2021-01-28 E-Edition

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Windstorm wreckage is far and wide as cleanup continues

This photo is an illustration of the heavy damage sustained in Wawona, which is located within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park. Turn to pages B-1 and B-7 for more details about Wawona. Photos by Lindsay Stevenson/National Park ServiceThe aftermath of the windstorm that blew through the Sierra Foothills early on the morning of Jan. 19 left members of the […]

Family survives horror of storm veteran likened to being in war

The tree had broken through its trunk and smashed through the top story of the Martinez home, hitting the backside of their car as well. Photo by Christina Manuel Holli and Manuel Martinez thought they took the necessary precautions to avoid any damage to their car the Mono winds may have caused on the morning of Jan. 19. Listening to […]

Yosemite closed until at least Saturday, slated to reopen fully

This photo of downed trees and power lines could have been taken in numerous locations throughout Mariposa County. This picture is from Lushmeadows, the subdivision which was hit especially hard by the Mono winds. Photo by Christina Manuel Yosemite National Park will remain closed until at least this Saturday. But when it does reopen, officials say it will be more […]

Park area, including Wawona, severely damaged by the storm

This damage to this structure in Wawona is typical of what happened in the storm. Photos by Lindsay Stevenson/National Park ServiceScott Gediman has pretty much seen it all when it comes to Yosemite National Park. Well, at least he thought so until last week. “I’m still kind of shell shocked from it,” said Gediman, public information officer for the park […]

Covid status reverts back to tiers; more businesses open

County health officer urges residents to continue precautions

After nearly two months under the stay-at-home regional order, Mariposa County, grouped within the San Joaquin Region, is finally back under the Blueprint for Safer Economies tier system. This news comes after the four-week projection of intensive care unit (ICU) availability in the San Joaquin Region was predicted to hit above the required 15 percent by Feb. 7 according to […]

Details sketchy about hiker who was found dead

‘Alice’ Yu XieFew details have been released about a woman who was found dead last week in Yosemite National Park. “Alice” Yu Xie was found dead at the base of Upper Yosemite Fall. Reports indicate Xie was a Chinese national living in the U.S., but park officials have not released where in America she was living. It was reported she […]

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. January 18 – Dakota Ann Moore, 28, Mariposa, was arrested for violation of the terms of a restraining order. • Kari Nichole George, 28, Sonora, was arrested for […]

Richard Shelton

Richard Warren Shelton, age 73, passed away in his home on Jan. 11, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends. He was born on April 8, 1947, in Virginia. Richard is survived by his wife and best friend, Grannie Annie; step-daughter, Debbie and her husband, John Hicks; granddaughter, Aspen and her husband Daniel […]

Alton Unger

Alton Vasquez Unger, 86, of Fresno, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, June 6, 2020. He was born in Pacific Grove, Calif., the third son of Ora Vasquez and Ruth Wilmot. In 1936, his mother died in a fatal automobile accident. In 1937, he was adopted by the Unger family of Pacific Grove and grew up knowing both families. […]