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Fundraising event slated for Navy vet with cancer

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A fundraiser is scheduled for a Mariposa woman who has been diagnosed with cancer. Shay Farias, 24, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, has been diagnosed with cervical cancer. A fundraising event is set for Wednesday, July 17 at The Hitching Post in Ahwahnee. It will be at 6 p.m. Farias is a direct care staff member for First Step […]

Network at Night set for Wednesday at Gazette

The next Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce “Network at Night” is set for next week. The event will be held at the Mariposa Gazette, located at 5108 Highway 140, Suite B in Mariposa. It will be Wednesday, July 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served, including beer and wine offered for sale by the chamber. Everyone is invited to […]

What’s in a name? For county, a $52,000 contract results in logo

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Branding. One definition says: “Brand, a name, logo, slogan, and/or design scheme associated with a product or service.” In other words, consistency in message. That’s the goal Mariposa County officials have been trying to achieve for the past year or so. In fact, the county was the recipient of a grant in which it was tasked that a brand be […]

Progress being made to update election system

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Although the primary election is still nearly nine months away, that doesn’t mean elections officials are sitting around on their hands. In fact, just the opposite with the many changes coming this year in Mariposa County. Two big changes, in fact, mean there is a lot of preparation going into the March primary in California — one that could mean […]

Project underway for memorial to Varneys



Shown are two crosses which Sam Hensley plans to include as part of a memorial to Braden and Gordie Varney. Photo by Matt JohnsonSam Hensley has always wanted to honor Braden and Gordie Varney. It just took him a while to find the right way. Hensley is the director of The Barrier, a nonprofit which operates a sprawling camp named […]

Thar she blows!

Photo by John MabonThough fireworks are illegal in Mariposa County, officials do allow for a big show on Lake McClure. That show happened this past weekend, as boaters and those along the shore were treated to a show honoring the Fourth of July. The fireworks are launched from a barge on the lake, reducing any risk of starting a fire. […]

Details emerge in arrest of Hopper

Police, medical staff allege she was combative during time in custody


Robin HopperMore details have emerged in the DUI incident involving former Mariposa County Unified School District Superintendent Robin Hopper. Hopper, 55, was arrested on April 14 after the vehicle she was driving crashed into a power pole on Highway 140 east of Planada in Merced County. Information provided in the criminal complaint from the Merced County District Attorney indicates Hopper […]

A ‘Prince’ly visit

FREE Son of one of world’s most famous celebrities takes the big plunge during visit to Mariposa

It would probably be mind-boggling if local residents knew how many celebrities come to the Mariposa area. With Yosemite National Park as our backyard, the area draws a lot of famous people seeking a getaway. That scenario was true this week, as well, when the son of one of the most famous celebrities in the history of the planet came […]

McClintock on board with weed rules

Co-sponsors amendment limiting role of federal government

Tom McClintockRep. Tom McClintock was the co-author of a key amendment last week that focuses on marijuana and the role of the federal government. McClintock, a Republican who represents the Fourth Congressional District that includes Mariposa County, joined with Democrats in a measure that would prevent the Department of Justice from interfering with state marijuana laws, including those allowing recreational […]

Yosemite gets high ranking as vacation destination


When it comes to the best places to visit, a new study conducted by a national magazine puts Yosemite National Park way up the list. The list was released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report and lists Yosemite as second in two crucial categories. Yosemite National Park was listed number two in the “Best Places to Visit in the […]


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