Hwy. 49 South delays likely Sept. 8-10



Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 – 9:30 a.m. – Construction work at the Chowchilla River Bridge along Highway 49 South may produce short traffic delays on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the local CHP office said today.According to a Caltrans report, delays are expected to be minimal, lasting five minutes at most. CHP officers will provide traffic control during the work, local CHP […]

‘Boots, buckles’ packs ‘em in




Roper Mark Harris (left) chases the ribbon on the tail as mugger Brent Taber controls the struggling steer during last Sunday’s local saddle roping competition. According to fairgrounds officials, this year’s Mariposa County Fair and Homecoming attendance probably broke records. Dan Tucker | The GazetteLast weekend’s “Boots, Buckles and Barrels of Fun” themed fair may have set an all-time attendance […]

County places last in state wages survey





Sugar Pine Cafe server Kim Hall refills Marilyn Saunders’ ice tea glass. Restaurant work can pay a living wage if a staffer gets tips, said Hall—who earned a sociology degree while working at the business.Local folks may work as hard as people anywhere, but when it comes to paychecks, they’re bringing up the rear in the state. In terms of […]

Two compete for school board seat




The Nov. 4 election ballot will list the names of two residents who want to improve local schools for voters to choose from. The District 3 seat for the Mariposa County Unified School District is up for grabs. Judy Eppler, who currently is on the board, will go up against Michelle Earling for the seat. District 3 covers western Mariposa […]

Church facelift proceeds



Sky Harris of Sierra Masonry, Inc. mixed a batch of concrete for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church’s ongoing landscape refurbishment. The project is making ample use of local Yosemite slate, some of which is visible at lower left. The work is scheduled be completed by the end of September…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. […]

Long-sought fire station will soon guard Bridgeport




Homeowners in the Bridgeport area along Old Highway will have something to celebrate when the county invites them to the grand-opening of its newest fire station. The Bridgeport Fire Station, which has been in the works for more than a decade, is due to open by the end of the month, Mariposa County Fire Department Deputy Chief Jim Middleton said. […]

Sheriff swears in two new chaplains



Eric VonRaeder, left, and Dan Horst, right, were sworn in on Aug. 24 as new chaplains for the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff Doug Binnewies, center.Two new Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office chaplains were commissioned at New Life Christian Fellowship church on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 10:30 a.m. Eric VonRaeder and Dan Horst were sworn in by Mariposa County Sheriff […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



August 25 • Petty theft was reported from Campbell Way. • A call reporting illegal dumping was received from Chowchilla Mountain Road. • An out-of-control juvenile was on Sherrod Road. • Harassment was reported from Highway 140 in Midpines. • A runaway juvenile was reported from Boyer Road. August 26: • A call reporting suspicious circumstances was received from Burl […]

Post-fire plan straddles passionate forest issues




A photo from the recent Rim Fire environmental impact statement shows how fire climbed into tree crowns due to abundant fuel and the intensity of the blaze.Approved last week, a controversial plan for managing the Rim Fire burn zone is already causing fumes to rise from some furrowed brows. At least one environmental group has said it might challenge the […]

Yosemite Lodge employee indicted for fraud, theft



A federal grand jury indicted Jason Wilson, 34, formerly of Yosemite, on Thursday, Aug. 28, charging him with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and taking property from Yosemite Lodge, in Yosemite National Park, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. According to court documents, between October 2011 and December 2012, Wilson allegedly manipulated approximately 50 reservations, and took approximately $87,800 […]