Burn piles are off table through weekend

Residents are required to closely monitor burn piles when burning is permitted. (U.S. Forest Service | CONTRIBUTED)Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 9 a.m. – CAL FIRE said today that a countywide no-burn rule will remain in effect through the weekend due to a combination of high temperatures and low humidity.”Due to current conditions, we’re going to shut (hazard-reduction burning) off […]

New CSA gets thumbs up

Property Owners Pass Revised CSA Assessment

The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors breathed a collective sigh of relief Tuesday evening after the ballots were counted on the new, replacement Community Service Area No. 3 (CSA) parcel tax. It may be short-lived consolation. The measure passed, 2,066 to 1,328, County Administrative Officer Rick Benson announced after the count. According to Clerk of the Board RenĂ© LaRoche, 111 […]

As waters recede, wells slow and firefighters begin to worry

A plastic water line that connects Lushmeadows’ Mallard Lake to a fire hydrant sat exposed on the lake’s bottom last week. If the water level drops another foot or two, firefighters will no longer have access to water via this connection.Two groups of professionals who keep an eye on water supplies are expressing concern as the precipitation year transitions to […]

McClintock looking to face Gerlach in November election

Rep. Tom McClintockAs a candidate for the 4th Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Tom McClintock, Placer County resident Jeff Gerlach is quite possibly the most nameless and faceless hopeful to seek election in this year’s primary contest— though he is absolutely on the radar of McClintock’s re-election team. During a stop in Mariposa on Saturday, May 10 to […]

Candidates lay their motivation on the line


Part V Decision time is just weeks away for county board of supervisors candidates. Voters in two of the county’s five districts will choose new representation on June 3, with possible runoffs happening alongside the statewide general election on Nov. 4. To help voters decide, the MARIPOSA GAZETTE has asked candidates five key questions on important county issues. Today’s installment […]

Yosemite rangers win valor awards

Four Yosemite National Park employees received Valor Awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on May 8. Additionally, a Yosemite contract helicopter pilot received the Citizen’s Award for Bravery. Shown here, from left, are Yosemite Helitack crewmember Jeff Pirog, Yosemite Park Ranger Jeff Webb, Yosemite contract helicopter pilot Richard Shatto, Yosemite Helitack crewmember Eric Small and former Yosemite Park ranger […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

May 5: • Harassing phone calls were reported from Silver Doctor Court. • A call reporting a mountain lion problem was received from Ponderosa Way in Midpines. • A petty theft report was taken at Yosemite Gifts. • A domestic dispute on Boyer Road resulted in an arrest. May 6: • Vandalism was reported on Highway 140. • A petty […]

Park pulls plug on drones

A radio-controlled aircraft hovers near Yosemite National Park’s Nevada Fall in this undated photo that appeared on the Park’s Web site last week.Jim Bowers got a little hot under the collar when asked about Yosemite National Park’s recent decree banning radio-controlled “drones.” “It’s a very unfair ruling,” the Placer County resident said. “Some artists use paintbrushes. We use drones. They’re […]

A-list game includes Mariposa in top level


A still image provided by “1849” game developer SomaSim shows a Gold Rush-era village with its growing industries. In an odd twist, the virtual Mariposa has working oil wells in its simulated landscape.A new computer game in the style of “CityVille” and “FarmVille 2” includes a level of play set in the Gold Rush town of Mariposa. Released last week, […]

KRYS is back online, building new studio

After nearly four months of silence, the Web-based KRYS community radio station is back “on-the-air” and broadcasting at www.KRYSRadio.org. The station, which is promising to deliver not just music but community oriented programming as well, is in the midst of building a 200- square-foot studio building off Sebastopol Road. Once completed, the station will be able to Webcast both recorded […]