Mural at MES encourages kids to spread their wings

Justus Wellcome, left, and Clay River pose for a photo with their recently completed monarch butterfly mural at Mariposa Elementary School. The larger-than-life piece of interactive artwork is intended to be used as a colorful backdrop for students just beginning to spread their wings. Photo by Iris WellcomeAt 12 feet tall and 16 feet wide, the larger-than-life monarch butterfly mural […]

Covid numbers grow quickly

More than 230 cases were reported in Mariposa County just last week

The numbers don’t lie. Just last week, Mariposa County had 237 reported cases of Covid-19. And that was coming off of a week with 151 cases. That’s the most cases since the onset of the pandemic nearly two years ago. “We are anticipating the week coming will be just as busy as the week ending,” said Dr. Eric Sergienko, the […]

Students return to in-person learning

Adam FinneyAfter about a week away, many students returned to Mariposa County Unified Schools classrooms on Tuesday. A temporary suspension of in-person learning at seven school sites and a subsequent move to independent study was prompted early last week by a recent growth in Covid-19 cases. Last week, MCUSD Superintendent Jeff Aranguena shared that the local district is “working in […]

Housing woes are multifaceted

The ever-present housing issue in Mariposa County isn’t as simple as just needing more homes. Addressing the different issues that make up the bigger picture is necessary to tackle the housing issue in its entirety. From the need for further infrastructure to build, the impacts of vacation rentals to available housing development funding to Mariposa County, the housing issue overall […]

Education is key for land leaders as recreation popularity increases

Visitation to parks is on the rise, including Yosemite. This is a photo of visitors at the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Photo by Nicole W. LittleWhen the world closed in early 2020, where did we turn? The great outdoors. During last Thursday’s quarterly Yosemite Gateway Partners meeting, about 90 Zoom attendees listened as a panel of state and federal […]

Downtown crosswalks delayed until at least February: Caltrans

Planned construction work in downtown Mariposa has been delayed until at least next month. Caltrans announced Tuesday morning that scheduled work to put in crosswalks as part of the Mariposa Pedestrian Safety Project on Highway 140 in the downtown area is delayed. “The subcontractor who wants to complete the curb work is also involved in the project doing the crosswalks,” […]

Andreas Borgeas will not seek re-election to senate

Says he will remain engaged politically but gives no specifics

Andreas BorgeasRepublican State Senator Andreas Borgeas recently announced he will not pursue re-election later this year. “It has been an extraordinary honor and privilege to serve the nearly one million residents in the eleven counties of the 8th Senate District,” he said in a press release dated Jan. 11. “Our team is beyond proud of what we have been able […]

Le Grand children killed by mother in case that made national headlines

According to the Merced County Sheriff’s Office, the three children found deceased in a Le Grand apartment last Wednesday were killed by their own mother, who then tried to take her own life. On Jan. 12, 2022, at approximately 2:10 p.m., the Merced County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 13000 block of Brice Street regarding a welfare check. When […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Jail Booking Report Here are some of the highlights from the recent booking reports at the Mariposa County Jail. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Jan. 10 – No bookings. Jan. 11 – Forrest Anne Sakkinen, 39, Merced, was arrested for grand theft. • Barbara Lea Barnett, 58, Mariposa, was arrested for disorderly […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

January 10-January 16

• EMS – 4 • Fires – 1 • Public Assists – 0 • Auto Collisions – 0 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 […]

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