2019-11-14 E-Edition

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Field of Service opens with special challenge: Be better Americans

 It was quite the sight at the Mariposa Museum and History Center on Sunday, as dozens of United States flags were posted on the lawn of the museum. It was all part of the fifth annual Field of Service event, hosted by the Mariposa County 4-H Citizenship Project. Local youth Jack Bertram, a junior at Mariposa County High School, is […]

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Aranguena meets with state superintendent to discuss PG&E shutoffs, other issues

  Mariposa County Unified School District Superintendent Jeff Aranguena had a unique opportunity lately. Aranguena, along with superintendents from Mono, Tuolumne, Sierra and Amador counties, had the chance to sit with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond for nearly 90 minutes last Tuesday to discuss concerns for small school districts in California. In fact, Thurmond had only originally alloted […]

Couple sentenced in vehicular death


Mariposa County Superior Court Judge Michael Fagalde did not mince words when handing down a sentence for vehicular manslaughter this week. “You should be ashamed of yourself,” said Fagalde. He was talking directly to Amanda Branco, 35, who did not speak during the hearing. Her husband, Joseph Branco, 28, was also sentenced by Fagalde during the hearing. He pleaded guilty […]

Year-long study suggests ways for county to plan for wildfires

Defensible space, like the area above that saved this structure during the Detwiler Fire, is just one of the many issues that have to be dealt with by officials. Photo by Nicole W. Little It’s widely known that Mariposa County is especially vulnerable to wildfires. Just consider the past three years as more than 200,000 acres have burned in the […]

Early deadlines slated for Thanksgiving edition

Believe it or not, the Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner. Because of that, the Mariposa Gazette will have earlier deadlines for our Thursday, Nov. 28 edition. In order to get the paper to our customers before Thanksgiving, the paper will be printed on Monday of that week. That means it will be delivered to our customers a day […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log Nov. 4 – Trespassing was reported on St. Andrews Road in Mariposa. • There was a report of disturbing the peace on Fir Avenue and Highway 41 in Fish Camp. • There were kittens for release on East Whitlock Road in Mariposa. • Petty theft was reported on Bullion Street in Mariposa. • There was a barking […]

CHP to focus on bicycle safety

Whether it is two-wheeled transportation or hitting the road by foot, safety is a two-way street. To help fund the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) yearlong effort to drive the message home, the Department was awarded the California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Enforcement and Education Project VII grant, which began Oct. 1 and enables officers to conduct enhanced enforcement patrols and public […]

Sign up now for emergency alerts in county

To sign up for emergency alerts in Mariposa County, go to member.everbridge.net/index/892807736729447#/ signup. There is no cost for the service and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s office officials urge everyone to register. In addition, officials at the sheriff’s office are willing to help anyone sign up.To find out more, call the sheriff’s office at (209) 966-3615. Officials will help walk people […]


Women’s Bible study begins The Woman of Grace Bible Study will be starting on Nov. 15. It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Grace Community Church at 3367 Woodland Drive. The topic will be the Book of Titus. Craft Fair needs vendors The Odd Fellows of Lafayette Lodge #65 is currently seeking vendors for its Christmas Craft […]