Fun had by all at Mariposa County Fair



Julia Parker, second from left, led this contingent of Miwuk Indians during the parade.Logan Harris was having a great time during the stick horse race at the fair.The parade grand marshals were driven in this antique car by Sheldon Ball. The grand marshals were June and Jack Wildt and Charley and Silvia Wildt.The Mariposa Bears cheer squad entertained the crowd […]

The real gun lobby motives



Editor, Majority rule is the bedrock principle of our democracy. For 240 years, Americans have agreed that policy supported by a majority of voters becomes the law of the land. Except when it comes to firearms. Let’s look at the math: • The National Rifle Association claims membership of around 4.5 million. The Washington Post in 2013 investigated that claim […]

County has wrong approach on pot



Editor, This letter is written in response to the Aug. 24 story in the Mariposa Gazette concerning the commercial growing of cannabis in Mariposa County. I felt it presented a fair and factual story on the subject discussed at the planning commissions meeting. Mariposa needs to be a leader in cannabis law in this state. Medical cannabis can be a […]

County doing disservice to citizens



Editor, Last year California legalized the use of recreational marijuana, effective in 2018, and the citizens of Mariposa County voted in favor of this law. Now the board of supervisors has received a recommendation from the County planning commission that ignores the will of the people. Each County can independently approve or deny three aspects of the recreational industry. Cultivation […]

Insulting reason for board discussion



Editor, Having dedicated approximately 20 years as a commissioner on the Historic Sites and Preservation Commission, I find it extremely insulting that due to a letter of complaint from a less than credible property owner, Supervisor Merlin Jones would add the item to the weekly board of supervisors agenda, implying the commission as a whole is less than credible. As […]

Park fire policy needs changed



Editor, Mariposa County residents, especially those living and working in or close to Yosemite National Park, have been subjected to continued smoky, unhealthy air for the last two months. First it was the Detwiler Fire for the month of July and now the National Park Service is letting the ‘natural’ lightning caused fires burn on and on, and the smoke […]

Bill would help national parks



Editor, As a California resident and avid supporter of national parks, I want to highlight the importance of creating a steady, reliable fund to keep these national treasures beautiful and accessible. Having served as a volunteer backpacking ranger in Yosemite, I’ve been immersed in the incomparable natural waterfalls, hanging valleys and polished domes that everyone should have the opportunity to […]

Helicopter officially arrives at JCF Hospital




The Riggs air ambulance crew posed for a photo with administrators of JCF.It only took a few moments after landing and stepping off the hospital’s new air ambulance helicopter for Matthew Matthiessen to provide his assessment. “It’s going to be fantastic for the district and the community,” said Matthiessen, the interim chief executive officer/chief financial officer for John C. Fremont […]

Gardening, wine to be featured on stops on Farm & Ranch tour



Products from Casto Oaks (above) and JJ’s Garden are shown. Both will be part of the annual Farm & Ranch tour event.The 11th annual Mariposa Farm and Ranch Tour will be held Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two of the locations on this year’s tour are in the Detwiler Fire threatened region of Mt. Bullion. Though the […]

4-H enrollment day is scheduled for Sept. 16



 The Mariposa 4-H Youth Development Program will have a 4-H enrollment day on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the 4-H office. Oct. 1 will begin the new 2017-18 4-H program year and 4-H signups will take place this day from 10 a.m. to noon. Youth ages 5-19 by Dec. 31, 2017, can enroll and also adults who would like to share […]