Jessica Varney is the epitome of strength

Jessica Varney is shown on a swing in her yard holding the flag that was draped over her husband’s coffin as well as a hat from his excavating company. Photo by Nicole W. Little Editor’s note: This is the final in a two-part series featuring Jessica Varney, whose firefighter husband died last year in the Ferguson Fire. The first part […]

MCHS grads will walk on stage Friday

Over 100 students will receive their diplomas and turn their tassels at the 103rd Mariposa County High School commencement this week. To be exact, 121 students will walk the stage. Graduation will be held at 8 p.m., Friday, June 14 at the Gold Bowl of the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. The class chose MCHS faculty member Brian Moczygemba to deliver the […]

Yager inducted into climbing hall

El Portal’s Ken Yager is shown at this year’s Excellence in Climbing Celebration in Golden, Colo. Submitted photoA local man was honored this month for his climbing ability. On June 1, Ken Yager, 60, of El Portal was inducted into the Hall of Mountaineering Excellence. The induction took place during the Excellence in Climbing Celebration festival in Golden, Colo., held […]

PG&E schedules open house about power shutoff program

Many questions are in front of area residents when it comes to fire season and what that might mean when it comes to having power shutoff when conditions arise. Pacific Gas & Electric officials have said they plan to expand their power shutoff plan this year. With all of that, PG&E has scheduled a public meeting in Mariposa to discuss […]

Mural at El Portal Elementary pays tribute to region

The wall at El Portal Elementary which recently was painted by Faith Rumm — with some help from students — is shown. It highlights the wildlife and scenery of the area, and features silhouettes of actual people who helped with the project. Shown in the photo, in the back row, from left, are: Faith Rumm, Jordan Vargas-Alvarado, Joseph Marquez-Salazar, Ryan […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log June 3 – A feral kitten was reported on Mariposa Street in Mariposa. • There was a report of vandalism on Fiske Road in Greeley Hill. • Loose dogs and a peacock were reported on Woodview Lane in Mariposa. • There was a mountain lion sighted on Highway 49 South in Mariposa. • Dogs were locked in […]

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 […]

Sign up now for emergency notifications

With the summer heat back, the fire danger in Mariposa County grows with each day. The lessons over the past two years with the Detwiler and Ferguson fires has shown the importance of getting emergency alerts. The Mariposa County Sheriff ’s Office has an emergency alert system in place and everyone is encouraged to sign up for the service. The […]

Untz and for all?

Recent festival draws noise complaints, future uncertain

The Untz Festival is popular among attendees, but neighbors complained this year about the noise.Several community members were upset by what they felt was too much noise generated by the Untz Festival over the first weekend of June. Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies told the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors last week that the festival angered “quite a few people.” […]

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