Christmas Parade illuminates downtown



Erik Skindrud | The GazetteClear, cool conditions brought out a crowd for last Saturday’s Merry Mountain Christmas Parade, organized by the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce. Seen here is Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue’s entry, which was towed by Ranch Fence. Bernhart Wall sat behind the wheel of Santa’s four-wheeled delivery vehicle. This year’s parade was composed of […]

Local man flies north to retrieve Christmas trees




Merel Hayen of the Triangle 4-H Christmas tree lot in Bootjack cut a Noble Fir free of its shipping string last Friday. “People are excited” when they come to buy trees, he said.With the county facing a shortage of Christmas trees last week, Creekside Nursery’s Tom Ritter decided it was time to seize the day. With trucks and drivers in […]

Winter storm may bring snow to high country




Last week’s rains brought welcome relief to the dry hills in Mariposa County, but the snow that is so desperately needed in the mountains just hasn’t shown up yet. That may change this week. Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Hanford are predicting that a cold winter storm is on the way to the Central Valley and the Sierra […]

NAPA keeps Mariposa presence




Frank Schram, right, the former owner of Sierra Auto Parts & RV Supply, is now manager of Mariposa’s new NAPA Auto Parts location. The store, at the corner of Highways 140 and 49 South, was scheduled to open its doors by Friday.NAPA Auto Parts recently scrambled to find a new home following owner-manager Tim Bridges’ decision to sell the family’s […]

Public health officer Mosher looks back on time in county




Dr. Charles MosherDr. Charles Mosher has seen quite a bit of the world. The public health officer for Mariposa County grew up in upstate New York. After medical school, he came to California to do his medical internship. As a young doctor, Mosher worked in Georgia and was a member of the Peace Corps, spending time in Paraguay. But when […]

County to honor Bibby, Stetson



Outgoing Supervisors Janet Bibby and Lee Stetson will be honored with a public reception starting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16. The event takes place at the Mariposa County Government Center, 5100 Bullion Street in town. District 3 Supervisor Janet Bibby has served the area from Bear Valley to Cathey’s Valley for three consecutive terms—since 2002. Lee Stetson is […]

Kim Lawson joins Sierra Visitors Bureau



KIM LAWSONThe Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau recently added two employees to its team. Kim Lawson of Mariposa is the new director of public relations and media. Raised in Mariposa, Lawson left the Sierra foothills to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business administration and marketing from Sonoma State University. A little over two years ago her passions for the […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Dec. 1 • Vandalism to a gate was reported from Morningstar Lane. • A petty theft report was taken on Creekview Road. • A burglary report was taken on Jalapa Way in Lake Don Pedro. • A domestic dispute occurred on Romero Road. Dec. 2 • A call reporting suspicious circumstances on Highway 49 North resulted in an arrest. • […]

County Fire Response Report

Dec. 1 to Dec. 7

EMS — 9Fire – 4Public Assist — 1Auto Collision – 1 As you start to decorate your home for the holiday season, make sure to make safety a top priority. When picking out a Christmas tree, here are some things to keep in mind: Make sure the tree is fresh with green needles that do not fall off when touched […]

Holiday shopping options abound in town, many say




Shoppers Bev Williams and Bob Nolan looked over potential gifts at The Vintage Lariat last week. The Christmas tree at left features beer cans, screwdrivers and other man-themed items. Canine companion Sophie accompanied the couple.Doing your Christmas shopping in town is a win-win for shoppers, local business owners say. It sounds like a marketing message, and it is. But town […]