2021-03-25 E-Edition

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Beam me up, I now have the Covid-19 vaccination


Chris Ferbrache, a senior administrative analyst for Mariposa County Health and Human Services, administers a shot to the author last week at the fairgrounds in Mariposa. Photo by Greg LittleEditor’s note: Greg Little, editor of this newspaper, received his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine last week. The following is his first-person account of the experience. I woke up last […]

Covid-19, vaccine update

County to remain in Orange Tier
Slight rise in cases means Orange Tier will stay in place


Moving into the Yellow Tier by the end of the month is now just out of reach for Mariposa County. Not surprised to see a slight uptick in Covid-19 cases, Dr. Eric Sergienko, the Mariposa County public health officer, is surprised that the uptick is happening so soon. Mariposa County reverted back to its current Orange Tier status on March […]

Two charged for sex crimes against minor

Man was on parole for a crime committed in 2015 at Arts Park

 A Catheys Valley man already on the state’s sex offense registry was arrested last week on various sexual related crimes against a minor, including using a minor for sex acts. In addition, a woman with no prior criminal history was also arrested during the execution of a search warrant in Catheys Valley. Michael Anthony Cutter, 31, who was also on […]

Who’s in charge?

That question remains open when it comes to major MPUD decision


When it comes to the Mariposa Public Utility District, who’s really in charge? Despite their purpose to make decisions on utility projects, the MPUD Board of Directors said at their special March 16 meeting they cannot override the final say of the general manager. The MPUD board, who are all elected by the public, met with Self-Help Enterprises to have […]

Popke again throws tantrum from the jail

Claims the case is ‘rigged’

Douglas PopkeCalling it a “rigged game,” the man accused of shooting at a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputy threw out many accusations during a court hearing on Tuesday morning. Douglas Popke, 69, has been in jail under $600,000 bond since last August, charged with assault with a firearm, attempted first-degree murder along with enhancements of those being against a peace […]

Heart and Sole

Midpines man crafts new life through shoemaking


Andrew Lehto crafts a wooden shoe last earlier this week. Traditional lastmaking fell out of fashion in the United States decades ago, but the 30-year-old Midpines man is keeping the art alive. Photo by Andrew Lehto Andrew Lehto wants to improve your life one step at a time. The 30-year-old Midpines man began studying the crafts of bootmaking, shoemaking and […]

Habitat officials seeking locals to build doghouses

 Our canine friends need shelter too. Mariposa’s Habitat for Humanity is asking for creative carpenters, amateur or professional, to build doghouses and donate them for a future event this year. These houses can be for big dogs or small dogs, fancy or simply practical. When you have finished your doghouse, call (209) 966-7444 to arrange for delivery or help with […]

Tuolumne County now YARTS board members

 The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors took action recently to accept the invitation by the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) Board of Directors to join the YARTS Joint Powers Authority. The board also appointed Supervisors Ryan Campbell, District 2, and Kathleen Haff, District 4, to represent Tuolumne County on the YARTS board. YARTS is governed by a board composed […]

Tre Ford

Longtime Mariposa County resident and builder, Tre Ford, died peacefully at her home in Midpines on March 8, 2021. She was 92. Tre was born in Oklahoma on Aug. 16, 1928. She spent her early years in Denton, Texas, and eventually moved to California while in her 20s. She was a graduate of California State University Chico and a member […]