Ferguson Fire now contained, various work still ongoing

A firefighter picks up hose on Highway 41 near Chinquapin after battling a spot fire Friday, Aug. 10 during the Ferguson Fire. The fire has now been declared 100 percent contained. Photo by United States Forest Service/Stuart Palley Thirty-eight days later and the Ferguson Fire has finally been declared contained. The blaze, which has disrupted commerce and vacation plans of […]

Highway 41 to open Friday, Glacier Point still closed

Highway 41 in Yosemite will be opening at 8 a.m. Friday, according to park officials. The road has been closed because of the Ferguson Fire. Though the fire is now listed as 100 percent contained, there are still fire crews working in the area, including a fire camp at the Badger Pass ski area. Scott Gediman, public relations officer for […]

Inside this issue …

Believe it or not, the Mariposa County Fair begins next week. The annual event draws people from all over the country, who also celebrate with old friends. This year, the fair book is being presented in a new, modern format. It is 60 pages, all slick stock paper, with full-color throughout. This year’s book features stories about many of the […]

Ranger found dead at Yosemite

John Cogdell IIIA season park ranger has been found dead at Yosemite National Park. John Blevins Cogdell III was found deceased in Yosemite Valley on Friday, Aug. 17. He was first reported missing on Aug. 15, according to Scott Gediman, public information officer for Yosemite. Gediman said Cogdell was a seasonal campground ranger. Those rangers generally greet campers and handle […]

Elephant in the room topic during Cox case

Dana WaltonThough it appears repair work is being done at the controversial JDC Land Company property in Mariposa, another issue looms large over the matter. The case involves local resident Jerry Cox, owner of JDC Land Company, who was found in violation of more than 100 code violations at the property. When the violations were deemed to be true by […]

Highway 140 rehab discussed

Caltrans is currently repairing more than six lane miles of Highway 140 (State Route 140) from the four-way stop where Highway 49 and Highway 140 meet to Whitlock Road in Mariposa County. This is due to funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. Construction began on Monday. Crews are scheduled to work […]

Doctor responds to medical allegations

A doctor accused of medical malpractice has responded to the allegations against her. Dr. Carolyn Rose of John C. Fremont Hospital’s Family Physicians clinic released a statement to the Gazette last week in response to accusations from the Medical Board of California. The board is accusing Rose of repeatedly prescribing excessive amounts of controlled drugs for patients, and more. A […]

McClintock says there are answers to fire issues

U.S. representative also addresses Presidential tweets, Morse claims, state water situation

Rep. Tom McClintock is shown on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives honoring firefighter Braden Varney, who died in the Ferguson Fire. Photo courtesy Getty Images Congressman Tom McClintock says he has worked hard on dealing with the issue of overgrowth of federal forests. But, says McClintock, environmental regulations have choked the forests and that’s why there are […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log Aug. 13 – Petty theft was reported on Schoolhouse Road in Catheys Valley. • There was an aggressive goat on Lozano Way in Coulterville. • A nuisance bear was reported on East Westfall Road. • Mail theft was reported on Gusano Way in Coulterville. • There was vandalism on Bootjack Way in Bootjack. • There was a […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Aug. 13-19

• EMS – 9 • Fires – 1 • 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 […]