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Dr. Brenda Forrest, a John C. Fremont Healthcare District board member, volunteered her time on Monday to oversee the check-in point at John C. Fremont Hospital in Mariposa. With the Covid-19 pandemic ongoing, this check-in point filters anyone who comes to the hospital. Currently, no visitors are being let into the hospital, with the only exception being visitation for end […]

County still has no cases of Covid-19

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With the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping across the country, Mariposa County, so far, is weathering the storm. According to Mariposa County Health Officer Dr. Eric Sergienko, as of Tuesday morning, there have been no positive cases of the coronavirus in the county. Sergienko said as of Tuesday, there were 44 persons who were either currently under investigation or were under investigation […]

School system continues to work through issues related to Covid-19

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Mariposa County Unified School District personnel continue to work each day toward solutions to many of the questions which have been swirling due to the Covid-19 pandemic. When MCUSD Superintendent Jeff Aranguena contacted the Gazette on Monday afternoon, he had just gotten off a lengthy call with state education officials. Aranguena provided information on several topics, ranging from the federal […]

Crucial blood drive set for April 9 in Mariposa

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It’s always true that giving blood is critical. With the spread of the Covid-19 virus around the world, there might not be a more important time to donate blood. Given all of that, local resident Kris Casto is spearheading a blood drive in Mariposa, which is scheduled for next week. And donors will get an extra bonus of a free […]

Life continues to be altered for Eastern Madera residents

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The weather, at least, is cooperating with what usually would be the start of spring tourist season, as skies are expected to be sunny and clear this week and temperatures begin to rise. Where normally there would be carloads of customers clamoring for Bass Lake over opening weekend and spring break, docks are instead deserted and resorts are delaying festivities […]

Signatures verified on referendum to stop raises for the supervisors

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Mariposa County’s supervisors will have an interesting choice to make during their next meeting on April 7. Earlier this year, the supervisors voted to increase their salaries by $30,000 a year — and there was plenty of outrage in the community. So much so, a petition drive began from a grass-roots group of residents. The drive resulted in the “Referendum […]

Mariposa man charged in shooting incident involving deputy in Oakhurst

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A Mariposa County man has been arrested after an altercation with a Madera County Sheriff’s Office deputy in which both men were badly injured. According to details released from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, shortly after 10 a.m. on March 26, Madera County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a person acting erratically on Highway 41 between Road 426 and […]

MASS CONFUSION

FREE Governor issues statewide order because of global pandemic; local economy takes major blow with closure of park and more

To say society has changed drastically in the last couple of weeks would be an understatement. The Covid-19 pandemic has swept across the world and even remote Mariposa County is not immune from the impacts. Far from it, in fact. With sweeping orders coming from California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and backed by federal officials, the economic impacts of the current […]

No cases reported locally, but caution remains key

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To date, there are no reported cases of Covid-19 in Mariposa County. But that doesn’t mean the disease isn’t here, though the numbers so far are positive. As of Tuesday morning, there had been 24 Covid-19 tests administered in Mariposa County, with 14 negative tests and 10 tests pending. “At this point they are all county residents (that have been […]

The most vulnerable

FREE JCF Healthcare skilled nursing facility, home health and hospice departments taking special precautions


There are still so many unknowns when it comes to Covid-19, the novel coronavirus which has swept across the world. What is known is that the virus is especially dangerous for the vulnerable population, particularly the elderly. With that in mind, the John C. Fremont Healthcare District is taking steps to keep its skilled nursing residents and home health/ hospice […]


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