Going for the GOLD

Prospectors hoping wet winter will pan out in search for elusive nuggets


Randy Bolt of the California Mining and Mineral Museum demonstrates how a sluice box works. Sluices trap gold when water passes through from a creek or stream. Gold is caught by riffles, or ridges that slow down the gold so it can be caught in a carpeted mat at the bottom of the sluice.You’d probably have to live under a […]

County starts road to nixing marijuana commercialization



The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors have taken the first step to prohibit any commercialization of marijuana. After a lengthy discussion Tuesday morning, the board voted 4-1 to pass an “Interim Urgency Ordinance” targeting the commercial side of marijuana production and use. The issue came down to language in the ordinance that was not even made available in the board […]

Dealing with dead trees is no easy task but process begins

Persons encouraged to learn about how the County-led effort will work

Dealing with tree mortality is a daunting task for local officials.Mariposa County has certainly had a lot of rain this winter. However, that has done nothing to diminish the tree mortality disaster still gripping this County. In fact, it remains one of the biggest issues facing residents of the County. Dead trees are everywhere and more are dying by the […]

How to grow economy wisely focus of recent public meeting

Housing woes become central focal point for many people

Julie Hadzega, left, of the Yosemite Mariposa Tourism Bureau, and Debbie Peters of Sierra Tel, look over various options during the meeting last week.When it comes to the future of economic development in Mariposa County, one thing is clear. And that is nothing is clear. However, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors is trying to change that and part of […]

Your photos



Reader Karen McClure said she “walked out my back door and this guy was right there.” The photo was taken in the Silver Bar area. 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 news content […]

Hospital sets free seminars



In recognition of National Healthcare Decision Day on April 16, John C. Fremont Hospital is offering two free informational programs on Advance Health Care Directives. The programs will be held on Tuesday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. and at 3 p.m. at John C. Fremont Hospital, 5189 Hospital Road, Mariposa, in the board room in the administration building, located at […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log



March 13 – A forgery was reported on Hillside Drive. • Threats were investigated on Memory Lane. • An arrest was made after a request for information on Cuneo Road in Coulterville. • An arrest was made for public intoxication on Highway 140. • An unknown issue led to an arrest on Alta Vista Road. March 14 – Vandalism was […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

March 6 - March 12

• EMS – 7 • Fires -7 • Public Assists – 2 • 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, and […]

Parking, other issues part of presentation to County

Proposal looks at long-term solutions to problems

It began several years ago when local officials were debating how to solve the parking problems in Mariposa. “This started as a desire to have a parking garage below Grizzly Gas,” said Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann. Quickly, however, Cann said they learned to get anything done that involves Caltrans, you “have to have a plan.” From that small start, […]

Local beekeepers will help to save swarms



Swarms like this are common in Mariposa County.Mariposa beekeepers are once again gearing up to save honeybee swarms throughout Mariposa County. Swarms collected by local beekeepers are placed into hives and have a much greater chance of thriving. Beekeepers often prefer collecting swarms as these local honeybees have shown they have the proven genetics to survive the climate and bloom […]