Life cannot be sugarcoated, but we all must take time and enjoy the sunny side


Editor’s note: We at the Gazette are proud to welcome our newest columnist, Jessica Varney. She is the widow of the late CAL FIRE bulldozer operator Braden Varney, who died during the 2018 Ferguson Fire. She has two children and will be contributing a column once a month. “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived… […]

Marijuana discussion should include the obvious; but no …


A couple of weeks ago, we had a story about how the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors is planning a meeting to discuss the issue of marijuana. Of course, there are many issues surrounding marijuana. But they are apparently going to focus on the illegal grows which are hampering the sheriff’s office when it comes to enforcement. That’s a good […]

Tis the season to reconnect


Here we are at the end of the year again. It’s getting colder out. The sun sets hours before anyone even thinks about going to bed. I don’t know what Christmas presents to start buying. I find myself Googling pumpkin cheesecake recipes more often than not. I’ve come to find they’re basically all the same, plus or minus a few […]

Political Cartoon

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A true sense of community

Price LittleWhen it comes to Covid-19, I feel a million times safer in San Francisco than I did in Mariposa. How’s that possible when I engage in a plethora of dangerous activities, including but not limited to: taking the bus, going out dancing and waiting in crowded lines? In a city of 875,000 people, I’m much safer than in a […]

There are a lot of things to be thankful for this year


We’ve come to the time of year where the days and nights are much cooler, we’ve had some precipitation, set our clocks back and are approaching the holidays. At this time of year, it is customary and traditional to reflect on our blessings. If I look at this from our county’s perspective, several things come to mind. I’m thankful for […]

Age and the steep trails no match to find Alice’s Camp


This depicts descending to the San Joaquin River at Junction Butte. Winslow Peak is in the background.This is an adventure worth sharing with those of you who appreciate remote areas of our Sierra Nevada Mountains. A few years ago I received a phone call from an old hiking buddy, Greg Winslow. During the 1980s and 90s, we spent countless days […]

The Last Journey, Part 16

Editor’s note: This is part 16 of a 20-part series featuring the book, “The Last Journey,” from the “Read it to Me Again Grandma” series written by Jeff Hamilton, the former superintendent for the Mariposa County Unified School District. The next four parts will be featured in consecutive editions of the newspaper. All of the stories are copyrighted by Hamilton. […]

Local Soroptimist group now selling wreaths for the holidays

Trent Williams displays the Soroptimist wreath currently being raffled at Trent’s Styling for His & Hers Salon. Photo by Anita Starchman BryantSoroptimist International of Mariposa is currently selling raffle tickets to win one of four beautifully decorated wreaths featuring gift certificates and items purchased from local merchants. Each wreath has at least $150 worth of products and gift cards. All […]

New laws going into effect in state


  Gov. Gavin Newsom recently considered 836 bills proposed by the California State Legislature. He signed 770 of those bills into law. Highlights include public school requirements, health insurance protections, continued allowances for outdoor dining and year around fishing licenses. A Summary of the legislative process The California State Legislature is made up of two houses: the Senate and the […]

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