Detwiler — from above

Flight gives new perspective on damage from fire

This is an aerial photo of a home on Mt. Bullion Cutoff Road that was leveled by the fire. There were 63 single-family homes destroyed in the Detwiler Fire.There’s little doubt that, so far, the Detwiler Fire has been the biggest news in Mariposa County in 2017. After the fire happened, we at the Mariposa Gazette thought it would be […]

Rodeo Royalty complete competition, ready for 2017 Mariposa County Fair

Shown from left are Cowboy DJ Jeff Mann; 2016-2017 Mariposa County Fair Rodeo Junior Princess Lily Rumfelt; 2016-2017 Mariposa County Fair Rodeo Queen Analise Wall; 2016-2017 Mariposa County Fair Rodeo Princess Bernadette Wall; contestants Savanna Savage, Jess Segale, Desiree Turck, Sophia Rudge, Rayna Rogers, Daniele Turck and Makenna Tillery.On Saturday Aug. 12, the Mariposa County Fair Rodeo Royalty contestants participated […]

Swank faces 14 years in prison after guilty plea

Melissa SwankA Mariposa woman faces 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to 29 embezzlement counts this week. Melissa Swank, 45, was originally charged with 87 felony counts in connection with stealing nearly $1 million from Foster Ace Hardware in Mariposa. In Mariposa County Superior Court on Monday, Swank agreed to a plea deal with the Mariposa County District Attorney’s […]

South Fork Fire battle continues

Reader Silas Upton submitted this photo of the South Fork Fire taken from Woodview Lane.Crews continue to battle the South Fork Fire in Yosemite National Park. The fire forced the evacuation of Wawona, a small town located within Park boundaries and Mariposa County. As of press time on Tuesday, the fire was at 3,820 acres. There were 765 personnel working […]

New group works to reopen Hotel Jeffery

Hotel JefferyThe Hotel Jeffery has been described as “the heartbeat” of Coulterville. And soon that heart will start beating again. It will happen thanks to a partnership between Sara Zahn, who has owned the hotel for the past several years, and Michelle and Andy Coppock. The Coppocks recently moved to the area and have been running Gold Country Bistro, a […]

Man dies after falling off of roof in Lushmeadows

A Mariposa County man died last week after falling off of a roof in Lushmeadows. Steven Holt, 63, died after emergency personnel attempted to revive him. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, at around 8:02 a.m. on Aug. 17, deputies responded to a call of a person who fell off a roof and was not breathing. It was on […]

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Reader Damarias Chance submitted this photo of Ethel earlier this year following a rainstorm. Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to Please include your name and a short description of the photo…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and […]

County residents can receive rebates for variety of water-efficient purchases

The Mariposa County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) has launched a new rebate program that offers cash rebates for the purchase and installation of specific water-efficient products. Funded by a Department of Water Resources grant to the Lake Don Pedro Community Services District, these rebates are administered by the MCRCD and are open to customers of LDPCSD in Mariposa and Tuolumne […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Aug. 14 – A domestic pig was found on Gavilan Road in Mariposa • Petty theft was reported on Highway 140 in Mariposa. • Harassment was reported on Jones Street in Mariposa. Aug. 15 – There was a sick coyote sighting at Lake Don Pedro Elementary. • Embezzlement was alleged at Heritage Lane in Mariposa. • There was an out […]

Thousands are raised for CASA during Summer Fun Street Fair

Kass Bissmeyer smiles as she holds her son, Hudson Bissmeyer, at the recent Summer Fun Street Fair, held in Mariposa. Kass was there to promote her business, Sierra Sisters’ Designs, which produces cards and decor. Many local vendors were at the event.Sometimes it takes a few years for new community events to become successful. But CASA’s Summer Fun Street Fair, […]