School board measures next bond moves

Many hoops await district in getting state funding for facility improvements

Eric Hall (far right) of Eric Hall & Associates, presented the next steps for the school district to move forward now that Measure L has been passed.Drip, drip, drip. As the water droplets fell from the ceiling down to the desk in front of school board member Judy Eppler, it was never more evident the school district was ready to […]

A reason for the season

Celebrating Christmas means much more to local volunteer

Audra Signes is shown handing out gifts at Kops for Kids last week at the fairgrounds.She saw the depths of despair — and has recovered There are Christmas stories. And then there is the story of Audra Signes. “I wanted to get sober,” said Audra, who was passing out gifts last week for the Kops for Kids program at the […]

Kelly Martin remains confident in decision

Government whistleblower believes testimony will help shape future of park service policies

Kelly Martin is shown at her home in Mariposa County.Editor’s note: Kelly Martin is an employee of the National Park Service and a government whistleblower. This is the second in a two-part series about Martin, who sat down for an extensive interview with the Mariposa Gazette, speaking as a citizen of this country. © Copyright 2016,Mariposa Gazette Kelly Martin spent […]


Menetrey preparing for role as the newest County supervisor

 Miles Menetrey is serious about his upcoming role as the new Mariposa County supervisor in District 5. Menetrey won his election in June by a wide margin over incumbent board chairman John Carrier. Since that time, he has been working hard to learn the position and be informed when the time comes to sit in the chair on the County […]

Much-needed rain falls in region, snow up high

Much-needed rain blanketed the region last week. In addition, major snowfall amounts were reported in the mountain areas, all a good sign for relief from the continuing drought. The “winner” of the rainfall totals in this region was Fish Camp, which recorded 5.87 inches of rain through Friday, Dec. 16. Jerseydale, according to the National Weather Service, had 4.54 inches […]

Your photos

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Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Dec. 12 – Theft of a heater was reported on White Oak Lane. • There were threats investigated on Main Street in Coulterville. • A dead horse was reported on Alta Vista Road. • Suspicious circumstances were investigated on Burl Drive. • A vandalism report was taken on Highway 40 North. Dec. 13 – Theft of mail was alleged on […]

Two hurt slightly during accident on Highway 140

A wreck last week on Highway 140 resulted in minor injuries to two people. According to the California Highway Patrol, at 5:40 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, Martin Cortez, Jr., 32, of Merced was driving a 2009 UPS van west on Highway 140 west of Mt. Bullion Cutoff Road. At the same time, Mark Allen Vidensek, 58, Mariposa, was driving […]


In our recent story about salary increases for department heads in Mariposa County, there was a mistake in our graphic that accompanied the story. The new salary for the head librarian should have been $88,600. The previous salary was $80,549. We apologize for the error. … An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue […]

A fair donation

The Mariposa Gazette recently made a donation of $8,435 to the Friends of the Fairgrounds Foundation. In the past five years the newspaper has donated almost $40,000 to the foundation, which financially supports the Mariposa County Fair. All of the funds have been raised through advertising sales in the Official Fair Program, produced each year. Shantel Sojka, advertising director (right) […]