2020-08-06 E-Edition

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FREE Eric Sergienko has been on the front lines of the Covid fight

The residents of Mariposa County are lucky in many ways. They are able to live in a safe, rural community surrounded by beauty. That’s not even mentioning the majority of Yosemite National Park is within the county. But there’s another crucial thing the county is lucky to have during a global pandemic. Well, a person, not a thing. Dr. Eric […]

County tally reaches 58, but news is hopeful

As of Tuesday morning, there were 58 positive cases of Covid-19 reported by Mariposa County officials. However, the good news, said Dr. Eric Sergienko, county health officer, is only two of those cases are people who are in isolation. Two new cases were reported on Monday, one a male, age 63, who had person to person contact but who has […]

Community reacts to school board distance learning decision

Teacher Brian Moczygemba is shown at the 2019 Mariposa County High School graduation ceremony. He is opposed to in-person teaching — at this time. Photo by Matt Johnson Whether to resume in-person schooling wasn’t an easy decision for the Mariposa County Unified School District board of trustees to make, but they were up against the clock, and trying to weigh […]

Catheys Valley trailer park has issues, but help may be nearing

Shown is just one junk pile at the Oak Park Estates in Catheys Valley. The county is working with the ownership group to clean the park. Photo by Matt Johnson So often in disputes, it turns into a case of “he said, he said,” or “she said, she said,” meaning that it turns into both sides pointing fingers at each […]

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 27 – No bookings. July 28 – No bookings. July 29 – James Paul McCready, 33, Mariposa, was arrested for violating probation. • Lila Saintdawn Buckner, 30, […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

July 27- August 2

• EMS – 8 • Fires – 1 • 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 […]

Simply the best

Photo by Nicole W. LittleJamie Richards, left, and Scott Gediman from the public information office at Yosemite National Park are shown with two awards they recently received. The awards, as voted by the readers of this newspaper, are from the Readers’ Choice contest. They are for “Best Place to Hike” and “Best Local Attraction.” It is the third consecutive year […]

Sex trafficking charged after arrest of man in Madera Co.

Dylan Colby Nichols DobbsA Madera Ranchos resident accused of using social media to befriend potential victims has been arrested on charges including abuse, coercion and sex trafficking, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). Dylan Colby Nichols Dobbs, 27, was booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections on July 28 after an investigation involving his “abuse, coercion and […]

Watsonville man found dead at Merced River, officials say


Details are sketchy following the death of a man this past Sunday. Eduarda Cruz-Juarez, 22, of Watsonville was found dead at 5:15 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the Merced River, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s office officials said the case remains under investigation, so a cause of death has not been determined. A spokesperson for the office […]