MCUSD closes school sites through remainder of school year


By MATT JOHNSON, Assistant editor After considering the latest information related to Covid-19, the Mariposa County Unified School District board of trustees has decided to close schools through the end of the school year, which is June 11. Students will continue to receive their education through the district’s distance learning program. The district had previously decided to shutter schools through May […]

2020-04-23 E-Edition

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Life inside Yosemite National Park has changed; what the future holds isn’t clear because of virus

This is the main trail to Yosemite Falls and what it looked like last week. It was an odd site that on a 70-plus degree day in the park, nobody was on the trail. Photos by Nicole W. Little It’s obvious going through the Arch Rock Entrance station that things aren’t normal these days at Yosemite National Park. Instead of […]

Not taking care of local businesses

Paycheck program draws ire of many; future is unknown

Small business owners in Mariposa County and elsewhere in the United States received a figurative slap in the face when a government funded loan program which was supposed to provide emergency funding to them instead provided funding to larger companies. The $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program was created in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic to provide the loans through […]

Covid-19 raises more questions with no answers

Health officer says economic decisions still not determined

Sergienko Although there is a lot of discussion surrounding the possible opening of the local economy in the midst of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, exactly what that might look like remains in question. “I don’t even know if the state knows the answer yet,” said Dr. Eric Sergienko, the Mariposa County public health officer, during a telephone interview on Tuesday […]

Ashton murder case slowed by pandemic

All of society has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and that includes the justice system. Mariposa County’s justice system has had to adjust to the pandemic by turning to virtual options in order to remain in stride with social distancing guidelines. On Tuesday, a Zoom video conference was held for the case involving a man accused of murdering his […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Jail Booking Report Here are some of the highlights from the recent booking reports at the Mariposa County Jail. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. April 13 – No bookings.April 14 – No bookings.April 15 – No bookings.April 16 – No bookings.April 17 – No bookings.April 18 – No bookings.April 19 – No […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

April 13-19

• EMS – 3 • Fires – 0 • Public Assists – 0 • Auto Collisions – 0 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 13 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 […]

School district staying ready if situation changes

Officials from the Mariposa County Unified School District continue to stay ready and to plan for a potential reopening of schools, if the Covid-19 pandemic situation changes soon. It should be stressed that schools will not reopen unless social distancing guidelines and social gathering rules are relaxed by the state, and if health experts give the green light to return. […]

Mariposa Safe Families offers tips while staying at home in pandemic

Let’s face it: we are not perfect people, and we need to be okay with that. Not all of us are cut out to be stay at home moms or dads 24 hours a day. With Covid-19, we have almost been forced into that role, but here are some tips and ideas to hopefully make this time a little easier. […]