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SMOKE CHOKES COUNTY

By ohtadmin | August 09, 2018

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. […]

August CDFW calendar released

By ohtadmin | August 09, 2018

Here are some of the notable California Department of Fish and Wildlife events in August. • Various days: Bat Talk and Walk at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Various times, 45211 County Road 32 B, Davis (95618). Each year, from June through September, the Yolo Basin Foundation offers “Bat Talk and Walk” tours. The tour begins with a 45-minute indoor presentation […]

Potential TOT increase to be placed on upcoming ballot

By ohtadmin | August 09, 2018

After three hours of deliberation, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 on Tuesday to place a measure on the November ballot to increase the transient occupancy tax (TOT). The measure will now be added to the Nov. 6 ballot, and will require over 50 percent support from voters. The measure proposes to increase the TOT by 2 percent. […]

Real heroes do wonderful deeds

By ohtadmin | August 09, 2018

The top photo shows the webcam on July 20 and the bottom photo shows its position on July 25 — after it had been repositioned by a firefighter.Our house didn’t burn down. And I have a story to tell about that. The Ferguson Fire, usually described as on the border of Yosemite, splashed over a fire line on Footman Ridge […]

Shirts being sold to honor Varney, help raise funds

By ohtadmin | August 09, 2018

Shown are the new memorial T-shirts that honor Braden Varney. A design studio in the region has decided to use its creative energy to help raise money for the family of fallen firefighter Braden Varney. Lawson Studios and its subsidiary, DeerTee, created unisex shirts in honor of Varney, and all proceeds will be donated to Varney’s wife and two children. […]

Free legal resources are available to residents

By ohtadmin | August 09, 2018

Anita Starchman-BryantAs one of the few attorneys living and working in our small-town community, I am often contacted by folks looking for free legal advice. While I joke that I am usually approached in the grocery store produce aisle with such inquiries, I am always happy to take a moment to provide some general direction. However, attorneys must always be […]

Out of the frying pan …

By ohtadmin | August 09, 2018

Kari Greer of the U.S. Forest Service took this photo in the Jerseydale area during the Ferguson Fire. The firefighters used various techniques to stop the fire from damaging or destroying any homes in that region…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and password below. Not a […]

Fire fatigue continues to be the new normal for Mariposa County

By ohtadmin | August 09, 2018

 Fire fatigue. I’m positive this phrase has been around since the time of cave dwellers, who most certainly had to run from fires. But in the past couple of years, the term has really resonated in Mariposa County. I have felt a blast of it over the past few weeks. For instance, a controversial topic arose last week and we […]

Bracelets are being sold to raise money for the Varney family

By ohtadmin | August 09, 2018

The bracelets designed by two Mariposa youngsters to raise money for the Varney family are shown. Submitted photoTwo youngsters have decided to help out the family of a fallen firefighter. Casey Binnewies, 16, and her younger sister, Jenna Binnewies, 13, designed and are selling bracelets to help raise money for the Varney family. Firefighter Braden Varney, 36, died in the […]

Mark Beery

By ohtadmin | August 09, 2018

In loving memory of Mark L. Beery, who went to be with our Lord on July 29, 2018. Mark was the son of Rev. Neil and Thelma Beery, who built and pastored at the Ponderosa Basin Chapel. Mark is survived by his wife of 44 years, Pam; sons, Jeremiah and wife Julie and their four children; Jonathan and his wife […]