2020-12-31 E-Edition

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A new sheriff in town

Jeremy Briese takes over top county law enforcement post

Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese is shown with his family members in this recent photo. Shown are his wife, Caroline, along with their two children, Emma and Ethan. Briese began his duties as sheriff on Tuesday. Photo courtesy Mariposa ImageryIt may have been in the cards all along, but the process was not without its bumps. “I didn’t get picked […]

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Regional ICU capacity remains non-existent

Looking at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity projections in the San Joaquin Valley, the state announced the region will remain in the stay-at-home order on Dec. 29 until care availability opens up. Both the San Joaquin Valley and the Southern California region are reporting a 0 percent ICU capacity as of Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. and are going […]

New board members offer insight into many issues facing the county

  Ringing in the new year with change, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors are welcoming in two new board members: Tom Sweeney to represent District Two and Wayne Forsythe to represent District Four. The two will be thrown into the mix of supervisors with the first meeting to be held on Jan. 5, 2021. Both Sweeney, the previous Mariposa […]

FFA students and teachers navigate modified classes and the many cancellations

Cooking up good eats is a tradition at the annual FFA dinner and auction, which had to be canceled this year. File photoIt just isn’t the same. And it hasn’t been easy. Students enrolled in the hands-on agriculture courses that comprise Mariposa County High School’s FFA program have navigated nearly a year of online and hybrid instruction. They’ve also missed […]


 Soroptimist International of Mariposa recently donated toys to the annual Kops for Kids program operated by the Mariposa County Deputy Sheriff’s Association. Soroptimist members Juanita Vegley, left, and Mashawn Walker, right, are shown with members of the sheriff’s office: Sgt. Jeff Totten, Deputy Chris Boehm, Deputy Sean Phillips and Deputy Brandon Roberson. The program was highly successful this year as […]

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 21 – Justin Kyle Bess, 30, Sonora, was arrested for DUI/alcohol. • Jesse James Hernandez, 48, Lake Don Pedro, was arrested for misdemeanor obstruction and felony obstruction. […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

December 21-27

• EMS – 1 • Fires – 5 • Public Assists – 2 • Auto Collisions – 0 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 […]


After months, officials declare Creek Fire contained

Sierra National Forest officials declared the Creek Fire 100 percent contained on Dec. 24. The fire started in the Big Creek drainage in Fresno County and eventually burned an unprecedented 379,895 acres. Submitted photo‘Twas the night before Christmas when, finally, the Creek Fire was declared 100 percent contained with the recent change in weather conditions, according to Sierra National Forest […]

Charles Carisio

Charles Andrew Carisio was born in Hollywood in 1947 to a movie-script life. He was raised among the rocky cliffs of Laguna Beach. He attended boarding school at the Army Navy Academy at Dana Point then college before traveling across America and through Europe with a backpack and a hammock. He spent his teenage summers here, as a waterski instructor […]