Progress being made against stubborn blaze

This photo shows a smoke plume rising near the U.S. Forest Service station in Jerseydale. Residents in that area have been evacuated nearly two weeks. Photo courtesy Jacob Welsh, U.S. Forest ServiceIt’s a fear people have been talking about for years. And now it is reality. The stubborn Ferguson Fire continues to burn in Mariposa County, though firefighters are getting […]

Yosemite Valley, Wawona closed

Yosemite National Park has announced Yosemite Valley and Wawona closed at noon Wednesday, July 25, to all visitors because of the ongoing impacts of the Ferguson Fire. These closures include all hotels, campgrounds and visitor services in Yosemite Valley and Wawona. Park visitors currently staying in park campgrounds and lodging facilities were asked leave those areas. With the ongoing closure […]

A view from above the fire

This is the photo taken from space that shows the smoke being emitted during the Ferguson Fire. Photo courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASAThere is no shortage of photos these days, including images of the Ferguson Fire that is burning in Mariposa County. But one vantage point is rare, and that is from space. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has […]

Jessica Varney shows strength during very emotional memorial

A toy dozer sits on the back of an empty transport at the cemetery in Mariposa on Monday afternoon. A burial service was held for Braden Varney on Monday. Photo by Greg Little There’s no doubt it takes courage to be a firefighter. But there might have been no greater courage on display this Monday at The House Church in […]


Crucial addition at airport helps in battling fire

Air traffic controller Sam Gross, with a helicopter in the background, guides aircraft at the Mariposa Yosemite Airport last week. At right is the temporary air traffic control tower at the airport. Photos by Greg Little With a major fire raging in Mariposa County, you would have to be hiding under a rock not to notice the massive amount of […]

County fair just around corner

A handful of new attractions are added to fair lineup for 2018

The renovated fairgrounds gazebo, which was improved by Randy Brower Construction, is shown. Brower donated time and materials for the project. Submitted photoBrian Bullis doesn’t get to rest very often during the year. It’s usually a “full speed ahead” mentality for the Mariposa County Fairgrounds manager. And that’s no different this month, as Bullis prepares for the annual Mariposa County […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log July 16 – Deputies investigated a report of elder abuse on Charles Street in Mariposa. • Counterfeit money was reported on 6th Street in Mariposa. • A black and white mini horse was reported on Colorado Road in Midpines. July 17 – A cat adoption was reported on Sherlock Road in Midpines. • A bulldog […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

July 16-22

• EMS – 6 • Fires – 3 • Public Assists – 2 • Auto Collisions – 1 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 14 volunteer stations located throughout the county. If you are 18 years of age and possess a valid CA driver’s license, we would love to hear from you! Positions are available for fire/medical and […]

Braden Varney

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 riding […]

Bradley Zollars

Bradley D. Zollars, 82, passed away at his home on July 11. Brad was born on Feb. 4, 1936 in Longton, Kansas, to Lois (Bryant) Zollars and Lawrence Zollars. He was the youngest brother to Waddie and Vernon Zollars. Brad moved with his family to Southern California when he was a toddler, and then to Mariposa when in grammar school. […]