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MARIPOSA COUNTY MOURNS

Death of firefighter brings heavy hearts

An empty bulldozer transport trailer was symbolic on Monday when an escort took place for Braden Varney, the local firefighter who was killed last weekend during the Ferguson Fire. Local residents lined the streets on Monday to pay tribute to the CAL FIRE firefighter. Varney was a 10-year employee of CAL FIRE, working as a dozer operator. Photo by Nicole […]

Ferguson Fire is still a major threat


This photo shows the fire near the Merced River in its early stages. Heavy terrain has hampered the efforts of firefighters who are battling to protect structures along Highway 140. Photo courtesy National Forest Service It’s possible history is in the making in Mariposa County — and not in a good way. The Ferguson Fire, which started last Friday night […]

Four new deputies take oath

All are graduates from regional police academy

Sheriff Doug Binnewies swears in four deputies during a ceremony held last week at the government center in Mariposa. Shown, from left, are William Crane, Harold Nolan, Jr., James Papaleo and Brandon Roberson. Photo by Nicole W. Little Four new Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were sworn in last week during a ceremony at the government center in Mariposa. “It […]

Biomass hearing sparks emotions


Editor’s note: A crucial appeal hearing was held Tuesday about the proposed biomass project in Mariposa. Because this newspaper is printed at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays coverage of the entire meeting was not possible. Following is the first part of the meeting. The next part of the discussion, as well as a decision by the board of supervisors, will appear […]

After long career in Hollywood, Lowe stays busy contributing to Mariposa



Bill Lowe has a unique property in Mariposa County. In his front yard, Lowe has a village, of sorts, complete with a train, stop light and much more. Photo by Matt JohnsonSit with Bill Lowe for an hour, and you won’t get bored. The Mariposa County resident can regale you with tales of his time in Hollywood as an editor […]

County prevails in lawsuit about SilverTip Resort


Mariposa County has prevailed in a case involving the SilverTip Resort — a project that has been in the works since 1999. The case involves Mariposa County and the Yosemite Alpine Community Services District (YACSD), which provides water to the residents of Fish Camp, where the proposed resort will be located. The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, last December, gave […]

County man charged with child molestation

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A Mariposa County man has been arrested and charged with child molestation. John Leonard Appling, 45, was arrested on July 6. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office booking report, Appling was arrested at 10 p.m. at Highway 49 South and Harris Road. That location is near the Mariposa County-Madera County line. Appling was charged under California Penal Code 288(A), […]

Military members can obtain free e-editions of the Mariposa Gazette

 Is a member of your family serving in active duty military? If so, that person would probably enjoy reading the news from Mariposa County. We at the Mariposa Gazette want to make sure that happens. All active duty military members from Mariposa County can get a free online edition of the newspaper by simply letting us know. “The least we […]

Mark your calendars!

New concept aims to let citizens know about area happenings

This screen shot illustrates the new calendar and how it looks online. Local people are encouraged to submit event information for the calendar. It’s a concept that has been attempted in the past. But it has never really came to fruition. Now, a core group of people in Mariposa County are putting forth a new effort to develop a comprehensive […]

Sierra Star closes office, will continue to be printed

The offices of the Sierra Star newspaper have been closed, but officials at the parent company of the paper say publishing will continue. The newspaper, owned by The McClatchy Company of Sacramento, printed a story in its latest edition announcing the office will be closed. An official press release from the company said a reporter will remain in Oakhurst as […]


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