2020-12-03 E-Edition

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Living their dream

Local couple purchases Midpines Food and Gas business

Inderjit Singh and Manpreet Kauer, owners of Midpines Food and Gas, are shown outside their store in the above photo. Below is an inside view of the store, which has been remodeled. Top photo by Allen Lamen/Bottom photo submitted Customers who visit the recently opened Midpines Food and Gas store are surrounded by charms of days gone by. There’s the […]

Mariposa County remains in red

Officials say Purple Tier not out of question; depending on case counts

Mariposa County officially moved into the Red Tier, or Tier 2 on Nov. 28 — only four days after just moving into the Orange Tier on Nov. 24. — following 29 reported cases last week. “Sixteen cases are active as of today,” said Kristina Allen, the senior administrative analyst at the Mariposa County Health and Human Services Agency, during the […]

Stayner one of inmates involved in EDD scam

A scam involving inmates across the state collecting unemployment has not set well with Mariposa County District Attorney Walter Wall. “They are robbing, literally, from the poor or the taxpayers, you and me,” said Wall. “It’s being ripped off by the criminals.” News of the scam involving the Employment Development Department (EDD) broke last week but “has been going on […]

County general fund ‘pretty low’

Future relies on unknown of TOT

Dallin KimbleNow almost into 2021, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors reviewed the current standing of the 2020-2021 fiscal year as the general fund is now lower than normal, and needs in funding continue to be ever-changing due to both Covid-19 reopening and closures. The county general fund is at “a couple hundred thousand,” said Luis Mercado, the county auditor, […]

Scheduled trial of man who shot at deputy now delayed

Douglas Popke The trial of a man accused of shooting at a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been delayed. Jury selection in the trial of Douglas Popke, 69, was scheduled to begin this week, but a tragic accident involving the son of Mariposa County District Attorney Walter Wall has delayed the proceedings. (See related story on page A-4 about […]

Landfill now open Mondays


Beginning last Monday, the Mariposa County Public Works Department began a pilot program to open the county landfill on Mondays from 8 a.m. to noon. Mike Healy, the Mariposa County Public Works director, said at the Nov. 24 board of supervisors meeting that the Mariposa County Solid Waste and Recycling Center will only be accepting bagged garbage and items to […]

It’s a sign or it’s a fine

The 2020 election left behind its ghosts as the political signs advocating for a certain candidate or measure are now leftover, still posted to haunt the community of a very controversial time period. Although those who post the signs have nothing but well intentions to encourage others to look into their position on a particular vote, it can result 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 23 – Raymundo Garcia Arias, 44, Fresno, was arrested for possession of a creature illegally. (The creature was not specified.) November 24 – No bookings. November 25 […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

November 23-29

• EMS – 4 • Fires – 3 • Public Assists – 1 • 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 […]