Rosander is leaving for Denair school district



GAZETTE file photo.Aaron Rosander, Mariposa County Unified School District’s Superintendent since 2010, has accepted a job with Denair Unified School District.The Mariposa district school board was scheduled to accept Rosander’s resignation at a 7 p.m. meeting on Thursday, Jan. 9.Rosander did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment on the move.Barry Cole, a spokesman for the Denair Unified Teacher’s […]

Snowpack survey: dismal



Gardener Tom Mollison keeps the pansies going with a spritz of water at The Mariposa Lodge. Erik Skindrud/The GAZETTEThe first snow survey of the year brought news that most people already knew: California is in the midst of a drought. The California Department of Water Resources found more bare ground than snow while measuring snowpack in the Sierra on Jan. […]

Sign comes full circle: back to clothing store




Below, Mike Radanovich of The Fremont House clothing store (at left) welcomed the business’s long-lost exterior sign back last week. Joining him was David Trabucco (in red suspenders) who recovered the sign from the county dump around 1992.This tale follows a pair of historic buildings, two families and a lucky find that connect 150 years of county history. The story […]

DUI arrests jump in County’s crime statistics report




Sheriff Doug BinnewiesOnly two categories showed increases in the County’s crime statistics for 2013, released earlier this week by Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies. Driving under the influence (DUI) arrests totaled 71 for 2013, a jump of 14 over 2012. That number pales, however, to the 2006 number of 97, the highest in the last 10 years. Responses by the […]

Pot hearing delayed

Lobbyist attempts to sway decision


Craig LitwinSpurred by a big response to a proposed medical marijuana ordinance, county staff say a public hearing on the issue won’t happen before February. Last month, a hearing was tentatively set for Tuesday, Jan. 14. “We’re just not ready with our recommendation for the board (of supervisors),” county Planning Director Sarah Williams said. “We’ve received input from concerned citizens […]

Nasty influenza strain prompts local warning




The county health department is urging residents to get flu shots in response to a particularly virulent strain of influenza this winter. County-administered flu shots are free, and available by calling 966- 3689 to set up an appointment. Nationally, health officials have reported that close to 90 percent of reported cases are being caused by the H1N1 virus—also known as […]

Homebuilding drive exceeds expectations



Al and Mary Ann Johnson (left) joined Dr. Tomothy Barnes (right) to post $1,500 for a challenge grant benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County.Area residents responded generously to the Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County’s year end fundraising drive. When the proceeds were tallied, donors more than matched Al and Mary Ann Johnson’s and Dr. Tim Barnes’ $1,500 challenge […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Dec. 30: • A call reporting suspicious circumstances was received from 12th Street. • A vandalism report was taken on Highway 140. • Petty theft was reported from Triangle Road. • Illegal dumping was reported on Lazo Way. • A call reporting squatters was received from Triangle Road. • A scam report was taken on Silva Road. Dec. 31: • […]

Lions Club crab feed tickets are available



The Mariposa Lions Club is selling tickets for a crab feed scheduled for Feb. 1, 2014. The crab feed is the Lions Club’s major fundraiser, the money raised helps many local community activities, including paying for eye exams and glasses. The club is taking donations for the raffle and the live auction. Sponsorships will receive a dinner ticket for every […]

Fracking is topic of Jan. 15 talk



Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the topic of a talk scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mariposa. The event is sponsored by the church’s Pax Christi group. Pax Christi, or Christian peace in Latin, “works toward a more peaceful, just and sustainable world,” according to the group’s Web site. Fracking uses a […]