The longest three hours

Mother of boy who was missing recounts incident, has high praise for everyone who helped in search

Amy Harper is shown with her son, Hayden. Last week, Hayden was missing for three hours in rugged country in Mariposa County. During that time, this California Highway Patrol helicopter was part of the search effort in the County.It was just another Thursday. “It started out as a typical workday,” said Amy Harper, who lives on Oak Grove Road southeast […]

New airport contract is agreed upon

Airborrn Aviation will continue as the lead operator at facility

The company currently responsible for operations of the Yosemite Mariposa Airport will remain in place. Airborrn Aviation owner Tony Borreson has signed a new contract with Mariposa County to continue operations of the airport — with some changes. The issue was discussed during last week’s meeting of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Rob Bender, a member of the Airport […]

Jenkins will take over at Yosemite

Chip JenkinsA new interim superintendent of Yosemite National Park will be in place this month. Chip Jenkins will replace current interim Superintendent Woody Smeck, who was put into the position following the resignation of Don Neubacher last year. Neubacher retired from his position after allegations were made of sexual harassment at the Park. According to Scott Gediman, public affairs officer […]

‘Best of the Best’ contest now open; new feature for 2017 is ‘Mr. and Ms.’ Mariposa County

 Where is that must stop place for breakfast? Who do you call to remove a dead tree? What local event is a must? These are just some of the many questions we are asking our readers for our annual “Best of the Best in Mariposa County” competition. Each year, the Mariposa Gazette seeks input from the public about a wide […]

‘Mariposa Clean Sweep’ event will target local beautification

Participants will be eligible to win grand prize of $1,500 riding lawn mower

Persons who participate in “Mariposa Clean Sweep” will be eligible to win this $1,500 riding lawn mower, courtesy of Sierra Tel.A new event aimed at sprucing up Mariposa is scheduled in April. “Mariposa Clean Sweep” will be held on Saturday, April 22, which is Earth MARIPOSA Day. Everyone is invited to participate in the event, during which volunteers will be […]

SAR stars

The annual fundraising event for Mariposa Search and Rescue (SAR) was held this past Saturday night at the fairgrounds. A large turnout of County residents helped make the event a success. At right, Search and Rescue member Walter Wall describes how a line gun is used for swift water rescue. Wall has been in SAR for four years. Above, Dave […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Feb. 27 – A sink hole was reported at the Park and Ride in Mariposa. • A welfare check was completed on Greeley Hill Road in Greeley Hill. • Petty theft was investigated on Sierra Pine Drive. • Vandalism was reported on Buckingham Mountain Road. • There was an out of control juvenile on K Road in Greeley Hill. Feb. […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Feb. 27 - March 5

• EMS – 6 • Fires – 0 • Public Assists – 4 • Auto Collisions – 0 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, […]


A man who was investigated for using spotlights and a light bar on his car while helping a motorist is not on the Megan’s Law list of sex offenders. Lt. Becky Hagen of the Mariposa Area Highway Patrol said she misspoke last week when she said he was on that list. However, Hagen did say the man, who was not […]

School board adds assistant superintendent position

Board also moves forward with various budget cuts; Measure L committee formed

Changes are coming to the structure of the Mariposa County Unified School District. At the Thursday, March 2 MCUSD board meeting, a completely new leadership structure was approved. Over the past few weeks, the district management team has been looking closely at how the structure can be improved. In February, the management team shared proposed changes to staffing structures for […]