Crews appear to be getting a handle on Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County

Air quality issues have been major factor for county residents

Local resident Neal Bolton sent this photo to the newspaper. It was taken last week of a drop from a converted DC10 airliner that now drops retardant. The picture was taken in Jerseydale and was along the north edge of a fire line being established for the Mariposa Pines area. Bolton said his home is near the South Fork of […]

McClintock vs. Morse is coming to Mariposa

Congressional candidates agree to do political debate

  Rep. Tom McClintock and challenger Jessica Morse have agreed to participate in a debate in Mariposa. McClintock, the incumbent Republican representing California Congressional District 4, and Morse, a Democrat, will face off in the November general election in a highly-watched race across the country. But before the election, the two will square off in a political debate hosted by […]

Yosemite Valley should open Friday


Every indication is that Yosemite Valley and Wawona in Yosemite National Park will reopen this Friday. The question which remains, however, is just how visitors might get to the valley. “We’re playing it by ear,” said Scott Gediman, public information officer for the park. A lot of how visitors will get there hinges on exactly which roads might reopen — […]

Two Mariposans die in Monday accident

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With fire continuing to burn throughout Mariposa County, another piece of bad news hit the area on Monday afternoon. A fatal, head-on collision took place involving two vehicles — one a United States Forest Service vehicle — around 3 p.m. that afternoon. It occurred on Highway 49 South, near Griffin Drive in Oakhurst. Lon Rice, 74, Mariposa, and Joan Rice, […]

Another firefighter dies in Ferguson Fire


Brian HughesA second firefighter has died in the Ferguson Fire. Brian Hughes, 33, died on Sunday morning after a tree fell on him while battling the blaze, according to officials from the unified command handling the Ferguson Fire. Hughes was a captain with the Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots based in Sequoia and Kings National Parks. The incident happened on the east […]

PG&E is initiating new process of cutting power


This is a photo of PG&E crews restoring power after last year’s Detwiler Fire. PG&E has implemented a new policy about how power is being cut off in high wildfire threat areas. Photo by Nicole W. Little The Ferguson Fire has become a stark reminder of what can happen in fire country. Part of living in fire country is the […]

National Night Out to be held in Mariposa

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 […]

County sets meetings to focus on finances

The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors is exploring ways to meet the needs of the county with the limited resources available. County leadership will be making a series of presentations to the community regarding the county’s options and seeking input from residents so officials can understand the priorities of the community. “I encourage anyone interested in the future of our […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log July 23 – There was a feral cat issue on Ben Hur Road in Mariposa. • A missing puppy was reported on Carleton Road in Mariposa. • Stolen medications were reported on Darrah Road in Mariposa. • Corporal injury to a spouse was reported on Control 3 in Mariposa. July 24 – A contained husky […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

July 16-22

• EMS – 0 • Fires – 3 • Public Assists – 1 • Auto Collisions – 0 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 […]