County links remain snarled



Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 – 12:30 p.m. – Phone and Internet service remained spotty across the county today, multiple sources report.As of 8:30 a.m. today, emergency calls to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office were still being routed through Yosemite National Park, Undersheriff Brian Robles said.Before noon, engineers at Sierra Telephone were working to determine the cause of issues with phone […]

Rumbling trucks to swamp 140

Work to start as soon as March, daily helicopter flights will lay safety barrier


Caltrans finished its first rockshed project early last year in Monterey County. Located near Big Sur, the structure extends through a 300-ft. slide zone. When finished, Mariposa County’s shed will extend 700 feet—allowing rocks and debris to tumble safely over vehicles into the Merced River.Anticipation—and concern— are building as the latewinter or early-spring start date for the Ferguson rockshed construction […]

Bartender crashes into coffeehouse

Adjacent structure smacked

A local woman lost control of her Toyota pick-up and plowed into this outbuilding off Highway 49 South last Sunday evening. Looking over the result here was neighbor Stuart Lang.A tipsy bartender who may have been driving home after a busy pre-holiday shift reportedly ran off Highway 49 South late on Sunday, smashing an outbuilding near the Mariposa Coffee Company […]

Influenza season stages a delayed appearance, but has hammered some

Other viruses get more press, but the humble flu can hit people hard


Health department employee Teresa Ramirez-Bishop showed off the county’s influenza and other vaccine stock. The department still has more than 200 doses of flu vaccine. Residents can call 966-3689 to receive one.At least one county resident has been hospitalized at John C. Fremont Hospital to receive treatment for an especially nasty flu virus, facility spokesperson Lorna Coci said last week. […]

County, civilian workers’ pay scale gap is widespread

Government workers make average of $10 more per hour


Getting a job with a government agency, whether local, state or federal, can be a good choice for people wanting a lucrative career. Wages and benefits for government employees have consistently been higher than those of their private sector counterparts, and Mariposa County is a reflection of that trend. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average civilian […]

Best of the Best returns



After a two-year hiatus, the MARIPOSA GAZETTE’S Best of the Best of Mariposa County contest has returned. The contest asks readers to vote for their favorite business or individual in a variety of categories. The results will be published in February, once all of the votes are tabulated. The results of the contest are a reflection of readers’ opinions for […]

Smallcombe backs Legion



American Legion Post 567 in Mariposa participated in the swearing-in ceremonies of the new board of supervisors and other county positions on Jan. 6. Part of the Legion mission is community involvement and veterans issues. Prior to the supervisors’ meeting, newly elected District 1 Supervisor Rosemarie Smallcombe presented a check to Post 567 in support of veterans. Smallcombe is shown […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Jan. 12 • A report of a scam was received from Harris Road. • A report of “aggressive panhandling” was received from downtown Mariposa. • Threatening statements were reported from Yaqui Gulch Road. • A resident on Cornetts Entrance in Cathey’s Valley reported a vicious pit bull. • Possible child abuse was reported from Clouds Rest. Jan 13 • A […]

School suspensions, expulsions down in state for second year

Mariposa County's truancy rate was at 13 percent last year

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recently announced a 20 percent drop in the number of students expelled in 2013-14 and a 15.2 decline in the number of students suspended. This marks the second year in a row of declines in both areas. In a report done late last year by the office of California’s Attorney General Kamala D. […]

Coulterville pulls together to place hotel back online

Two months post-fire, a reopening target is set


Post-fire rehabilitation of Coulterville’s Hotel Jeffery has offered participants a look at construction materials and techniques used in past decades.More than two months after Coulterville’s landmark Hotel Jeffery was severely damaged in a predawn fire, owner Sara Zahn is aiming to resume business as soon as possible. The hotel burned on Nov. 12 of last year. With a host of […]