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 […]

Wildlife expert says local people can aid animals affected by fire

This photo is of a deer escaping a wildfire near Los Angeles. A local wildlife expert says there are things local residents can do to assist wildlife during a wildfire emergency. SubmittedphotoA local wildlife expert believes there are a handful of ways that humans can help make life a little easier for wildlife in the area. With the Ferguson Fire […]

Crews appear to be getting a handle on Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County

Air quality issues have been major factor for county residents

Local resident Neal Bolton sent this photo to the newspaper. It was taken last week of a drop from a converted DC10 airliner that now drops retardant. The picture was taken in Jerseydale and was along the north edge of a fire line being established for the Mariposa Pines area. Bolton said his home is near the South Fork of […]

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