Grizzly Band shines in D.C. despite heat

Members reflect on hard work, fundraising, after parade success

The Grizzly Band marched between Washington, D.C.’s Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium (seen here) and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Monday’s National Memorial Day Parade.A high temperature of 87 degrees may not sound bad in the Sierra foothills—but try that number in Washington, D.C.’s famously muggy air. The Mariposa County High School Grizzly Band met the challenge […]

Stock panel thief busted after truck runs out of fuel

Scrappers hit for third time in five months

Steven BaronA thief who is accused of stealing 16 livestock panels was caught after he ran out of diesel fuel on May 19. Steven Baron, 51, of Turlock, was arrested after a rancher on White Rock Road called the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office to say someone had stolen corral panels and that there was a truck and trailer that was […]

Town traffic jams capture residents’ weekday attention

Some afternoons may resemble small version of Bay Area, L.A.

Westbound traffic backed up through town after 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22. High traffic volumes on weekday afternoons may result from a combination of county employees leaving work and day visitors leaving the Park, Caltrans spokesperson Angela DaPrato said.A new phenomenon is slapping motorists in the face on weekday afternoons—traffic gridlock that can bring road motion to a complete […]

Kiss for a cause

Mariposa Elementary School 8th-grade teacher Theresa Kraemer recently kissed a pig as part of a bargain that had her smooch a porker if her students reached a $750 goal in a fundraising drive for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Also kissing a pig were Principal Jared Pierce and teachers Kelly Calcagno and Debra Vittore. Students Evin Day and Anika Fluharty […]

Relay for Life takes over fairgrounds on Saturday

Event runs for 12 hours

Kathie Hollan knows how devastating cancer can be. Both of Hollan’s grandmothers died of cancer, and both of parents also succumbed to the disease. So for the past 10 years, Hollan has been involved in the Mariposa Relay for Life, scheduled for Saturday at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. “We are expecting 172 people to participate in the walk,” Hollan said. […]

Photo submissions sought

Starting this month the MARIPOSA GAZETTE, is featuring a photograph at the top of the front page each week portraying locations, events, scenery or other subjects, historical or current, that are representative of Mariposa County. Community members are invited to submit high resolution digital photographs of locations, weather, sunsets, wildlife or other subjects that represent Mariposa County via email to […]

Bill to pass will require vaccinations

Only medical reasons accepted

The county provided free influenza vaccinations at the fairgrounds in October. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)Mariposa County parents who don’t want their children to be vaccinated may soon have no choice. On May 21, the California Senate approved a controversial bill that will abolish personal belief exemptions for vaccinations. Although the bill still has to pass the Assembly and then […]

Filling buckets

CAL FIRE firefighters Teddy Perales (left) and Hurvino Corona spent part of last Saturday, May 23, soliciting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the intersection of highways 140 and 49 North. Mariposa Public Utility District firefighters joined the effort too, raising a large flag over the location from the department’s ladder truck (rear)…. An online subscription is required to […]


May 18 • A noise complaint was received from Coakley Circle. • A trespassing report was received from Alamo Drive in Coulterville. • A petty theft report was taken on Carleton Road. • A stray horse was on Oakridge Road. May 19 • Petty theft was reported on Piney Creek Road. • A petty theft report from White Rock Road […]

Merced River stars in Pick and Gather

Livingston event runs for two days

The 11th annual Pick and Gather at Riverdance Farms in Livingston and Merced River Fair is being held on May 30 and 31, the weekend after Memorial Day. Hosted by local farmers Cindy Lashbrook and Bill Thompson and the East Merced Resource Conservation District (EMRCD), this year’s Pick and Gather highlights the river, u-pick organic blueberries, cherries, and strawberries, music, […]