BLM to issue shooting ban

Move comes in response to growing danger of wildfires, lesson of Detwiler


  Summer is always a scary time for residents of Mariposa County, because fire danger is always in the back of the minds of residents. Especially in the aftermath of last summer’s Detwiler Fire, which ravaged many homes and properties in the county. However, the Bureau of Land Management is taking a step to reduce the risk of fire in […]

America on parade

The annual Memorial Day VFW ceremony was held Saturday morning in Mariposa. The event featured three notable speakers from the community in addition to patriotic musical performances from the Mariposa County High School band. Groups and individuals from the community also presented wreaths in remembrance of those who have served in the military. See page A-12 for coverage of the […]

‘Alive Day’ now available, movie plans in the works


 It’s fair to say Chief has patience. Sometimes. But in general, the author of a newly published book has learned over the past few years that patience is not only a virtue, it’s a necessity, especially in the world of books and movies. Chief, of Mariposa, goes by that name, which is the central character in his book, “Six Days […]

Primary election is slated for Tuesday

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In what is likely a relief to many people, the 2018 primary election is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 5. The election has drawn a lot of attention this year, especially for the supervisor’s race in District 3. There, incumbent Marshall Long is being challenged by Heather Bernikoff and Jerry Cox. The race has featured a lot of social media […]

Willey doesn’t take deal


Luke Willey A Mariposa man has pleaded not guilty to several serious felonies and has asked for a trial. Luke George Willey, 38, faces charges related to a Sept. 22, 2017 incident in which he is accused of breaking into a house in Mariposa County and brutally assaulting a man who was with his ex-girlfriend. During a previous court hearing, […]

Paige given probation


 An 18-year-old Mariposa man avoided prison on sex-related charges last week, but will have to spend five years on probation and register for life as a sex offender. Michael Thomas Paige was sentenced last week in Mariposa County Superior Court before special Judge Douglas Boyak, a retired judge from Tuolumne County. Paige pleaded no contest in March and then underwent […]

North County residents reject utility rate hikes

Next steps in the process remain unclear

Above is a photo of the Coulterville wastewater system pump station. Engineers say the station is worn out and needs major upgrading. Left is a pump at the Lake Don Pedro wastewater system which shows major signs of aging. Below is the electrical panel at the Coulterville water system location. The panel is old and could be out of code […]

Newspaper changes coming next week

A noticeable change is coming to the Mariposa Gazette starting next week. Recently, a business decision was made to change where we have the newspaper printed. Because of that, the size of the newspaper will be narrower, but standard among most newspapers throughout the country. The change will begin with our next edition on June 7. We’ll also have a […]

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 21 – Rachel Elizabeth Foster, 33, Mariposa, was arrested on two counts of being under the influence of a controlled substance. • Michael Steven Simpson, 52, Mariposa, […]

CAL FIRE crews honor veterans


Members of the Mt. Bullion Camp crew are shown placing flags on the graves of veterans last week at the cemetery in Mariposa. Photo by Steve Meadows/CAL FIRESo many people who have gone to war for America are unsung heroes. Many of them gave their lives defending the democracy Americans enjoy every day of their lives. And that is the […]