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Road work slated on Ben Hur Road

By ohtadmin | July 02, 2020

The Mariposa County Department of Public Works has announced upcoming road work in the county. Permanent pavement, shoulder and embankment repair of Ben Hur Road will be occurring. This work is necessary due to a March 2017 storm, which was a declared disaster in the state. Pavement work is estimated to begin July 3 and go through July 10. The […]

Census reminder to be mailed

By ohtadmin | July 02, 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau announced last week it will send an additional reminder postcard to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The postcard is scheduled to arrive between July 22 and July 28, a few weeks before census takers are set to begin visiting households that haven’t responded. The Census Bureau also announced plans to send […]

JCF nearing end of Northside Clinic reopening saga

By ohtadmin | July 02, 2020

The movie “The NeverEnding Story” was released in 1984. It’s 36 years later, but the John C. Fremont Healthcare District could come out with its own sequel called “The Northside Clinic: The Modern Day NeverEnding Story.” It seems as though the JCF Northside Clinic is indeed the story that never ends. That’s not a swipe at the hospital district, as […]

More on Vida Vreca-Ponnequin, the new FNP at the Northside Clinic

By ohtadmin | July 02, 2020

John C. Fremont Hospital has announced Vida Vreca Ponnequin as the new family nurse practitioner for the Greeley Hill clinic starting Aug. 1. Vreca-Ponnequin joined John C. Fremont Healthcare District on Feb. 1, 2019 caring for patients in the Mariposa clinic. Vreca-Ponnequin will provide full comprehensive medical care with a focus on adults, women’s health, children and geriatrics. “I am […]

Blue Ridge Services a positive partnership for Mariposa County

By ohtadmin | July 02, 2020

Tourism worries, supervisor salaries, Covid-19 concerns — you name it. There have been plenty of concerning things for Mariposa County residents in the last few years and months. But one of the biggest issues facing Mariposa County over the last five years or so has been tree mortality. The large amount of dead trees in the county has greatly heightened […]

Special needs resident drowns in Hensley Lake

By ohtadmin | July 02, 2020

Despite the best efforts of responding agencies, a man with special needs drowned at a local recreation area last week, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). “In a tragic event for Madera County, Carl Jefferson of Madera lost his life at Hensley Lake,” said the sheriff’s information officer. Jefferson, 27, was reported missing just after 4:30 p.m. on […]

Paving of Highway 49S is approved by Caltrans

By ohtadmin | July 02, 2020

An $18.3 million project to repave Highway 49 South from the county line to Mariposa has been approved. Caltrans announced last week the project will include rehabilitation of the road by grinding and overlaying with rubberized asphalt, reconstructing rumble strips, dikes and down drains. Upgrading the guardrail will also be included. The funding was announced as part of $1.8 billion […]

Don’t harm local business because of different beliefs

By ohtadmin | July 02, 2020

A culture war seems to be developing in Mariposa County. The “war” is between those who believe wearing face coverings can help slow the spread of Covid-19 and those who believe the requirement is a violation of their civil liberties. The social media wars taking place are ridiculous, where normally sane people are using vicious language to degrade others. There […]

Political Cartoon

By ohtadmin | July 02, 2020

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The blood will be on the hands of the knuckleheads

By ohtadmin | July 02, 2020

 Knuckleheads. I read that term the other day in a story about how people across the country are responding to rules and regulations relating to Covid-19. The rules include wearing face coverings in public settings. They also include social distancing, avoiding large gatherings and personal hygiene. We’ve all become familiar with these terms over the past three months. I would […]