County to hold Sept. 11 observance



Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 – 9:45 a.m. – County firefighters and Sheriff’s Office personnel will observe the 13th anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks with a 6:30 p.m. ceremony at the Mariposa Art Park this evening.The Art Park is located between 4th and 5th streets off Highway 140 in town.Officials will make brief remarks and observe a moment of silence […]

Heroic ground attack, bombers save Basin




Having two DC-10 large airtankers based at the former Castle Air Force Base in Atwater helped firefighters hit the Bridge Fire with thousands of gallons of retardant. The rapid and aggressive response may have made the difference for Ponderosa Basin, CAL FIRE Deputy Chief Kevin Smith said this week.An aggressive attack by CAL FIRE personnel on a Ponderosa Basin fire […]

College is job lifeline for local Grizzly grads




High-school senior Dillon Acker-James talks talked to guidance counselor Candis Mason about the college application process on Monday. Acker-James plans to apply to UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, Stanford and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.As reported last week in the GAZETTE, Mariposa County has the dubious honor of having the lowest weekly wages in California. But there are people […]

Teachers, district reach agreement on contract




District officials have reached a tentative agreement with Mariposa County Unified School District teachers that will bring instructors their first salary increase since 2008. Members of the Mariposa County Teachers Association endorsed the agreement in a vote last month. It is scheduled to be reviewed, and likely ratified, by the Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees at the […]

Home values climb for second year in row




Local builder Dave Lawson completed this 2,600- square-foot home overlooking Mariposa in 2012. Its asking price is now $695,000—a cut-rate amount that won’t cover construction costs, Lawson saidThe average selling price for county homes has risen to more than $270,000 this year after the countywide average plunged more than $185,000 following the 2008 recession. Overall, the county’s response to the […]

Observance will recall 9-11 attacks



The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department will join to observe the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York and Virginia this evening. The solemn event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Mariposa Art Park. Located between 4th and 5th streets off Highway 140, the park includes one of the larger dedicated memorials recalling […]

Local clubs celebrate National 4-H Week



Mariposa 4-H clubs will be celebrating National 4-H Week from Sunday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 11. Here, local club members learn about archery.Local 4-H clubs will celebrate National 4-H Week from Sunday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 11. The week provides recognition to youth and leaders involved in 4-H programs. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. In […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Sept. 1 • A domestic dispute on Highway 140 resulted in an arrest. • Illegal shooting was reported from Highway 49. • An assault and battery report was taken at the fairgrounds. • Petty theft was reported on Barrett Cove Road. Sept. 2: • A call reporting petty theft in progress was received from Pioneer Market. • A bat verus […]

Fishermen and boaters find drought has left Lake McClure as a puddle




The water level at Lake McClure, shown here, makes it difficult for boaters and fishermen to enjoy the lake. Only two boat ramps are open.Mariposa County fishermen and boaters who like to use Lake McClure as a weekend getaway aren’t finding a lot of water, and a place to launch a boat is getting harder to find. With the lake […]

Ashworth is inducted to Rodeo Hall of Fame




Ted AshworthThe late Ted Ashworth will be inducted to the Rodeo Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Okla. later this month, his daughter Myke Ashworth Poston tells the GAZETTE. Ashworth, who passed away in 2009, was a member of the pioneer county family for which Ashworth Road is named. The original Ashworth Ranch was located on Allred Road, however. Ted […]