2020-07-23 E-Edition

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Out of this world

 Reader Bob Ummels of Mariposa shot this photo of the comet Neowise, which is one of the brightest comets visible to earthlings in many decades. The photo was taken at around 10:30 p.m. at the St. Catherine’s Church in Hornitos. Ummels said he used a Nikon D3500 with an 18-55 mm lens to snap this photo. Comet Neowise is a […]


FREE Doctor says now not time to roll back Covid-19 rules

Editor’s note: Since this story was written, Mariposa County has reported three more Covid-19 cases, though details of those cases have not been released. The county did not update the Covid statistics on Wednesday. We will continue to monitor the reported number of cases in the county.   Dr. Eric Sergienko, the health officer for Mariposa County, has certainly been […]

Woman charged in scam where she allegedly faked having cancer

Kellie Kuhnel Walker A woman who allegedly went to great lengths to scam dozens of Mariposa County residents was arrested last week. Kellie Kuhnel Walker, 28, a former resident of Mariposa County, was detained at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport last Thursday on a warrant connected with grand theft. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, the case was reported […]

Angelucci killer was likely same suspect who shot NJ judge’s son

Mark Angelucci The murder of a prominent attorney with ties to a Mariposa County case may have been committed by the same person who killed a judge’s son in New York. The bizarre story began with the killing of Marc Angelucci on July 11 at his home in rural Crestline, a mountain community located east of Los Angeles. Angelucci was […]

Man found dead in remote area on 49 North


Foggy details surround the death of a man who was found by officials last week off of Highway 49 North. According to details shared by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, on July 14, a CAL FIRE unit driving in the Highway 49 North area between Bagby and Coulterville located a vehicle off the roadway in a remote area of the […]

JCF clinics now reverting back to earlier virus rules

Dr. Mimi CarterAs Covid-19 cases continue to grow, though slowly, in Mariposa County, things are changing at the John C. Fremont Healthcare District clinics. Dr. Mimi Carter, chief of staff at the hospital, said they are scaling back in-office visits as cases continue to soar in California. Carter said she is also frustrated with how many people don’t seem to […]

Blended learning model could work, health officer says

Over 140 people tuned in to the Mariposa County Unified School District’s specially-called board meeting held over Zoom on July 16. Obviously, interest is high in the community regarding whether schools will reopen this fall or not. MCUSD schools closed in March due to the threat of Covid-19. Last week’s meeting was wide-ranging and perhaps a bit premature, because further […]

Man from Daly City drowns in Merced River

A man from the Bay Area passed away after drowning in the Merced River last week. On July 16 at approximately 2 p.m., 56-year-old Cory Price from Daly City was recreating in the area known as the cascades, near the El Portal Market. He entered the Merced River near that area. He somehow became submerged underwater for an extended amount […]

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. July 13 – Sean Jason Roby, 31, Midpines, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance and driving with a suspended […]