Town gas prices shoot up $.20



A labor dispute at a Tesoro refinery in Martinez, which processes about 8 percent of the state’s gas, is partially responsible for a steep rise in fuel prices. (Tesoro | CONTRIBUTED)Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 – 9 a.m. – Motorists were stunned this week when the price of gas shot up $.20 in town on Wednesday.By Wednesday afternoon, the price of […]

Report finds county’s job numbers are down

State spokesperson says local data can be “pretty inaccurate”


Job-seeker Barbara Gilliard of Mariposa (left) worked with Stephanie Leasure of the Mother Lode Job Training center off Highway 49 North last week. According to one report, available local jobs are down three percent over a year ago.Jobless claims, a key economic indicator used to chart the health of the nation’s job market, plunged to a 15-year low in a […]

Park Service tells visitors to ‘take a hike’

Merchants worry about rising Yosemite entry fee


Entrance fees to Yosemite National Park are being raised during the peak season, much like summer season fuel prices.The fee hike that’s lurking just around the corner for Yosemite National Park visitors has some local business owners fuming. “I am not in favor of it,” said Connie Bockhop, owner of End of the Road Retreat in Mariposa. “We don’t need […]

Tenants cry foul following absentee landlord’s order

Leaky roof job requires all merchants to leave structure, property owner says


Commercial renter Miriam Costello points out water damage in the ceiling of her shop at the corner of Highway 140 and 7th Street. Property owner Jon Zellhoefer sent tenants a Jan. 7 letter informing them they must vacate the premises by March 31.A pair of business owners say they are facing a crisis this month after their landlord ordered them […]

Lions’ crab feed, church sale, lead off big weekend

Mountain Crisis, Door Mouse, Arts Council, library, to also stage events


Following a post-holiday lull, multiple fundraising events are competing for residents’ attention this weekend. The biggest is the local Lions club’s annual crab feed at the county fairgrounds. The crab feed is an annual tradition that draws dozens of Mariposans who work in county government, law enforcement, John C. Fremont Hospital and elsewhere. This year’s Saturday feed will also celebrate […]

Festival features storytellers

28th annual event will feature six performers

Beth HornerThe 28th annual Mariposa Storytelling Festival, scheduled for March 13-15, will have storytelling performers telling tales for all ages. Storyteller Beth Horner will share her many journeys of adventure, haunting eeriness and farmyard escapades. Her storytelling style often incorporates music. “When you watch a story on television or in a movie theater, you see one person’s (the film maker’s) […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



Jan. 26 • Illegal dumping was reported on Sterling Court. • A call reporting vandalism was received from Smith Road. • A dog was tied to a tree on St. Andrews Road. • A mountain lion sighting was reported from Crystal Aire Drive. • A trespassing report was taken on Holtzel Road. Jan 27 • A report of threats on […]

Mountain Crisis event is set for Saturday

1950s theme featured

Mountain Crisis Services is hosting its annual fundraiser this Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort in Midpines. The event will have a 1950s theme, and there will be a chocolate reception, a martini bar, wine, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, a silent art auction and more. The Wise Guys band, featuring John Cardenas, will perform […]

Sheriff’s K9 program enhances crime fighting

Two specially trained dogs are “force multiplier”

Arthur, a Belgian Malinois deployed by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, shows his skills during a recent K9 practice session.In 2012, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office started a new K9 program. The program was initiated under grant funding and was anticipated to enhance Mariposa County law enforcement services in the community. Two-well trained, male Belgian Malinois, named Arthur and Zeus, […]

Evans is honored



Terry Evans (right, at lecturn) was named Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year last month. Evans was misidentified in a photo that ran in the Jan. 29 GAZETTE (that photo showed outgoing chamber Director Bob Kirchner). Standing as Evans accepted the honor were (from left) past chamber Chairperson Mary Bass, Christina Hall of Rep. Tom McClintock’s office […]