Catholic parish looks back on 150th year





Bishop Armando Xavier Ochoa of the Diocese of Fresno (center) joins Fr. Steve Bulfer (right) and parish member Ron Iudice after a St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 150th anniversary mass last Jan. 18. A final anniversary mass will be held this Sunday, Jan. 19.St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is coming to the end of its year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of […]

Actor Franco stops for Yosemite Park shoot




A child actor (left) portrays a character based on a young James Franco during recent filming in Yosemite National Park. At right, Franco pauses for a Yosemite Valley portrait during work on the film, which is tentatively titled “Yosemite.”Multiple residents spotted Hollywood Alist actor James Franco early this month shooting scenes for his current film project, “Yosemite.” Franco and crew […]

Assessor states Prop 13 property tax adjustment is minor



Becky CraftsMariposa County Assessor- Recorder Becky Crafts last week reported that many property owners throughout Mariposa County will see a smaller than usual increase in their property’s assessed value for the 2014-2015 tax year, which begins July 1, 2014 and ends June 30, 2015. The 2014-2015 inflationary adjustment will be .00454 (less than half of one percent). Proposition 13, which […]

Rotary dedicates more historic plaques



On Thursday, Dec. 19, the Rotary Club of Mariposa dedicated three historic plaques in downtown Mariposa. The old Capital Saloon, Mariposa Meat Market and Gishel Hotel and Bakery were dedicated, and funding was provided by the Rotary Club, members of Rotary and property owners. The goal for the club is to provide about 40 plaques throughout historic Mariposa. Dave Butler […]

Yosemite conducts youth film contest



Yosemite National Park is conducting a “Youth in Yosemite” short film contest. The contest is open to anyone 25 years of age or younger who is motivated to create a video about their connection to Yosemite National Park. The deadline to submit the short films is 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10. Film themes should be focused on “Celebrating Nature” […]

Landfill will close for Martin Luther King Day



The Mariposa County Landfill and Recycling Center will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 in recognition of Martin Luther King Day. Normal hours of operation are Thursdays through Mondays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The landfill is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and major holidays. Free 2014 calendars featuring photos by local photographers and listing closure dates and useful information about […]

Principal Garagarza speaks to Rotary





Alfonso GaragarzaPrincipal Alfonso Garagarza, or Mr. G. to the students at the Sierra Foothill Charter School (SFCS), recently spoke to Mariposa Rotarians and covered a wide range of subjects. The school’s mission is to provide a rigorous, well-rounded education— with a focus on science and sustainability— that helps students acquire the academic and personal skills they need to excel in […]

Clarification on Smith



My father, Dr. Phillip Smith, enlisted into the United States Army in early 1975 and served as an infantryman for three years before re-enlisting as an Army bandsman. By the time he finished basic training in 1975, the war in Vietnam had already concluded. My father was never deployed into Vietnam, but was a Vietnam era veteran. He was deployed […]

Study seems meaningless



I’m writing this letter in regard to the Rim Fire impact study (MARIPOSA GAZETTE, Jan. 2, 2014). Did anyone actually understand any of the environmental/economic “eco-babble” reported on in the article? The “study” self-explains that it is totally meaningless in that it was prepared before the fire was even contained and did not consider eight of 18 “areas of benefit.” […]

County needs to diversify



As last year ended there was no indication that we, the resident property owners and taxpayers, will realize any significant improvements in the coming year from Mariposa’s county government. The focus continues to be on tourism with a current budget of almost $2 million and Terry Selk, executive director of the Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau, stating approximately $3 million is […]