County man dies in Zion BASE jump



El Portal resident Sean Leary fell to his death earlier this month in Utah’s Zion National Park while BASE jumping. Five Ten | ContributedThursday, March 27, 2014 – 9:50 a.m. – Rescue crews have recovered the body of a world-renowned BASE jumper from Mariposa County who fell to his death earlier this month in Utah’s Zion National Park.Sean Leary, 38, […]

Local students lobby for FFA




Mariposa County High School FFA team members (from left) Hope McCoy, Isabell Saner, Rebecca Avendano, Patience McCoy, Wyatt Wass and Dalton Thomas met with California Assemblyman Frank Bigelow during last week’s Ag Day at the Capitol on March 19.Retired agriculture teacher Wayne Forsythe has heard state officials’ statements about the way agriculture education funding may soon change. Gov. Jerry Brown’s […]

Kothari is tapped for top county position




Chevon KothariChevon Kothari, who has presided at Mariposa-based Mountain Crisis Services’ helm for the past decade, has been selected to head the county’s human services department. The Mariposa County Human Services Department is the county’s biggest, with close to 100 employees out of the county’s total employee pool of close to 400 workers. Human services provides counseling and other support […]

Survey: County has high rate of bad ads




A recent state survey showed that a large percentage of county stores have advertising for unhealthy products. Seen here, a youth passes near an ad for snack foods in Mariposa. Erik Skindrud | The GazetteA state-wide study on the sale of tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy food found that 71 percent of food, convenience and drug stores in the state sell […]

Pair of fatalities mar start of spring




An unusual accident involving a skateboard, along with a drowning in the Merced River, cast gloom over a week spanning two Sundays from March 16 to 23. In one bright note, Yosemite National Park rangers last Sunday rescued a climber who took a severe fall while descending after a climb. On Sunday, March 16, tragedy struck a paved trail to […]

‘Speedy’ tortoise missing in Cathey’s Valley




“Speedy” the tortoise went missing in Cathey’s Valley on March 14 after he wandered away from an enclosure on the ranch of Mindy Masek on El Toro Road.If you’re in Cathey’s Valley this week, especially in the area of El Toro Road, you may want to be on the lookout for a missing tortoise named “Speedy.” The 10-year-old Sulcata tortoise, […]

Candidates convene in Cathey’s Valley



Candidates running to replace outgoing District 3 Mariposa County Supervisor Janet Bibby addressed voters at McCay Hall on March 18. From left are Kris Casto, Ronika Johnson, Pete Olson, Marshall Long and Bryant Gomes. Last week’s event was sponsored by the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



March 17: • A report of threats was received from St. Andrews Road. • Possible unsafe shooting was reported on Ashworth Road. • A traffic accident with a vehicle in the Merced River was reported on Highway 140. • A call reporting a “snake problem” was received from Rastro Way. • An abandoned owl was on Hunter’s Valley Road. March […]

Local dog loses battle with cancer



“Roy Boy”On March 13, Roy, a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog owned by Toni Kilpatrick of Mariposa, died after a battle with cancer. The dog, known as “Roy Boy” to his friends, had fought cancer for two and a half years. Roy was diagnosed in 2011 with a stage three mast cell tumor on his right ear, which led to the […]

Firefighters’ live practice



About 45 members of the Mariposa County Fire Department, all volunteers, went through drills on battling a structure blaze last Saturday off of Live Oak Road. An older model double-wide mobile home was donated to the department for the practice session by Sam Remcho. County FIre administrators oversaw the exercises. The structure was seriously “tagged” by unknown persons the night […]