Firefighters snuff out 25-acre Fox Fire

Air resources are called in to douse wind-whipped blaze

This converted P-2V Neptune made a retardant drop on the Fox Fire south of Ben Hur Road on Sunday afternoon. The aircraft type was originally designed during World War II to fulfill an anti-submarine role for the U.S. Navy. The type went into service in 1947.Ben Hur Road resident Skip Strathearn felt a tinge of adrenaline as he scented fire […]

Deputies bust house sitters for burglary



 On May 30, local residents filed a report with the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office that several items had been taken from their property. The residents told responding deputies they had hired a house sitter to stay in their home while they were on vacation for 15 days. While viewing the security surveillance recording, investigating deputies were able to identify Sunday […]

History center to cut hours, just as visitors flood town

Decline in volunteers has hit multiple entities across county

Mariposa Museum & History Center staff looked over a working model of a 10-stamp ore mill last week. From left are docent Shirley Jo Miller and docent-trainee Marlene Wilson. Museum President Tom Phillips is at rear.The county’s premier historical tourist stop last week dialed down its summer hours—even as visitor season shifts into high gear. The unfortunate timing means that […]

Residents butt heads over homelessness at board meeting

Some worry that helping needy will draw more indigents here

Mariposa United Methodist Church Pastor and shelter advocate Ginger Foster addressed the board of supervisors on June 9 as a full house listened. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)Making her point at Tuesday’s well-attended board of supervisors’ meeting on a county plan to address homelessness, business owner Kim Costa pointed to some uneven local statistics. “The population of Mariposa isn’t growing, […]

Smoking, drinking among retirees has health fallout

Mariposa ranked 31st in state for senior wellness

Mariposa County residents tend to be more independent, less apt to turn to the government for help and less likely to run to a doctor for every little thing than the rest of California. But those independent ways can have a detrimental effect on health, especially in senior citizens. In a recent study of seniors throughout the state of California, […]

118 Grizzlies to march in graduation on Friday

More than a dozen share top honors

Mariposa County High School’s Class of 2015 includes 15 high achievers who will be honored as valedictorians at the school’s graduation ceremony tomorrow evening. Commencement starts at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. The event welcomes members of the community at large, school staffer Amber Ramsey said. As of this week, 118 graduating seniors were scheduled to […]

County is called to help build library

Cathey’s Valley volunteers impress supes with vision

Fourth-graders Celianna Lee (left) and Eris Moore huddled under Principal Alfonso Garagarza’s jacket at last week’s air-conditioned board of supervisors session on a future county library for Cathey’s Valley.Cathey’s Valley residents, with friends of Sierra Foothill Charter School, last week made their case for bringing a county branch library to the community. Members of the board of supervisors, who are […]

Concert features Trance Mission, DeWitt & Franklin

Mariposa Evenings music continues with second show

DeWitt & Franklin, a local band, will play at Cousin Jack’s Mariposa Evenings on Saturday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Mariposa County Art Park.Cousin Jack’s Mariposa Evenings, sponsored by the Mariposa County Arts Council and its sponsors, is hosting the second of 13 free concerts with a special appearance and debut of Trance Mission on Friday, June 12 […]

Odd Fellows invite locals to breakfast



The IOOF Hall in La Grange invites the community to breakfast on the second Sunday of each month. Sunday, June 14 is the date this month. The menu includes biscuits and gravy, sausage, ham and cheese omelets and French toast, all for $6. Complimentary coffee and orange juice round out the meal, served from 7 to 11 a.m. courtesy of […]

SHERIFFS’ REPORT



June 1 • A verbal domestic dispute occurred on Stupefield Mountain Road. • Illegal camping was reported from Bullion Street. • A vandalism report was taken on Digger Pine Road. • An arrest resulted in a call from Highway 140 reporting suspicious circumstances. • A burglary report was taken on Leichtlin Lane. • Two missing horses were reported from Ashworth […]