Braden Varney 1982-2018


Hard working, protector, giving, loving, sensitive, kind and quiet are a few words that describe Braden Varney.   Son, brother, husband, father and friend explain the lives he’s touched.  Braden was born to Gordie and Lynn Varney on May 12, 1982. Braden, at the young age of 4, operated his first snow plow that Gordie made him out of a […]


Death of firefighter brings heavy hearts

An empty bulldozer transport trailer was symbolic on Monday when an escort took place for Braden Varney, the local firefighter who was killed last weekend during the Ferguson Fire. Local residents lined the streets on Monday to pay tribute to the CAL FIRE firefighter. Varney was a 10-year employee of CAL FIRE, working as a dozer operator. Photo by Nicole […]

Ferguson Fire is still a major threat

This photo shows the fire near the Merced River in its early stages. Heavy terrain has hampered the efforts of firefighters who are battling to protect structures along Highway 140. Photo courtesy National Forest Service It’s possible history is in the making in Mariposa County — and not in a good way. The Ferguson Fire, which started last Friday night […]

Four new deputies take oath

All are graduates from regional police academy

Sheriff Doug Binnewies swears in four deputies during a ceremony held last week at the government center in Mariposa. Shown, from left, are William Crane, Harold Nolan, Jr., James Papaleo and Brandon Roberson. Photo by Nicole W. Little Four new Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were sworn in last week during a ceremony at the government center in Mariposa. “It […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log July 9 – Missing cattle were reported on Converse Road in Coulterville. • A raccoon bite was reported on Blackberry Creek Road in Mariposa. • Deputies investigated stranded donkey concerns on Lake McClure in Lake Don Pedro. • Child abuse was reported on Darrah Road in Mariposa. • A lost goat returned home to East […]


Oddfellows host catfish dinner On Saturday, July 28, the Lafayette Lodge #65 Odd Fellows will host the 11th Annual Catfish Dinner, from 3-7 p.m. at the La Grange Odd Fellows Hall. Tickets are available by calling (209) 916-5086. The IOOF Hall is located off Highway 132, just east of the intersection of Highway J-59. For more information, call Chris at […]

Patrick T. Hanna

Patrick T. Hanna passed away peacefully at home on June 25, surrounded by family. Pat was 103 years old. He was predeceased by daughter Elizabeth. He is survived by wife Lee; son Terry of Nebraska; daughter Siobhan of Merced; and grandchildren Tyler and Justine. At a very young age, Pat joined the U.S. Cavalry. His unit patrolled the border in […]

Betty Lou Knell

Betty Lou Knell was born on Sept. 25, 1927 in Pennsylvania and died at 90 years old on June 20, 2018 in Fresno. Betty is survived by her daughter in-law, Dell; grandsons Jim (Char), Shawn (Kristin) and Erik (Shay). She is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Charmaine, Ellura, Erik, Lilli, Michael and Toby; and great-great-grandson Castor. Betty grew up in […]

John Traufler, Jr.

It is with a heavy heart to announce the passing of John Traufler, Jr. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, John and Maryann Traufler. He is survived by sister Gwendolyn Ash and her husband Charlie; brother and sister in-law Mike and Michele Traufler; and niece and nephew John and Brittany Traufler. John had special people in […]

National Night Out to be held in Mariposa for the first time

Friends and family throughout Mariposa are invited to join over 38 million neighbors across approximately 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide to participate in the National Night Out. It will held on Tuesday, Aug. 7. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), Dietz and Watson, Ring, Associa, Package […]