Rough ride

An emergency responder from CAL FIRE checks the driver of a Dodge Dakota pickup that went over an embankment Friday afternoon in the 5300 block of Darrah Road. According to the CHP the driver was traveling northbound on Darrah Road when for an unknown reason he crossed over the southbound lane, and traveled down an embankment along the west side […]

Dangerous, consumer-grade drones threaten firefighters and resources

New law would make fines, jail time possible

Citizen-operated drones can slow down responses to wildland fires, and endanger firefighters, residents and property, according to CAL FIRE.In late June, the Corrine Fire in Madera County was gobbling up acres of dry vegetation and taxing firefighters who were also dealing with hot temperatures. To help stop the fire, CAL FIRE called in helicopters and airtankers to drop water and […]

County’s wine grape production, acreage declines

Dry conditions produce better quality grapes

Bob Gerken, owner of Butterfly Creek Winery, shows a bunch of Zinfandel grapes growing on a vine in one of his vineyards. Gerken said that the fruit is well-formed and solid, an indication of high quality grapes.Precipitation from recent storms has helped this year’s crop of wine grapes at Butterfly Creek Winery in Mariposa County, according to Bob Gerken. Gerken, […]

Supervisors pass ordinance to expedite solar installations

County brought into compliance

On Tuesday, the board of supervisors adopted an ordinance that will expedite solar roofmount installations for residents.An expedited, streamlined permitting process for small residential rooftop solar systems was approved by the Mariposa County board of supervisors during their regular business meeting, Tuesday, July 28, in the board chambers at the Mariposa County Government Center. The proposed ordinance was presented ahead […]

Photo submissions sought

The MARIPOSAGAZETTE, 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 will […]

Serving the seniors

Jim Musick of Mariposa reacts to Mariposa County Royalty Contestant Jenna Binnewies, 10, of Mariposa, as she serves him lunch at the Senior Activity Center. Binnewies, along with fellow county royalty contestants (not pictured) Madison Pearson, 17, Desiree Turck, 11, Daniele Turck, 7, and Kayleen Nelson, 15, served the noontime meals to the diners at the Senior Center on Wednesday, […]

Photo club sponsors fair entry workshops

Mounting boards will be for sale

The Mariposa Photo Club will hold two fair photo entry workshops this year. The club will instruct photographers on how to mount an entry, and will also be selling mounting boards for entries. The 16 inch by 20 inch boards are $2.50 each and the eight inch by 10 inch boards are $1.50. There will also be double-sided tape for […]


July 20 • A petty theft report was taken on Lake Hill Road in Coulterville. • A resident on Ben Hur Road called to report a dead turkey. • A mountain lion sighting was received from Peg Leg Road. • A verbal domestic dispute on Piney Creek Road resulted in an arrest. • Trespassing was reported from Violeta Way. July […]


 David Santiago Garcia Age: 25Height: 5’08”Weight: 135Bail Amount: $100,000 Wanted for oral copulation, sexual exploitation of a child, unlaawful sexual intercourse, dissuading a witness from testifying, obstructing a peace officer, criminal threats. If you know the whereabouts of this individual, please contact the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. You do not need to identify yourself, inform the person answering the phone […]


July 20 to July 26

EMS – 5Fire – 2Public Assist – 2Auto Collision – 2 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 13 volunteer stations located throughout the county. If you are 18 years of age and possess a valid CA driver’s license, we would love to hear from you. Positions are available for fire, medical, and various support duties. No experience necessary […]