WELCOME To the 2018 Mariposa Butterfly Festival


The annual Mariposa Butterfly Festival takes place this weekend with a wide variety of events and activities. Each year, thousands of people come to Mariposa for the festivities. We welcome all visitors to this annual event.

Sanctuary discussion sparks big emotions

Emotions ran high during a weekly meeting of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors last week. Community members packed the county government chambers to voice their support for the supervisors to pass a resolution declaring Mariposa County in opposition to the state’s sanctuary law. On Oct. 5 of last year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54 into law, […]

It’s here: Fire season returns and tall grass is back, as well

Shown is the aftermath of the Detwiler Fire last July. This photo is just above the Bagby Grade. Photo by Nicole W. LittleJaime Williams has been around firefighting long enough to understand many things, including danger. Williams, the public information officer for the CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Mercied Unit knows this region could be in for another tough fire year. “We have […]

Americana on display during political forum

Candidates, from left, Marshall Long, Jerry Cox and Heather Bernikoff are shown during a debate last week at McCay Hall in Catheys Valley. Photo by Matt JohnsonDemocracy was alive and well at an event held in Catheys Valley last week. Police officers were directing traffic, a little league game was being played on a ballfield and a political debate was […]


Lions and bats and bears oh my! Yosemite Area Audubon Society will hold a free mammal workshop. This hands-on workshop will include a brief discussion on the kinds of mammals present in our area, techniques for sampling small mammals with live traps, setting up camera traps, and examining bats and recording their echolocation calls. This two-part workshop will meet at […]

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 23 – Gerardo Juarez-Mozo, 35, Merced, was arrested for driving on a suspended license. • Marvin Ray Glover, 49, Catheys Valley, was arrested for possession of a […]

Important dates set for upcoming election


The election season has been heating up lately, and some important dates are upcoming. The Mariposa County Registrar of Voters Office has announced several key dates. May 21 is the last day to register to vote. Persons who have not registered can do so at the Mariposa County Clerk’s Office located in the government center complex in Mariposa. To check […]

Your photos

Reader Beth Kellner of Bootjack said she frequents the “Wild Merced River” near Briceburg on a regular basis. She took this photo of a beaver, the first one she has spotted this spring in the river. 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 […]

Help for Habitat

Westamerica Bank recently donated $500 to help sponsor Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County’s Birdhouse and Garden Art Auction. The April 21 event at Sierra Cider was well attended and raised funding for Habitat’s mission of building homes, community and hope. Another recent donation of nearly $700 came to Habitat from Miner’s Roadhouse 140 from their December 2017 month-long benefit […]

Advisory council idea in limbo, JC Fremont Hospital board says

The status of a community advisory council was examined once again at the most recent John C. Fremont Healthcare District board meeting. The meeting was held April 25 in Mariposa. A patient family advisory council has been an idea the hospital board members have been looking into implementing over the past year. An advisory council is intended to be a […]