DOJ lawsuit responds to DNC’s claim of owning Yosemite names

Asserts company overestimated worth of names

Badger Pass in Yosemite National Park is one of the names that Delaware North Companies Yosemite says it owns, and wants to be compensated to the tune of millions of dollars.Last year, Delaware North Companies Parks & Recreation, the concessionaire that has run Yosemite National Park’s concessions for more than 20 years, told the National Park Service that if another […]

Residents’ thoughts, opinions sought on economic strategy

Bolstering tourism, diversifying economy eyed

One of the goals of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors is to fill more rooms in the offseason. An economic vitality document will be used to help spur business.Mariposa County’s board of supervisors is currently pursuing efforts to improve the local economy. A cornerstone of the effort involves a report from 2007 titled, Economic Vitality Strategy and Implementation Plan […]

Unregistered voters who signed petition doomed it to failure

Referendum effort against CUP falls short

The referendum against a Mariposa County Board of Supervisors’ action to place a conditional use permit (CUP) on all mining operations has failed. Keith Williams, treasurer/ tax collector/clerk for Mariposa County, informed the board of supervisors in an email Jan. 7 that the effort failed. The results are not public record, according to Section 6253.5 of the Government Code. However, […]

Invoice falls through cracks and County coughs up $90,000

No officials in government knew about it

A $90,000 bill for fire suppression from the U. S. Forest Service that fell through the cracks resulted in Mariposa County having no recourse but to pay up. The board of supervisors instructed staff to pay it during its weekly meeting Jan. 5. It was a hard pill to swallow for supervisors, because sometimes similar bills don’t have to be […]

MPUD customers meet, beat standards

Water conservation efforts by Mariposa Public Utility District customers surpassed the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) goal of a 25 percent reduction. Comparing 2013 and 2015, customers reduced the amount of water they used by an average of 33 percent. The Stockton Creek Reservoir was overflowing the spillway as of Dec. 22, 2015. The last time there was overflow […]

Cattle ranchers face drop in price

Cattle in Mariposa County, like these near Ben Hur Road, are enjoying green grass after December and January rains. But cattle producers are facing lower prices for their animals.The green grass that has sprouted in the foothills of Mariposa County is good news for area cattlemen who have struggled to feed their cows during four years of drought. But now […]

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 […]

Blankets for veterans

Members of the VFW Auxiliary, Post 6042, recently distributed dozens of handcrafted lap blankets to residents at the Community Living Center at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fresno. The “Blankets for Heroes” project, chaired by President Cindy Stowell, is a continuing effort. Anyone wishing to donate a new handcrafted lap blanket to a veteran may contact Stowell at 966-5954. Pictured […]

Chamber of Commerce plans installation dinner

The Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce will install its new board of directors Thursday, Jan. 28. The 2015 recipients of the Business of the Year Randy Brower Construction; Businessman of the Year Thomas Wieg, DDS; Businesswoman of the Year Cara Goger; Volunteer of the Year Niarja Marchand; and Chamber Champion Kim Smick- Sullivan will also be recognized and honored. 1850 […]


Jan. 4 • Trespassing was reported on East Whitlock Road. • A petty theft report was taken on Circle Drive. • A suspicious person was on Jessie Street. • Reports of threats were received from the Mariposa County Courthouse and Jalapa Way in Lake Don Pedro. • A caller from Triangle Road reported “turkeys in the yard.” Jan. 5 • […]