Ferguson Slide removal phase starts Monday



Protected by ropes and harnesses, workers from project contractors Access Limited and High Tech Rockfall recently worked to place a cable-net drapery system over the Ferguson Slide zone. (Caltrans | CONTRIBUTED)Thursday, April 2, 2015 – 9:15 a.m. – The Ferguson Project’s much anticipated talus-removal phase will launch on Monday, April 6 and will likely run through September, a Caltrans spokesperson […]

Ferguson Slide hauls are poised to rumble

Trucks will ferry rock to noisy crushing operation at landfill

This helicopter last week lowered sections of cable-net drapery onto the Ferguson Slide zone, where workers secured with harnesses stitched them together. The removal of the actual slide material, or “talus,” was scheduled to begin late this week or early next week.The Caltrans effort to forge safe passage through the Ferguson Slide zone was poised to kick into high gear […]

Parks seek multi-ethnic visitor mix

Federal agency hopes to attract new donor groups

With the National Park Service facing more than $11 billion in repair costs to parks across the nation, a campaign is on to attract a more diverse group of tourists—and donors—to parks. National parks saw more than 292 million visitors in 2014, but the people traveling to the parks tend to be older and whiter. “If we were a business […]

Ticks plague local animals

Pet owners can fight the pests

The drought that has hit California is now bringing another problem to Mariposa County pet owners— an abundance of ticks. Lynne Rosebrock, whose husband, Dick, was a veterinarian in the county for more than 30 years before he retired, said that while fleas may not be showing up yet in the community, ticks certainly are. “Everything will be fine for […]

Asian pollutants poisoning Sierra air

Foreign smog is meeting subject

NASA, Chinese and California air-quality experts met at the county’s Tenaya Lodge this week to discuss “transboundary ozone,” or air pollution that blows in from Asia. Agriculture and vehicle traffic are the region’s main generators of ozone and other pollution, the scientists said. But pollutants from Asia do contribute to Central California’s bad air, they added. Director Daniel Jacob of […]

Easter traditions



An annual Easter sunrise service was held at Mirror Lake in Yosemite Valley for many years. This photo is reproduced from photographer Ansel Adams’ 1938 book, “The Four Seasons in Yosemite National Park.” A similar photo ran on the front page of the March 25, 1937 MARIPOSA GAZETTE. See this week’s Easter story, below, a listing of Sunday worship options—which […]

Easter services, egg hunts are set

Many local Churches observe Good Friday

Churches in Mariposa County are preparing for services for Easter. A community Good Friday service, sponsored by the Mariposa County Ministerial Fellowship, is scheduled for Friday, April 3 beginning at 12:05 p.m. and ending at 12:55 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 2nd and Bullion Streets. This year’s worship service features a special Good Friday meditation, “When Jesus Died,” two […]

‘Bing’ riles some with wide photo survey run

Google rival camera cars gather data

A pair of Microsoft Bing cars paused with their drivers for a lunch break in town last week. The vehicles have annoyed some with their no-holds-barred approach to taking pictures of every nook and cranny of the county.At least two Microsoft Bing survey cars have scoured the county for images over the past week— annoying some residents in the process. […]

Big-time paper



GAZETTE reader Vynomma Brown of Mariposa perused the newspaper’s new format at the local Sugar Pine Cafe on Thursday, March 26. The size was once standard for papers across the country—but has been abandoned in the face of high paper costs and other factors…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please […]

Fremont hosts blood drives

First event is on April 9

John C. Fremont Hospital has announced the dates of the hospital’s blood drives in 2015. The first drive for 2015 will take place on April 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Pioneer Market in Mariposa. The goal for each drive is to get at least 30 donations. All drives will take place at Pioneer at the above times. Giving […]