Options for future of hospital discussed

Increasing sales or property taxes could be options presented to the taxpayers


Gary Hicks, president of GL Hicks Financial, is shown addressing the John C. Fremont Hospital board last week. Photo by Matt JohnsonThe clock is ticking, and for hospital officials in Mariposa County, that’s surely not a comforting thought. Lawmakers in California have mandated that by 2030, hospitals need to meet California’s requirements from SB1953, the Hospital Seismic Safety Act. That […]

Man arrested for death of 22-month-old child

Jesse AshtonThe Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Jesse Ashton, 21, of Mariposa, on charges of involuntary manslaughter, following the death of his 22 month old son. Ashton called 911 on April 15 at 11:30 a.m. reporting that his child was suffering from a seizure. The child was transported via air ambulance to a central valley hospital, where he died […]

School’s out — and some people are not happy at all

Confusion abounds about a fix at Darrah pre-school


Members of the Kiwanis Preschool are shown with their parents and guardians at the play park located on the Darrash Schoolhouse property. The school property has been closed for a few months due to dead trees on a neighboring parcel threatening the area. Submitted photo Impatience is starting to grow for those whose children attend a preschool in the area. […]

Brown makes formal declaration of disaster


Gov. Brown After much anticipation — and consternation — the governor of California has issued an emergency disaster declaration for Mariposa County. Gov. Jerry Brown issued the declaration last week for the late March flooding in Mariposa County. What it means could be enormous for taxpayers in the county, who have been on the hook for the emergency repairs which […]

Clean Sweep all set to go this Saturday in Mariposa

Free compost, mulch to be offered at event

It’s coming Saturday. Mariposa Clean Sweep is MARIPOSA scheduled for Saturday, April 28 and will once again feature a grand prize of a riding lawn mower donated by Sierra Tel . Everyone is invited to participate in the event, which kicks off at 8 a.m. with registration at the County Park in Mariposa. All participants must register at the park. […]

Legion turkey shoot scheduled

The American Legion Post 567 will be holding a Turkey Shoot event, this Saturday, April 28. There will be four stages. The first three stages will target metal plates. The final stage will target a bullseye. Both accuracy and time will be judged. It will be held at the Mariposa Fish and Game Range, 4443 Old Highway. Registration is from […]

Butterfly Festival getting close


The color guard traditionally leads the way for the Butterfly Festival parade. The parade is set for Saturday, May 5. Photo by Nicole W. LittleIt’s a sure sign that spring has arrived. The Mariposa Butterfly Festival is just around the corner and organizers are hoping for good weather and a big turnout. “The idea is to appeal to everybody,” said […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Jail Booking Report Here are some of the highlights from the recent booking reports at the Mariposa County Jail. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. April 16 – Darrell Lee Hutchens, 22, Madera, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a controlled […]

Your photos

Reader Fred Grin took this photo of hummingbirds enjoying a meal. The photo was taken near Usona Road. 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. Submitted photo… An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

April 9-15• EMS – 10 • Fires – 1 • Public Assists – 0 • Auto Collisions – 1 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 […]