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Organizers now in full gear for May pow-wow

This is a scene from last year’s event at the fairgrounds in Mariposa. Photo by Kristin StewardIt’s a few months away, but the Mariposa Indian Council is already working hard to plan the 26th annual Chi-tock-nonkote u-pu (spring celebration). “We’ve been holding several meetings,” said Pam Martinez Darcy, one of the event’s organizers. “There is a lot of planning. We […]

PE requirements changed by board

It’s a question dating back several years for the Mariposa County Unified School District: what should the physical education requirements be at Mariposa County High School? Over the last several years, MCHS has required three years of physical education for its students to graduate, while only two years are mandated by the state. Many parents and students in the community […]

Final chance given for Don Pedro sewer rates

Residents in Lake Don Pedro will have one more chance to approve wastewater rate increases, or the county may have to take matters into its own hands. At issue is the aging wastewater system and how much it will cost to get that system into compliance. Mariposa County Department of Public Works Director Mike Healy said the system is in […]


Winter storm smacks Yosemite, displaces workers; more bad weather being predicted

This photo shows a tent cabin that was destroyed by tree that fell during the recent winter storm at Yosemite National Park. Many concessions employees have been displaced because of the storm damage. Photo courtesy National Park ServiceThe recent severe winter weather in Yosemite National Park is taking its toll on buildings and workers. The storm last week caused considerable […]

Grizzly sports teams just keep winning

As former Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Mora would say, “Playoffs? Are you kidding me? Playoffs?” Yes, the playoffs are here and each winter sports team at Mariposa County High School qualified for postseason play. This school year might be reminiscent to some Grizzly fans of 2016, when Mariposa won a handful of section titles. The various Grizzly sports teams […]

Former Super Bowl champ will be featured speaker at Sports Stars event

Tim CollierA special event deserves a special speaker. The first ever Mariposa Gazette Grizzly Sports Stars awards show will be held Monday, June 3 at Mariposa County High School’s Croft Court. Super Bowl champion Tim Collier will be in attendance to address the youth who will be honored at the event. Collier played 10 years in the National Football League, […]

Fire funding major issue for officials

Last November, voters in Mariposa County gave the green light to increase the transient occupancy tax, which is collected from visitors who rent rooms, houses and other accommodations in the county. Now, county officials are starting discussions on how to spend the approximately $3 million which is anticipated from those funds on an annual basis. Measure M was passed under […]


Heavy rains, snow descend on Mariposa County

Residents throughout Mariposa County captured images of the snowfall on Monday night and Tuesday morning. Clockwise from top left: Bill Lowe captured this snow-covered rooster; Sheriff Doug Binnewies described his “morning commute” with this photo; the California Highway Patrol kept busy working traffic accidents and warning motorists; resident Kim Magana shot this photo of a pretty pine tree; Tammy Gray […]

Tourism challenges remain in the region

A clearer focus on Mariposa County seemed to be the order of the day during a meeting held last week by the Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau. The town hall style meeting was hosted by the tourism bureau at the chambers of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Jonathan Farrington, executive director of the bureau, said he wanted to get […]


California’s monarch butterfly population reaches new low

Monarch butterflies (shown above) are dying off at an alarming rate. Submitted photo by Beth Pratt-BergstromOne of nature’s special beauties are monarch butterflies, which make their way to California every winter. But the monarchs are in serious trouble, according to a study conducted by a nonprofit conservation group. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit group that conducts a […]

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