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Pair of meetings scheduled to discuss potential for landslides in canyon area

This photo from the California Highway Patrol shows the landslide that happened last week on Highway 140 in the Merced River canyon. If last week’s first rain of the season is any indication, it could be a long winter and fall. “We are going to have landslides,” said Rosemarie Smallcombe, chair of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Kellen Takemaka, […]

Ferguson Fire cause listed but questions still remain

FREE Blaze scorched more than 96,000 acres in county

The cause of the Ferguson Fire has been released, though questions still remain. Officials from the U.S. National Forest Service have listed the cause of the fire as “superheated pieces of a catalytic converter,” though it is unclear if that means it was a defective piece or if a vehicle may have went into dry vegetation. The forest service further […]

Sides spar over proposed TOT hike

The Mariposa branch of the AAUW held a debate regarding Measure M last Thursday evening in Mariposa. Shown from left are Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann, Sheriff Doug Binnewies, debate host Kim Monson, Roger Biery and Kevin Shelton. The debate was held in the chambers of the Mariposa County Government Center. The event was also broadcast by Mariposa Community Radio, […]

Go West Festival all set for this weekend

    The third annual Mariposa Go West Festival is ready to kick off this weekend. It will offer a wide variety of free activities for young and old. The event has a western, old-time theme. The festival will begin Friday, Oct. 12 with a cowboy poker pub crawl, from 5-9 p.m. It will continue into Saturday with activities in […]

A dog and peanut butter lead to emotional rescue

Bootjack tow truck driver turns a routine day into one worthy of a hero

Shown is Martin Hall, Jr., and his wife, Heather. Photo by Nicole W. LittleMartin Hall, Jr., doesn’t see himself as a hero. Others, though, might beg to differ. “I don’t consider myself a hero by any means,” said Hall, 43, of Bootjack . “I think I was in the right place at the right time. Something led me there.” It […]

Homeless in Mariposa County

Situation continues to be a major concern; officials working on solutions to the matter

  Editor’s note: The name of the woman Jessica is a pseudonym, per her request. “I never thought I’d be in this situation.” Those words from Jessica, a middle-aged homeless woman in Mariposa County, are probably true for most homeless people. For whatever reason, whether it’s bad luck, poor health, strained family relationships, drug use, mental illness or more, many […]

Fatal accident claims life of county resident


A 22-year-old Mariposa man died after being ejected from a vehicle last week. Jonah Thomas was killed when the truck he was driving crashed in Catheys Valley. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 5:44 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 28, Thomas was driving a 2003 Ford F-150 eastbound on Highway 140 approaching the east end of Trower Road. The […]

Cox case taking new twist, money at issue

Although the case against Mariposa County resident Jerry Cox has been ongoing for two years, it appears that pace may pick up in the near future. A hearing about the matter was held this week in Mariposa County Superior Court and it was clear money issues are about to surface — in a big way. The case against Cox involves […]

Many events set this weekend throughout Mariposa County

All types of treasures will be available this Sunday at the annual Hornitos Flea Market. Submitted photoAfter months of scorching heat, wildfires and not a sign of rain, things are changing. But it’s not just the weather. As fall is now upon the area, so are weekend events, which are coming quickly and will offer a wide variety of activities. […]

Book signing to feature local author


He was in special operations for years in the military. He’s lucky to be alive. Both of those, however, are the case and now Steve Kuryla, known to almost everyone as “Chief,” is an author. “Six Days to Zeus: Alive Day,” is the first of what Chief hopes to be many focusing on various issues, but most notably those who […]

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