2021-06-03 E-Edition

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A fitting tribute to local heroes

Gordie, Braden Varney honored during ceremony last weekend in Jerseydale

Above, Jessica Varney addresses the audience last Saturday in Jerseydale. In the background is the memorial dedicated to her late husband, Braden, and Braden’s father, Gordie. Below is the stone plaque dedicated to the two men. Photos by Nicole W. Little A gentle breeze flowed last Saturday over the mountainous area of Mariposa County called Sweetwater Christian Camp. The oncoming […]

More than a festival

Butterfly event will be first large gathering in well over a year in the county

Hot rods like this will be on display during the upcoming Mariposa Butterfly Festival. Organizers are looking for more car and truck show entires. Submitted photoThis year, the Mariposa Butterfly Festival is going to be much more than just another gathering. It will be the gathering, at least in terms of gatherings. For the first time in about 16 months, […]

County sees uptick in Covid cases



An interesting find from the last few Covid-19 cases reported, those who tested positive are not experiencing respiratory symptoms, but are instead facing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The health department reported three positive Covid-19 cases this week so far, all who are unvaccinated. Last week three positive cases were also disclosed, all unvaccinated as well. “I think that’s just a […]

First fire of the season burns about 200 acres

Another blaze reported in North Fork area

This photo was taken shortly after the Live Oak Fire started last Thursday afternoon in Mariposa County. Photo by Christina Manuel It was something everyone seemed to “feel” last Thursday afternoon. It was just after 2 p.m. and, for those who have an emergency scanner, the tones are more than familiar. Whenever those tones go out and the dispatcher comes […]

Time running out to vote for the ‘Best Of’

  Time is running out for county residents to choose who is the “Best Of” in Mariposa County. Ballots for the annual Readers’ Choice Contest from the Mariposa Gazette are due by next Monday. Each year, this newspaper sponsors the contest, which seeks to find out who readers think are the best in the business in the county. The categories […]

Mariposa County land dedicated ‘for rest’

Better Place Forests bringing services to North County


One-hundred-seventy-two acres of forest in Northern Mariposa County will soon open as a Better Place Forest. Customers will be able to have family members scatter their ashes near trees on the grounds labeled with markers that memorialize their lives. Submitted photo Sandy Gibson’s life changed after a bus stop was built next to his mother’s grave. During one visit to […]

No mistake here

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Local contractor Randy Brower made a mistake. He ordered some American flags, but they were the wrong size. But instead of sending them back, Brower decided it would be nice to put those flags on the courthouse lawn for the Memorial Day Weekend. The flags were placed Saturday by the Mariposa County Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated last year. The […]

Phillip Heim

Phillip Owen Heim died suddenly and tragically on May 17, 2021. Phil was born on Long Island, N.Y., on March 3, 1953. He attended Seaford High School, subsequently serving in the U.S. Navy Submarine Force as a nuclear trained machinist mate. After completing his enlistment, Phil moved to Mariposa and obtained his law degree. He also earned his bachelor’s degree […]

Gerald Preston

Gerald “Jerry” Preston, 75, began his life in Heaven on May 17, 2021, after living a full life here on earth. A loving, caring husband to the love of his life, Rose, they spent 46 years together raising their family, which was his greatest pride and joy. Before his health declined, Jerry was an expert woodworker. He loved to fish […]