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 […]

Female power on display during Ferguson Fire

FREE Montanan,19, plays instrumental role in fighting fire from way above

Ann Hansen is young, but she isn’t letting that stop her from living her dream, even if it is a dream fraught with danger. Hansen, 19, was in Mariposa over the last few weeks battling the Ferguson Fire — just not as a firefighter on the ground. She is a copilot of a Sikorsky CH-54A Sky-crane helicopter. Along with her […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

July 16-22

• EMS – 0 • Fires – 3 • Public Assists – 1 • 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 fire/medical and […]

New dairy princess crowned

Sophia Vander Dussen of El Nido was selected as the 2018 Dairy Princess for the California Milk Advisory Board’s (CMAB) District 6. The crowning took place before close to 325 dairy industry members and their families and friends recently at Our Lady of Assumption Hall in Turlock. Retiring Dairy Princess Makayla Toste ended her reign by turning over the title […]

Mariposa Fire Safe Council receives state recognition

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, center, gives an award from the State Assembly to the Mariposa County Fire Safe Council. Shown, from left, are Zach Youngren of Arborworks; Jack Love of the council; Brittani Perez of Arborworks; council members Katherine Sheetz and Bob Pickard; Bigelow; Lloyd Sheetz of the council; Joe Allen of J.E. Allen; and Christopher Posey and Frank Posey of […]

DMV horror stories sought


It’s probably fair to say that most people have had a rough experience with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. California Assemblyman Frank Bigelow believes wait times at the DMV are too long and he wants to hear from his constituents about the issue. Bigelow said DMV wait times are now topping five hours. “Even worse,” he wrote in a […]

Water-saving appliance rebate program renewed

In case you weren’t able to purchase and install new water-saving appliances in time for the July 2018 rebate deadline, there is good news. The grant funding for the county-wide Water Efficiency Rebates program has been extended for one year through July 2019. All Mariposa County residents and all customers of Lake Don Pedro Community Services District are eligible, even […]

Yosemite implements fire restrictions

Yosemite National Park is experiencing high fire danger, along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to the current and predicted fire conditions and fire behavior, the superintendent of Yosemite National Park will be implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions until further notice is given. By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, […]

Deputy testifies, tells of sordid details in John Appling hearing


A Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputy provided details last week regarding her investigation into child molestation allegations against a Mariposa man. Deputy Jennifer Lobaugh was called to the stand at Mariposa Superior Court to testify in the preliminary court hearing of John Leonard Appling. She told of allegations from a young girl that Appling had molested her over a series […]

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