2020-10-15 E-Edition

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School’s back — with precautions

Officials outline many requirements because of Covid-19


Students and parents are shown being screened before going to Mariposa Elementary School on Monday morning — the first day of school since March. Officials are taking major precautions because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo by Nicole W. Little Mariposa County health officials answered final questions from Mariposa County Unified School District board members prior to schools reopening on Monday. […]

Domestic violence remains major issue during pandemic


Shown are examples of the T-shirts which highlight National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Anyone interested can still go to Mountain Crisis Services and make a personal shirt. There are so many complications that have arisen from the Covid-19 pandemic. From children doing remote learning to people who have lost their jobs, the range of issues is enormous. One issue which […]

Details of shooting are clearer

Man who shot at deputy used video game to hone his skills

Douglas Popke More details were revealed last week about a shooting in August that involved a local deputy sheriff. The case of Douglas Popke, 69, of Mariposa, was the subject of a preliminary hearing in Mariposa County Superior Court before Judge Dana Walton. Popke is charged with two serious felonies: First-degree attempted murder of a peace officer and assault with […]

County still doing well on virus numbers


Mariposa County continues to be going in the right direction when it comes to Covid-19. That was the word from Dr. Eric Sergienko, county health officer, during a Tuesday meeting of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Currently, the county is under the “yellow” tier in the state system, meaning more businesses are open. Sergienko said the county has just […]

How a sea rescue in the 1880s relates to the current world order


This plaque noted Capt. Ralph Lattimore, who was the captain of the Henry James, whose ship sank in the Pacific, leaving 30 people as castaways on a far away island. Submitted photoEditor’s note: This is the final in a two-part series about the SS Mariposa, a ship that sailed the Pacific in the 1800s and was part of one of […]

Officials investigating alleged assault

Officials continue to investigate an alleged assault incident that occurred last week in Mariposa, though details remain sketchy. The attack on a female allegedly happened on 8th Street in Mariposa, though the victim said she was able to escape from the alleged attackers. Sheriff Doug Binnewies said on social media his office is looking into the incident. He said on […]

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. October 5 – No bookings. October 6 – No bookings October 7 – No bookings October 8 – Matthew Baiza, 34, El Monte, was arrested for possession of […]

Sign up now for Mariposa County emergency alerts

To sign up go to member.everbridge.net/index/892807736729447#/signup. There is no cost for the service and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s office officials urge everyone to register. To find out more, call the sheriff’s office at (209) 966-3615. Officials will help walk people through the sign up process. … An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue […]

Creek Fire continues to burn as terrain hampers suppression



Despite cooler temperatures and the efforts of more than 1,600 personnel still on the job, the Creek Fire continues to burn in the Sierra National Forest, in Fresno and Madera counties. As of Tuesday morning, Oct. 13, the fire had grown to 337,655 acres and was 55 percent contained, according to forest officials. The Creek Fire started in Fresno County […]