2020-11-12 E-Edition

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Up close with Covid-19

ICU nurse shares her front line battle story


Rosalyn Pyle wearing some of her PPE as she cares for patients at the Merced Mercy Medical Center. Submitted photoPicture this: you’re at work and you have to unlock a phone that’s not yours, to FaceTime a family you’ve never met before, turn on music you don’t necessarily listen to as you hold the hand of a person you just […]

Cases of Covid-19 grow fast in county


The number of Covid-19 cases exploded quickly last week in Mariposa County, with seven reported in one day. Though none of the cases were connected to any local organized events, Mariposa County Health Officer Dr. Eric Sergienko said some were related to private Halloween gatherings. According to the health department, they first thought there were eight cases being reported on […]

Kristina Allen has been key link in county’s pandemic response


Kristina Allen, Ph.D, is shown in the operations center at the Mariposa County Health and Human Services Agency. Photo by Greg LittleTo say that Kristina Allen has been on an interesting journey is definitely an understatement. From being a Mariposa County High School graduate in 2009 to being in the middle of the county’s coordination of the Covid-19 pandemic response, […]

Binnewies will retire as sheriff

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Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies has tendered his resignation effective at the end of the year. Binnewies made the announcement Tuesday morning at the regular meeting of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. “After much discussion with my family, I have made the decision to retire at the end of the year,” said the sheriff. “This was a difficult decision […]

Cox case is delayed until January hearing


The case against local landowner Jerry Cox has been delayed until after the first of the year. In what was supposed to be the final discharge hearing for Cox on Monday ended up being delayed, mainly because of the high-profile murder of Cox’s former attorney, Marc Angelucci. The Cox case has been dragging through the court system for years. On […]

Remembering our veterans: One man’s personal story



Carl OfstedahlToday, on this Veterans Day, I am honored to tell you about my grandfather, Carl Ofstedahl, a World War I veteran. My great-grandfather, Rev. Johannes Ofstedahl, immigrated to America from Norway during the 1870s with hundreds of thousands of other Norwegians who tended to settle in northern states like Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas. My grandfather, Carl Ofstedahl was […]

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. November 2 – Jeffrey Christophe Eagle, 47, Mariposa, was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender, possession of a controlled substance, driving without a license and […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

November 2 — November 9

• EMS – 3 • Fires – 2 • 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 […]

Student on bus burned with coolant

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Starting her normal routine by getting ready for school and jumping onto the bus last Friday morning would be like no other for Sadie Belcher, a 12-year-old, seventh grade student at Mariposa Elementary School. While sitting in her seat on the bus, Belcher was sprayed by a hot liquid from a burst pipe running along the side of the bus. […]