2020-11-26 E-Edition

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‘Tis the (shopping) season

 Inside this week’s newspaper, you will find our annual “Home for the Holidays” special edition. The edition features a cover story about Kara Inman (above), a local business owner who has expanded during the past couple of months. There are other stories, as well, about local businesses and you can also find great bargains from all of our advertisers. … […]

Covid cases in county rise quickly

FREE Health officer says Mariposa County will be moving into higher state virus tier


The fall season is bringing an array of autumn colors to the county, from yellow to orange and finally a prediction of moving to the Red Tier due to a rise in Covid-19 cases.  Mariposa County officially moved into the Orange Tier on Nov. 24 after the case numbers were submitted to and reviewed by the state.  However, the county […]

Cheers — with a side of stress

Holidays can already be a strain, then toss in a pandemic to boot


 As the holiday season is now in full swing, this time of the year brings colder weather, home-cooked hams and turkey dinners, the ever-so-fashionable Christmas sweaters, cookies and desserts galore and family from far and wide. Of course you can’t forget to add these on top of everything: stress from the holidays which can result in an increase of anxiety, […]

New development

First steps taken in major hotel and apartment project

 A project in Mariposa that could bring more than 80 jobs and 96 housing units is a step closer to becoming a reality. The Mariposa County Planning Commission voted 5-0 last Friday to keep the process of the proposed Brown Bear Hotel & Conference Center, along with three apartment complexes, moving forward. The commission’s vote is only a recommendation which […]

County to purchase three wild-land fire engines



Due to the surrounding wild lands and the possibility of fire danger around Mariposa County, the board of supervisors unanimously approved the purchase of three Type 3 fire engines, each totaling $328,177.98, to add diversity to the fire engine range at the county fire station and for support in wildfire attack efforts. A Type 3 engine is a wild-land style […]

First woman appointed to lead CHP

Gov. Gavin Newsom is shown with Amanda Ray, the new commissioner of the California Highway Patrol. Photo courtesy California Highway PatrolCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom administered the oath of office to California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Amanda Ray last week, a historic move making her the first woman in its 91-year history to lead the largest state law enforcement agency in […]

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 16 – Kyle James Pope, 29, La Grange, was arrested for criminal threats, stalking, battery of a spouse, vandalism less than $400, disobeying a court order and […]

Creek Fire now 95 percent out but the cleanup far from over



Shown is a spider excavator doing suppression repair on Powerhouse Road in the aftermath of the Creek Fire. Photo courtesy Kaleena Lynde, USFSPhew. That’s about it. Seventy-nine days after the Creek Fire first sparked, the last of eight Incident Management Teams transferred command of the fire back to the Sierra National Forest (SNF) on Nov. 21. “We’ve been through an […]

Shirley Forga

Shirley Claudeen Forga, 77, passed away Nov. 11, 2020 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Shirley was born March 7, 1943, in Mariposa, to George and Ella Rhoan. Shirley worked for the Mariposa County Unified School District at Catheys Valley Elementary for 32 years, retiring in 1999. After retirement, Shirley embraced her heritage of Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation in […]