2021-02-18 E-Edition

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Law enforcement: Behind the scenes

Emergency services has grown greatly and is crucial in aiding county residents

Kevin Packard, seated, operates the computer while Wes Smith, left, and Alyssa Carroll study a map at the Mariposa County Office of Emergency Services. Photo by Greg Little The 3 a.m. phone call. Many times, that phrase is used by politicians in high places. But in reality, that phone call happens to those people who are in charge of assisting […]

You call 911, then what happens?

The answer is complicated — and crucial

Sarah Spaulding, left, and Lindsey Guenthart are two of seven dispatchers working four, 10-hour shifts a week to answer all emergency calls, information requests and much more. Photo by Christina ManuelTo most, a puzzle is a way to pass time. To Sarah Spaulding, Lindsey Guenthart and the five other Mariposa County sheriff dispatchers, that puzzle can be a life or […]

More revelations come to light in email from Jones

FREE Ex-supervisor calls Menetrey ‘liar,’ says he was betrayed by Forsythe

Following last week’s story, “Ex-supervisor asks for $10K donation back; FFA complies,” further information provided to the Gazette includes an email sent from former supervisor, Merlin Jones. In it he details his immediate reason for pulling his donation is due to Supervisor Wayne Forsythe of District Four not supporting him for the Mariposa County Planning Commission. Jones reported last week […]

Two more Covid deaths are reported by officials

Two more deaths have been reported, amounting to seven total in Mariposa County since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The two deaths were patients who had been hospitalized for a few weeks according to Dr. Eric Sergienko, the Mariposa County Public Health officer. Additional information about the two has not been provided. “What you eventually see is the cascade […]

Firefall is still a popular destination even when weather won’t cooperate

Jamie Richards, a Yosemite National Park public information officer, positions her camera to catch a photo of Horsetail Fall at sunset last Friday. Photo by Allen LamanLike they do each February, hopefuls flocked to Yosemite National Park from far and wide last Friday, eager to catch a glimpse of one of the picturesque park’s most Instagramable phenomena. Some carried tripods […]

Residents objected to Jones appointment


In an email sent by former Mariposa County Supervisor Merlin Jones, one reference he made was to “letters.” Those letters were apparently the ones sent in by county citizens opposing his appointment to the Mariposa County Planning Commission. Because the letters were sent into the county after the agenda was published for the Jan. 5 meeting, they were placed in […]

Two local ambitious youngsters raise big money for Manna House


Some people may say the younger generation isn’t motivated to do certain things or that they are all glued to their phones. Some are wrong, especially when it comes to Grace and Abbey Beery. Grace, 10, and Abbey, 11, decided last week they wanted to do something to help those in need. They enlisted the help of their grandmother, Kathy […]

David Vander Karr

David Landis Vander Karr went to be with Jesus on Feb. 6, 2021. He was born Sept. 11, 1961, in San Francisco to Carl and Patricia (Casey) Vander Karr. He grew up in El Portal and Mariposa. He graduated from Mariposa County High School in 1979. David attended Cal Poly San Louis Obispo graduating in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree […]

George Miranda

George Miranda, of Stanislaus County, age 68, passed away at Doctors Medical Hospital on Sept. 26, 2020, with beloved family gathered nearby. George was born in Turlock, Calif., on Feb. 14, 1952, to Antone and Mary Miranda. In 1975, he began his 42-year career as a respiratory care practitioner, working at various hospitals for 42 years, including: John C. Fremont […]