2020-10-22 E-Edition

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FREE Owl takes ride in water-dropping chopper


A helicopter pilot making water drops on the Creek Fire picked up an unexpected passenger recently when an owl flew into the aircraft and stuck around for a while. “It’s odd to have an owl enter an aircraft,” said pilot Dan Alpiner of Wyoming based charter company Sky Aviation. The company contracts with the state for fire suppression. The highly […]

Feds reverse course on funds

News comes after FEMA first denied aid for Creek Fire


Crews continue to battle the Creek Fire, as shown in this photo. Photo courtesy USFS Despite some early indications to the contrary, the state of California will receive millions of dollars in emergency funds from the federal government to provide the resources needed to recover from recent wildfires. This includes the catastrophic Creek Fire, which has burned more than 350,000 […]

Survival mode

A local victim shares her painful story

Katy WardleKaty Wardle is more than just a survivor. Much more. “I’ve come a long way,” said Wardle, 28, in what might be the understatement of the year. Many people may know the 2010 Mariposa County High School graduate who is a program specialist at Mountain Crisis Services. She’s affable, passionate — and a survivor of domestic abuse. Strangulation, to […]

New HHS director ready to hit the ground running


Shannon GaddIt’s a long way from Shebyville, Ky., to Mariposa. But not that far if you are Shannon Gadd, the new director of Mariposa County Health and Human Services. “It was time for a change,” said Gadd during her fourth day on the job last Friday. “It was a natural progression in my career.” Some might find that odd since […]

Christina Manuel joins staff at Mariposa Gazette

Christina ManuelA new writer has joined the Mariposa Gazette. Christina Manuel began her duties as a staff writer at the newspaper this week. A graduate of Cal Poly in Pomona, the Covina native will be focusing on many news events and local government organizations in her role as a staff writer. “I’m excited to begin covering stories in Mariposa and […]

County is developing program to give aid to small businesses


Businesses in Mariposa County are likely to be eligible for grant funding for up to $10,000 related to losses and expenses from the Covid-19 pandemic. The issue was discussed at length last week by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, though no final decision was made. It was expected the board would approve the program at this week’s meeting, which […]

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 12 – Leeandra Marie Dupzyk Dias, 39, Delhi, was arrested for disorderly conduct under the influence of drugs. • Grant Michael Richards, 23, Mariposa, was arrested for […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

October 12 - October 18

• EMS – 5 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 0 • Auto Collisions – 1 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 […]

Madera Covid- 19 rate is still high, officials report



Another week has passed in which Madera County remains the color purple when it comes to being in Tier 1, the most restrictive category in the state’s road map to economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The county’s positivity rate dropped a bit this week as Covid-19 testing continued, while the deaths of two additional Madera County residents in the […]