2020-12-17 E-Edition

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Soothing brew

Submitted photoTeacher-turned-entrepreneur Jessica Lehr of Coarsegold started making her nearly magical anti-bug balm so she could control the ingredients she uses in products with her young daughter. Now, she has turned the recipes into a full-blown business. For more about this regional success story — during a pandemic — turn to page B-2. … An online subscription is required to […]

Board gives green light to proposed conference center

Brown Bear development will have hotel, apartments

Shown is an artist’s rendering of the inside of the proposed Brown Bear Hotel and Conference Center. Last week, the board of supervisor gave the go-ahead for the project.The Brown Bear Hotel and Conference Center jumped yet another hurdle last week. The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors moved the motion to approve the revised planning and zoning amendments, design review […]


FREE ICU capacity in region hitting dangerous levels

A week and a half into the Stay Home order, reports of the available intensive care unit (ICU) availability in the San Joaquin Valley have gone down to 1.6 percent as of Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. Per the new order, regions with less than 15 percent ICU availability left must comply with the new state restrictions including prohibiting large […]

Some businesses defy order, what that means is not clear

This is the sign hanging on the door of Happy Burger Diner, which explains the position of the owners of the restaurant and why they believe staying open is the right choice. Photo by Allen LamanIt is without doubt some businesses in Mariposa County are not complying with the current Covid-19-related orders handed down by the state of California. But […]

Officials working to educate business owners about rules

Part of the new Stay Home order enacted in the San Joaquin Valley on Dec. 6 at 11:59 p.m., businesses throughout the county are required to follow new regulations, including shutting down dine-in options at restaurants and reducing retail capacity to 20 percent in order to avoid further virus transmission. Some businesses are choosing to defy the new regulations for […]

Contact tracing: What does it mean and how it all works


Contact tracing. In 2020 those two words have been thrown around more than one can count, but what exactly is it, and how does it work? Dr. Kristina Allen, Deputy Director Public Health, Mariposa County Health and Human Services breaks down the process of what takes place after a positive case of Covid-19 is reported. The first step, Allen describes, begins […]

Unfair: Fairgrounds remains in financial peril


The Mariposa County Fairgrounds plays host to much more than carnival rides and elephant ears. Inside buildings on the 36-acre grounds, you’ll attend weddings, funerals and banquets. Outside, you’ll go to picnics, football games and rodeos. About 200,000 people visit the fairgrounds each year. Well, usually. 2020 has been devastating for the local facility. Leadership estimates the site has missed […]

Local residents now able to use texting to contact 9-1-1

The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office now has the ability to accept emergency text messages. Residents can text 911 instead of calling, if they are unable to do so in the case of an emergency. This technology is available to users from their cell phones when speaking on the phone is not an option or could put the caller in danger. […]

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. December 7 – No bookings. December 8 – No bookings. December 9 – Christa Lynnea Diaz, 25, Mariposa, was arrested for violation of probation, obstruction of a peace […]