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DMV horror stories sought

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It’s probably fair to say that most people have had a rough experience with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. California Assemblyman Frank Bigelow believes wait times at the DMV are too long and he wants to hear from his constituents about the issue. Bigelow said DMV wait times are now topping five hours. “Even worse,” he wrote in a […]

Water-saving appliance rebate program renewed

In case you weren’t able to purchase and install new water-saving appliances in time for the July 2018 rebate deadline, there is good news. The grant funding for the county-wide Water Efficiency Rebates program has been extended for one year through July 2019. All Mariposa County residents and all customers of Lake Don Pedro Community Services District are eligible, even […]

Yosemite implements fire restrictions

Yosemite National Park is experiencing high fire danger, along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to the current and predicted fire conditions and fire behavior, the superintendent of Yosemite National Park will be implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions until further notice is given. By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, […]

Deputy testifies, tells of sordid details in John Appling hearing

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A Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputy provided details last week regarding her investigation into child molestation allegations against a Mariposa man. Deputy Jennifer Lobaugh was called to the stand at Mariposa Superior Court to testify in the preliminary court hearing of John Leonard Appling. She told of allegations from a young girl that Appling had molested her over a series […]

Wildlife expert says local people can aid animals affected by fire



This photo is of a deer escaping a wildfire near Los Angeles. A local wildlife expert says there are things local residents can do to assist wildlife during a wildfire emergency. SubmittedphotoA local wildlife expert believes there are a handful of ways that humans can help make life a little easier for wildlife in the area. With the Ferguson Fire […]

Summer Makerspace events continue at library in Mariposa

Whether you want to learn basic computer programming or how to self-publish an ebook, create colorful jewelry or shake up a batch of butter with your kids, you can do it all in a Mariposa County Library Green S.T.E.A.M. Makerspace program. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s refreshingly cool, say library officials. Programs take place in the library’s community room […]

World-renowned musician Canales to be part of weekend music event

Lance Canales will be performing this weekend in Mariposa. He is known world-wide for not only his music, but his work in helping bring attention to timely issues.Jazz and blues are on tap this weekend for Music on the Green in Mariposa. Music on the Green is presented by the Mariposa County Arts Council and other sponsors and is held […]

Menetrey takes over reins of Lions Club

Miles Menetrey, left, presents outgoing Lions Club President Keith Williams with a gavel and plaque. Menetrey is the new club president.The Mariposa Lions Club recently named Miles Menetrey as its board president for 2018-19. Menetrey takes over for Keith Williams, the outgoing president. Menetrey is a Mariposa County supervisor and was also recently named “Mr. Mariposa County” in the Readers’ […]

Your photos

Reader Tammi Richards submitted this photo of a Sikorsky CH-54 helicopter dropping retardant during the Ferguson Fire. A few thousand firefighters are now battling the Ferguson Fire, which continues to burn. Turn to page 1 for the latest information about the Ferguson Fire. Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to greg@mariposagazette.com. Please include […]

Celebrate pop culture at Comic-Con in Mariposa



Pop culture leaves its mark on America with every decade that passes. In the 70s, people were obsessed with Atari and Star Wars action figures. In the 80s, it was comic books and Cabbage Patch Kids. In the 90s, it shifted to sports cards and Beanie Babies. Fast forward to 2018, and all the craze is for fidget spinners, retro […]


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