Long arm of the law grabs wanted fugitive Swank at grandma’s house

Investigation unwraps almost $1 million embezzlement

Melissa SwankLast Thursday, deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Melissa Ann Swank, 45, a former Mariposa County resident, at her grandmother’s home in Gold Hill, Oregon. Swank was arrested on a Ramey Warrant out of Mariposa County Superior Court issued on Dec. 21, 2016 alleging over $950,000 in embezzlement, fraud, forgery, grand theft and identity theft while she […]

An old west tradition is alive and well in Mariposa County



Gianna Toso is shown roping a calf during a branding on the family ranch last week in northern Mariposa County. The old west tradition of branding remains alive and well on ranches throughout Mariposa County. Below, members of the crew multi-task, including giving a calf a shot as well as putting the brand on the animal. Shown, from left, are […]

Hotel Jeffery could be open by this spring

Owner says historic hotel is nearly ready to go after devastating fire


Damage to the Hotel Jeffery was extensive, both from the fire and from the water used to fight the fire. The photo shows the extensive damage to the Coulterville hotel.The new year could bring a fresh start for the Hotel Jeffery. The hotel has sat idle for two years after a devastating fire damaged it in late 2014. Sara Zahn, […]

Planting new seeds of life

Sierra Foothill Conservancy to plant 1,000 Ponderosa pines at Stockton Creek


Lauren Hubert, an SFC employee, is shown speaking to youngsters at the recent acorn planting event which the SFC held. The SFC, along with the Mariposa Public Utility District (MPUD) stewards the land at the Stockton Creek Preserve.In an effort to combat the pine tree mortality issue in Mariposa County, one local conservation group is stepping up. Sierra Foothill Conservancy […]

Child seats, DUI laws change along with other traffic rules



Many new traffic laws are now in effect this year in California. One of the most notable is new regulations about child safety seats, which was effective on Jan. 1. Children under two years of age must ride rear-facing in an appropriate child passenger safety seat. Children weighing 40 pounds or more, or standing 40 inches or more tall, are […]

Your photos



Reader Rebecca Mock shot this photo of the Merced River from Swinging Bridge in Yosemite Valley a few days before Christmas. Said Mock: “It’s almost like you cannot take a bad picture in Yosemite!” 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…. […]

You can ‘bank’ on it



On Dec. 7, 2016, Yosemite Bank vice president, Matt Foraker (left), presented a donation from the bank to Dane Carlson, board member of the Mariposa Community Foundation. This donation is directed to the Community Enrichment Grant fund. Yosemite Bank and the foundation encourage donors to match funds that, in turn, are offered to local non profit organizations during the annual […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log



Dec. 26 – Suspicious circumstances were reported on Dexter Lane. • There was a petty theft report taken at PD Quick Laundry. • Deputies investigated petty theft on Mariposa Creek Parkway. • A horse was reported in Lake McClure. • Smoke was reported in the Jerseydale Road area. Dec. 27 – A canine cremation was reported on Coachman Road. • […]

Ceremony set to honor PG&E for clock donation

Company spent over $15,000 to repair structure

The historic clock on the Mariposa County Courthouse will be the focus of an upcoming ceremony about its restoration.A dedication ceremony recognizing Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for their funding contributions toward the repair of the Mariposa County Courthouse clock has been scheduled. It will be Tuesday, Jan. 24, at noon at the front entrance of the Courthouse. The ceremony […]

Author to be speaker at museum Fireside Chat



Author Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, famous for documenting a mountain lion who lives in the middle of Los Angeles, will be the guest speaker at an upcoming fireside chat.The Mariposa Museum & History Center will present another Fireside Chat on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. with local author, environmentalist and California Director of the National Wildlife Federation, Beth Pratt-Bergstrom. There is […]