Mariposa man dies in head-on collision



A Mariposa man was killed in a head-on traffic collision on Wednesday night, May 17. Robert Shaw, 32, died in the accident. According to the CHP, at around 6:15 p.m., a 2006 Newmar Ventana motor home driven by Dale Giantomasso, 62, of Peotone, Ill., was westbound on Highway 140 just east of Chase Ranch in western Mariposa County. A 2006 […]

Tourism economy continues to grow in Mariposa County

Transient Occupancy Taxes top $14.3 million in 2016

A group of two dozen German and Australian travel agents recently visited Yosemite Zipline and Adventure Ranch to experience western culture, including gold panning. The agents came to Mariposa as part of the Visit California trade program which allows agents to experience various destinations and then integrate those areas into tour packages.It might not seem like much. A foreign tourist […]

DUI numbers on rise in 2017




In 2016, DUI arrests in Mariposa County were at their lowest mark since 2013. DUI arrests made over the first four months of this year are nearing the amount made over the entire span of 2016.Driving under the influence has been a problem across the United States for years. That’s no different in Mariposa County, where, despite optimism over the […]

Horisons files for bankruptcy



Horisons Unlimited Health Care, which operates a clinic in Mariposa, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. But the Los Angeles-based lawyer who represents the company says it is not a step toward closing the company’s clinics, rather, a way to continue operations. Horisons operates eight clinics in Mariposa, Merced, Madera and Stanislaus counties. It has 180 employees and provides […]

Fire season quickly approaching; officials urge people to be ready



Editor’s note: With fire season fast approaching, this is the first in a four-part series covering a wide variety of related topics, from burn piles to the latest in technological advances. Most people have heard it time and time again. And that’s the point. “Every year we have that same potential,” said Jaime Williams, fire prevention specialist for the CAL […]

Art, wine festival set to go for 2017




This was the scene last year at the Art and Wine Festival as many tents were set up on the Mariposa County Courthouse lawn.The 13th Annual Mariposa Yosemite Rotary Club Art and Wine Festival is back for another year. It will be held Saturday, May 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mariposa Courthouse Lawn, 5088 Bullion Street. […]

Man arrested for multiple child molestation counts



Ryan ParkerA Mariposa man was arrested without incident last week on a Ramey warrant alleging lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14 years of age. Ryan Lee Parker, 30, was arrested at the Chevron gas station on Highway 140 in Mariposa by a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputy. The sheriff’s office had obtained a Ramey warrant, which is […]

Vehicle strikes and kills horse on Highway 140



A horse was killed last week when it was struck by a vehicle on Highway 140 near Mt. Bullion Cutoff Road. According to the California Highway Patrol, on May 10 at around 8:16 p.m., Jon Paul Salonen was driving a 2009 Toyota Tacoma eastbound on Highway 140 at around 50 to 55 miles per hour. Salonen, 37, of Cathey’s Valley, […]

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Reader Silas Upton took this photo of an oriole on his deck in Bootjack. Upton said the birds come to his property every year. 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 on […]

Kelsey to graduate from U. S. Air Force Academy



Kahleb I. KelseyKahleb I. Kelsey will be graduating from the United States Air Force Academy on May 24, with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and a minor in French. Kelsey will commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Following graduation, he will be stationed at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma, where he will […]