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SMOKE CHOKES COUNTY

Never ending Ferguson Fire continues grip on region

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. […]

Health expert urges caution



An environmental expert is urging Mariposa County citizens to continue being vigilant about assessing their health during the Ferguson Fire. “It’s going to impact some people’s health,” said Ginnie Day, public health educator for the Mariposa County Health Department. Day said air conditions continue to be hazardous in Mariposa County. “Right now the air monitoring points that we have out […]

Back in business

Highway 49 North has now reopened

Highway 49 North is shown with new pavement as well as a lot of upgraded drainage work. Photo by Lawrence Thomas/CaltransWith all of the bad news involving Mariposa County relating to the Ferguson Fire, there is some good news. Highway 49 North reopened last Friday evening — ending four months of inconvenience for county residents as well as headaches and […]

Current fire stark reminder of 1962

Four firefighters died in the Timber Lodge Fire

Gary Williams is shown looking over records he has kept about the Timber Lodge Fire in 1962. Photo by Greg LittleSometimes, history does repeat itself. Unfortunately, in the case of wildfires, that can mean tragic circumstances. Gary Williams might know as well as anyone about tragedy coming from a wildfire. Williams, now 78, was a rookie firefighter on Aug. 9, […]

CASA Summer Fun Fair event to go ‘green’

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This weekend’s Summer Fun Street Fair will be “as green as possible.” Organizers of the fair, set for Aug. 10 from 4-9 p.m. in downtown Mariposa, are making a concerted effort to keep the event environmentally friendly. The fair is a fundraiser for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Mariposa County, which seeks to help children involved in the court […]

Crews appear to be getting a handle on Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County

Air quality issues have been major factor for county residents

Local resident Neal Bolton sent this photo to the newspaper. It was taken last week of a drop from a converted DC10 airliner that now drops retardant. The picture was taken in Jerseydale and was along the north edge of a fire line being established for the Mariposa Pines area. Bolton said his home is near the South Fork of […]

McClintock vs. Morse is coming to Mariposa

Congressional candidates agree to do political debate

  Rep. Tom McClintock and challenger Jessica Morse have agreed to participate in a debate in Mariposa. McClintock, the incumbent Republican representing California Congressional District 4, and Morse, a Democrat, will face off in the November general election in a highly-watched race across the country. But before the election, the two will square off in a political debate hosted by […]

Yosemite Valley should open Friday


Every indication is that Yosemite Valley and Wawona in Yosemite National Park will reopen this Friday. The question which remains, however, is just how visitors might get to the valley. “We’re playing it by ear,” said Scott Gediman, public information officer for the park. A lot of how visitors will get there hinges on exactly which roads might reopen — […]

Two Mariposans die in Monday accident

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With fire continuing to burn throughout Mariposa County, another piece of bad news hit the area on Monday afternoon. A fatal, head-on collision took place involving two vehicles — one a United States Forest Service vehicle — around 3 p.m. that afternoon. It occurred on Highway 49 South, near Griffin Drive in Oakhurst. Lon Rice, 74, Mariposa, and Joan Rice, […]

Another firefighter dies in Ferguson Fire


Brian HughesA second firefighter has died in the Ferguson Fire. Brian Hughes, 33, died on Sunday morning after a tree fell on him while battling the blaze, according to officials from the unified command handling the Ferguson Fire. Hughes was a captain with the Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots based in Sequoia and Kings National Parks. The incident happened on the east […]


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