CAL FIRE: Make Labor Day fire safe



Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 – 1:45 p.m. – Mariposa County’s CAL FIRE unit today asked residents to exercise extreme fire caution this Labor Day weekend. Due to extreme fire conditions, some recreation areas may be closed to visitors and campers. While making Labor Day plans, the agency suggests residents contact their destination directly to obtain current information on closures and fire […]

Mariposa’s favorite event steps off Friday




Whether its the tempting scents wafting across the fairgrounds from the food vendors, the gleeful squeals from youngsters on carnival rides, the pounding hooves in the Gold Bowl arena, or the camaraderie experienced at the beer parlor, the Mariposa County Fair has a special flavor about it. It’s the people. Friends, neighbors, relatives, some who haven’t had contact with each […]

Fatal plunge



Emergency response personnel respond to an accident on Highway 49 South Tuesday afternoon. Steven Thompson, 63, of Mariposa was killed in a fatal crash on Highway 49 South, just one mile south of town. According to the CHP, the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and rolled several times, plunging to the bottom of Mariposa Creek. The […]

Crop report shows effects of drought



GAZETTE CORRESPONDENT The bedrock of agriculture in Mariposa County, those cattle that dot the hills of the county, took a hit in 2013 from drought and tough times. Cathi Boze, agricultural commissioner for the county, released the agricultural crop and livestock report for 2013 last week, and although the numbers look pretty good, the effects of the drought are evident. […]

Five vie for board posts




Candy O’Donel- Browne knows how important John C. Fremont Hospital is to Mariposa County. O’Donel-Brown’s son was treated at the hospital when he was 18. He had fallen about 50 feet near the Stockton Creek Reservoir and ended up with a broken wrist. He was treated at Fremont, and O’Donel- Browne decided to give something back to the hospital. She […]

Weaver finds wisdom, recognition in her craft




Kanako, a master textile artist who weaves cashmere from her own goats into award-winning sweaters and other garments, is scheduled to show fairgoers how to spin yarn on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Building E at the fairgrounds.The textile artist Kanako, who raises cashmere goats and spins their fiber into award-winning garments, may be the Mariposa County Fair’s most-recognized craftsperson. […]

Hodson takes reins as interim CAO




County government employee Mary Hodson was this week preparing to take on interim county administrative officer duties. An avid rider, Hodson’s out-of-office passion is barrel racing.Mary Hodson, a Cathey’s Valley resident who was eyeing retirement just a few months ago, will now serve as the county’s top manager until a permanent replacement for outgoing County Adminstrative Officer Rick Benson is […]

Great Sierra River Clean-up is slated



The annual Great Sierra River Clean-up will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20. Here, a cushion is taken from a river during last year’s event.The sixth annual Great Sierra River Clean-up will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20. The clean-up is a region wide effort throughout the Sierra Nevada, and a chance for these communities to show their dedication to […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



August 18 • A domestic dispute occurred on St. Andrews Road. • A call reporting a bat to be dispatched and bat exposure was taken from Davis Road in Midpines. • A report of harassment was received from Jordan View Lane in Coulterville. • A caller from Cathey’s Valley reported a suspicious airplane. August 19: • A call reporting trespassing […]

County Fire Response Report



August 18 – August 24EMS – 12Fire – 0 Structure, 0 VegetationPublic Assist – 2Auto Collision – 4 Auto collisions are on the rise. Please use extra caution on the roads and keep an eye out for motorcyclists, large animals, and other obstacles so we can all get to where we’re going safely. Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county […]