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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 […]

Covid-19 raises many local issues

From testing to dining, health officer gives a detailed update

Lucas Lynch, left, and Don Stein, grab some lunch at 1850 Restaurant in Mariposa on Tuesday afternoon. Local restaurants can now only offer outdoor dining following an order by the governor last week. County officials are making plans to help other local restaurants who currently can’t offer outdoor dining. Photo by Matt JohnsonThe issues surrounding the Covid-19 virus in Mariposa […]

Remote learning chosen by school board

In unanimous vote, members say there are too many unanswered questions

Members of the Mariposa County Unified School District board of trustees deliberated for hours over the past few weeks. They closely watched the ever-changing guidance from the governor relating to holding school in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. They listened carefully to Mariposa County Health Officer Dr. Eric Sergienko. They listened to feedback from teachers, parents and others. They […]

Local man jailed after arson, child endangerment incident

Charles LeslieA Mariposa County man is in jail under $500,000 bail following an arson and child endangerment incident last week. Charles Leslie, 52, is in the Mariposa County Jail charged with felony arson on a structure, felony child endangerment, felony violation of arson code during a state of emergency, felony arson on land and misdemeanor fighting. According to the Mariposa […]

Cox case moves ahead but delays are almost certain

Even with the tragic death of his lawyer, the matter involving former Mariposa County landowner Jerry Cox is still moving forward. Slowly. The case against Cox has been winding its way through Mariposa County Superior Court for more than two years. An end, of sorts, was supposed to happen last week. However, all of that changed when Cox’s attorney, Marc […]

Cameras with AI to help warn about fires

From left, Tero Heinonen (CEO of AI4), Paul Marundee (project partner for M.A.A.R.O.), and Eric Woodyard (Director of Wildfire Solutions, AI4) get a look at the tower where the AI4 wildfire detection system will be installed. Submitted photoWhen it comes to stopping wildfires in their tracks, every second counts. That’s why new technology, set to be put to use soon […]

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