The ghosts of Mariposa past

Haunting stories abound, expert says

Shown is Lauri Kanarowski, who says she has a “special connection” when it comes to ghosts. The photo was taken when she participated in a parade in Mariposa. Also shown is the old jail, which is said to be haunted.Lauri Kanarowski has always had a special connection with “the other side.” “I’ve always had some sort of psychic ability,” Kanarowski […]

Supervisors spat over formula for funding given to tourism bureau

The chairman of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors chastised the Yosemite-Mariposa Tourism Bureau last week, even calling into question the integrity of the administration. Supervisor Marshall Long brought up the issue of the tourism bureau during a budget discussion at the board meeting on Oct. 17. But some of the other supervisors called Long’s accusations into question and officials […]

Greeley Hill school pulls together following death

Sarah CahoonIn the aftermath of a fatal vehicular accident last week, residents in Northern Mariposa County are pulling together. The accident took the life of 28-year-old Coulterville resident Sarah Cahoon, severely injured her 5-year-old son and led to minor injuries for her 9-year-old daughter. On Oct. 17 at approximately 6:18 p.m., Cahoon was driving a 2002 Mazda MPV eastbound on […]

Students are urged to write Christmas stories

Cash prizes will be offered to various winners

 Do you have a special Christmas story? If so, we at the Mariposa Gazette want to know — and you could earn a cash prize! We are seeking Christmas stories from area youth. There are three categories: kindergarten to second grade; third to fifth grade; and sixth to eighth grade. In each category, the prizes are: First place, $100; second […]

National men’s group asking for investigation in Cox case

A national organization is asking the Mariposa County District Attorney to open a criminal investigation into a woman who accused a local man of sexual misconduct in a case that was eventually dismissed. The National Coalition for Men (NCFM) sent a letter to Mariposa County District Attorney Thomas E. Cooke in late September, outlining various reasons they feel the case […]

CAL FIRE offers tips for Halloween safety

With Halloween just around the corner, children will soon be out in costume trekking through festive displays in search of candy. However, more than ghosts could be lurking amongst the mid-fall fun, as Halloween costumes and decorations present a number of hidden fire hazards. Fortunately, say officials from CAL FIRE, with a few precautions taken, you can make the holiday […]

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Reader Eric Munyon submitted this photo of a power pole which was ravaged by woodpeckers. The photo was taken in the Mormon Hills area. 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 […]

Body of sailor found in Yosemite National Park

The body of a man missing since May in Yosemite National Park has been found. Alexander Joseph Sevier, 24, a member of the U.S. Navy from Jacksonville, Fla., went missing on May 3. He was staying in Housekeeping Camp and witnesses said he went out on daily hikes while at the Park. His body was found at the end of […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Oct. 16 – A goat attack was reported on Sierra Drive in Coulterville. • There was credit card fraud alleged on Hernandez Road in Lake Don Pedro. • Found property was reported on Main Street in Coulterville. • A campfire was reported on West Whitlock Road. • A verbal dispute was investigated on East Whitlock Road. Oct. 17 – There […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Oct. 16 - 22

• EMS – 5 • Fires – 0 • Public Assists – 3• 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 […]