2020-06-04 E-Edition

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Back in the game(s)

FREE Chukchansi casino opens doors

A tap tap tap of fingers on a slot machine, the whir of spinning reels, an orchestra of beeps and chimes and — like magic — Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino is back in business after some 73 days of darkness. The popular venue, which typically sees over 130,000 monthly guests, closed on March 20 due to public and tribal […]

Hospital learns Covid lessons on the fly

FREE Chief of staff says more face masks are needed; supplies remain short

Dr. Mimi Carter is first and foremost just that — a doctor. Family medicine is her specialty. But Carter is also the chief of staff at John C. Fremont Healthcare District, which also makes her an administrator. That’s a role that was pretty much routine before Covid-19. Not that it isn’t important, but in medicine, there are certain routines which […]

Graduation plans remain fluid; Covid level is the key

The graduation ceremony for Mariposa County High School will be taking on a different feel (and format) this year. Obviously, with Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the Mariposa County Unified School District has had to get creative in mapping out its plan for graduation — not just for the high school, but for eighth grade graduations which take place at […]

Politics even creeps into how to reopen Yosemite

It likely comes as a surprise to nobody that politics creeps into almost every aspect of society. With a global pandemic raging, an economic collapse and racially-charged protests sweeping the country, all of those involve politics. So, too, it seems does the planned reopening of Yosemite National Park. Mariposa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Kevin Cann on Tuesday even referred […]

Tourism officials frustrated by lack of Yosemite information

With Yosemite Falls flowing in the background, this photo was taken a few weeks ago from Swinging Bridge in Yosemite National Park. When the park will reopen remains a mystery and it seems politics may be creeping into that decision. Photo by Nicole W. Little It’s evident a pandemic throws everything into the unknown. That is no different for tourism […]

Facing big shortfall, county to offer severance to employees


There is little doubt about the huge economic impact tourism has in Mariposa County. It is the tourism dollars, largely in the form of the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), that funds the vast majority of the county budget. Even in years when there are major fires or road closures causing fewer visitors to Yosemite National Park, the money is generally […]

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 25 – No bookings. May 26 – No bookings. May 27 – John Joseph Davajon, 43, Mariposa, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance, theft by caretaker […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

May 25-31

• EMS – 4 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 0 • Auto Collisions – 3 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 […]

Col. Jan Mennig

Colonel Jan C. Mennig was the beloved husband of 41 years of surviving wife Mary, the patriarch of a large family.: his dear daughter Lucy Marie Black (deceased); three grand children; five great- grandchildren; brother; and nephew. He was born in Pasadena, Calif. Oct. 9, 1927 and passed away in St. Louis, Mo. on May 16, 2020 at the age […]