The history of water, fire protection in Mariposa

The photo shows the Mariposa Volunteer Fire Department with their first fire truck. Clockwise from left, front: Jim Dulcich, George Matlock, Ron Menzies, Winnie Williams; back, the author, Ronnie Jones, Bob Bondshu and Leonard DeGrendele.I mentioned previously the sweet odor coming from Mariposa Creek. That was due to the vegetation that was growing vigorously due to the fact that most […]

Jack Hoeflich honored with Barry Hance Award

Park Ranger Jack Hoeflich is shown working on a helicopter operation in El Capitan Meadow.Yosemite National Park officials have announced that Ranger Jack Hoeflich is the recipient of the 2017 Barry Hance Memorial Award. The ceremony was attended by approximately 450 National Park Service employees, volunteers, park partners and retirees, including several past Barry Hance Award recipients. The Barry Hance […]

Thrills, chills and spills featured during the Mariposa County Fair


And the winners are… The Labor Day Parade started in 1945 and has been going strong since. It is annually organized by the Mariposa Lions Club. The winners of this years parade are: • Grand Prize — Friends of The Fair Mule Drawn Wagon • Best of Show: Boy Scouts of America and the Republican Party Entry • Honorable Mention: […]


Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias is now thriving after Railroad Fire

Above is a burned sequoia in the Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias; at left is one of thousands of seedlings which have sprouted since the Railroad Fire. Submitted photos by U.S. Forest ServiceThe one year anniversary of the Railroad Fire on the Sierra National Forest was marked on Aug. 29. The Railroad Fire, which began between the communities of Sugar […]

School board candidates to be at next meeting of the Democrat Club

 The two candidates running for a seat on the Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Education will speak at the next Mariposa Democratic Club meeting. It is set for Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Miner’s Roadhouse at 9:45 a.m. People can arrive at 9 a.m. if they would like to order breakfast. Incumbent Judy Eppler has worked for the […]

Ciana DeSelle crowned new Mariposa County Rodeo Queen

FREE Royal beginnings

For many girls in this area, it’s a dream to one day be Mariposa County rodeo royalty. But while many have the dream, few enjoy it as reality. On Sunday, three new girls became royalty. Ciana DeSelle was named the 2018-19 Mariposa County Fair Rodeo Queen, Desiree Turck was named princess and Lily Habeck was named junior princess. “It’s amazing. […]

Community Foundation grant applications now available

  The 2018 Community Enrichment Grant cycle is open. The Mariposa Community Foundation has awarded over $8,000 over the last three years, mostly in grants up to $1,000. In 2015, $1,000 was granted to the Mariposa Friends of the Library. (Shown in photo.) The Friends needed to match a funds in order to purchase an interactive TV screen that is […]

County moves ahead with new system of voting

When it comes to voting, one thing is clear: People want integrity and transparency in the elections. That has certainly been the case in Mariposa County over the years and last week, it was taken to a new level when the county supervisors voted to purchase new voting equipment. “We needed it,” said Mariposa County Clerk Keith Williams. Indeed. The […]

‘Big Time’ celebration

The annual Yosemite Indian event, Big Time & Social Gathering, has been held in Yosemite for decades. Big Time brings Native people, from near and far, together to honor cultural traditions with songs, dances, games, Indian crafts and art and great food. It is a time to share stories, photos and memories reinforcing tribal identity and culture. Unfortunately, the event […]

Important dates set for general election

It’s hard to believe, but the general election is just around the corner. The 2018 general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls in Mariposa County will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mariposa County Registrar of Voters Keith Williams said there are important dates voters should be aware of leading up to the election. Oct. 8 is […]

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