. A New Year’s Eve service starts at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31. The church is […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Dec. 9: • A contained mule was on Rancheria Creek Road. • A call reporting a scam was received from Varain Road. • Mountain lion issues were reported from Highway 49 North. • A call regarding a “bee problem” was received from Evergreen Lane. • Trespassing was reported on Usona Road. • An injured skunk was on Highway 140. Dec. […]

County Fire Response Report



Dec. 9 through Dec. 15EMS – 12Fire – 2 Illegal burnsPublic Assist – 5Auto Collision – 2 Carbon Monoxide can be deadly. You can’t see or smell it, but at high levels it can kill a person in minutes. Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. If these fuel […]

Local dog recovers after fishhook snack




Dog Argus recovers at her Idle Wheels home after ingesting a three-pronged fishhook (inset) on Dec. 9. Owner Randy Wilson brought the dog to a vet when Argus returned from a romp in the snow with a fishing line trailing from her mouth.Idle Wheels resident Randy Wilson and 9-year-old pooch Argus are regulars along the path that follows Mariposa Creek […]