Runaway car takes out light pole

On Saturday, July 11, the occupants of a Jeep that was at the Grizzly Gas station in Mariposa didn’t set the parking brake on the vehicle, and the Jeep rolled backwards out of the station, according to the California Highway Patrol. Despite the owner trying to stop it, the Jeep made an arcing movement to the west and ended up […]

County flexes sign ordinance muscle against local business

Grace Note Chimes owners vow to fight

Mike and Karen McClure, owners of Grace Note Chimes, have been told by the county that the sign inside their downtown shop doesn’t have a permit. The McClures were also told the painting on the window needed to go, and it was quickly removed by the owners.For 30 years, Grace Note Chimes has been in business in Mariposa, making windchimes […]

Cann coaxes board into yet another $100,000 for tourism

Long, Jones have concerns

Despite strong words from two Mariposa County supervisors, and the public, the Mariposa Yosemite Tourism Bureau asked for, and received, another $100,000 from the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. The vote at the July 7 meeting of the board was three to two, with Marshall Long and Merlin Jones voting not to appropriate the money, and Rosemarie Smallcombe, Kevin Cann […]

Deputies nab ‘tweakers’ after high speed chase

 Early last Sunday afternoon, Mariposa County deputies apprehended a pair of young men from Eastern Madera County after a high speed chase in the Boyer Road area where the suspects reportedly attempted to ram the patrol vehicle at least twice The report states that the deputy saw the suspect’s vehicle turn onto Highway 49 South from Darrah Road with no […]

Grand jury finds County Fire on the mend, problems at landfill

Future will bring changes to local dump

A fire department that suffered from low morale and a landfill that has to face a tough future were the main focus of the 2014-15Mariposa County Grand Jury’s report, which was released on July 6. The group was interested in the reasons why there was high turnover of Mariposa County fire chiefs, along with what hidden problems there may be […]

CAL FIRE SRA fees spent on prevention

Local unit receives more than $6 million

A report issued by CAL FIRE last week shows where the money is spent that comes from unpopular state responsibility area (SRA) fees. The SRA fee became a law in 2011, with the money collected to pay for fire prevention activities in California on lands that were designated as a SRA. Everyone who lives within that area and has a […]

August benefit will help local resident

A benefit for Shannon Hansen, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, and her family is being held on Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. at 5260 Carleton Road in Mariposa. The event will be a dinner with a no host bar, music and a silent auction. Dinner and catering will be donated by River Rock Inn, and there will beverages for […]

Photo submissions sought

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 Each submission […]

Pioneer Market helps Boosters

Amy Woodward, left, of the Mariposa Grizzly Boosters Club accepted a check for $967.36 from Robin Westbrook, right, an employee at Pioneer Market. The Boosters raised the money by saving receipts from the market. Last year, the Boosters donated $4,800 to boys basketball, football, cheer, track, girls soccer, softball and wrestling…. An online subscription is required to view news content […]

West Nile Virus increases in state

No human cases yet, but mosquitoes have tested positive

Although Mariposa County has seen no West Nile Virus in humans since records started being taken in 2003, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith recently announced that the level of West Nile virus (WNV) activity is on the rise throughout the state. “While there have been no human cases of West […]