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Landfill now open Mondays


Beginning last Monday, the Mariposa County Public Works Department began a pilot program to open the county landfill on Mondays from 8 a.m. to noon. Mike Healy, the Mariposa County Public Works director, said at the Nov. 24 board of supervisors meeting that the Mariposa County Solid Waste and Recycling Center will only be accepting bagged garbage and items to […]

‘Tis the (shopping) season

 Inside this week’s newspaper, you will find our annual “Home for the Holidays” special edition. The edition features a cover story about Kara Inman (above), a local business owner who has expanded during the past couple of months. There are other stories, as well, about local businesses and you can also find great bargains from all of our advertisers. … […]

Covid cases in county rise quickly

FREE Health officer says Mariposa County will be moving into higher state virus tier

The fall season is bringing an array of autumn colors to the county, from yellow to orange and finally a prediction of moving to the Red Tier due to a rise in Covid-19 cases.  Mariposa County officially moved into the Orange Tier on Nov. 24 after the case numbers were submitted to and reviewed by the state.  However, the county […]

Cheers — with a side of stress

Holidays can already be a strain, then toss in a pandemic to boot

 As the holiday season is now in full swing, this time of the year brings colder weather, home-cooked hams and turkey dinners, the ever-so-fashionable Christmas sweaters, cookies and desserts galore and family from far and wide. Of course you can’t forget to add these on top of everything: stress from the holidays which can result in an increase of anxiety, […]

New development

First steps taken in major hotel and apartment project

 A project in Mariposa that could bring more than 80 jobs and 96 housing units is a step closer to becoming a reality. The Mariposa County Planning Commission voted 5-0 last Friday to keep the process of the proposed Brown Bear Hotel & Conference Center, along with three apartment complexes, moving forward. The commission’s vote is only a recommendation which […]

County to purchase three wild-land fire engines

Due to the surrounding wild lands and the possibility of fire danger around Mariposa County, the board of supervisors unanimously approved the purchase of three Type 3 fire engines, each totaling $328,177.98, to add diversity to the fire engine range at the county fire station and for support in wildfire attack efforts. A Type 3 engine is a wild-land style […]


FREE Supervisors alter course on compliance issue after massive public outpouring

The people spoke and the elected officials listened. That’s what came out of a meeting held last week by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors which focused on code enforcement in the county. The meeting came on the heels of a similar meeting three weeks ago in which the board took the first steps in implementing new code enforcement rules. […]

Covid-19 update A yellow hole in a purple donut

Covid steady in county, but outlook not good elsewhere

As Covid-19 spreads wildly across America, Mariposa County remains in good shape — for now. “We are seeing the start of a third wave on the West Coast,” said Dr. Eric Sergienko, public health officer for the county. Though much of that wave has stayed away from the county, Sergienko said now is the time to be as vigilant as […]

Borgeas is frustrated by state officials who he says are dominated by lobbies


California Sen. Andreas Borgeas has a lot on his plate. The first-term senator represents the state’s 8th Senate District, which includes Mariposa County, but also covers a large swath of eastern California. That not only means a lot of territory, but it also means a lot of issues for the Republican, who faces uphill climbs in Sacramento which is dominated […]

MCUSD staff member tests positive for Covid-19, now in self-quarantine

A few weeks after a Mariposa County High School (MCHS) student tested positive for Covid-19, a staff member at the Mariposa County Unified School District (MCUSD) office is reported to have tested positive for the virus on Nov. 14. Jeff Aranguena, the superintendent of MCUSD, said the staff member is currently in a self-quarantine. This information is in correlation with […]

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