2020-11-19 E-Edition

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FREE Supervisors alter course on compliance issue after massive public outpouring

The people spoke and the elected officials listened. That’s what came out of a meeting held last week by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors which focused on code enforcement in the county. The meeting came on the heels of a similar meeting three weeks ago in which the board took the first steps in implementing new code enforcement rules. […]

Covid-19 update A yellow hole in a purple donut

Covid steady in county, but outlook not good elsewhere

As Covid-19 spreads wildly across America, Mariposa County remains in good shape — for now. “We are seeing the start of a third wave on the West Coast,” said Dr. Eric Sergienko, public health officer for the county. Though much of that wave has stayed away from the county, Sergienko said now is the time to be as vigilant as […]

Borgeas is frustrated by state officials who he says are dominated by lobbies


California Sen. Andreas Borgeas has a lot on his plate. The first-term senator represents the state’s 8th Senate District, which includes Mariposa County, but also covers a large swath of eastern California. That not only means a lot of territory, but it also means a lot of issues for the Republican, who faces uphill climbs in Sacramento which is dominated […]

MCUSD staff member tests positive for Covid-19, now in self-quarantine

A few weeks after a Mariposa County High School (MCHS) student tested positive for Covid-19, a staff member at the Mariposa County Unified School District (MCUSD) office is reported to have tested positive for the virus on Nov. 14. Jeff Aranguena, the superintendent of MCUSD, said the staff member is currently in a self-quarantine. This information is in correlation with […]

Starchman gives impassioned speech to board before resigning from position

Bryan StarchmanA popular and longtime teacher in Mariposa has tendered his resignation because he says the district isn’t doing enough to fight Covid-19. Bryan Starchman, 41, offered an impassioned speech at last week’s meeting of the Mariposa County Unified School District board of trustees. Starchman is an English teacher and also runs the quite successful drama department at Mariposa County […]

Allen Laman joins staff at Mariposa Gazette

Allen LamanThe Mariposa Gazette has added a new member to its news staff. Allen Laman began his duties at the newspaper this week. Laman is focusing on outdoors, education and sports coverage, though there will be many other stories he covers in Mariposa County. Laman comes to the newspaper from Jasper, Ind., where he worked as a staff reporter at […]

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 9 – John Russell Cargill, 65, Santa Cruz, was arrested for receiving known stolen property, shoplifting and disorderly conduct under the influence of drugs. • Richard Mark […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

November 9-15

• EMS – 2 • Fires – 6 • Public Assists – 2 • Auto Collisions – 6 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 […]

The beast is tuckering as crews work on stubborn Creek Fire

The top frame shows a view of the Creek Fire from Huntington Lake Dam on Sept. 6. The bottom view was captured Nov. 14 to show what it looks like now. Photos by Linda Lacy and Kaleena LyndeThe beast was finally tuckering out as the Creek Fire reached 78 percent containment this week, snow remained on the ground in the […]