2019-07-04 E-Edition

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What’s in a name? For county, a $52,000 contract results in logo

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Branding. One definition says: “Brand, a name, logo, slogan, and/or design scheme associated with a product or service.” In other words, consistency in message. That’s the goal Mariposa County officials have been trying to achieve for the past year or so. In fact, the county was the recipient of a grant in which it was tasked that a brand be […]

Progress being made to update election system

FREE Two major changes coming for voters in Mariposa County


Although the primary election is still nearly nine months away, that doesn’t mean elections officials are sitting around on their hands. In fact, just the opposite with the many changes coming this year in Mariposa County. Two big changes, in fact, mean there is a lot of preparation going into the March primary in California — one that could mean […]

Project underway for memorial to Varneys



Shown are two crosses which Sam Hensley plans to include as part of a memorial to Braden and Gordie Varney. Photo by Matt JohnsonSam Hensley has always wanted to honor Braden and Gordie Varney. It just took him a while to find the right way. Hensley is the director of The Barrier, a nonprofit which operates a sprawling camp named […]

Thar she blows!

Photo by John MabonThough fireworks are illegal in Mariposa County, officials do allow for a big show on Lake McClure. That show happened this past weekend, as boaters and those along the shore were treated to a show honoring the Fourth of July. The fireworks are launched from a barge on the lake, reducing any risk of starting a fire. […]

Details emerge in arrest of Hopper

Police, medical staff allege she was combative during time in custody


Robin HopperMore details have emerged in the DUI incident involving former Mariposa County Unified School District Superintendent Robin Hopper. Hopper, 55, was arrested on April 14 after the vehicle she was driving crashed into a power pole on Highway 140 east of Planada in Merced County. Information provided in the criminal complaint from the Merced County District Attorney indicates Hopper […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log June 24 – A loose mule and horse were reported on Dogtown Road in Coulterville. • Smoke was seen on East Whitlock Road in Mariposa. • Animal abuse was reported at Rite Aid in Mariposa. • A vegetation fire was reported on Triangle Road in Mariposa. • There was a report of petty theft at Rite Aid […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

June 24-30

• EMS – 7 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 3 • Auto Collisions – 3 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 […]

Howard Lee Ricks

Howard Lee Ricks was born on Jan. 6, 1930 in Firebaugh, Calif., and died on June 15, 2019 in Fresno, Calif. Howard was the fourth child born to parents Willie and Clara Ricks. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Billie Jane and Mary Bella; two brothers, Albert and Mike; and his wife, Patsy Ricks. He is […]

Betty Lou Moffitt

Betty Lou Moffitt passed from complications of dementia/Alzheimers Disease in November 2018. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Hal Mackie and Bill Moffitt. A resident of Mariposa since her marriage to Bill in the early 1960s, she was an accomplished child prodigy and concert pianist and teacher, watercolor artist and photographer. Her artwork sold throughout California. She also […]