Concessionaire claim riles residents

The name Badger Pass stood out in a 2011 snowstorm. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 – 1:30 p.m. – Yosemite concessionaire Delaware North Companies says it owns $51 million in Park names, including The Ahwahnee, Badger Pass and Yosemite Lodge. Not so fast, many local people say.”Is the word nonsense too large?,” outgoing District 1 county Supervisor […]

Officer says excessive speed caused wreck that injured six

A visitor driving toward Yosemite on Highway 140 lost control of his vehicle on Monday morning, sending six people to area hospitals. The motorist was driving at least twice what would be a safe speed for the stretch a mile north of the Yosemite Bug Hostel, CHP Officer Steven Lewis said.Two parties of visitors, one heading towards and another away […]

Forecasters see plenty of rain, snow in future

The latest weather outlook issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Dec. 18, shows that Central California may get normal to above-normal rainfall this season. That’s good news for Mariposa County, where the grass that covers the foothills is food for cattle and calves that make up the most important part of the county’s agricultural product. Those […]

Multi-year drought makes headlines often as top story


Student firefighters from Mariposa County High School offered a crisp salute as a black SUV carrying the remains of fallen firefighter-pilot Craig Hunt of San Jose passed through town on Oct. 8.The region’s stubborn drought spawned multiple news items over the last 12 months—easily qualifying it as the story of the year for 2014. From the cattle pastures of Cathey’s […]

County PILT funds appear after delay

Providing services such as police and fire to areas of Mariposa County owned by the federal government is expensive for the county. Those areas are exempt from property taxes, the funds that normally pay for county services. Funding that helps compensate the county was held up in Congress since October, but those funds were recently reinstated. The fund, called Payment […]

Rabon to replace Kari on school board


Joe RabonJoe D. Rabon, Jr. will replace outgoing District 1 Mariposa County Unified School District board member Kirstie Dunbar-Kari on Jan. 20, the district has announced. District 1 covers Yosemite Valley, El Portal and Midpines. Rabon is well acquainted with the area, having worked for Yosemite concessioner Delaware North Companies since 1994. He and wife Bridget have two children. The […]

Grizzly Band lands parade help

PG&E’s Richard Dye, center, presented a ceremonial check for $4,500 to the Mariposa County High School Grizzly Band at the group’s annual fall concert on Dec. 16. The funds will support the band’s May trip to Washington, D.C. to perform in the National Memorial Day Parade…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log

Dec. 22 • A report of an attempted burglary was received from Gusano Way in Lake Don Pedro. • A mail theft report was taken on Main Street in Coulterville. • A caller reported an IRS scam from Mueller Road. • Vandalism was reported on Stumpfield Mountain Road. • A caller reported “thin horses” on Indian Peak Road. • A […]

Mariposa Museum readies for docent fair

The Mariposa Museum and History Center will host a docent fair on March 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 5119 Jessie St. in Mariposa. The docent fair allows the docents and the community to visit for a day, to enjoy touring the displays, buildings and “hidden secrets” of the museum and to give people a better […]

Sweetheart breakfast will benefit local 4-H

Mariposa 4-H members and their leaders will host a Valentine pancake breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 8 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center, 5246 Spriggs Lane in Mariposa. The meal will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, tea and juice. Cost of the meal is $8 per person. All proceeds go back to the 4-H youth and […]