Building trend keeps county staff scrambling to keep up with permits

So far this year, remodeling outpaces new construction


Mariposa County Building Director Mike Kinslow has had a pile of work on his desk recently. With half the fiscal year done, the department has already received close to the total number of permit requests it has received in other recent years.The county’s building-permit numbers continued their upward trend in 2014, straining the county’s small building department, but leaving contractors […]

Man convicted on two assault charges, plus animal endangerment

Cook, who pled insanity, narrowly missed a local sergeant, bystander

Jeffrey D. CookA local jury last week convicted Jeffrey David Cook on two assault with a deadly weapon charges and one felony evasion charge following a trial in Mariposa County Superior Court. The jury returned its verdicts on Friday, Jan. 23 in a courtroom presided over by Judge Michael A. Fagalde. Cook pled not guilty by reason of insanity. A […]

Selling town, ‘above the fog’




Haze and fog obscure the lower Sierra foothills and the San Joaquin Valley beyond in this photo taken from a high point on Victoria and Brian Imrie’s property just south and west of Mariposa.Could a voice from the past provide a guide to boost county tourism? An idea being discussed this month might revive a saying coined when Calvin Coolidge […]

Winter dry spells are not abnormal

Even El Niño might not boost rain levels in Sierra foothills


A telephoto lens provides a vivid peek into Mariposa from the top of Brian and Victoria Imrie’s property south and west of town. The couple operates Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch at the location.One one-hundredth of an inch. That’s the total rainfall Mariposa received in the month of January before this week. Tuesday’s spritz splashed just .22 inches over town, […]

Atkins creates a ‘Little Library’

Book holder offers reader best-sellers, how-to books

A Little Free Library, shown here, is now ready for readers at the corner of Cedar Lane and Snyder Creek Road in Mariposa Pines.A replica of a brightly painted cottage on the corner of Cedar Lane and Snyder Creek Road in Mariposa Pines is a Little Free Library. The book outlet, which is Mariposa’s only Little Free Library, has a […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Jan. 19 • A burglary report was taken on Woodland Drive. • A report of a scam was received from Carleton Road. • Trespassing was reported from Circle Drive. • An out-of-control juvenile was on Sherrod Road. • A domestic dispute on Piney Creek Road resulted in an arrest. Jan 20 • An assault and battery report was taken on […]

Film looks at ‘What Plants Talk About’

Master Gardener event is free to the public

Mariposa County Master Gardeners are hosting the PBS Nature film “What Plants Talk About” on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors chambers, 5100 Bullion Street in Mariposa. According to the makers of the film, plants are not just sitting in the soil merely “being,” they are “doing” much more than can […]

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 […]

Robin Hopper will speak at meeting



The Mariposa Democratic Club will meet on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 9:45 a.m. at Miner’s Roadhouse 140. Mariposa County Unified School District Superintendent Robin Hopper will be the guest speaker. She will discuss implementing California’s Common Core standards and what the future holds for the district. The club meets on the second Saturday of most months. People who want to […]

County Fire Response Report



Jan. 19 to Jan. 25 EMS — 7Fire – Structure 3 Vegetation 1 Vehicle 1Public Assist — 4Auto Collision – 1 Chimney fires are on the rise. The good news is that they are completely preventable. Please remember these easy tips to help avoid a chimney fire in your home: Use seasoned woods only (dryness is more important than hard […]