2021-08-19 E-Edition

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School returns as Covid-19 surges

Anastasia Totten, a chemistry and environmental science teacher at Mariposa County High School, preps her classroom for the coming school year on Monday. Students returned to buildings across the local school district two days later. Photo by Allen Laman School is back in session. But it’s still not back to normal. Mariposa County students and educators returned to classrooms earlier […]

The Covid controversy

Outcry of community results in no county mandates within public spaces

Following last week’s discussion on county direction for Covid-19 protocols, the public stepped up this week to share thoughts on the public side of the conversation. Before any discussion was held, Dr. Eric Sergienko, the Mariposa County public health officer, first said the point of the conversation would be focused around the question on, “what’s our risk tolerance?” “We don’t […]

Case numbers still rising in the county

Mariposa County is continuing to see more Covid-19 cases in the community than it has during the entirety of the pandemic. Last week the Mariposa County Public Health Department reported a total of 78 cases from Aug. 9 to Aug. 13. “(Last) Thursday was our busiest day ever,” said Dr. Eric Sergienko, the county health officer, later adding “busiest day […]

Doctor frustrated with lack of vaccinations

Dr. Mimi CarterAfter nearly a year and a half of nonstop work, Dr. Mimi Carter finally got a vacation. Always the outdoors enthusiast, Carter disappeared into the wilderness for a week. “I came back, and there were 21 cases that day,” said Carter. “What happened?” Carter oversees the clinics at the John C. Fremont Healthcare District and has been dealing […]

Supervisors send mix messaging on response concerning grand jury

A call for open government wherever and whenever possible. That was detailed by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors response to the Mariposa County Grand Jury. However, a contradiction to that statement, the unanimously approved response by the board goes further on to state publication of the guest speaker presentations “may discourage those interviewed in the future from sharing information […]

Committee decides to postpone Clean Sweep because of virus surge

Plans for the upcoming Mariposa Clean Sweep event have been postponed. The event was scheduled for Aug. 28, but members of the Clean Sweep committee decided last week it should be postponed because of the major surge of Covid-19 in Mariposa County. “We really struggled in making this decision,” said Greg Little, chairman of the committee. “But in the end, […]

Entries are now sought for upcoming parade

Entires are still being sought for the annual Lions Club Labor Day Parade in Mariposa. The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4, which is during the annual Mariposa County Fair. Entry forms are available at Chase’s Foothill Petroleum. Entries are due by Friday, Aug. 27. For more information about the parade, contact Jessica at jessbrandle@gmail.com. … An […]

Food for thought


Surrounded by family, friends and Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce representatives, Shona Medinas (center), cuts a ribbon at a celebration for her Mariposa Fry Bread Company food trailer last Friday. Medinas plans to sell Indian tacos, burgers, fries and chicken strips throughout the county.

County citizens sought for input from CA redistricting commission

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission is looking for input from the citizens of Mariposa County. The group, charged by the legislature to handle redistricting following the 2020 census, will have its second Community of Interest (COI) public input meeting for this region. Mariposa County is in Zone G, which also includes Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Inyo, Mono and Tuolumne counties. The […]