Fires in region continue to have a major impact on quality of air

Fires continue to burn in this region, including several in Yosemite National Park as well as other areas that impact air quality in Mariposa County. The smaller fires, along with the massive Creek Fire, have caused the closure of Yosemite National Park because of air quality as officials continue to monitor the situation. Officials at Yosemite Fire and Aviation said […]

County hopes to undertake childcare feasibility study

It’s been known for a long time that childcare is a major issue in Mariposa County. To verify that, simply ask parents with young children. There are many homes which are single-parent homes, and many homes in which both parents work. That means there is a constant need for childcare. “It’s been a problem forever here,” said Mariposa County Supervisor […]

Yosemite still closed because of poor air quality

Yosemite National Park remains closed as of Tuesday morning, park officials announced. The park closed last Friday afternoon because of heavy smoke in the region, causing hazardous air quality. However, park through roads are now accessible for motorists who are driving through the park. Limited services are available throughout the park. Visitors should be prepared to drive through without stopping. […]

Azevedo reinstated to position, Richards still out

The good news: there has been a resolution in regards to part of the ongoing investigation at Mariposa County High School. The bad news: the investigation isn’t completed fully and the school still doesn’t have a dean of students. Mariposa County Unified School District Superintendent Jeff Aranguena confirmed to the Gazette that MCHS principal Celeste Azevedo has been reinstated, as […]

Officials believe bomb threat not credible

The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office call log indicated that on Sept. 20, threats were made toward El Portal Elementary School. The Gazette contacted MCUSD Superintendent Jeff Aranguena to ask about the situation. Aranguena said there had indeed been threats made. “There is more background to this that I don’t have on the surface level, but last week at some point, […]

Guard members’ heroism honored by the president

President Donald J. Trump presents the Distinguished Flying Cross to members of the California Army National Guard, Sept. 14, 2020, at the Cal Fire Hangar at the Sacramento. Submitted photo Seven members of the California National Guard were honored this week following their helicopter rescue of hundreds escaping the Creek Fire at Mammoth Pool in Madera County. On Sept. 14, […]

Elegant Auction to be online to benefit park

The 35th Elegant Auction to benefit Oakhurst Community Park is going online Oct. 4 through Oct. 17, with previews of items including a trip to Ireland available starting Sept. 30. Rescheduled and now re-envisioned due to Covid-19 complications, it’s not the in-person Elegant Auction that volunteer organizers may have preferred, but it’s still the biggest fundraiser for the nonprofit community […]

Who is Jeff Aiello and how does he know all this stuff?

After working in broadcast television for 30-plus years and serving as head of production and marketing for ABC30 for half of that time, Jeff and his wife Jill started their own production company in 2014. Submitted photoLocals watching for news of the Creek Fire on social media may have encountered “a guy named Jeff ” whose live Facebook feeds are […]

Wildland firefighter classes set next year

Anyone who is willing to work hard, get dirty and travel may be interested to know that Yosemite Adult School in Oakhurst is scheduling Basic Wildland Firefighter classes for early next year, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service. Three academies are tentatively planned for January, February and April 2021. Specific dates will be released at a later time. This […]

Soroptimist group still hard at work

Despite the cancellation to this year’s Soroptimist Christmas Craft Show and Home Tour, Soroptimist is still hard at work so that they can continue to serve the community. Pictured are the club’s most recent recipients of its Live Your Dreams award, the cornerstone program of Soroptimist International of Mariposa. Shown from left are Award Committee Member Patricia Perry, Award Committee […]

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