Thinking Local

Shopping at home is vital to sustain the area economy

Kara Inman, owner of Brick Wall Boutique, is shown putting an item on a clothing rack last week. Inman was busy prepping for Black Friday sales.Mike Radanovich, owner of the Fremont House in Mariposa, had just finished being interviewed about the importance of people shopping locally for the holidays. That’s when a perfect example of the benefits of shopping in […]

Housing crunch

Predicament in County and how to fix it will be subject of Dec. 6 meeting

This graphic shows the average price for homes across California.There’s little doubt one major issue continues to plague Mariposa County. Though there are many issues, from fire danger to poor roads, one stands out above almost all others — housing, or a lack thereof. “We feel we need a comprehensive program,” said Mariposa County Planning Department Assistant Director Brian Foucht. […]

School district taking time with bond decisions: superintendent

The next several months will be critical for the Mariposa County Unified School District. The district will continue to decide how to spend its bond money. Measure L, the $24 million school facility improvement bond, was passed by local voters in the 2016 general election. The district doesn’t get to spend all the money at once. So far, the district […]

Park service extends fee comment time

The federal government has extended the comment period for its proposal to raise entrance fees at 17 national parks, including Yosemite. The new deadline for submitted comments has been extended to Dec. 22, nearly a month longer than previously announced by the National Park Service. According to a news release from the National Park Service, the deadline has been extended […]

How skidding a CHP car is just like the Indy 500, sort of

Adrian Perez, public information officer for the Mariposa office of the California Highway Patrol, takes aim during target practice recently at the CHP Academy in Sacramento.Editor’s note: Greg Little, editor of the Mariposa Gazette, spent a day recently at the California Highway Patrol “Media Boot Camp” in West Sacramento. This is the final in a three-part series about his experience. […]

Truck full of manure crashes in incident on Highway 140

A manure-hauling semi overturned on Highway 140 last weekend, blocking traffic and sending a man to the hospital for moderate injuries. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 9:38 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, Philip Crites, 44, of Winton, was driving a 1999 Mack truck pulling two utility trailers containing chicken manure westbound on Highway 140 just east of […]

Your photos

Reader Miriam Jones of Greeley Hill took this photo of a young deer. She took it with an iPhone and through her window, which was literally at eye level with the animal. 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 […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Nov. 20 – Someone had questions about elder abuse on Highway 49 in Mariposa. • A scam was alleged on Racheria Creek Road in Midpines. • Mailbox tampering was reported on Lozano Street in Lake Don Pedro. • There was a suspicious vehicle reported in Italian Acres. • There was a report of a runaway juvenile on 10th Street. Nov. […]

Tree falling underway near Jerseydale

Removal of trees in the Jerseydale area will began on Monday of this week. Officials from Blue Ridge Services, the company contracted by Mariposa County to remove dead trees, said the work is being done along Jerseydale Road. Removal is of trees deemed as the highest risk to fall, said Lloyd Hanebury of Blue Ridge Services. The work is scheduled […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Nov. 20-26

• EMS – 6 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 2• 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 […]