Thursday rain exceeded forecast



Image: National Weather ServiceFriday, Nov. 21, 2014 – 3 p.m. – With .28 inches of rain recorded in town on Thursday evening, the day’s storm total turned out to be double the forecast amount.As of Friday afternoon, National Weather Service forecasters have pushed back the anticipated arrival time for the next storm. It is now expected to sweep over the […]

Two local businesses will see name changes




Local pastor (and weather observer) Henry Falany chatted with Foster Ace Hardware manager Melissa Foster before purchasing a pair of rain gauges last week.Two businesses with deep roots in the county are going to be sporting new signs in the next few weeks. Foster True Value Hardware changed into an Ace Hardware Store as of Monday. Melissa Foster, daughter of […]

Hotel fire is cause for Coulterville’s concern




The fire that severely damaged five of the Hotel Jeffery’s rooms on Nov. 12 may have been sparked by an electrical flaw, owner Sara Zahn said. Close to 75 firefighters responded, limiting damage to the hotel’s northeast corner.The Nov. 12 blaze that shuttered Coulterville’s Hotel Jeffery has raised a spectre scarier than the old building’s renowned ghosts. With the tiny […]

Deputy nabs ‘scrappers’ in Cathey’s Valley



 A Mariposa County deputy arrested a pair of men from the Central Valley last Wednesday after they absconded with parts from a valuable ostrich incubator that was located on an adjacent piece of land. The deputy responded to a call reporting trespassing on Old Highway South in Cathey’s Valley. After contacting the two subjects, Michael Barnes and Richard Jones, he […]

Online scams strike locals




Computer technician Jim Tracy of Bytes Computer Repair was working on a PC (right) and a Mac (left) that were both infected with software viruses last week.Ellen van Beelen, who runs Bytes Computer Repair in town, heard an all-too-common tale from a customer last week. A man was about to fork over $3,000 to a caller who claimed to be […]

Thanksgiving holiday prompts early deadlines



Next week’s Thanksgiving holiday is prompting some early deadlines at the MARIPOSA GAZETTE. Classified ads for the Thursday, Nov. 27 edition must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 24 at noon. That is a day earlier than the normal deadline. Editorial submissions for the Thursday, Dec. 4 issue must be received by noon on Wednesday, Nov. 26. That is more than […]

Park bid process has rosier outlook than Grand Canyon morass




Longtime Yosemite worker Percy Whatley, now executive chef at The Ahwahnee hotel, started as a hamburger cook at Curry Village in 1989. Concession operator Delaware North Companies took over the Park contract in 1993.An expensive situation at Grand Canyon National Park is not behind proposed fee increases at parks across the country, a National Park Service spokesperson tells the GAZETTE. […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Nov. 10 • Vandalism to a gate was reported from Dogtown Road. • A report of threats was taken on Morningstar Lane. • Loitering was reported from 6th Street. • A landlord/tenant dispute occurred on 10th Street. Nov. 11 • A call from Miners Inn Motel regarding a suspicious person resulted in an arrest. • Two loose pitbulls were on […]

County Fire Response Report



Nov. 10 to Nov. 16 EMS – 8Fire – 2 Structure, 1 VegetationPublic Assist – 1Auto Collision – 2 The burn ban has been lifted and hazard reduction burning is now allowed under the following conditions: 1. You must have a valid burning permit. Permits are issued through your local CAL FIRE station. 2. Burns are limited to a 4×4 […]

Dry-season burn ban was lifted on Monday



CAL FIRE’s Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) has lifted the area’s seasonal ban on outdoor debris burning in Mariposa County as of this past Monday. Recent rain and cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, but residents are asked to use caution while conducting hazard reduction burns. Permits are required for all burning projects and burning will be limited […]