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County, chamber team up to provide outdoor dining area along 7th Street

Volunteers are shown last Saturday morning on 7th Street in Mariposa, setting up a new outdoor seating area that is being paid for with taxpayer funds. The county is working with the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce to install the seating to help downtown businesses. Submitted photo Nine months ago if you had driven through Mariposa and seen people eating […]

Many issues arise in sheriff forum


The sheriff of Mariposa County addressed a wide variety of issues during an hour and a half session this past Saturday morning. Sheriff Doug Binnewies took questions during a forum hosted by the Mariposa County Democratic Cub which was open to the public. One of the big topics discussed and the first question asked by club president Jaye Howes was […]

From a distance

School district announces plan for distance learning protocols

Jeff Aranguena Mariposa County Unified School District Superintendent Jeff Aranguena is usually the master of analogies. Over the last few months, he has likened distance learning to many different things, such as building a plane while in the air, or to playing Russian roulette. He didn’t have any analogies to share this week. He was very direct when it came […]

It’s official: County voters will be asked to approve sales tax to support hospital

It had been a while since the chambers of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors were filled up with members of the public. But that was the case last week when several people showed up to voice support for John C. Fremont Hospital ( JCF). Hospital officials were seeking approval from the board of supervisors to place a ballot measure […]

County remains in good shape on virus control

Heath officer emphasizes other counties in region are spiking

Mariposa County continues to be an “island” in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. However, that doesn’t mean county residents should let down their guard — not even close. “We are looking good within our county,” said Dr. Eric Sergienko, county health officer, in his weekly report Tuesday morning to the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Sergienko was also quick […]

Little progress is made in hearing involving Cox case

Jerry CoxA scheduled hearing concerning the controversial Jerry Cox matter was brief and missing the presiding judge last week. The matter regarding Cox took an unexpected turn last month when his attorney, Marc Angelucci, was gunned down at his home in rural Crestline. The high-profile murder of Angelucci made national headlines, especially since the accused killer also is alleged to […]


FREE Eric Sergienko has been on the front lines of the Covid fight

The residents of Mariposa County are lucky in many ways. They are able to live in a safe, rural community surrounded by beauty. That’s not even mentioning the majority of Yosemite National Park is within the county. But there’s another crucial thing the county is lucky to have during a global pandemic. Well, a person, not a thing. Dr. Eric […]

County tally reaches 58, but news is hopeful

As of Tuesday morning, there were 58 positive cases of Covid-19 reported by Mariposa County officials. However, the good news, said Dr. Eric Sergienko, county health officer, is only two of those cases are people who are in isolation. Two new cases were reported on Monday, one a male, age 63, who had person to person contact but who has […]

Community reacts to school board distance learning decision

Teacher Brian Moczygemba is shown at the 2019 Mariposa County High School graduation ceremony. He is opposed to in-person teaching — at this time. Photo by Matt Johnson Whether to resume in-person schooling wasn’t an easy decision for the Mariposa County Unified School District board of trustees to make, but they were up against the clock, and trying to weigh […]

Catheys Valley trailer park has issues, but help may be nearing

Shown is just one junk pile at the Oak Park Estates in Catheys Valley. The county is working with the ownership group to clean the park. Photo by Matt Johnson So often in disputes, it turns into a case of “he said, he said,” or “she said, she said,” meaning that it turns into both sides pointing fingers at each […]

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