Love at first bite

Shark Tank proves a success for grandson of local couple


Chris Healy and Lindsay Barto are shown making their presentation in front of the “sharks,” who were donning long wigs. Courtesy photos from ABC TelevisionWhen most people swim with sharks, they don’t want to get bit. But in this case, Chris Healy was hoping for a bite. Healy, a man with ties to Mariposa County, appeared on Sunday on the […]

PG&E says any talk of closing local office is in early stages


PG&E officials are not saying a whole lot about the possibility of closing various offices around the region — including Mariposa. The issue arose last week when information was released on a Facebook page post which included what appear to be internal proposals from PG&E about the possibility of restructuring offices in its service areas in northern California. “I would […]

Park visitation back at ‘normal’ levels for 2017


Visitors are shown in this photo at Glacier Point during the 2016 visit of former President Barack Obama. They were waiting for the President to clear the area as he walked down a trail. In 2016, a record number of people visited the Park. It was down some last year, but remains strong. Photo by Greg LittleVisitation at Yosemite National […]

Yosemite Starbucks draws mixed feelings



  When the first pack mules headed into Yosemite, they probably carried old-time coffee pots. Generations later, much has changed. Yosemite will now offer the international coffee brand Starbucks to its visitors. But many people are voicing their concerns about the addition of Starbucks products to the offerings currently available at Yosemite National Park. Lisa Cesaro, marketing manager for Yosemite […]

BEATING ALL ODDS

Rudy is back on regular duty

Deputy Rudy Mirelez, left, is shown on Tuesday morning at the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors meeting, flanked by Sheriff Doug Binnewies. Mirelez returned to regular duty this week. Photo by GregLittleA Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputy who became the subject of statewide, and even national, news after being shot is now back on duty. Rudy Mirelez, 37, was shot […]

Your photos

Reader Windy Howell Gonzalez shot this photo in December while standing on a porch on East Westfall Road. “I am so thankful for Mother Nature’s reminder to stop and enjoy the moment before it fades away,” said Gonzalez. Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to greg@mariposagazette.com. Please include your name and a short […]

El Portal pool faces uncertain future


It’s sink or swim for the pool in El Portal. On Tuesday morning, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors were told some tough news about the pool in El Portal. “I don’t relish bringing this to the board,” said Mariposa County Department of Public Works Director Mike Healy. The County owns and operates the public pool. Healy said after the […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Jan. 8 – There was a report of a lost child at Pioneer Market. • A scam was investigated on Mueller Road. • Trespassing was alleged on Ponderosa Court. • A cat fight was reported on Highway 132. Jan. 9 – There were aggressive loose dogs on Highway 140 in Cathey’s Valley. • A rockslide was reported on Bear Valley […]

Cox’s attorneys question ability of receiver

Another court hearing scheduled for Monday in controversial land case

A court hearing involving a controversial receivership case in Mariposa County is set for next Monday. The case involves Jerry Cox, owner of Bison Creek Ranch, whose property was placed into receivership last year after the County cited more than 100 code violations on the property. A receivership action in California can be granted by a court and involves the […]

Status of Sierra Home School examined



One of the major items discussed at the Jan. 11 Mariposa County Unified School District board meeting was the current status of Sierra Home School. The students enrolled with the home school do much of their work at home but attend sessions at the school to receive work and supervision from teachers. The qualified teacher(s) design, support and grade their […]