Women injured in accident give back to first responders

Emotional reunion


Mary Rudesil, left, gives a hug to Bootjack Fire Chief Ruby Pearson, center, as Keith Pearson and Judith Sharp look on. Rudesil said the wreck gave her a “wake up call” and taught her to “go for the important” things in life.Judith Sharp and Mary Rudesil know they’re lucky to be alive. On April 25, a sunny spring day quickly […]

Suspect in stabbing at fairgrounds behind bars



Clifton BarnardLaw enforcement officials had a hectic Friday afternoon last week. With wildfires having broken out earlier in the afternoon, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call about a stabbing at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds at approximately 5:15 p.m. The suspect was identified as Clifton “Poncho” Barnard, 61, of Mariposa. Prior to deputies arriving on scene, Barnard fled […]

New playground goal in El Portal

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Shown is a model of the proposed play structure upgrade.Everyone knows that children need to have opportunities to play . That’s just part of growing up. But a group of concerned parents in El Portal feels its children don’t have adequate opportunities to play in the area. That is why the El Portal Play Park Committee, a group of 12 […]

Fires around state are causing strain on local resources



The fire season is in full swing in California and it is having impacts on Mariposa County. That was the word Tuesday from CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa Merced Unit Chief Nancy Koerperich, who addressed the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. “There are a lot of resources out of the unit now,” said Koerperich. The reason is there are fires burning from […]

Changes made at Coulterville Visitor Center




Nina Mimnaugh is the new manager of the Coulterville Visitor Center.New leadership, new hours of operation and a new location are now established at the Coulterville Visitor Center. Nina Mimnaugh is the manager of the center, which will now be open seven days a week. The location has changed from being housed at the John Muir Geotourism Center to a […]

Interim hospital CEO says mission remains the same



Matthew MatthiessenIt’s probably fair to say Matthew Matthiessen has had a busy last week or so. Matthiessen was named the interim CEO of John C. Fremont Healthcare District after the board of directors terminated the contract of former CEO Alan MacPhee. Matthiessen has served as the chief financial officer of the district for four years and was unanimously named interim […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log



July 4 – Threats were reported on Bronco Hollow Lane. • Animals were reported as needing water on Ashworth Road. • Lewd acts were alleged on Bull Pine Lane. • A caller asked officers to check on a dog in a car on 6th Street. July 5 – An assault and battery was reported on Quail Court. • A vessel […]

Two wildland fires put out quickly last week



A helicopter makes a water drop on the Westfall Fire last week in Mariposa County. About five acres burned in the blaze.Two wildland fires in Mariposa County last week were quickly contained by CAL FIRE. Both happened on Friday, July 7, according to Jaime Williams, public information officer for the Madera-Mariposa- Merced Unit of CAL FIRE. The first fire happened […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log



 July 3 – July 9 • EMS – 3 • Fires – 8 • Public Assists – 2• Auto Collisions – 1 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 […]

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