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Ferguson Fire now contained, various work still ongoing

A firefighter picks up hose on Highway 41 near Chinquapin after battling a spot fire Friday, Aug. 10 during the Ferguson Fire. The fire has now been declared 100 percent contained. Photo by United States Forest Service/Stuart Palley Thirty-eight days later and the Ferguson Fire has finally been declared contained. The blaze, which has disrupted commerce and vacation plans of […]

Soda, tobacco smells make an impression on young boy



Shown is downtown Mariposa circa 1940, including the pharmacy where the smells were unmistakable. Submitted photoAt almost 10 years of age, sights, sounds and smells are critical. The predominate smell from the soda fountain was the malted milk which was kept in a heavy tin container with a tight lid which sat on the back bar next to the milkshake […]

Highway 41 to open Friday, Glacier Point still closed

Highway 41 in Yosemite will be opening at 8 a.m. Friday, according to park officials. The road has been closed because of the Ferguson Fire. Though the fire is now listed as 100 percent contained, there are still fire crews working in the area, including a fire camp at the Badger Pass ski area. Scott Gediman, public relations officer for […]

Spreading the love

On Sunday, Aug. 19, a group of Mariposa business owners and friends made an afternoon trip to the community of Coulterville. They went to shop, dine and visit with the merchants there who have been hard hit by the closing of Highway 49 and Highway 132 this year. Members of the group said though Mariposa, too, has been hit hard […]

Willey convicted, to be sentenced Sept. 13

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A Mariposa County man was convicted last Friday of two felony counts. Luke George Willey, 38, was convicted by a jury following the four-day trial. The charges were related to a Sept. 22, 2017, incident in which he is accused of breaking into a house in Mariposa County and brutally assaulting a man who was with his ex-girlfriend. Willey was […]

Congressional debate will be held on Sept. 23

Rep. Tom McClintock and challenger Jessica Morse will be participating in a debate in Mariposa in September. McClintock, the incumbent Republican in California House District 4, and Morse, the Democrat in the race, will be taking the stage on Sunday, Sept. 23. The debate will be held at 2 p.m. at the Feister Auditorium on the campus of Mariposa County High […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office


 Aug. 6 – There was a report of a dog bite on Wild Cat Lane in Mariposa. • Child abuse was reported on Highway 140 in Catheys Valley. • Deputies investigated a barking complaint on Smith Road in Mariposa. • There was an abandoned dog on Enramada Drive in Lake Don Pedro. Aug. 7 – Trespassing was reported at the […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Aug. 6-12 • EMS – 4 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 0 • 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 for […]

Your photos

Reader Charlotte Brenner set this photo of a helicopter doing its duty during the Ferguson Fire. Her comment: “Thank you for your service.” Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to greg@mariposagazette.com. Please include your name and a short description of the photo. Submitted photo… An online subscription is required to view news content […]

CAL FIRE issues report in firefighter death

Official document lists various review issues, lessons learned


A “green sheet” report has been issued in the death of CAL FIRE Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney. Varney died July 14 when the bulldozer he was operating overturned in steep terrain in the Jerseydale area. The report was issued by CAL FIRE, which is common practice when there is a fatality involving a firefighter. The site of the […]


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