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Archery program is surely on target

Students can benefit from NASP program

Children are shown taking part in the National Archery in the Schools tournament. Submitted photo by NASP Question: I heard that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will provide bows and arrows to schools that want to add archery to their physical education curriculum. Is that safe? Archery is a lot of fun, but it’s also probably more […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

July 30-Aug. 5 • EMS – 1 • Fires – 4 • Public Assists – 2 • Auto Collisions – 0 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 14 volunteer stations located throughout the county. If you are 18 years of age and possess a valid CA driver’s license, we would love to hear from you! Positions are available […]

August CDFW calendar released

Here are some of the notable California Department of Fish and Wildlife events in August. • Various days: Bat Talk and Walk at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Various times, 45211 County Road 32 B, Davis (95618). Each year, from June through September, the Yolo Basin Foundation offers “Bat Talk and Walk” tours. The tour begins with a 45-minute indoor presentation […]

Potential TOT increase to be placed on upcoming ballot

After three hours of deliberation, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 on Tuesday to place a measure on the November ballot to increase the transient occupancy tax (TOT). The measure will now be added to the Nov. 6 ballot, and will require over 50 percent support from voters. The measure proposes to increase the TOT by 2 percent. […]

Real heroes do wonderful deeds

The top photo shows the webcam on July 20 and the bottom photo shows its position on July 25 — after it had been repositioned by a firefighter.Our house didn’t burn down. And I have a story to tell about that. The Ferguson Fire, usually described as on the border of Yosemite, splashed over a fire line on Footman Ridge […]

Shirts being sold to honor Varney, help raise funds



Shown are the new memorial T-shirts that honor Braden Varney. A design studio in the region has decided to use its creative energy to help raise money for the family of fallen firefighter Braden Varney. Lawson Studios and its subsidiary, DeerTee, created unisex shirts in honor of Varney, and all proceeds will be donated to Varney’s wife and two children. […]

Helping first responders in Lushmeadows became major effort of subdivision residents

Angela Adamcik is shown at the Lushmeadows Club House where she set up a “rest and relaxation” haven for fire and support crews.Editor’s note: The following story was written by Jeannie O. Harsha of Lushmeadows. It is one of many similar stories playing out throughout Mariposa County. Smokey sunrises, fiery front-page photos, convoys of fire trucks and personnel — we […]

Out of the frying pan …

Kari Greer of the U.S. Forest Service took this photo in the Jerseydale area during the Ferguson Fire. The firefighters used various techniques to stop the fire from damaging or destroying any homes in that region…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and password below. Not a […]

Bracelets are being sold to raise money for the Varney family



The bracelets designed by two Mariposa youngsters to raise money for the Varney family are shown. Submitted photoTwo youngsters have decided to help out the family of a fallen firefighter. Casey Binnewies, 16, and her younger sister, Jenna Binnewies, 13, designed and are selling bracelets to help raise money for the Varney family. Firefighter Braden Varney, 36, died in the […]

Hospital dealing with effects of Ferguson Fire

Kristen Clayton, chief nursing officer for the John C. Fremont Healthcare District, said the Ferguson Fire has created difficult situations for the hospital’s home health and hospice department. Many of the patients have had to seek refuge at shelters or leave Mariposa County to seek better air conditions. “It’s been difficult for them,” said Clayton. “The air quality has been […]


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