Service for late Ken Meyers is Wednesday

 Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 – 9:45 a.m. – A memorial service for the late Ken Meyers is set for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Our Lady of the Sierra Catholic Church in Oakhurst.The GAZETTE is posting this online and social media notice as the full obituary will run in the Thursday, Oct. 23 paper, after the serivice.Ken was […]

Public health officer says Yosemite visitors pose possible Ebola threat

County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Dana Tafoya (right) helps John C. Fremont Hospital’s Jim Mason don protective equipment at a county-run tutorial on safety procedures for suspected Ebola cases held last week.Concern about the deadly Ebola virus is reaching across the globe this month—even touching Sierra foothill communities like Mariposa. Last weekend, anxiety sharpened as a Dallas nurse contracted the illness […]

Local workers hit hard by Chukchansi Casino closure

More than 1,000 employees worked at the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino before the operation closed due to factional feuding last week. Many employees of the Coarsegold gaming facility live in Mariposa County.The armed standoff that ended in the closure of Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Coarsegold has sent Michelle and Richard Smith’s world spinning into chaos. Richard Smith, […]

Casto files revised statement in wake of document review

A review of the District 3 supervisor hopefuls’ financial statements by the MARIPOSA GAZETTE revealed an omission by Kris Casto, the Mt. Bullion resident filed an amended form on Oct. 10. The candidates running for the board of supervisors position, Marshall Long and Casto, are required to file California Form 460, a campaign statement of monetary and nonmonetary contributions and […]

Art Moore remains little-known by voters

Art MooreNine out of 10 local voters queried outside of Pioneer Market had no idea who congressional candidate Art Moore was last week. With less than a month to go until the Nov. 4 election, the result suggests the Republican challenger does not pose a serious threat to Republican incumbent Tom McClintock. Moore, the 36-year-old challenger, has surprised observers by […]

John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation preparing for Black and White Ball

Kym Brownell, left, administrative assistant at John C. Fremont Hospital, and Joshua Skunca, director of clinic operations, are ready for the hospital’s Black and White Ball.John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation’s 34th annual Black and White Ball will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mariposa Fairgrounds in the Sequoia Building. The theme of the event is […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Oct. 6 • A bull was in the roadway on Highway 140. • A vandalism report was taken on Highway 140. • A report of grand theft was received from Chicharra Way. • Child abuse was reported from Jones Street. • A report of threats was received from Coakley Circle. Oct. 7 • A dog was locked in a vehicle […]

Grizzlies get a Pioneer boost

Pioneer Market’s Jason Dubberke (right) last week presented Mariposa County High School athletics with a $28,405 check to support student athletes. The amount is believed to be an all-time record for the popular event. Also posing for the presentation were Amanda English (from left), the market’s tournament coordinator, and Trace DeSandres and Debbie Leonard, the school’s co-athletic directors. The proceeds […]

Town turns out to salute ‘hero’ firefighter


Several hundred people turned out last week to watch a solemn procession carry the remains of Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt through town after the San Jose man died in an aircraft crash while fighting the Dog Rock Fire on Oct. 7. Hunt was the first firefighter to die in action in the county since the 1962 Timber Lodge Fire claimed four […]

Yosemite airtanker crash raises questions


The loss of one of CAL FIRE’s front-line waterbombers last week has focused renewed scrutiny of the nation’s aging fleet of firefighting aircraft. The Grumman S-2T that crashed while fighting the Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite was “built in the late 1950s,” said Daniel Berlant, CAL FIRE’s chief public information officer. While the aircraft was more than half a century […]