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Jeff Aranguena set to officially become school superintendent

A new era


Jeff Aranguena, who had been serving as the interim superintendent at MCUSD, was officially named the superintendent moving forward. Shown, from left, are school board members Steve Bacus, Wayne Forsythe, Aranguena, Judy Eppler and Robert Collins. In a symbolic move, Forsythe handed Aranguena a key, because Aranguena is “the key to the future” for MCUSD, Forysythe said. Photo by Matt […]

Pair arrested in 2018 traffic fatality

Duo voluntarily traveled to Mariposa County from Alabama

 After more than a year and a half, two people have been charged for the death of a man in a car accident. Amanda Gene Branco, 35, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, hit and run resulting in a death, conspiracy to commit a crime and exiting the scene of a hit and run. She was arrested […]

Local woman dies in lawn mower wreck

A Mariposa County woman died following a lawn mower accident last week. Patricia Kelley, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene following the incident, which happened on Friday, Sept. 13. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 3 p.m., officials were dispatched to Kimble Road west of Highway 49 South. Kimble Road is located in the extreme eastern portion […]

Election processes are now being put in place for upcoming primary

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And so it begins. Though the primary election in California is not until March, all the wheels are now in motion for when the time comes. “I’m feeling very comfortable,” said Courtney Progner Morrow, chief deputy county clerk. Morrow is in charge of elections for the county and since the state has moved the primary up to March from June, […]

El Portal Market ownership could be changing soon


The El Portal Market may be changing management in the near future. Details are still vague about the situation. Submitted photoAfter less than three years into a 10-year contract, it appears the operators of the El Portal Market are trying to get out of the business. “Business negotiations are underway and papers have been filed to talk about change of […]

Board to consider new smoking ban

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The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors will consider an update to strengthen the county’s existing policy on smoke-free environments at the regularly scheduled board meeting on Sept. 24. The proposed change to the current Smoking and Tobacco Use Ordinance includes restrictions on smoking and vaping in outdoor dining areas and within 25 feet of any mobile food vendor or food […]

New county housing specialist introduced



Ben Goger, the new housing specialist for Mariposa County, is shown while being introduced to the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Photo by Matt JohnsonA position that county officials have been hoping to add for some time now has officially been filled. Ben Goger was introduced as the county’s housing development specialist at last week’s Mariposa County Board of Supervisors […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log Sept. 9 – There was a loose pot-bellied pig on Rancheria Creek Road in Midpines. • There was a disabled vehicle on Jessie Street in Mariposa. • Child abuse was reported in Midpines. • Smoke was seen on Stumpfield Mountain Road in Mariposa. • Loose cows were reported on Penon Blanco Road in Coulterville. • Child abuse […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Sept. 9-Sept. 15

• EMS – 5 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 2 • Auto Collisions – 5 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 13 volunteer stations located throughout the county. If you are 18 years of age and possess a valid CA driver’s license, we would love to hear from you! Positions are available for fire/medical and […]

Officials blasted by resident



Several Mariposa County officials were blasted by community member Gerry Edwards regarding the way they have handled the Jerry Cox case. The controversial Cox case has been making its way through the court system over the past few years. It involves Cox’s ranch being placed into receivership for more than 101 alleged code violations. Those code violations were mainly about […]


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