Youngsters ransack vacation rental properties, steal quad

19-year old, three juveniles arrested after crime spree

Pictured above is just a sampling of the destruction that occurred at two homes on Slaughterhouse Road over the weekend. A 19-year old (Tyler Cole) and three juvenile males have been arrested.Bootjack Market also burglarized Last Saturday, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested one adult (19-year old Tyler Cole) and three juveniles in connection with two residential and one commercial […]

Deputies roust burglar

Investigators use technology to recover stolen property

Bobby AlexanderMariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputies used Netflix and an IP (Internet protocol) address to catch a man who is a suspect in a home burglary case. On March 4, a woman reported to deputies that her home had been broken into through a second-story balcony. Among the items that were stolen was a 65- inch smart TV, a Wi-Fi […]

GAZETTE charts a course back to paper’s roots

The first MARIPOSA GAZETTE building burned to the ground in November of 1878—along with most of downtown. This view was captured on a glass plate prior to the fire. It was contributed to the GAZETTE’S collection by Florence (“Tonsie”) Grosjean in 1952.The new MARIPOSA GAZETTE that debuts this week has a philosophy and purpose behind it. In a world where […]

Serial molester is convicted again by jury in courthouse

Man had abused 4-year-old

Michael MossmanMichael Mossman, a Chowchilla resident already serving a sentence for sexually abusing a 4-year-old child, was convicted in Mariposa County Superior Court last week of doing the same here in 2012. After deliberating for more than four hours, a local jury returned guilty verdicts on one felony count of child molestation without duress and one misdemeanor conviction for child […]

Beetles’ impact on fire frequency is a debate topic

CAL FIRE Captain Gordon Dulcich has spent multiple days this month clearing and burning beetle-killed trees and limbs on his Mariposa property. With the end of burn season poised to arrive, fire officials are advising residents to clear and burn excess fuel as soon as possible.Bucking common sense, a team of Colorado researchers this week said that beetle-killed forests do […]

Modesto miscreant arrested for felony dometic violence

Minor child sustains injury

Bryan AbsherThe Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office reports that on the afternoon of March 11, deputies responded to a possible stabbing at a campground on the Merced River. Upon arrival, deputies contacted Bryan Absher, 29, of Modesto. Absher has sustained a stab-like wound to his upper shoulder-blade area. The report stated that Absher indicated he accidentally stabbed himself after slipping on […]

Call for Personal Notes

In its new format, the MARIPOSA GAZETTE will run brief personal notes of diverse description. To submit one, please email the text to, or drop a card to P.O. Box 38, Mariposa, CA 95338. You can even appear in person at our office at 5009 5th Street with your personal news item. The notes should contain personal information anyone […]


History, loosely defined is “the continuous, typically chronological, record of important or public events.” The MARIPOSA GAZETTE has recorded the history of Mariposa County for the past 161 years. It has been the connecting tissue between the communities and residents of Mariposa County for decades. This edition of the GAZETTE marks a return, at least in appearance, to yesteryear. Mariposa […]


The Barnyard Stompers, an outlaw country duo shown here, will give a free performance on Sunday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at Yosemite Ale Werks on Highway 140. Rio Loco will also be playing…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and password below. Not a subscriber? Please click […]

Fire fees: Here we go again

Fire Prevention Fee bills for fiscal year 2014-15 began mailing early this month to more than 700,000 rural Californians, many of whom are receiving a bill for the fourth time. It’s extremely frustrating that a law this wrong continues to take money from the pockets of rural Californians year after year. This so-called ‘fee’ was put in place during a […]