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Azevedo returns from leave; Richards still not resolved

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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 […]

Creek fire scorches forest

FREE Massive blaze destroys homes, forces evacuations and has no containment


Editor’s note: Because of our deadline on Tuesday afternoons, we are updating the situation with the Creek Fire as it becomes available. Here is the latest: By Thursday morning, the fire had grown to almost 176,000 acres with zero containment. The fire is burning in both Fresno and Madera counties, with Mariposa County areas around Fish Camp also under advisements […]

Suspected shooter given additional charges by district attorney’s office


A man accused of firing shots at a sheriff’s deputy in Mariposa County now has additional charges. Douglas Popke, 69, has now been charged with attempted first degree murder of a peace officer and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. Mariposa County District Attorney Walter Wall announced the charges last week. Popke was in Mariposa County Superior […]

Local hospital has rich county history

This photo is from September 1965 and shows Kathy Trabucco, Debbie Palmer, Denise Seely and Beth Meese. Below, is a button used to promote Measure A, which did pass in 1980. Photos courtesy Tom Phillips Editor’s note: With Measure N on the ballot in the upcoming election which would, if passed, provide sales tax revenue to John C. Fremont Hospital, […]

Tourism board overwhelmingly votes to increase TBID charges


The board of directors of the Yosemite-Mariposa Tourism Board voted overwhelmingly last week to increase the tax charged on lodging. By an 11-1 vote, the board approved a one-half percent increase in the TBID tax, which is the Tourism Business Improvement District. When it goes into effect, there will be a 13.5 percent total tax charged on rooms — the […]

Rockwell puts education first in school board bid



Lisa RockwellEditor’s note: Lisa Rockwell is a candidate for the Mariposa County Unified School District board of trustees in District 5. She submitted the following information about her candidacy. We have to believe that young people can change the world! Because they can. But they need our help. During my teenage years growing up in Yosemite Valley, I learned to […]

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Restaurant owners blast Covid rules

Jim Platto of Savoury’s in Mariposa makes a point during a meeting last week while Dr. Eric Sergienko, county health officer, looks on. Photo by Nicole W. Little It appears concerns of local restaurant owners may be easing a bit after California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new “tiered” system for how businesses can reopen. The announcement came last Friday, […]

State is now allowing openings


The day after a group of county restaurant owners said the statewide rules related to Covid-19 closures were unfair, those rules were changed. Gov. Gavin Newsom last week announced a new system in which each county is given a “tier” status that directly relates to when and how businesses can reopen — many with various restrictions. “This is important for […]

Deputy shoots suspect after being shot at during incident

Douglas Popke A Mariposa man is in jail under $500,000 bond after being shot in a standoff by a deputy from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. According to law enforcement officials, the incident began on Friday night at around 8:35 p.m. when sheriff’s deputies were attempting to serve an out-of-state temporary restraining order at a residence in the 4000 block […]


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