2020-05-07 E-Edition

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Situation slowly improving for Eastern Madera County residents


With more than 1,100 people having been tested for Covid-19 in Madera County, according to the health department, and fewer than 55 tests coming back positive for the illness, it’s possible early efforts to limit the spread of the virus locally may have paid off. As of May 4, Madera County Department of Public Health reported a total of 1,097 […]

County creeps toward reopening

FREE State to make further determinations Thursday, will impact Mariposa County

It’s obvious Covid-19 is making officials scramble in ways they never thought possible. That was evident on Tuesday morning when the county health officer made a presentation to the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Dr. Eric Sergienko actually had to participate in a one-hour phone call with the state health officer, delaying his presentation to the board. That phone call […]

Doctor says now not the time to stop distancing


Dr. Mimi Carter thinks Mariposa County is at a “potential tipping point” when it comes to the Covid-19 pandemic. With 14 cases now reported in the county, Carter said now is the time for people to make sure they are following the guidelines of the medical professionals and scientists. “I still believe in social distancing,” said Carter, the chief of […]

ER remains open for the public

The emergency department at John C. Fremont Hospital is open — all of the time. Dr. Mimi Carter, chief of staff at the hospital, said she had “some patients” who said they thought the ER was closed at certain times. Carter believes they were confusing it with the hours of the clinic, which are limited. “The emergency department is open […]

Schools unlikely to reopen early in 2020, superintendent says


When Gov. Gavin Newsom remarked last week that schools in California could start the next academic year early — even as soon as late July — it raised some eyebrows around the state. “What we are seeing pretty consistently is the governor will get out and make comments, kind of off the cuff, and it leaves us (superintendents around the […]

Pandemic or not, wildfire season coming

Even though the nation has been gripped by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, other business does go on as usual. And for residents of Mariposa County, one “usual” is preparing for fire season. “There is always potential for a big fire,” said Jaime Williams, public information officer for the CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa Merced Unit. Local residents and business owners know that […]

Covid-19 impacting Mt. Bullion Camp


The Covid-19 pandemic is having an impact on all aspects of society — including firefighting. In particular, it could have a negative impact on the state prisoners who each year battle wildfires as part of a California program. Locally, those prisoners are housed at the Mt. Bullion Camp and can be seen all of the time whether they are fighting […]

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 27 – No bookings. April 28 – No bookings. April 29 – No bookings. April 30 – Joshua Michael Elkins, 30, Mariposa, was arrested for possessing unlawful […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

April 27-May 3

• EMS – 7 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 0 • Auto Collisions – 1 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 […]