Big Oak Flat Road reopens



Thursday, July 31, 2014 – 9 a.m. – Big Oak Flat Road, which connects Yosemite Valley to Highway 120 and the San Francisco Bay Area, has reopened to all traffic, Park officials report.The latest report on the El Portal Fire has blaze containment at 34 percent, with 3,900 acres consumed.Thick smoke on the fire’s northwest flank has limited the ability […]

Destructive blaze singes El Portal and Foresta




A Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane helicopter made a water drop near Foresta as dusk fell on Saturday, July 26. “I have never seen a fire spread so fast in my life,” photographer and Park worker Harry Vanderburg said.For a third time in a quarter century, a wildland fire has swept across Foresta at the western edge of Yosemite National Park. “It’s […]

Could a bear rescue facility put Mariposa on the tourists’ map?




Veterinarians work with a staffer from Lions, Tigers & Bears to carry out a procedure on Sugar Bear. Sugar Bear came to the San Diego County center in 2012 from an Ohio facility that closed due to lack of funding.Building a bear-rescue facility in Mariposa might kill two birds with one stone, local proponents say. Problem bears, including those from […]

Probation: Mentoring offered to those making life changes, those who don’t are kept on a short leash




A member of the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, center, prepares to administer a field sobriety test to an individual under the supervision of the Mariposa County Probation Department. A deputy probation officer, right, ultimately decided to take the probationer into custody for alleged drug use.In early June, the MARIPOSA GAZETTE was allowed to take a look into the dayto day […]

Rotarians learn about wine in China





Ken FugelsangThe July 24 meeting of Mariposa Rotary was a beehive of activity. The meeting started with the induction of another new member, Don Costa, a purveyor of olive oil. Chery Davis was presented with her past president badge. And Rotarians listened to a presentation on grape-growing in China. Ken “KC” Fugelsang, professor emeritus of oenology at Cal State Fresno, […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



July 21 •A report of threats was received from Bullion Street. • A call reporting suspicious circumstances was received from the Mariposa County Park. • A pony with a broken leg was reported on Marshall Road. • A bear was in the roadway on Highway 140. • A physical domestic dispute on 8th Street resulted in an arrest. July 22: […]

County Fire Response Report



July 21 to July 27 EMS – 11 Fire – 0 Structure 2 Vegetation Public Assist – 1 Auto Collision – 4 We are Neighbors helping Neighbors – Help us Help you by volunteering today. If you are 18 years of age and possess a valid CA driver’s license, we would love to hear from you. Positions are available for […]

Could El Niño quench a parched California?




Merced River floodwaters inundated Yosemite Valley in January of 1997. While El Niño conditions developed in March of 1997, the great flood was not technically an El Niño event, climatologist Dr. Kelly Redmond has written.The drought that has gripped the state of California packs a double punch for Mariposa County. The lack of rain has deciminated forage in the hills, […]

$115,000 found during traffic stop



A vehicle stop in Merced County led to a Fish Camp resident being jailed for drugs. On July 20, at approximately 1:20 p.m., California Highway Patrol pulled over a 2008 Honda Civic for a traffic violation. The driver, Yusen Efrain Valenzuela Herrera, 25, of Fish Camp, did not have a California drivers’ license. During the stop, the CHP officer noticed […]

Tuesday audition will fill play roles



Theatre Arts Mariposa is preparing for its second year offering, which is Lanford Wilson’s “The Rimers of Eldritch.” Auditions will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mariposa County Park amphitheater. The facility is located just west of town via County Park Road. Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 […]