Voters trash tourist tax hike

Long wins District 3 in landslide


 Marshall Long, who missed winning the county’s District 3 board of supervisors seat by just three votes in June, prevailed on Tuesday with 65 percent of the district’s vote to opponent Kris Casto’s 34 percent. “I’m relieved. I’m happy,” Long said on Tuesday evening. Asked her reaction, Kris Casto said she had hoped for more votes, but would stay active […]

Pot growers flee, leaving behind cache of weapons



Pictured here are most of the weapons seized during an investigation of an illegal marijuana processing operation on Stumpfield Mountain Road last Friday.Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies weren’t trick or treating when they investigated suspicious activity at a residence on Stumpfield Mountain Road last Friday. According to the report issued by the sheriff’s office, when the deputies approached the home “three […]

County roads rated at-risk




According to a report released on Oct. 24, California’s streets and roads are rolling toward a cliff’s edge. And Mariposa County roads are no different. The report, released by the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties, rated roads from zero to 100, with zero a failed road and 100 an excellent one. Mariposa County missed […]

Casino workers suffer as poker game drags on




Close to 1,300 employees are the losers in a high-stakes poker game between tribal factions at the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino. The precise number who live in Mariposa County aren’t tallied, but most were living with the casino’s mid- October layoff announcement as of the GAZETTE’S Wednesday deadline. “Sweat and blood to help build a place, and now to […]

Missing cattle is a tough case to crack




Cattle that were reported missing on Oct. 23 from a ranch on Ben Hur Road are still unaccounted for. The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office takes missing livestock seriously, and the missing cattle are a high priority for the rural crime officers. Sgt. Joe Williams, one of three personnel in the sheriff’s office that work on rural ag crimes, said that […]

Veterans Day event is Nov. 10



Students from Mariposa Elementary School and Mariposa County High School are hosting the school’s annual Veterans’ Day commemoration on Monday, Nov. 10 at 8:30 a.m. at the elementary school. The students will honor visiting veterans with patriotic music. Mariposa’s Keith M. Bertken from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6042 will present the flag, there will be a 21- gun salute […]

Troubled blackbird is focus of meeting




Tricolored blackbirds, like the one shown here, will be featured at the November program of the Yosemite Area Audubon Society on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in Oakhurst.Tricolored blackbirds, a species virtually endemic to California, once numbered in the millions, nesting in enormous colonies that supported as many as 200,000 nests, one of the largest breeding colonies of any […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Oct. 27 • Theft of hay was reported from Fiske Road in Coulterville. • A trespassing report was taken on Dogtown Road. • A civil dispute over a horse occurred on 10th Street. • A landlord/tenant dispute took place on Hospital Road. Oct. 28 • A caller reported a found ferret from Chicharra Way. • Loose dogs were on Triangle […]

County Fire Response Report



Oct. 27 to Nov. 2 EMS – 8Fire – 0 Structure, 1 VegetationPublic Assist – 1Auto Collision – 3 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 13 volunteer stations located throughout the county. 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 fire, […]

Minor fire serves as autumn wake-up call




CAL FIRE firefighters spent time on Monday morning extinguishing a chimney fire at Highway 49 South and Indian Peak Road. Similar incidents happen every autumn, agency Fire Prevention Specialist Karen Guillemin said.A small chimney fire gave local sculptor Sal Maccarone some anxious moments on Monday. The artist, who recreated the Pizza Factory’s exterior mural following its loss in a 2012 […]