Highway 49 North will be closed until ‘mid-summer’

Caltrans officials estimate the cost to be $11 million

Shown is the massive amount of work now being done on Highway 49 North just south of Bagby Recreation Area. Lake McClure is visible in the background. Caltrans officials are estimating the road will be open in “mid-summer,” though no specific date has been set. Photo by Rick Estrada/Caltrans It was the perfect storm. From Mother Nature’s standpoint, at least. […]

Honoring a legend

Beloved educator Rod Fiester will retire, honored at festival


Rod Fiester (front of vehicle) waves to the crowd at the annual Butterfly Festival last Saturday. Fiester was the parade’s grand marshal. Photo submitted by Charlie PhillipsRod Fiester has spent 31 years as a teacher for the Mariposa County Unified School District, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. As the son of legendary music teacher Richard Fiester, it […]

Park officials continue to work on traffic congestion


Congestion is the number one complaint of visitors to Yosemite. Park officials are trying to tackle the issue. SubmittedphotoIt’s a problem that continues to grow — and solutions are not easy. That problem is traffic congestion in Yosemite National Park and Mariposa is on the forefront of the issue. “We want to embrace the Yosemite region,” said Kathleen Morse, chief […]

Board votes 4-1 for sanctuary opposition



There was no shortage of emotions during the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, but there was nearly a shortage of chairs. That’s because community members packed the supervisor chambers for almost three hours of the meeting to provide input about a controversial issue. Eventually, the board members passed a resolution in opposition to California’s sanctuary law by […]

Second Amendment rally is held at MCHS



A group of MCHS students held a short rally last week to support Second Amendment rights. Submitted photoLiving in America means having the right to voice one’s opinion. Several students at Mariposa County High School voiced theirs recently during a pro-Second Amendment rally, held May 2 at MCHS. The students stood near the steps leading up to the high school’s […]

Mariposa Pow Wow slated this weekend

Dancing is a major part of the Mariposa Pow Wow, which is set for this Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds. Submitted photoThe 25th Annual Mariposa Pow Wow is set for this weekend. It will be May 12-13 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Once a year, the American Indian Council of Mariposa County (AICMC) — aka the Southern Sierra Miwuk […]

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 30 – Kerry John Fisher, 29, Greeley Hill, was arrested for assault, battery and property damage. May 1 – Michael Howard Palmer, 55, Mariposa, was arrested for […]

Your photos

Reader Kim Smick-Sullivan said she came across these wild turkey eggs while doing some weed eating. Smick-Sullivan said she is “looking forward to 15 new wild turkey babies!” 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 […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

April 30-May 6 • 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 […]

Volunteer tutors are sought for the adult literacy program

The Mariposa County Library is looking for people who would like to share their love of reading and make a difference in someone’s life by volunteering as tutors in the adult literacy program. Math and computer tutors are also being sought. Tutors must be 18 years old or older; be English speaking; have a high school diploma or passed a […]