2020-09-10 E-Edition

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Creek fire scorches forest

FREE Massive blaze destroys homes, forces evacuations and has no containment


Editor’s note: Because of our deadline on Tuesday afternoons, we are updating the situation with the Creek Fire as it becomes available. Here is the latest: By Thursday morning, the fire had grown to almost 176,000 acres with zero containment. The fire is burning in both Fresno and Madera counties, with Mariposa County areas around Fish Camp also under advisements […]

Suspected shooter given additional charges by district attorney’s office


A man accused of firing shots at a sheriff’s deputy in Mariposa County now has additional charges. Douglas Popke, 69, has now been charged with attempted first degree murder of a peace officer and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. Mariposa County District Attorney Walter Wall announced the charges last week. Popke was in Mariposa County Superior […]

Local hospital has rich county history

This photo is from September 1965 and shows Kathy Trabucco, Debbie Palmer, Denise Seely and Beth Meese. Below, is a button used to promote Measure A, which did pass in 1980. Photos courtesy Tom Phillips Editor’s note: With Measure N on the ballot in the upcoming election which would, if passed, provide sales tax revenue to John C. Fremont Hospital, […]

Tourism board overwhelmingly votes to increase TBID charges


The board of directors of the Yosemite-Mariposa Tourism Board voted overwhelmingly last week to increase the tax charged on lodging. By an 11-1 vote, the board approved a one-half percent increase in the TBID tax, which is the Tourism Business Improvement District. When it goes into effect, there will be a 13.5 percent total tax charged on rooms — the […]

Rockwell puts education first in school board bid



Lisa RockwellEditor’s note: Lisa Rockwell is a candidate for the Mariposa County Unified School District board of trustees in District 5. She submitted the following information about her candidacy. We have to believe that young people can change the world! Because they can. But they need our help. During my teenage years growing up in Yosemite Valley, I learned to […]

Wreaths groups sets fundraising drive-thru dinner

Wreaths Across America will be hosting a Drive-Thru Fundraiser Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 26. It will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Mariposa Masonic Lodge, located at 5154 Jones Street. The dinner will provide funding to the local Wreaths Across America program. The dinner will feature rigatoni, salad, garlic bread and dessert. The cost is $15, which is also […]

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. August 31 – Khay Xiong, 40, Fresno, was arrested for DUI. • Gregory Douglas Popke, 42, Mariposa, was arrested for manufacture/selling an assault weapon and illegal possession of […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

August 31-September 6

• EMS – 5 • Fires – 3 • 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 […]

County assisting evacuees from Bass Lake area due to spread of raging Creek Fire



Mariposa County Health Officer Dr. Eric Sergienko has been heavily involved in the county’s response against Covid-19 this year. But he kept his comments brief on Tuesday morning at the latest Mariposa County Board of Supervisors meeting. In regards to the virus, Sergienko had just one update. He said the county has two active cases; one individual (a 77-year-old male) […]