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FREE Owl takes ride in water-dropping chopper


A helicopter pilot making water drops on the Creek Fire picked up an unexpected passenger recently when an owl flew into the aircraft and stuck around for a while. “It’s odd to have an owl enter an aircraft,” said pilot Dan Alpiner of Wyoming based charter company Sky Aviation. The company contracts with the state for fire suppression. The highly […]

Feds reverse course on funds

News comes after FEMA first denied aid for Creek Fire


Crews continue to battle the Creek Fire, as shown in this photo. Photo courtesy USFS Despite some early indications to the contrary, the state of California will receive millions of dollars in emergency funds from the federal government to provide the resources needed to recover from recent wildfires. This includes the catastrophic Creek Fire, which has burned more than 350,000 […]

Survival mode

A local victim shares her painful story

Katy WardleKaty Wardle is more than just a survivor. Much more. “I’ve come a long way,” said Wardle, 28, in what might be the understatement of the year. Many people may know the 2010 Mariposa County High School graduate who is a program specialist at Mountain Crisis Services. She’s affable, passionate — and a survivor of domestic abuse. Strangulation, to […]

New HHS director ready to hit the ground running


Shannon GaddIt’s a long way from Shebyville, Ky., to Mariposa. But not that far if you are Shannon Gadd, the new director of Mariposa County Health and Human Services. “It was time for a change,” said Gadd during her fourth day on the job last Friday. “It was a natural progression in my career.” Some might find that odd since […]

Christina Manuel joins staff at Mariposa Gazette

Christina ManuelA new writer has joined the Mariposa Gazette. Christina Manuel began her duties as a staff writer at the newspaper this week. A graduate of Cal Poly in Pomona, the Covina native will be focusing on many news events and local government organizations in her role as a staff writer. “I’m excited to begin covering stories in Mariposa and […]

County is developing program to give aid to small businesses


Businesses in Mariposa County are likely to be eligible for grant funding for up to $10,000 related to losses and expenses from the Covid-19 pandemic. The issue was discussed at length last week by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, though no final decision was made. It was expected the board would approve the program at this week’s meeting, which […]

School’s back — with precautions

Officials outline many requirements because of Covid-19


Students and parents are shown being screened before going to Mariposa Elementary School on Monday morning — the first day of school since March. Officials are taking major precautions because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo by Nicole W. Little Mariposa County health officials answered final questions from Mariposa County Unified School District board members prior to schools reopening on Monday. […]

Domestic violence remains major issue during pandemic


Shown are examples of the T-shirts which highlight National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Anyone interested can still go to Mountain Crisis Services and make a personal shirt. There are so many complications that have arisen from the Covid-19 pandemic. From children doing remote learning to people who have lost their jobs, the range of issues is enormous. One issue which […]

Details of shooting are clearer

Man who shot at deputy used video game to hone his skills

Douglas Popke More details were revealed last week about a shooting in August that involved a local deputy sheriff. The case of Douglas Popke, 69, of Mariposa, was the subject of a preliminary hearing in Mariposa County Superior Court before Judge Dana Walton. Popke is charged with two serious felonies: First-degree attempted murder of a peace officer and assault with […]

County still doing well on virus numbers


Mariposa County continues to be going in the right direction when it comes to Covid-19. That was the word from Dr. Eric Sergienko, county health officer, during a Tuesday meeting of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Currently, the county is under the “yellow” tier in the state system, meaning more businesses are open. Sergienko said the county has just […]


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