Hyperthermia given as cause of death of three members of family

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By GREG LITTLE Editor After months of speculation, an official determination has been made about how three members of a local family died while hiking on a trail in the Jerseydale area. Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese on Thursday called a press conference to announce the results of the lengthy investigation following the deaths on Aug. 17. Jonathan Gerrish, 45, […]

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Vaccine mandate takes center stage

School board digs into the major issue


On Monday, parents and children gathered in Mariposa at the vacant lot near Stage Stop Mini Mart to voice their opposition to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s planned Covid-19 vaccine mandate for students. “If someone else chooses to have a vaccine, I am so supportive of that choice,” said Amber Blavin, a parent who attended the event. “But please don’t make everyone […]

Covid forces closure of El Portal School

Health officers fear spread of disease to extended family


Although Covid-19 trends are showing the slightest glimpse of a downward trend, cases are still prevalent with children of Mariposa County, shutting down the El Portal Elementary School on Monday. Of the positive cases reported last month, 42 percent were in youth under 17 years old. The school clusters are occurring within households, reported Dr. Eric Sergienko the Mariposa County […]

Dry as a bone

State experiences driest year since 1924, impacts are being felt locally


Cattle rancher Tony Toso has already cut down 25-30 cows in his herd. If a wet season is ahead, he might not have to cut down again. But if the season is anything like this past year, Toso will have to end up selling some of his girls, he said. Photo by Christina Manuel Hope came sprinkling down Sunday night […]

County denied motion in federal case involving Cox


A federal lawsuit filed by a Mariposa County man involved in years-long high profile cases will proceed. In a ruling handed down last week in the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, the judge ruled the case filed by Jerry Cox alleging misconduct by the county and the sheriff’s office will move forward. In an order signed by […]

Airport committee demands explanation, apology from county on recent changes



The Airport Advisory Committee (AAC) is not happy. In fact, they want an explanation. And an apology. Following the Aug. 17 Mariposa County Board of Supervisors’ discussion on the AAC’s role, changes to the language of the committee’s purpose were to be made for further clarification (read the story here: bit.ly/3FKssyV). Rick Leinheuser, AAC chair, requested when the item be […]

Fire Safe Council urges area citizens to utilize brushing, chipping program

Shown is an example of how the branches should be placed to get chipping services from the Mariposa County Fire Safe Council. Submitted photoThe Mariposa Fire Safe Council encourages area citizens to get brushing and chipping done as quickly as possible. The window for the free services is closing in February, or possibly earlier, if the funds run out. Here […]

Patrick Sanchez

Mariposa County lost another authentic cowboy when Patrick B. Sanchez rode off to his last sunset in Merced, Calif., on Oct. 6, 2021, at the age of 84. We like to think that he was met at the gate to Heaven by his beloved wife, Jamie Marie Curtis Sanchez. They were Mariposa High School sweethearts who were married on Aug. […]

Mal Parham

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mal Parham. Mal died at the age of 83 on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Mal was born in Comer, Ga., and came to Merced by way of the Air Force. There he met Dede Adams and California became home. Unfortunately Mal was preceded by his wife Dede. He and […]