2020-05-14 E-Edition

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Monumental task

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In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic, work continues on the new Mariposa County Veterans Memorial at the courthouse in Mariposa. Randy Brower, standing right, of Randy Brower Construction, and David Butler, owner of Yosemite Slate Quarry (with tool) are shown last week working on the base of the memorial. A formal dedication was planned for July 4, but the committee […]

County approves moving to next phase

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Mariposa County is now on its way to getting back to business. But the move is being done methodically by officials, with the first step taken on Tuesday when the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors approved a letter to the state approving variations to Stage 2 of the governor’s stay at home order. The board voted 4-0 to approve the […]

Youth with county ties found dead in vineyard

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Tragedy struck Mariposa County last week when a 15-year-old boy with ties to the area was found dead in a vineyard in Kern County. According to Kern County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Joel Swanson, Angel Manuel Haro Villareal’s body was found by farmworkers in a vineyard in “the area of Wallace Road and Cecil Avenue in Delano” at around 8 a.m. […]

Yosemite status remains murky

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Almost everything related to Yosemite National Park is funded by the taxpayers. From the majestic roads to the not-so-majestic restroom facilities, tax dollars pour into the park. Those dollars are also used to fund Aramark, the concessionaire for Yosemite. Yet with all of that, during what many consider one of the greatest crisis this nation is facing, those using the […]

Teachers working hard to give distance learning



Everyone knows distance learning can be difficult and stressful for students. But what about for teachers? Let’s just put it this way: Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week, and Mariposa County Unified School District Director of Educational Services Lydia Lower said she couldn’t have been more grateful to the teachers of the district than she has been through the covid-19 […]

A little more normalcy returns for residents of Eastern Madera

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During a week when many Californians got a glimpse of the future as the governor outlined Phase 2 of the plan to relax Covid-19 restrictions, residents of Madera County saw an increase in the number of patients who tested positive for the illness. On May 8, Madera County moved into the early part of Stage 2, allowing for curbside pickup […]

Detwiler victims granted extension to find housing


Six victims of the 2017 Detwiler Fire will be given more time by the county to find adequate housing. That was the decision made last week by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, who had a lengthy discussion about the issue. The gist of the meeting was a request by those residents to have more time, though some have said […]

Federal judge rules county part of suit brought by Cox


Even with the Covid-19 pandemic spreading throughout the country, legal matters continue to be heard on a limited basis. One of those matters involves Jerry Cox, the former Mariposa County landowner who has been involved in a battle with the county for years. Cox has been the subject of an ongoing battle with the county over alleged code violations on […]

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. May 4 – No bookings. May 5 – No bookings. May 6 – Douglas Allen Rhoan, 53, Mariposa, was arrested for obstructing a public officer and disorderly conduct […]