Yosemite National Park to close due to significant smoke impacts


Yosemite National Park officials announced Thursday afternoon that the park will close to all visitors and vehicular access due to significant smoke impacts and hazardous air quality throughout the park. All park entrance stations and roads will close beginning at 5 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Sept. 17.   With air quality projected to be in the unhealthy to hazardous range over […]

2020-09-17 E-Edition

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Signs of hope emerge in massive Creek Fire blaze


  Editor’s note: As of Thursday morning, the Creek Fire had grown to 244,746 acres with 18 percent containment. Fire officials listed 744 “structures” as destroyed. Assessments of those structures are still taking place and officials said they are about 58 percent complete.   After 10 days of desperation in which some 45,000 residents in Fresno and Madera counties were […]


JCF officials are hoping Measure N will fund a new hospital

JCF Plant Operations Manager Terry Woodward points out some of the features of the aging hospital. A new hospital must be in place by 2030 or JCF will face being shut down by the state. Photo by Matt Johnson Editor’s note: Measure N is on the ballot in the upcoming election and would, if passed, provide sales tax revenue to […]

Back to school?

School district working toward in-person classes in October with online learning remaining an option

After hearing the latest statistics from Mariposa County Health Officer Dr. Eric Sergienko, as well as receiving a vast amount of input from parents, the Mariposa County Unified School District board of trustees directed Superintendent Jeff Aranguena to begin planning for schools to offer in-person learning by Oct. 12. There was some talk on social media following the meeting that […]

Azevedo returns from leave; Richards still not resolved


Editor’s note: Officials from Mariposa County Unified School District have confirmed to the Gazette that Mariposa County High School principal Celeste Azevedo has returned after being placed on paid administrative leave. That reinstatement became effective on Thursday. MCHS dean of students Tammi Richards remains on paid administrative leave. In addition, the Mariposa County Unified School District held a board meeting on Wednesday, after […]

Kiser highlights her skill set for school board post

Jenni KiserEditor’s note: Jenni Kiser is a candidate for the Mariposa County Unified School District board of trustees in District 4. She submitted the following information about her candidacy. I’ve decided to run for school board in place of the fabulous Wayne Forsythe. Big shoes to fill. So why am I doing this? I’ve asked myself that question a few […]

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. September 7 – Richard Mark Cooke, 61, Mariposa, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and violation of parole. September 8 – Jack Austin Goodchild, 27, Mariposa, […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

August 31-September 6

• EMS – 7 • Fires – 4 • Public Assists – 0 • Auto Collisions – 1 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 13 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 […]

Les James

A prominent and well respected member of the Mariposa community began his journey to the Spirit World on Sept. 5, 2020, surrounded by his family at home. He was 85. Les James was born at Dearborn Hospital in Madera, Calif., on June 11, 1935 and raised in Ahwahnee by his grandfather, Johnny Gibbs. Les attended Gertrude Grammar School and Sierra […]