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PG&E is initiating new process of cutting power

This is a photo of PG&E crews restoring power after last year’s Detwiler Fire. PG&E has implemented a new policy about how power is being cut off in high wildfire threat areas. Photo by Nicole W. Little The Ferguson Fire has become a stark reminder of what can happen in fire country. Part of living in fire country is the […]

National Night Out to be held in Mariposa

Friends and family throughout Mariposa are invited to join over 38 million neighbors across approximately 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide to participate in the National Night Out. It will held on Tuesday, Aug. 7. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), Dietz and Watson, Ring, Associa, Package […]

County sets meetings to focus on finances

The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors is exploring ways to meet the needs of the county with the limited resources available. County leadership will be making a series of presentations to the community regarding the county’s options and seeking input from residents so officials can understand the priorities of the community. “I encourage anyone interested in the future of our […]


Crucial addition at airport helps in battling fire

Air traffic controller Sam Gross, with a helicopter in the background, guides aircraft at the Mariposa Yosemite Airport last week. At right is the temporary air traffic control tower at the airport. Photos by Greg Little With a major fire raging in Mariposa County, you would have to be hiding under a rock not to notice the massive amount of […]

County fair just around corner

A handful of new attractions are added to fair lineup for 2018

The renovated fairgrounds gazebo, which was improved by Randy Brower Construction, is shown. Brower donated time and materials for the project. Submitted photoBrian Bullis doesn’t get to rest very often during the year. It’s usually a “full speed ahead” mentality for the Mariposa County Fairgrounds manager. And that’s no different this month, as Bullis prepares for the annual Mariposa County […]


Progress being made against stubborn blaze

This photo shows a smoke plume rising near the U.S. Forest Service station in Jerseydale. Residents in that area have been evacuated nearly two weeks. Photo courtesy Jacob Welsh, U.S. Forest ServiceIt’s a fear people have been talking about for years. And now it is reality. The stubborn Ferguson Fire continues to burn in Mariposa County, though firefighters are getting […]

Yosemite Valley, Wawona closed

Yosemite National Park has announced Yosemite Valley and Wawona closed at noon Wednesday, July 25, to all visitors because of the ongoing impacts of the Ferguson Fire. These closures include all hotels, campgrounds and visitor services in Yosemite Valley and Wawona. Park visitors currently staying in park campgrounds and lodging facilities were asked leave those areas. With the ongoing closure […]

A view from above the fire

This is the photo taken from space that shows the smoke being emitted during the Ferguson Fire. Photo courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASAThere is no shortage of photos these days, including images of the Ferguson Fire that is burning in Mariposa County. But one vantage point is rare, and that is from space. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has […]

Jessica Varney shows strength during very emotional memorial

A toy dozer sits on the back of an empty transport at the cemetery in Mariposa on Monday afternoon. A burial service was held for Braden Varney on Monday. Photo by Greg Little There’s no doubt it takes courage to be a firefighter. But there might have been no greater courage on display this Monday at The House Church in […]

Braden Varney 1982-2018


Hard working, protector, giving, loving, sensitive, kind and quiet are a few words that describe Braden Varney.   Son, brother, husband, father and friend explain the lives he’s touched.  Braden was born to Gordie and Lynn Varney on May 12, 1982. Braden, at the young age of 4, operated his first snow plow that Gordie made him out of a […]

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