2020-10-01 E-Edition

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Creek Fire is now largest single blaze in state history



A Blackhawk helicopter is shown getting water out of Bass Lake during the Creek Fire fight on the North Zone. Though many people have been allowed to repopulate areas inside the fire zone, officials remain concerned because the weather forecast has no rain in sight. Photo courtesy Ken Furuno/United States Forest Service Now considered the largest single fire in California […]

Learning curve

School, health officials continue to work toward reopening classes in some form


Students remain learning online for the time being, but the Mariposa County Unified School District is continuing to work toward resuming in-person learning. The district has been given the go-ahead from Mariposa County Health Officer Dr. Eric Sergienko to resume in-person instruction, as the county falls into the state’s category for allowing schools to reopen. “As of right now, we […]

Yosemite to end day-use program starting Nov. 1

The day-use pass at Yosemite National Park is being eliminated. The passes, which were required in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, limited the daily number of visitors in the park. The new program goes into effect on Nov. 1. The modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance are from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Accused deputy shooter has case reset for Oct. 1


Douglas PopkeMariposa County District Attorney Walter Wall showed his frustration with the defense counsel of a man accused of firing shots at a sheriff’s deputy. Douglas Popke, 69, is charged with attempted murder of a peace officer and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer following a Sept. 4 incident in Mariposa County. In addition, his son, Gregory […]

Richards retires after reaching deal with local school district

Brings to close much-talked-about personnel situation


Tammi RichardsAfter weeks of waiting, a resolution was announced in the matter of the Mariposa County High School dean of students being placed on administrative leave. At Thursday’s Mariposa County Unified School District board meeting, the board met in closed session regarding an employee. The board then reconvened in public session and announced that upon a motion made by board […]

State awards county $4.1 million for helping homeless, vulnerable


Mariposa County received a major financial award from the state this week which should help in dealing with both homelessness and at-risk people during the Covid-19 pandemic — and beyond. “We are definitely excited to get involved with this,” said Lizz Darcy, Mariposa County Health and Human Services Strategic Communications/Public Information Officer. On Monday of this week, state officials announced […]

Hospital CEO addresses misconceptions about ballot measure



Matthiessen Editor’s note: Measure N is on the ballot in the upcoming election and would, if passed, provide sales tax revenue to John C. Fremont Hospital. This newspaper has been featuring various stories over the last few weeks about the hospital. This is the final of a four-part series. There are many important issues right now in Mariposa County. How […]

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. September 21 – Tenaya Michelle Cunningham, 38, Falmouth, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

September 21-September 27

• EMS – 3 • Fires – 0 • Public Assists – 0 • Auto Collisions – 2 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 […]