2021-02-04 E-Edition

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Neighbors help each other after windstorm

Above, 15-year-old Jenna Binnewies working to help clear fallen trees. Inset, Doug Binnewies and his son Austin working on the morning of Jan. 19 to remove the giant trees from the area. Photos submitted by Doug BinnewiesReturning to a life of emergency response they had previously known, retired Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies and his neighbor Tim Marrison, a former […]

Volunteer firefighters spend nearly 22 hours of Mono wind recovery as parts of county still without power

Armando Rios is one of the many volunteers who rose to the occasion and helped the community recover after the Mono winds. Photos submitted by Armando RiosTo some, a 22-hour work day may seem unimaginable. Maybe even unbearable. For others, it’s just a part of their job. This is the case for firefighters with the Mariposa County Fire Department, including […]

MCUSD under national spotlight

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to California county school superintendents in a meeting on Jan. 26. Submitted photoMariposa County Unified Schools are under a spotlight. And the district’s superintendent believes they are shining. Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom met virtually with county school leaders from across California to discuss education in a state largely shut down by Covid-19. MCUSD Superintendent Jeff […]

Covid still on decline

County remains in red tier

Covid-19 case numbers are continuing to decrease in Mariposa County, with intensive care unit capacity slowly opening up across the state, according to Dr. Eric Sergienko, the Mariposa County Public Health officer. Mariposa County is currently categorized in the red tier, which accounts for 14 to 34 reported cases in a seven day period. “At this point we got the […]

Walton hangs up judicial robe

Fagalde’s caseload set to increase

Judge Dana Walton Mariposa County Superior Court Judge Dana Walton hung up his robe last Friday, ending a long law career in the county. Walton announced earlier this month he would be stepping down from the bench. Last Friday, Walton’s last case was probably one of the most least interesting, but it was entertaining. He was sitting as the traffic […]

Local man facing charges of sexual acts on a minor


A Mariposa man has been charged with a litany of charges related to sexual acts against a minor. Dillon Scardino, 30, was booked into the Mariposa County Jail on Jan. 28 for the various charges along with a bail amount of $100,000. According to the booking report, Scardino was arrested in the 5000 block of Clouds Rest, which is in […]

Day-use passes back at Yosemite

Park reopens following high wind, snowstorm and rockslide

It’s back. The day-use reservation system at Yosemite National Park is back — and one reason is because a popular event is about to unfold in the coming weeks. Park officials announced last week they would be reimplementing the day-use system, which was first used after the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the country. The system will be implemented on Feb. 8, […]

Doug Morgan to headline photo club meeting on Feb. 10, public is invited

This is an example of the photography of Doug Morgan, who will be making a presentation to the Mariposa Photo Club.Noted Fresno photographer Doug Morgan will present a program for the Mariposa Photo Club on Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. It is available to the public. This local club sponsors a guest speaker each month and has been […]

Jay Rader

Jay Rader was born on Sept. 21, 1950 in Coshocton, Ohio, and passed Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021, in Mariposa at the age of 70. His hometown of Coshocton is a small farming community nestled within the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Jay’s lifelong passion for sports began in high school when he discovered football. Jay moved all the way up […]