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Rick Lindgren named as new commander at Mariposa CHP office

Lt. Rick LindgrenThe California Highway Patrol recently named a new commanding officer to the Mariposa Area office. “I am looking forward to building new and expanding the already established relationships in the Mariposa area,” said Lt. Rick Lindgren, who took over in Mariposa on Feb. 1. Lindgren, 49, is a 28-year veteran of the CHP. The Kingsburg High School graduate […]

Dairy producers begin search for royalty

The local dairy industry is now accepting applications from young women wishing to compete for the District 6 Dairy Princess crown. The winner will represent the dairy industry in District 6 as a spokeswoman and will also represent the California dairy industry in appearances at schools, fairs, industry meetings, service clubs, parades and with the media. The newly selected Dairy […]

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. April 2 – Justin Earl Higbee, 41, Catheys Valley, was arrested for driving with a suspended license, including a DUI violation. • Jammy Lou Stevens, 48, Mariposa, was arrested on Ben Hur Road on local bench warrants for driving without a […]

Ancestry to be topic of meeting

A presentation later this month will focus on ancestry. The “Genealogy: DNA Now What?” website presentation will enhance the ability to navigate Ancestry’s DNA and learn how to enhance your DNA’s search ability by connecting it to a free family tree. Around the world, more than 7 million people have taken the Ancestry.com DNA test to find their ethnicity, unknown […]

Bomb, gun threat likely not credible, officials say

On the morning of Tuesday, April 10 the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office learned that Mariposa County Unified School District Superintendent’s Office (MCUSD) received an email from an unknown person who threatened to bring a gun and bombs to school to harm students and staff. The email MCUSD received was generic and did not include specific school site details. MCUSD contacted […]

NatureBridge summer backpacking program for teens in Yosemite builds future scientists

A summer backpacking program for teenagers is being offered again this summer by NatureBridge. Submitted photoNatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, leads backpacking programs for high school students in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks each summer. These one-week and two-week programs offer a mix of backpacking, science and adventure and give participants the opportunity […]

Man hits fence after texting while driving at the DMV, police say

A Mariposa man collided with a fence at the DMV parking lot after using his cell phone while driving. Bart James Lewis, 58, was driving a tan 1985 Chevrolet S-10 in the Mariposa DMV parking lot and was traveling at about 5 miles per hour, headed toward the Smith Road exit. He diverted his attention from the roadway and his […]

Daddy Daughter dance scheduled by Safe Families



A family oriented event is back for its sixth year. Mariposa Safe Families will be holding its annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Friday, April 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Mariposa Elementary School’s multipurpose room. “This is a fun event that has grown in numbers over the past five years,” said Emily Grisham, event organizer. “Each year, more and more families […]

Your photos

Reader Susan Crandall sent this photo of a turkey in her yard. Though Crandall said the “county is full of turkeys,” she added, “this guy was really strutting his stuff. He was out for a Sunday stroll trying to impress the ladies nearby.” Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to greg@mariposagazette.com. Please include […]

Master Gardeners plant sale coming up

Master Gardeners will be at the April 28 plant sale to help customers make their choices. Submitted photo by UCCE Mariposa Master GardnersThe UCCE Master Gardeners of Mariposa County spring plant sale, “Treasures From Our Garden” is growing like a weed. The annual event is set for Saturday, April 28 and will be held from 8 a.m. to sell-out at […]


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