Drought idles turbine, just as dam is poised for payoff

With a snowpack, Lake McClure settlement might pump big money into county budget, transforming local services

The power-generation turbine inside the county’s New Exchequer Dam was exposed to viewing during maintenance this month. Looking on was Merced Irrigation District Public and Government Relations Officer Mike Jensen. During a good water year, the stainless-steel turbine can generate $30 million or more in electricity.The end of a legal faceoff between the county and the Merced Irrigation District might […]

Department heads will receive first raise since 2009

Pay hike may make recruiting easier

For the first time since 2009, some Mariposa County department heads will be getting a raise. The board of supervisors voted on April 7 to give raises to all department heads except the ones that were recently hired. The county health officer, the public works director, the county administrative officer and the human resources/risk manager are not eligible for salary […]

Upcoming fair to spotlight Parker

Yosemite’s longtime demonstrator will get nod at next county fair

Master basket-maker Julia Parker will receive a special honor at this summer’s Mariposa County Fair. Seen here, Parker attended last May’s pow-wow event at the fairgrounds.Julia Parker, the renowned basket-weaver who is one of the longestserving employees in Yosemite National Park, will receive a special honor at this summer’s Mariposa County Fair. Parker is slated to receive a Western Fairs […]

State to extend lifeline to homes left high and dry

$2.7 million effort will truck water to spent well properties

A little over two years ago, Kevin Maxey noted something odd about his Grist Road water well. “It started with air bubbles coming out of the faucet,” he recalled last week. “Then it started spitting air and water. And then it just stopped.” Since 2013 Maxey, like an increasing number of residents, has relied on a contractor to truck water […]

Residents debate out-of-county sales of well water

One claims neighbor’s ‘aggressive watering’ reduced his water flow

Karl Knight of Bootjack told the county’s planning commission that his own well slowed down when a neighbor began a campaign of “aggressive watering” several years ago. “What one person does with their well does affect others,” he said. “I’ve experienced it.”Like other drought-ravaged counties, Mariposa needs to regulate sales of underground water to conserve the precious resource, several residents […]

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 editor@mariposagazette.com, 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 […]

Band marathon will be in honor of Phillip Smith

Grizzly Band, others featured in day of music

The Mariposa County High School Grizzly Band will host the Dr. Phillip M. Smith Band Marathon on Saturday, April 25 at the Mariposa Museum and History Center. The event will kick off at 9 a.m. with the Grammywinning Grizzly Band playing. The event will also feature local bands and the Mariposa County School Elementary/Middle School Band. People who wish to […]

Ceremony slated to honor victims of crime

Sheriff Binnewies, others will speak

April 19-25 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and this year is dedicated to engaging communities and empowering victims. To honor the victims of crime in Mariposa County, the Mariposa District Attorney’s Victim Witness Office, along with Mountain Crisis Services, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office and Mariposa County Probation Department, will hold a ceremony and reception to honor those who have […]


A full house turned up for last Saturday’s Spring Fling fundraiser put on at the Mariposa Senior Activity Center by volunteers from John C. Fremont hospital. Proceeds from the lunch and raffle will be used to purchase new equipment for the hospital, organizers said…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please […]

Plants, garden art focus of local sale

Master Gardeners plan for May 2 event

The Master Gardeners of Mariposa County will hold their annual plant and garden art sale on Saturday, May 2, at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds in the Amigo picnic area from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included in the sale will be bonsai-style trees and shrubs planted by Jeff Nicholas, who will be present at the sale to discuss the plants […]