Themed events abound as Butterfly Festival arrives

Taste of Mariposa is set for Friday

Saturday’s Butterfly Festival events will start with a parade, scheduled to step off at 11 a.m. at Coakley Circle and then proceed down Highway 140. Seen here, participants in a recent parade, including a Little Miss Butterfly, wave to spectators lining the highway.Ten years ago, Mariposa residents and merchants decided to try and revive a festival that had been held […]

Sheriff warns of burglary string

The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has warned residents of the Lushmeadows and Ponderosa Basin communities about a string of burglaries that have occurred there recently. At least six daytime residential burglaries were logged last week, Sheriff Doug Binnewies said on April 23. All of the thefts took place between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. “In each case […]

Day to pray is just one week away

This year’s National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 7. A local observance will be held on the Mariposa County Courthouse lawn from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join together to pray for the country, its leadership, government, churches, military, families, education, media and business. … An online subscription is required to view news content on this […]

Facebook page offers improved features

The MARIPOSAGAZETTE has unveiled a new Facebook page that replaces its old Facebook profile. While the term “Facebook page” is loosely applied to individuals’ sites, these are actually “personal profiles,” the company founded by Mark Zuckerberg says. “Pages look similar to personal profiles,” a definition at the Facebook Help Center notes. “But (Facebook pages) offer unique tools for businesses, brands […]

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SFCS board of trustees scrap controversial play

After hearing the voices of parents and concerned individuals at a special meeting Tuesday evening at Sierra Foothills Charter School in Cathey’s Valley, the nine-member board of trustees unanimously voted to scrap the showing of the controversial play, “And Then Came Tango.” Principal Alfonso Garagarza told the GAZETTE Wednesday morning that around 75 percent of those expressing concerns at the […]

Boosted patrols ease merchants’ homeless issues

Downtown businesses had voiced concerns

A month and a half of stepped-up enforcement has improved homelessness-related issues reported by downtown merchants last month, several business owners said. The March 5 meeting brought together concerned shop owners with Sheriff Doug Binnewies, county human services chief Chevon Kothari and other partners in assisting and managing local homeless people. Following the March meeting of the Mariposa County Business […]

Battle against beetles

The battle against beetles marched forward with the felling of multiple drought-affected pines near Mariposa County Park last week. A contractor hired by power utility PG&E completed the job. The pines will be cut up and donated to the county’s free firewood program for seniors, county Parks and Recreation Manager Shannon Hansen said…. An online subscription is required to view […]

Home prices creeping upward

A recent report released by the California Association of Realtors shows Mariposa County home prices have gone up 12 percent during the past year. But local realtors and brokers don’t see the jump as quite as big as the association does. The report, released on April 16, said existing home sales and prices in March were up all over California. […]

Landfill neighbors offer contrasting project perceptions

Some express relief, others note traffic snarls, dust, rocks, noise

A front-end loader (left) dumped Ferguson Slide material into an orange rock crusher at the county landfill last week. The final product rode a conveyor belt to the right of this view. The operation is quieter than some neighbors feared, several residents said.Before Ferguson Project trucks started hauling an estimated 80,000 cubic yards of material from the slide zone near […]

Burn permits are now mandatory

With local grass and other fuels drying out, local CAL FIRE officials have announced that burn permits are now required for all hazard-reduction burning on private lands. As of Monday, debris burning is limited to valid permit holders on approved burn days only, Madera- Mariposa-Merced Unit Chief Nancy Koerperich said last week. While restrictions tighten, Koerperich also reminded property owners […]