JCF Healthcare District employee tests positive for Covid-19 virus


A John C. Fremont Healthcare District Mariposa clinical staff member with patient contact has tested positive for Covid-19 and it is the first case of a staff member testing positive. This individual is not one of the eight staff members that were potentially exposed from the two positive cases identified at the district earlier in the week, according to Therese […]

2020-06-25 E-Edition

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Rising to the occasion

FREE Chevon Kothari reflects on HHS, Covid and the future

If you think Chevon Kothari is above talking to the homeless or even scrubbing a bathroom, you would be wrong. “I like to think of myself as a supportive leader,” said Kothari, director of Mariposa County Health and Human Services Agency (HHS). “It is important to talk to people. To get that first hand.” In a surprising announcement recently, Kothari […]

Covid cases, face coverings focus in county

FREE Health officer says mask requirement is the law, based on governor’s order

The county health officer says if people don’t comply with Covid-19-related regulations, the county could be forced to go back to more restrictions. He also said new rules about wearing face coverings should be followed by all county residents, without exception. Dr. Eric Sergienko also said Tuesday there have been three more cases in Mariposa County, all involving community transmission. […]


Aramark VP fired after golfing incident

This is a photo of Michael Grisar from his Linkedin page.It didn’t take long for the man who was recently put in charge of concessions at Yosemite National Park to be fired. And he could even face charges following an incident which happened last week. Some golf swings and a video led the immediate dismissal of Michael Grisar, who was […]

School implements targeted hiring freeze


The Mariposa County Unified School District was forced into an interesting dilemma last week. District officials needed to adopt a 2020-21 budget, as is normally done, but had to do so with a leap of faith and a little bit of guesswork. The faith required is that help will come from the state and federal level. But with Covid-19 affecting […]

Smaller fires strike around the region


Various smaller fires have scorched some of this area in the past week or more as hot weather and dry conditions make it conducive for these blazes. One fire damaged some trailers and a storage building in northern Mariposa County, according to CAL FIRE. The fire was on June 18 in the Piney Creek area south of Highway 132 between […]

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 15 – Amanda Cabrera, 32, Midpines, was arrested for possessing a firearm after a felony conviction, receiving known stolen property and failure to appear on a felony […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

June 15-21

• EMS – 6 • Fires – 5 • Public Assists – 2 • 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 […]

Sacramento man dies in Bass Lake drowning


A recreational trip to a local lake turned to heartbreak for a family last Father’s Day weekend, after a California man died following his jump from a boat into the water. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) confirmed that Logan Traver Meleskie, 63, died after becoming unresponsive at Bass Lake. His cause of death is undetermined at this time. Meleskie, […]