More flu is seen in county



Dale Deen got a flu shot On Oct. 16 at the county fairgrounds. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 – 12 noon – County health professionals reported more flu cases this week, as the state’s influenza season kicks into high gear.At least three seniors have been hospitalized at John C. Fremont Hospital with severe flu complications, facility spokesperson […]

Local undocumented residents applying for drivers’ licenses

New law went into effect on Jan. 1


Local people waited to conduct business at the Department of Motor Vehicles office off Highway 49 North last week. Instructions for computer testing terminals were posted in both English and Spanish at the facility.On the first day non-U.S. citizens who are here illegally could apply for California driver’s licenses, four took advantage of the opportunity at Mariposa’s DMV office. The […]

County’s crime stats are static

DUI arrests drop by better than 50 percent


Sheriff Doug BinnewiesWith the exception of a precipitous drop in the number of driving under the influence (DUI) arrests, Mariposa County’s crime statistics, released last week by the sheriff’s office, remain basically status quo. In 2014, 35 individuals were booked into the Mariposa County Jail on DUI charges, compared to a total of 71 in 2013, a significant reduction. All […]

Grass sprouts with recent precipitation

Dry month has ranchers worried


These cattle were grazing in a well-trimmed pasture off Old Highway last week. Thanks to early rain, grass and pasturage were growing by Halloween this rainy season. But a dry January—so far—has cattle ranchers worried.There’s a saying among cattlemen that a baby calf and rain are always welcome. The rain that fell in November and December made Mariposa County cattle […]

Hospital’s fortunes on rebound following bout of belt tightening

More than 200 employees are again eligible for annual merit-based raises


Patient account representative Missy McGuffey is using a new computer thanks to recent upgrades at John C. Fremont Hospital. Other improvements include a faster Internet connection, a new fire-suppression system and the lifting of a pay freeze that was in effect through 2014.What a difference a year makes. Since last January, John C. Fremont Hospital has paid down close to […]

Gunshot wounds man in thigh



Last Saturday, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 cell phone call from Hunters Valley regarding an accidental gun shot wound. Upon arrival to the 6500 block of Hunters Valley Road, deputies contacted the reporting party, Crystal McGinnis and her boyfriend, Christopher Santos, both of Modesto. They reported that her boyfriend’s father, Christopher Santos Sr., also a resident of […]

Fashion show will help with prom dresses

Soroptimist hosts tea event

Soroptimist International of Mariposa will hold a tea and fashion show on Jan. 24. Here, Erin Fiester modeled a dress at last year’s event.Soroptimist International of Mariposa is hosting the Elegant Dress Closet Tea and Fashion Show on Jan. 24 froom noon to 2 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center, 5246 Spriggs Lane in Mariposa. Tea and a light lunch […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Jan. 5 • A vandalism report was taken on Jones Creek Road. • A call reporting suspicious circumstances was received from Yaqui Gulch Road. • A report of threats was taken on Schoolhouse Road in Cathey’s Valley. • A resident on Hirsch Road reported an arcing power line. Jan 6 • Trespassing was reported from St. Andrews Road. • A […]

Housing vouchers lists are available

Subsidy assists low-income people

The Housing Authority of Stanislaus County has announced the opening of the housing choice voucher program waiting lists, for the counties of Mariposa, Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne. The Housing Authority maintains a separate wait list for each respective county. The HCV program is a rental subsidy program which assists very low-income elderly, disabled and family households with paying rent in […]

Master Gardeners’ demo is on Saturday



Mariposa Master Gardeners are holding a free home-orchard pruning demonstration this Saturday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at 3275 Highway 140 in Cathey’s Valley. Maxwell Norton, farm advisor for Merced County, will conduct the class. Norton will explain why trees need pruning, how to prune and the correct tools to use. Norton is an advocate of training trees […]