2020-11-05 E-Edition

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Going with the ‘Flo’

A local resident, 99, shares her story of a big family, a first in business and more

Florence Ernst poses with her Business Woman of the Year plaque, awarded in 1988 by the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Marshal award, presented to her in 2008 at the Mariposa County Fair Parade. Photos by Christina Manuel Long-time resident of Mariposa County, Florence Ernst, who just celebrated her 99th birthday on Sept. 29, holds history in […]

Give me shelter

Contentious debate surrounds possible hotel purchase

It was contentious at times, heartbreaking at times and confusing at times. At issue is what the county should do when it comes to the 27-room Yosemite Inn hotel, located at the intersection of Highways 140 and 49. One of the biggest issues is the speed in which something has to be done. For some background, shortly after the onset […]

High school student tests positive for virus

Plan of action by district is implemented

Since last March, officials at the Mariposa County Unified School District have been making plans concerning Covid-19. From distance learning to sports to busing, the issues have been many. For much of the plan, it has been executed and officials continue to tweak all aspects of procedures. But for one part of the plan, it has simply been something on […]


Airport set to offer charter flight service

Joy is normally used for scenic tours but will be used as well for charter flights as the service becomes available. Photo by Christina Manuel After five long years of work creating an incredibly thick Statement of Compliance and following the proper procedures of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Mariposa-Yosemite Airport Manager Tony Borreson passed his test to receive his […]

Board is making available five more alcoholic beverage licenses

The Mariposa County Board of Directors gave the direction to move forward releasing five alcoholic beverage licenses in the county and will continue to review the allowance of licenses every year. This bill, also known as Assembly Bill 2459 allows the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to provide the sale of up to 10 additional alcoholic beverage licenses, […]

Rotary Club hosting online auction to raise funds for local scholarships


It is without question the Mariposa Yosemite Rotary Club has been one of the most giving organizations in the community for decades. Each year, the club gives out thousands of dollars for causes ranging from youth sports to scholarships for local graduates. “Our money goes back to this community,” said Bill Yaley, a longtime member of the club. This year, […]

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 26 – No bookings. October 27 – Eric Sean Christensen, 43, Mariposa, was arrested for driving on a suspended license with priors within five years, driving under […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

October 26 - November 1

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

Monika Brandle

Monika Eva Brandle passed away peacefully in her husband’s arms in the afternoon of Oct. 27, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. She was born March 31, 1969 to Erich and Karen Mayr in Fontana, Calif. She grew up in Home Gardens, Calif., where she attended elementary school. She said she “didn’t walk in the snow” but she did […]