Auditor Davis urges ‘no’ vote on fee



Thursday, April 3, 2014 – 10:30 a.m. – County Auditor William Davis, who filed a November lawsuit calling an $80 annual fee for property owners unconstitutional, has written an open letter urging property owners to vote no in an ongoing poll on the fee.  Below is an excerpt from Davis’ letter. Read the Thursday, April 10 MARIPOSA GAZETTE Opinion page for […]

Fire fee ballots go to property owners




A special-assessment fee that was first approved in 2008 is helping the county pay for 11 newer fire engines, like this one, and four newer water tenders.The county last week mailed close to 7,200 specialassessment fee ballots to property owners. If re-approved by voters, the $80 annual fee will continue to fund 15 county firefighting vehicles. The fee has also […]

Virus invades local emails




Like the Trojan horse of yore, today’s Trojan computer viruses masquerade as something else to slip past defenses. Over the past month, one such virus has proliferated on local computers. Once installed, the virus sends emails to other folks on users’ email lists. If clicked on, links in the emails seem to relate ads for diet products, or other random […]

Safeguards add security, precision to prescription filling




Pioneer Market’s Angelina Freeman poses with pharmacist Carl Wood and the store pharmacy’s new automated prescription machine. The unit, which cost close to $100,000, helps ensure accuracy in dispensing medicine, Wood said.Pharmacist Carl Wood wrinkled his brow as he studied a list of the most common medications dispensed by Pioneer Market’s pharmacy. At the top of the printout sat two […]

Septic issues surface at Woodland Elementary




This photo shows the interior of classroom 17 at Woodland Elementary School as of Sunday, March 30. The room was closed after a sewage backup in the bathroom on March 19. The classroom, which is home to kindergarten students, will reopen after new carpet is installed.Maintenance crews from the Mariposa County Unified School District (MCUSD) have been working during the […]

Civil War Days take over Longs’ Ranch



A reenactment of the American Civil War of 1861-65 will be held on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 at the Longs’ Mariposa Ranch.The Las Mariposas Civil War Days will be held on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 at the Longs’ Mariposa Ranch in Mariposa. The ranch was once part of John C. Fremont’s historic 44,386 Las […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



March 24: • A call reporting a mountain lion sighting was received from Marshall Road. • Vandalism to a vehicle was reported on Jessie Street. • Theft of a purse was reported from 10th Street. • A resident on Creel Road reported “bee problems.” • A fraud report was taken on Sherlock Road. • A forgery complaint was received from […]

Crime victims are focus of ceremony



National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 6 through April 12. On Wednesday, April 9, from noon to 1 p.m. the Mariposa County District Attorney’s Office’s Victim Witness Program, along with Mountain Crisis Services and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, will hold a ceremony to officially dedicate a memorial to honor those who have been affected by crime in Mariposa […]

MCHS marks 100 years



Former Mariposa County High School principal Virgil Mullis, left, and 1947 graduate Bob Bondshu unveil a plaque commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the school on Saturday, March 29. The plaque was donated by the E Clampus Vitus Matuca Chapter 1849.The world was quite different in 1914, compared with modern times. Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States, the American […]

Reality show puts out casting call to county




A television casting researcher who knows Mariposa says the community’s mix of independent types may produce some perfect candidates for a reality show. Now in the planning stage for Fox Television, the reality TV project “Utopia” will follow 15 participants for up to a year as they strive to create an ideal community. Suzanne Gilreath, who works for The Conlin […]