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Holidays likely cause of spike in Covid cases

Eric SergienkoTotaling 13 cases by Monday of this week so far, Mariposa County has seen an increase in positive Covid-19 cases, with a total of 46 cases last week — a surge predicted most likely due to holiday gatherings. The new cases reported since Dec. 29 are associated with both travel and “multi-generational” family gatherings according to Dr. Eric Sergienko, […]

Borgeas is driving force behind proposal to aid small businesses

Andreas BorgeasIn a statehouse dominated by Democrats, one Republican state senator is trying to bridge some of that divide — and help struggling small businesses. “I have never seen legislators come together like this,” said Sen. Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno), who represents California’s 8th District, which includes Mariposa County. “This isn’t non-partisan, it is bi-partisan.” Borgeas is speaking of the Keep […]

Doctors fear cases will continue to rise

ICU capacity also a major concern

 Patients and patience. Though the meanings of these words are completely different, in the age of Covid-19, they go hand in hand. Just ask two of the top doctors in Mariposa County. “There is a lot of Covid fatigue,” said Dr. Mimi Carter, chief of staff at John C. Fremont Healthcare District. “The unknown brings a certain amount of stress.” […]

Cann reflects on his many years serving on board of supervisors

Kevin CannMoving to Mariposa in 1990 for what he thought would be a possible three-year job in the engineering and maintenance department at Yosemite National Park, Kevin Cann, the 2020 chair of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, could have never could have predicted his eventual career in the Mariposa County government — a profession he took part in for […]

A new sheriff in town

Jeremy Briese takes over top county law enforcement post

Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese is shown with his family members in this recent photo. Shown are his wife, Caroline, along with their two children, Emma and Ethan. Briese began his duties as sheriff on Tuesday. Photo courtesy Mariposa ImageryIt may have been in the cards all along, but the process was not without its bumps. “I didn’t get picked […]

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Regional ICU capacity remains non-existent

Looking at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity projections in the San Joaquin Valley, the state announced the region will remain in the stay-at-home order on Dec. 29 until care availability opens up. Both the San Joaquin Valley and the Southern California region are reporting a 0 percent ICU capacity as of Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. and are going […]

New board members offer insight into many issues facing the county

  Ringing in the new year with change, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors are welcoming in two new board members: Tom Sweeney to represent District Two and Wayne Forsythe to represent District Four. The two will be thrown into the mix of supervisors with the first meeting to be held on Jan. 5, 2021. Both Sweeney, the previous Mariposa […]

FFA students and teachers navigate modified classes and the many cancellations

Cooking up good eats is a tradition at the annual FFA dinner and auction, which had to be canceled this year. File photoIt just isn’t the same. And it hasn’t been easy. Students enrolled in the hands-on agriculture courses that comprise Mariposa County High School’s FFA program have navigated nearly a year of online and hybrid instruction. They’ve also missed […]

A real shot in the arm

FREE Vaccine arrives in county

It was a true moment in Mariposa County history — and that’s saying something. Last Thursday morning, in the discreet offices of the Mariposa County Health Department, the first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were stored away in coolers with dry ice, waiting for distribution. There was no fanfare, but there was no denying the excitement. “It’s exciting,” said Kristina […]

Regional order likely to stay


Subject for review on Dec. 28, the likelihood of the San Joaquin Valley, which includes Mariposa County, reverting out of the regional stay-at-home order is little to none. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Dec. 21 that based on the data reported and projected in regards to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity, the order will likely be extended. “They (the state) […]

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