Spit and polish order of the day at CHP ceremony


It was spit and polish at its finest last week at the California Highway Patrol office in Mariposa. “There is a sense of personal pride,” said CHP Officer Adrian Perez, the public information officer for the local office. What took place was a formal inspection ceremony because the local office now has a new commander. Lt. Commander Rick Lindgren took […]

Shortage of bus drivers could mean big problems

School district in desperate need

“I need bus drivers really badly.” Those words from transportation coordinator Charlotte Kelsey might sum up the situation facing the Mariposa County Unified School District more than any statistic could. Simply put, the school district is in dire need of hiring additional bus drivers. “Right now, with the information we have, I’d say we are looking for four bus drivers […]

It’s official: Readers choose their ‘Best Of’

Several notch multiple top awards

The readers have spoken. After counting hundreds of ballots, the “Readers’ Choice Awards 2018” are now official. The awards are organized each year by the Mariposa Gazette and give our readers a chance to choose the “best of the best” in Mariposa County. This year, the awards were expanded with several new categories. “These recognitions are a great way for […]

Art & Wine Festival is scheduled for May 26

 A popular event is back for another year. The 14th annual Mariposa-Yosemite Rotary Club’s Art and Wine Festival will be held May 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mariposa County Courthouse lawn. The courthouse is located at 5088 Bullion Street in Mariposa. It will be held rain or shine and is free to attend. The Mariposa-Yosemite Rotary […]

Commission delays decision on parking for proposed new hotel

Members of the Mariposa County Planning Commission were split last week on whether to continue a public hearing relating to the location of a parking lot for a proposed 20-room boutique hotel. By a 3-2 vote, the commissioners decided to continue the matter until June 1 when more information will be presented. At issue was a decision made by Mariposa […]

Officials addressing error on primary election ballot


An error on the ballot and in the voter information pamphlet for the upcoming primary election is being addressed by local officials. The error is in the listing of candidates for U.S. Representative in the 4th Congressional District. Candidate Mitchell White’s party preference was listed as Democrat but it should have been Republican. Officials from the Mariposa County Elections Office […]

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. May 14 – Zachary Christophe Guerrero, 53, Empire, was arrested for failure to appear after a written promise and a misdemeanor violation of probation. • Corey Ryan Nowak, […]

Rattlesnakes on rise in El Portal

Yosemite National Park officials say there appears to be an increase in rattlesnake activity around El Portal this spring. Officials are urging people to use extra caution while recreating or working outside. Here are some tips: • Be alert. Like all reptiles, rattlesnakes are sensitive to the ambient temperature and will adjust their behavior accordingly. After a cold or cool […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

May 14-May 20

• EMS – 6 • Fires – 3 • Public Assists – 1 • 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 and […]

Highway 132 now open in northern Mariposa County

Estimates put cost of repairs over $7 million

Above is the newly paved portion of Highway 132 in northern Mariposa County. The road was closed in March following heavy rains. At left is a photo of some of the materials which have been used to fix the area. Photos by Thomas Lawrence, CaltransIn spite of the magnitude of the issue, officials from Caltrans have managed to reopen Highway […]