SMOKE CHOKES COUNTY

Never ending Ferguson Fire continues grip on region

Shown is Cedar Lodge on Highway 140 west of El Portal on Tuesday morning. The heavy smoke hanging in the canyon makes it impossible to see the fire damage behind the lodge. However, it was clear firefighters worked hard to save the lodge — a major source of tourism revenue for this region. The highway was reopened on Tuesday morning. […]

Health expert urges caution



An environmental expert is urging Mariposa County citizens to continue being vigilant about assessing their health during the Ferguson Fire. “It’s going to impact some people’s health,” said Ginnie Day, public health educator for the Mariposa County Health Department. Day said air conditions continue to be hazardous in Mariposa County. “Right now the air monitoring points that we have out […]

Back in business

Highway 49 North has now reopened

Highway 49 North is shown with new pavement as well as a lot of upgraded drainage work. Photo by Lawrence Thomas/CaltransWith all of the bad news involving Mariposa County relating to the Ferguson Fire, there is some good news. Highway 49 North reopened last Friday evening — ending four months of inconvenience for county residents as well as headaches and […]

Current fire stark reminder of 1962

Four firefighters died in the Timber Lodge Fire

Gary Williams is shown looking over records he has kept about the Timber Lodge Fire in 1962. Photo by Greg LittleSometimes, history does repeat itself. Unfortunately, in the case of wildfires, that can mean tragic circumstances. Gary Williams might know as well as anyone about tragedy coming from a wildfire. Williams, now 78, was a rookie firefighter on Aug. 9, […]

CASA Summer Fun Fair event to go ‘green’

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This weekend’s Summer Fun Street Fair will be “as green as possible.” Organizers of the fair, set for Aug. 10 from 4-9 p.m. in downtown Mariposa, are making a concerted effort to keep the event environmentally friendly. The fair is a fundraiser for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Mariposa County, which seeks to help children involved in the court […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log July 30 – Deputies responded to two calls about neglected dogs, one on Mark Lee Road and one at Yosemite Liquor, both in Mariposa. • Grand theft was reported on Highway 140 in Mariposa. • Deputies investigated a neighbor complaint on Dogtown Road in Greeley Hill. July 31 – Loose pit bulls were reported on […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

July 30-Aug. 5 • EMS – 1 • Fires – 4 • Public Assists – 2 • 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 […]

Ernest Gray Depew

Ernest Gray Depew was born on June 15, 1931 in Follansbee, W.Va. and lived there until he was 10 years old. At that time he and his family moved to Van Nuys, Calif. He attended grammar school through high school in Van Nuys. Shortly after graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in Burtonwood, […]

Patricia Sue Wolfe

Patricia Sue Wolfe was born Oct. 5, 1932 to Fred D. and Louise Brown in Circleville, Ohio. Growing up as an only child, Sue excelled in school and had an aptitude and passion for music. Sue particularly excelled in playing the piano. After high school, she was accepted at Ohio State University and majored in English and also studied and […]

Joe E. ‘Bubba’ Lang

Joe E. “Bubba” Lang, left on his final journey in life on May 13, 2018. Born on Sept. 26, 1949 in Oklahoma, Bubba lived a life of many journeys, from time spent in the Army, serving as an Oklahoma State Trooper, being a club doorman, owning a tire shop and his many thrift stores, Bubba was a man of many […]