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As hunger grows in county, Heritage House stepping up

Since Covid-19, officials see the needs growing quickly

Lisa Parker, program coordinator at Heritage House in Mariposa, is shown with food donated by Frit-O-Lay. The food was bound for schools, but when they were shuttered, it was diverted to help the local program. Photo by Greg LittleIt’s a Mariposa County issue hiding in plain sight. Hunger. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, that issue has come to […]

Readers make their 2020 ‘Best of’ choices


With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic earlier this year, our annual “Readers’ Choice Awards,” has been delayed. Until now. “We know everybody has had a lot on their minds, not to mention having to cope with everything from the pandemic to children not being in school,” said Nicole W. Little, publisher of the Mariposa Gazette. “But we also know […]

Experts say to mask up or business could suffer

FREE Cases surge in state as fears build Covid may spread locally

The top two health experts in Mariposa County say the Covid-19 virus could have major ramifications on business and fear community spread and a surge in cases. Both also say the wearing of face masks is a way community members can help control the spread of the virus. “I’ll admit I am pretty nervous,” said Dr. Mimi Carter, chief of […]

Code item is nixed by supervisors

FREE Officials hear public outcry, ask for more input by public

Code compliance. Those two words can invoke deep feelings in a community. And it has shown. Ever since the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors placed on its agenda in April proposed modifications to the General Plan dealing with code compliance, it has caused a stir within the county. So much so, the proposal has once again been pulled from the […]

Hospital billing department being outsourced

FREE One department employee says she was ‘blindsided’ by the move

The slogan for the John C. Fremont Healthcare District is “people you know, caring for you and the people you love.” However, it will no longer be people you know overseeing the billing and coding departments at JCF. Major changes are coming to those departments of the hospital district. “It is definite that we are outsourcing that,” JCF Chief Executive […]

JCF Healthcare District employee tests positive for Covid-19 virus


A John C. Fremont Healthcare District Mariposa clinical staff member with patient contact has tested positive for Covid-19 and it is the first case of a staff member testing positive. This individual is not one of the eight staff members that were potentially exposed from the two positive cases identified at the district earlier in the week, according to Therese […]

Rising to the occasion

FREE Chevon Kothari reflects on HHS, Covid and the future

If you think Chevon Kothari is above talking to the homeless or even scrubbing a bathroom, you would be wrong. “I like to think of myself as a supportive leader,” said Kothari, director of Mariposa County Health and Human Services Agency (HHS). “It is important to talk to people. To get that first hand.” In a surprising announcement recently, Kothari […]

Covid cases, face coverings focus in county

FREE Health officer says mask requirement is the law, based on governor’s order

The county health officer says if people don’t comply with Covid-19-related regulations, the county could be forced to go back to more restrictions. He also said new rules about wearing face coverings should be followed by all county residents, without exception. Dr. Eric Sergienko also said Tuesday there have been three more cases in Mariposa County, all involving community transmission. […]


Aramark VP fired after golfing incident

This is a photo of Michael Grisar from his Linkedin page.It didn’t take long for the man who was recently put in charge of concessions at Yosemite National Park to be fired. And he could even face charges following an incident which happened last week. Some golf swings and a video led the immediate dismissal of Michael Grisar, who was […]

School implements targeted hiring freeze


The Mariposa County Unified School District was forced into an interesting dilemma last week. District officials needed to adopt a 2020-21 budget, as is normally done, but had to do so with a leap of faith and a little bit of guesswork. The faith required is that help will come from the state and federal level. But with Covid-19 affecting […]

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