Beer and sausage headline fundraiser




Kion Kashefi, president of the non-profit group behind Saturday’s Mariposa Summer Fest fundraiser, often asks folks to pay better attention to the group’s name. “We want to emphasize that we are not just friends of (each Labor Day weekend’s) fair,” Kashefi said. “We are the Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds Foundation.” This Saturday night’s shindig is better known as the […]

Business properties tagged



Last Saturday morning, downtown Mariposa business owners and managers arrived at their workplaces to find that overnight their property had been “tagged” with spray paint and messages that so far are unfamiliar to local law enforcement. Around 9 a.m., Coast Hardware Assistant Manager Steve Valdez showed the responding deputy from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office tagging that had been placed […]

Domestic violence suspect surrenders after fleeing incident



Kenneth PritchardIt’s fairly common knowledge that the most significant threat to law enforcement officers occurs when responding to domestic violence issues. Last Thursday evening, a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputy almost found out first hand the level of that danger. According to the report, the deputy was responding to an address on Ernst Road in Northern Mariposa County on a […]

Smallcombe and Long were close in fundraising




 A review of campaign-finance documents by the MARIPOSA GAZETTE shows that District 3 candidate Marshall Long led all other board of supervisors candidates in money raised for the June 3 election. Long’s fundraising efforts brought in $6,786 from a wider range of sources than any other candidate. Mandatory documents filed in March and May show that Rosemarie Smallcombe’s war chest […]

MCUSD plans to float bond mesasure




The Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees have unanimously approved placing an item on the Nov. 4 general election ballot that will ask voters to say “yes” to the issuance of $23 million in bonds to fund school renovations in the district. The plan, known as the “Mariposa County Unified School District General Obligation Bond of 2014,” was […]

Park plans 150th event



Rep. Tom McClintock is expected to join Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher for a Monday ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Yosemite Grant. The event starts at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 30 at the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. President Lincoln’s 1864 action was the first legislative step towards protecting what would […]

Annual fireworks show extinguished




July 4 fireworks flashed and boomed over the Mariposa County Fairgrounds for close to 22 years thanks to the Mariposa Kiwanis. This display took place in 2011.The annual Independence Day fireworks show, a favorite at the fairgrounds for close to 22 years, will not happen next Friday. With the county’s landscape tinder-dry, many local people have responded with relief to […]

Soroptimist donates to scholarship program



Soroptimist International of Mariposa recently made a donation to Mariposa County Parks and Recreation. Here, from left, Parks and Recreation Program Manager Shannon Hansen and Stacy Cann, senior recreation leader accepts a check from Soroptimist board member Anita Starchman Bryant, center.Mariposa County Parks and Recreation’s Day Camp Scholarship Program recently received a $500 donation from Soroptimist International of Mariposa. The […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



June 16 • Loose goats were on Usona Road. • A mountain lion versus a vehicle report was taken on Greeley Hill Road. • Grand theft was reported from Highway 140 in El Portal. • A physical domestic dispute on Highway 140 in Midpines resulted in an arrest. • A sick or injured skunk was on Meadow Lane. June 17: […]

County Fire Response Report



June 16 to June 22 EMS – 10 Fire – 2 Structure 2 Vegetation Public Assist – 1 Auto Collision – 2 PLEASE USE CAUTION! Vegetation fires are on the rise, but most of them are preventable if you follow some basic safety rules: • Do your property clearing before 10 a.m. • When driving, if you need to pull […]