Log sorting plan gets approved after lengthy board discussion

CAL FIRE officials say plan is crucial, some opposed to operation

Sean Mayer of the CAL FIRE unit in Coarsegold cuts up a large felled tree at the Darrah School and Park on Monday afternoon. CAL FIRE and Mariposa County Public Works are working in cooperation to remove more than 40 dead trees at the property. They are planning to remove the logs in time for the Kiwanis Pre-School to open […]

Appling gets 23 to life for sex crimes

Pleads guilty to three counts, one victim was 8 years old

Michael ApplingA local man was sentenced to 23 years to life in prison last week in a child sex case. Michael Lawrence Appling, 23, who was residing in Monterey but living in Mariposa when the incidents happened, pleaded guilty to three felony counts. He was originally charged with eight felony counts but five of those charges were dropped in a […]

No public input given on County budget



It totals more than $122 million. It is the driving force for the Mariposa County government and the people who live in the County. At a public hearing about the proposed 2016-17 County budget on Monday night, nobody spoke and just a few people attended, mostly County employees. As Mariposa County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Carrier said to open […]

Felon given 9 years in prison for trying to kill woman at Art Park



Michael CutterA Mariposa man pleaded guilty to one felony count in connection with a 2015 case in which he allegedly attempted to kill a woman at the Mariposa County Art Park. Michael Anthony Cutter, 27, entered the plea last week in Mariposa County Superior Court before Judge Michael Fagalde. Cutter originally faced seven felony counts in connection with the incident […]

Counterfeit bills passed, Secret Service has case



A woman passed counterfeit bills in Mariposa last week. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, the unidentified woman passed $50 and $100 bills at several businesses in the Mariposa town area. It happened on Friday, Aug. 18. The woman has not yet been identified, said Kristie Mitchell, public information officer for the sheriff’s office. Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies […]

Your photos



This photo of a spider was taken recently by 12-year-old Davis Bryant who attends Mariposa Elementary School. He took the photo in his front yard in Mariposa. Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to greg@mariposagazette.com. Please include your name and a short description of the photo…. An online subscription is required to view […]

CHP units focus on illegal logging trucks



As tree mortality continues to grow in Mariposa County, so does the number of logging trucks on the roadways. Because of that, the California Highway Patrol is stepping up its enforcement efforts. “We have some safety concerns,” said Becky Hagen, lieutenant commander of the Mariposa area of the CHP. Hagen said some logging firms are “loading as much as they […]

Six candidates file for seats on hospital board

Three slots up for grabs in district

The battle for the John C. Fremont Healthcare District board of directors will feature six candidates for three open positions. Only one of the candidates, Suzette Prue, is an incumbent who has filed for reelection. Two other incumbents, Carl Wood and Mike McCreary, did not file for reelection. Because the deadline to file was extended to last week, Mariposa County […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Aug. 15-21

EMS – 9Fires – 1Public Assists – 2Auto Collisions – 3 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 14 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 […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log



Aug. 15 – Cows were reported in the road on Highway 49 North. • A reckless driving report on Mt. Bullion Cutoff Road was turned over to the California Highway Patrol. •A verbal dispute was investigated on Highway 49 South. • There was a report of an assault and battery on Highway 140 in Mariposa. Aug. 16 – A lost […]