2019-06-06 E-Edition

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Jessica Varney stays strong after the tragic death of her husband

Jessica Varney is shown with just some of the memorabilia she has received since last year. She is holding her “list,” which outlines everything from people who want to help with yard work to those who have donated to her family. Photo by Nicole W. LittleEditor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series featuring Jessica Varney, whose firefighter […]

MCHS valedictorians honored at dinner

The 2018-19 MCHS valedictorians include, in the back row, from left: Beau Yancey, Alden Stobbe, Seth Kelsey, Sawyer Shaddix, Devon Acker-James and August Dormer; front, Audrey Ogilvie, Alexandra Marquez, Samantha Telles-Trujillo, Izamary Marquez and Katie Vick. Not pictured: Dathan Hansel. Photo by Matt JohnsonSome of the hardest working, dedicated and bright-minded students at Mariposa County High School were honored last […]

Sparks fly at latest hearing in Cox matter

During a hearing involving local landowner Jerry Cox last week, an exchange between his lawyer and the judge became heated. The status hearing was another in what has become a series of hearings over the past two years. But this time, it seemed different as a conclusion to the case may be coming soon. Cox is battling to keep his […]

New year, same discussion about funding tourism

Half Dome at Yosemite National Park is a major attraction for tourists to this region. However, there are many other attractions and things to do, including outside of Yosemite National Park. How to spend funds to attract tourists is always an annual debate among the board of supervisors. Photo by Greg LittleIt’s an annual discussion some would like to see […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log May 27 – There was a report of unsafe shooting at Italian Acres in Mariposa. . May 28 – There was a landlord/tenant issue on Ben Hur Road in Mariposa. • Deputies investigated a report of a thin horse on Merced Falls Road in Lake Don Pedro. May 29 – Petty theft was reported on Stumpfield Mountain […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

May 27-June 2

• EMS – 6 • Fires – 1 • Public Assists – 1 • Auto Collisions – 1 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 13 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 […]


Art Around Town set The Mariposa-Yosemite Artists announce the return of Art Around Town. It will be held the first Friday of every month: June 7, July 5 and Aug. 2, from 5-7 p.m. Mariposa merchants and local artists are coming together to highlight many local artists. It’s a time to stroll through downtown and along Highway 140 to visit […]

Jay Johnson

Our beloved Miwuk/Paiute elder, Jay J. Johnson, passed away peacefully on May 26, 2019, at his home in Mariposa, Calif., with family by his side. Jay was born on Nov. 29, 1931, in Yosemite National Park, his ancestral home, to Harry and Sarah (Tom) Johnson. Jay lived at the Indian Village across from Yosemite Lodge until he was sent to […]

Claudia Irene Smith

Claudia Irene Smith passed away peacefully on May 23, 2019 at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer. She was under the excellent care of John C. Fremont Hospice in Mariposa, Calif. She was born in Long Beach, Calif., and moved with her family to Santa Barbara when she was 12 years old. She graduated from Dos […]