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Four fires in four days; all under investigation

Each started in Bear Valley area

An air tanker drops a load of retardant on the Gaines Fire, which broke out last Friday near Bear Valley. There were many air drops on the fire, which burned around 1,300 acres. Photo by David HuskeyFour fires broke out in the area of Bear Valley last week. Whether they are connected remains unknown. Officials from CAL FIRE said this […]

Appling gets eight years for molesting a teen girl


John ApplingA Mariposa man was sentenced to eight years in prison last week for a sex-related crime. John Leonard Appling, 46, was found guilty by a jury of a lewd act upon a child, a felony. Appling was found guilty in May but several sentencing hearings were postponed before if finally went forward last week. Appling has an extensive criminal […]

Inside this edition

Inside this week’s newspaper is the annual Mariposa County Fair Magazine. The cover is shown above. This year’s magazine is 80 pages, the largest ever produced. It has all the information you will need to attend the 80th annual Mariposa County Fair, which gets started next week. Net proceeds from the magazine are given to the Mariposa Friends of the […]

Dyslin enters not guilty plea in case of theft from museum


The woman accused of stealing more than $30,000 from the Mariposa Museum and History Center has pleaded not guilty. Suzen Elizabeth Dyslin, 58, entered her plea on Monday in Mariposa County Superior Court. Represented by local attorney Eugene Action, she was told by Judge Michael Fagalde she has the right to a probable cause hearing in the case. Monday’s appearance […]

Walk4Liberty to make stop in county on Friday, Saturday


Shannon Poe is shown at the summit of Yuba Pass in Nevada County. Poe is walking the entire distance of Highway 49 to make a statement about what he says is over regulation by the government. Submitted photoShannon Poe is on a mission. His mission is bringing attention to what he says is over regulation by the government, among other […]

Sweeney to seek post of District 2 supervisor


Tom SweeneyMy name is Tom Sweeney and I am running for Mariposa County District 2 Supervisor. I have been a part-time resident of the county since 2009 and a full-time resident since 2012. As a resident of the Northside and a firefighter with Mariposa County Fire Company 31, we have come in contact with many of our neighbors and have […]

Cox prevails in matter brought on by woman involved in dismissed rape case


  It might have just been a restraining order case, but the ramifications could be far reaching. The case in the Superior Court of San Luis Obispo County two weeks ago involved Mariposa County landowner Jerry Cox. Cox is involved in a long-running receivership case in Mariposa County, but this case was about another matter. The case was actually brought […]

Attorney says federal lawsuit is coming against Mariposa County


A federal lawsuit will be filed against Mariposa County in connection with the Jerry Cox case. “Something is coming within a week,” said Marc Angelucci, an attorney who is working on the case. “We’re suing the county, the sheriff and others.” Angelucci would not say who the others are, but said that will be revealed when the federal lawsuit is […]

School officials explain how bond funding has been used



Shown is the aging roof at Mariposa Elementary School. New metal roofs are set to be installed. Several projects have been underway this summer or will start soon to improve local schools. Many of the projects have been completed by local contractors, keeping that money in the community. Photos by Matt Johnson It’s been almost three years since voters in […]

Staff busy prepping for 2019 county fair



If you talk to Brian Bullis anytime throughout the month of August, you’ll notice he’s a little different than the other 11 months of the year. He talks with a little more assertiveness. He walks with more resolve in his step. And there’s a look of determination in his eyes. That’s because the fairgrounds manager is busy every August prepping […]


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