2020-06-18 E-Edition

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Yosemite reopens to tourists, officials pleased with program

FREE So far, so good

So far, so good. That was the word Monday from Yosemite National Park after it opened last week on a limited basis. “Everything went real well,” said Scott Gediman of the media relations office at Yosemite. The park reopened last Thursday after being closed for three months because of the Covid-19 pandemic. But the reopening has created a different look […]

One more Covid case reported in county

FREE Health officer also studying impacts of hotel regulations

A 22-year-old man has tested positive for Covid-19, according to county health officials. Mariposa County Public Health Officer Dr. Eric Sergienko provided details about the positive case on Tuesday morning at the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors meeting. “That person was tested at the OptumServe site (county testing facility),” Sergienko said. The man is employed outside of the county, and […]

Highly anticipated mobile health unit new arrival at school district

Dana Tafoya shows off the new doctor’s office in the mobile health unit. Photo by Matt JohnsonIt took patience, but now it will serve patients. After waiting for many months, the highly anticipated “school-based mobile health unit,” which is more or less a health clinic on wheels, arrived in Mariposa this month. And it was on display at Mariposa County […]


FREE Sugar Pine railroad is back on track

The rhythmic bell announces its arrival, punctuated by a grand whistle and burst of steam, as the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad chugs back into business after having been sidelined temporarily by Covid-19. If trains could actually smile, this one might be grinning from side to side, glad to be of service yet again. What a difference a year makes. […]

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. June 8 – No bookings. June 9 – Will Travis Lord, 40, Mariposa, was arrested for disobeying a court order. June 10 – Corina Paulsen Crenshaw, 49, Mariposa, […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

June 8-14

• EMS – 2 • Fires – 8 • Public Assists – 1 • 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 […]

Eastern Madera creeping into Stage 3 of reopening businesses

FREE Fitness facilities, hotels, casinos, day camps are being allowed to open

While California as a whole remains in Stage 2 on the state’s Roadmap to Resilience, progress in containing the Covid-19 pandemic in Madera County has enabled the region to move cautiously into Stage 3. “Madera County qualifies as one of the counties that have met the readiness criteria and worked with the California Department of Public Health (in order to) […]

JCF celebrates Men’s Health Month in June

 June is Men’s Health Month and the cornerstone to Men’s Health Month is National Men’s Health Week, which began June 15 and ends on Father’s Day, June 21. It is a time to dedicate and raise awareness of men’s health, in particular timely screenings, disease prevention and healthy lifestyles. Raising awareness of the need for men and boys to live […]

North Fork man dies in Sunday accident


Tragedy struck over the weekend when a North Fork man died in a motorcycle crash on Sunday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. The victim was identified publicly by family as Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient Steve Walling, age 70. At about 2:20 p.m., Walling was driving his 1992 Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on Road 222 at an unknown […]