DeJoria is tapped for county fire chief

Image: LinkedInLeonard “Len” DeJoria, lately of the Prescott (Arizona) Fire Department, has been selected as the Mariposa County Fire Department’s new chief. DeJoria has close to 20 years of professional firefighting experience in several Western states, county chief administrative officer Rick Benson said in a statement. “Mr. DeJoria will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the County’s Volunteer Fire Department which […]

CalFire suspends all burning

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 – 9 a.m. – Due to Red Flag Alert conditions and lack of precipitation, the menace of wildfires still remains prevalent with the potential to destroy life and property. Using the authority vest in Section 4423.1 of the Public Resource Code CalFire hereby proclaim that burning within the State Responsibility Areas in Mariposa County will be […]

Buildings razed

Firefighters douse a flaming garage/shop on Ponderosa Way last Monday morning. According to interim Fire Chief Jim Middleton, a controlled burn the homeowners, Rod and Renea Kennec, had ignited the day before, crept uphill overnight through dried leaves and pine needles, igniting a four-post unwalled shed adjacent to the garage. That blaze caught the garage on fire and it was […]

Unique joint venture launched


Yosemite-Mariposa County Tourism Bureau director Terry Selk presents a new, high-definition still and video camera to Mariposa County High School teacher Walt Heburn.River Seal, a student in MCHS teacher Walt Hebern’s video production class, was clearly upbeat about the new, $617 high-definition camera that arrived last week. “I think it’s awesome,” Seal said. “With the new camera, it’ll just take […]

Board votes to protect fire fee from lawsuits

The fate of Mariposa County Fire Department’s 11 newer fire engines and four newer water tenders hung in legal limbo this week— with one county official arguing that their funding source is unconstitutional. County auditor Bill Davis filed a lawsuit against the board of supervisors on the issue in November. The suit called the County Service Area No. 3 (CSA) […]

Grand Jury cites staff morale issues at human services

Grand jury members addressing the board of supervisors on Tuesday included foreperson Ron Iudice (from right), jury member George Catlin and jury member J.R. Matchett. Other grand jury members are seated behind the presenters.Poor morale among the county’s human services department employees is degrading service and wasting resources and calls for an immediate fix, the Mariposa County Grand Jury told […]

Rosander bows out of superintendent’s post

Aaron RosanderAaron Rosander, Mariposa County Unified School District’s Superintendent since 2010, has accepted a job with Denair Unified School District. The Mariposa district school board accepted Rosander’s resignation on Thursday, Jan. 9. The resignation is effective Jan. 31. However, with vacation time taken into account, the superintendent will likely work through Friday, Jan. 24, a district spokesperson said. Rosander, 57, […]

Hospital restricts visitation

Visitor restrictions for John C. Fremont Hospital have been put in place because of several communicable illnesses. District administration enacted the restrictions on Jan. 7. No visitors will be allowed on the Ewing Wing, and in the acute wing no visitors under the age of 14 will be allowed. These temporary restrictions were put in place to protect patients and […]

Forum will help residents navigate health care law


Californians struggling to understand and sign up for the Affordable Care Act are painstakingly signing up for health insurance. Mariposa residents are no different. Because of the issues facing residents trying to navigate the new law, the Mariposa County Department of Human Services is holding a public forum meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the […]

Chamber will honor individuals, organizations

The Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce recently acknowledged the 2013 Volunteer, Businessman, Businesswoman and Business of the Year. The honorees named by the Chamber made a positive impact on Mariposa County through their contributions and achievements. The honorees included: The Pizza Factory was named the business of the year for dedication to the community and honoring a commitment to rebuild […]