Area agencies offer holiday advice



Vehicles back up at Yosemite’s Arch Rock Entrance Station during a past busy weekend. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)Thursday, July 3, 2014 – 10:30 a.m. – A bit of planning and caution can help residents and visitors stay safer this Independence Day weekend, area officials said this week.During the same weekend last year, 56 people died in vehicle collissions throughout […]

Servin’ it up



Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds members, left to right,Leslie Foley, Christene Scott, Karen Verdugo, and Bev Suggs cut up sausage in the Building A kitchen to serve during the group’s fundraiser at the fairgrounds last Saturday night. According to preliminary results, the Suds and Sausage event, officially entitled Summerfest, raised around $10,000 to support the fairgrounds and additional fundraising efforts […]

Hopper takes reins at MCUSD




Superintendent Robin HopperWhen Robin Hopper was just a wee first-grade student at Cathey’s Valley Elementary School she already knew that she wanted to have a career in education—and make a difference in the lives of the students she would work with. Fast forward more than three decades. Hopper is now the Superintendent of the Mariposa County Unified School District, moving […]

FFA lobbying pays off with program funds




A dogged statewide lobbying effort, joined by local FFA team members, bore fruit on June 20 as Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state budget that includes dedicated funding for agricultureeducation programs. Mariposa County High School is one of 305 high schools across the state that have received an average of $13,500 a year from the state for ag education. As […]

Board to tackle TOT tax




The board of supervisors on Tuesday is scheduled to make a decision on County Administrative Officer Rick Benson’s recommendation that the body raise local transient occupancy tax, or TOT, from 10 percent to 12 percent. The session begins at 2 p.m. this July 8 at the county government center at 10th and Bullion streets. Last month, a number of lodging […]

Grass-fed beef could be a boon to local economy




Ranchers Hannah Fouch (from left), Seth Nietscke and Marshall Long were among close to 30 local ag producers who discussed marketing local grass-fed beef at McCay Hall in Cathey’s Valley last week.A national trend toward locally-produced food may be about to boost a segment of the local economy, county cattle ranchers said last week. Hosted by the county’s UC Cooperative […]

Two busted in another illegal marijuana grow



 Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputies eradicated a marijuana growing operation and arrested two suspects after a search warrant was served on a property in the 1900 block of Wild Horse Lane, about 15 miles south of Mariposa last week. According to Sheriff Doug Binnewies, a total of 757 plants were collected and removed by deputies on Thursday, June 26 after […]

Early morning blaze destroys Bootjack home



An early morning fire on Bootjack Lane destroyed a mobile home before firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze on Sunday, June 29. The home was reportedly occupied by Robert and Crystal Pearson. An account has been established at Yosemite Bank to help the family recover and rebuild. The first call to dispatch came in about 2:30 a.m. and by […]

Blaze leaves little behind



Lisa Coats of Midpines is without a home following a June 22 fire that completely destroyed her residence. “Luckily, she was not home and no one was hurt,” daughter Acacia Coats said. “However, every possession was lost.” Donations of clothing, kitchen and household items— as well as cash—would help the elder Coats make a new start, her daughter said. To […]

Potential parkland looks ‘spectacular,’ McClintock says




Rep. Tom McClintock is not standing in the way of a deal that would have Yosemite National Park and private landowners add the most acreage to the Park since 1936, the congressman said last week. In a statement provided to the MARIPOSA GAZETTE, McClintock said he “want(s) to be sure that the proposal remains a future option”— while also making […]