GOING UP?

Major hike in Park entrance fees proposed

Highway 140, shown in this aerial photo, is one of the major roads leading into Yosemite. It’s the only road into the Park open year around. A proposal now on the table in Washington, D.C., proposes a major increase in entry fees at Yosemite and 16 other national parks.The National Park Service is proposing more than doubling entrance fees at […]

Park fee proposal comment period only open until Nov. 23



The National Park Service is proposing major fee increases for visitors to 17 parks. Yosemite is included in the proposal. There are two aspects to the proposal. One is for entry fees for passenger vehicles as well as commercial vehicles. Both are asking for the fees to go up. The passenger fee is being proposed to be raised in the […]

Tour companies face big increase



This graphic shows the top 10 attendance figures at America’s national parks last year. Only Great Smoky Mountain National Park is not on the list targeted for fee increases — because of an agreement made decades ago.The National Park Service’s proposal to raise entrance fees has made news across the country. However, another part of the proposal has hardly been […]

Fuel price hike hits consumers



David Weller fuels up his vehicle Tuesday morning at Stage Stop in Mariposa.On the day after Halloween, California drivers got a trick, not a treat. Because of legislation passed earlier this year, motorists in California are seeing a spike in gas prices. The legislature, which needed a two-thirds vote, narrowly passed a gas tax increase of 12 cents for gasoline […]

No charges to be filed in alleged student assault



No criminal charges will be filed against a former Mariposa County Unified School District substitute teacher who was involved in an alleged physical assault this summer. The Mariposa County District Attorney’s Office concluded the investigation of the incident which occurred this summer on June 26. The incident occurred at the Mariposa Monarch Academy between a substitute teacher and a student […]

Pair arrested for taking majority of contents in home



 After more than a month of investigating, two suspects have been arrested for a major burglary in Cathey’s Valley. The suspects removed almost everything from the home during the Sept. 14 robbery, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. Crystal Gonzalez-Alatorre, 24, and Christopher Reyes, 36, both of Merced, were arrested on Oct. 25 by the sheriff’s office. According to […]

Your photos



Reader Shirley Kennedy submitted this photo prior to the County fair. It is of her pumpkin patch. She said despite grasshopper infestation and fire burning on her property, the pumpkins survived. 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 […]

Legion yard sale is set for Nov. 11 in Mariposa



The local American Legion post will be conducting its popular annual yard sale on Nov. 11 — Veterans Day. Most of the items are donated by the National Park Service and Aramark “lost and found.” The items are those not claimed by Park visitors. Among the many items are electronics of all types (cameras, tablets, etc.), clothes, jackets, shoes, household […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log



Oct. 23 – A custody violation was reported on 10th Street. • There was an out of control juvenile on Fiske Road in Greeley Hill. • Petty theft was alleged on Brodeia Road. • Loose emus were reported on Jackass Ridge Road in Coulterville. • There was a report of a prowler on Highway 49 South. Oct. 24 – Indecent […]

Bagby boat ramp closed



Lake McClure has decreased to an elevation where the boat launch at Bagby Recreation Area is not accessible to the water. The ramp will be temporarily closed until lake levels return to an elevation sufficient to operate the ramp. In the meantime, boat launch ramps at Horseshoe Bend Recreation Area, Barrett Cove Recreation Area and McClure Point Recreation Area are […]