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Firefighters continue monitoring fires in Sierra National Forest and Yosemite area

Officials from the Sierra National Forest say a week of hard work has paid off when it comes to a fire burning in a remote area. The Trimmer Fire is now 90 percent contained, according to forest officials. The fire began on Aug. 3, officials said, and by Aug. 9 had burned 600 acres. A total of 304 personnel were […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Jail Booking Report Here are some of the highlights from the recent booking reports at the Mariposa County Jail. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. August 3 – Jamie Lew Chamberlain, 56, Merced, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance and driving with a suspended license. August 4 – […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

August 3-10

• EMS – 2 • Fires – 3 • Public Assists – 4 • Auto Collisions – 3 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 13 volunteer stations located throughout the county. If you are 18 years of age and possess a valid CA driver’s license, we would love to hear from you! Positions are available for fire/medical and […]

Quick action


Reader Bob Ummels snapped these photos recently near Bear Valley. According to Jaime Williams, public information officer for the Madera-Mariposa Merced Unit of CAL FIRE, firefighters were dispatched to Highway 49 North near Pendola Gardens at 4:38 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6 to a report of a fire with a structure threatened. Firefighters quickly responded and by 5:03 p.m., it […]

Diagnostic machine helping hospital during pandemic

Shown is the machine at JCF known as the BioFire. This machine provides rapid testing results for Covid-19 and other pathogens, which improves the hospital’s efficiency and provides faster treatment answers for patients and physicians. Submitted photoThanks to a special machine (with a cool sounding name), John C. Fremont Hospital is able to diagnose respiratory illness quickly, which has many […]

California program could mean homeless woes fixed

Shown is the Yosemite Inn, which could become county property thanks to a new program announced by the state.Funding being made available by the state would continue to allow Mariposa County to provide quarantine space for homeless and those in at-risk populations — and to purchase the property being used to do so. Back in the spring, Mariposa County entered […]

The burning bush


It was around 1:30 p.m., last Saturday when emergency dispatchers reported a bush on fire in front of the U.S. Post Office in Mariposa. The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office quickly responded, followed by an engine from CAL FIRE. The manzanita bush, once it caught fire, was quickly burned to a crisp. Firefighters spent a little bit of time making sure […]

Mother Lode Job Training here to help

Mother Lode Job Training (MLJT) has recently acquired a new grant to help the local workforce with essential monthly bills if they have been laid off work or their hours have been reduced due to the Covid-19 pandemic. MLJT officials said they would like to share this opportunity with the communities within the four service areas: Mariposa, Amador, Calaveras and […]

Officials attempt to get a handle on Madera Co. Covid-19 surge

Madera County Department of Public Health met with representatives from Sacramento last week. Submitted photo Positive cases of Covid-19 continued to be tallied in Madera County in the last week, while local health officials met with state representatives to figure out what can be done to curb the spread. As of Monday, Aug. 10, the total number of coronavirus cases […]

Covid-related grants available in Madera Co.

Deadline for applications is this Friday

A sign of hope may be on the horizon for some, as Small Business Assistance Grants (SBAG) are being made available for establishments with both a demonstrated economic need and negative impact by Covid-19 that are located in Madera County, city of Chowchilla and city of Madera. The $3.8 million program is funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic […]

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