It’s official: PG&E files for bankruptcy

FREE Company could face billions in liability from California wildfires

It’s official: Pacific Gas & Electric has filed for bankruptcy protection. The company announced the formal filing on Tuesday morning. It was filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. “Our most important responsibility is and must be safety, and that remains our focus. Throughout this process, we are fully committed to enhancing our wildfire […]

MCHS firefighting classes have hands-on training in extrications



Firefighter Russ Marks (right) oversees MCHS fire student Malcolm Vincent during vehicle extrication practice last week on the MCHS campus. Photo by Matt JohnsonEvery year, a handful of local firefighters donate their time and expertise to train fire science students at Mariposa County High School. Specifically, one of the days dedicated to training covers vehicle extrication — working to free […]

Shutdown ends — another date looms

Yosemite is now back up and running

It was the longest shutdown of the U.S. government in history. And though it was a partial shutdown, it certainly had a big impact locally. The 35-day shutdown included no funding for the Department of Interior, which oversees all national parks in America, including Yosemite. When the shutdown happened, the effects were immediate. Restrooms were closed, the visitors center in […]

County seeks permanent solution for homelessness


Major progress has been made over the span of just a few months in Mariposa County’s effort to eradicate homelessness. The major push to help the homeless started on Oct. 31 of last year when Dr. Eric Sergienko, the county health officer, declared a health emergency in the county in regards to homelessness. That emergency declaration put the wheels in […]

Pair of trails topic of local discussion


The Merced River Tail is popular in Mariposa County but officials would like to see more of it developed. Submitted photoTwo potential economic boosts to Mariposa County were the topic of discussion last week by the board of supervisors. Both are long-sought-after projects that involve the outdoors, the potential to bring more visitors to the area as well as enhance […]

Caltrans continues road work

Delays expected on both Highway 140 and Highway 49

Caltrans is continuing construction work along both Highway 140 and Highway 49 in Mariposa County. Along Highway 140, Caltrans continues to do the emergency project as a result of the Ferguson Fire. The work is taking place from Briceburg to Yosemite Natinal Park. The work could be delayed this week with an incoming storm predicted to begin on Thursday and […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log Jan. 21 – There was a downed tree on Indian Peak Road and a downed tree blocking Silva Road, both in Mariposa. • A missing husky was reported on Mepps Court in Mariposa. Jan. 22 – Deputies were called to check on the welfare of a horse on Blade Creek in Mariposa and on the welfare of […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Jan. 21-27

• EMS – 6 • Fires – 3 • 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 fire/medical and […]

IN BRIEF …

LaGrange IOOF hosts breakfast The Lafayette Lodge in La Grange invites the public to breakfast on the second Sunday of each month served, from 8 -11 a.m. This month, the breakfast will be on Feb. 10. The menu includes biscuits and gravy, sausage, ham and cheese omelets and all you can eat pancakes, all for $6. Ages 6-12 are $3, […]

Every dog has its day — this year on June 21

Mariposa County Supervisors approve ‘Bring Your Dog to Work Day’ as well as ‘Bring Your Child to Work Day’


The Mariposa County Supervisors might feel like sometimes they work like dogs. This summer, the supervisors will be working next to dogs. The supervisors voted unanimously last week to approve June 21 as “Bring Your Dog to Work Day.” With the approval of the event, county employees will be allowed to bring their leashed dogs to work with them on […]