Missing Sehmsdorf is flown to hospital



(Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office | CONTRIBUTED)Friday, May 2, 2014 – 1:45 p.m. – Rescuers have located 78-year-old Folker “Karl” Sehmsdorf after the man spent close to three days wandering a remote area of the county. He was evacuated by helicopter to a Modesto hospital around 12:40 p.m. today, Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies said.Sehmsdorf, who is affected by memory issues, […]

Trans-Sierra Tioga Road to open on Friday



Vehicles passed through Yosemite’s Tioga Pass Entrance Station in May of 2012. (Beth Pratt | CONTRIBUTED}Thursday, May 1, 2014 – 9:45 a.m. – Yosemite National Park’s Tioga Road, which connects Mariposa County to the Sierras’ east side, is scheduled to open at noon on Friday, May 2, the Park said today. Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road. […]

Valley weed ordinances push marijuana growers to foothills




A California Highway Patrol H-40 helicopter, on loan to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, lifts a sizeable amount of marijuana from a large outdoor cartel grow operation near Lake McClure in August 2008.With the passing of an ordinance by the Fresno City Council last month banning all growth of marijuana within city limits, law enforcement officials in Mariposa County are […]

Shotgun high-five



Auctioneer Tim Sisil, left, greets shotgun winner Julie Gerken-Billings after she won the firearm during the 19th annual FFA Dinner, Dance and Auction at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds last Saturday night. Gerken-Billings is flanked to her right by Randy Brower and Russell Allison (in cowboy hat), who won hand guns during the sold-out event, which raised a reported $62,000 to […]

Space heater ignites office blaze




Fire spews out a window and up an exterior wall of the Coldwell Banker building on Highway 140 before firefighters knocked down the flames, which sent thick black smoke curling into the sky. The pressure from the fire blew out the window in this photo, allowing flames to escape the interior of the building.An unattended space heater under a desk […]

Butterflies take local story back to origination




A young Mason Bissmeyer got a close peek at a painted lady butterfly at the 2011 Mariposa Butterfly Festival. Multiple butterfly releases will take place during the this weekend’s three-day event.The account of Mariposa’s place-name origin related on the Wikipedia Web site is “pure hogwash,” an expert on California butterflies tells the GAZETTE. With the Mariposa Butterfly Festival launching in […]

McClure houseboaters mull fast-fading waters




A pair of boats skim over Lake McClure’s waters in March. A deal reached by the Merced Irrigation District and state agencies last week may result in all-time low waters by this summer’s end.Lake McClure houseboat owners last weekend wondered what may happen when lake levels plunge to unprecedented lows this summer. “I know they’re concerned about it,” Marina Chavez […]

Volunteers needed for grand jury



Volunteers for the 2014-2015 Mariposa County Grand Jury are being sought. The court takes applications from citizens representing a broad cross section of the Mariposa County community. Successful applicants will serve as grand jurors for the period beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015. The grand jury is composed of 11 panel members who meet on a regular […]

Piece Makers to exhibit fancy quilts



Mariposa Piece Makers has announced dates for the group’s upcoming outdoor quilt show. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 3. The colorful display of more than 120 quilts will take place at the Mariposa Museum and History Center at 5119 Jessie Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is open to all at no charge. Quilts made […]

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