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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. June 22 – Christa Lynnea Diaz, 24, Atwater, was arrested for second degree burglary and receiving known stolen property. June 23 – Daniel Alexssande Serrano, 22, Modesto, was […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

June 22-28

• EMS – 4 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 2 • Auto Collisions – 6 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 […]

Eastern Madera sees uptick in cases related to Covid-19

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With Independence Day just around the corner and an untold number of people heading to the foothills for summer recreation, Madera County continues to see an uptick in the number of patients testing positive for the novel coronavirus, Covid-19. As of Monday, June 29, the Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) says some 8,380 individuals have been tested for […]

Road work slated on Ben Hur Road

The Mariposa County Department of Public Works has announced upcoming road work in the county. Permanent pavement, shoulder and embankment repair of Ben Hur Road will be occurring. This work is necessary due to a March 2017 storm, which was a declared disaster in the state. Pavement work is estimated to begin July 3 and go through July 10. The […]

Census reminder to be mailed

The U.S. Census Bureau announced last week it will send an additional reminder postcard to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The postcard is scheduled to arrive between July 22 and July 28, a few weeks before census takers are set to begin visiting households that haven’t responded. The Census Bureau also announced plans to send […]

JCF nearing end of Northside Clinic reopening saga

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The movie “The NeverEnding Story” was released in 1984. It’s 36 years later, but the John C. Fremont Healthcare District could come out with its own sequel called “The Northside Clinic: The Modern Day NeverEnding Story.” It seems as though the JCF Northside Clinic is indeed the story that never ends. That’s not a swipe at the hospital district, as […]

More on Vida Vreca-Ponnequin, the new FNP at the Northside Clinic

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John C. Fremont Hospital has announced Vida Vreca Ponnequin as the new family nurse practitioner for the Greeley Hill clinic starting Aug. 1. Vreca-Ponnequin joined John C. Fremont Healthcare District on Feb. 1, 2019 caring for patients in the Mariposa clinic. Vreca-Ponnequin will provide full comprehensive medical care with a focus on adults, women’s health, children and geriatrics. “I am […]

Blue Ridge Services a positive partnership for Mariposa County



Tourism worries, supervisor salaries, Covid-19 concerns — you name it. There have been plenty of concerning things for Mariposa County residents in the last few years and months. But one of the biggest issues facing Mariposa County over the last five years or so has been tree mortality. The large amount of dead trees in the county has greatly heightened […]

Special needs resident drowns in Hensley Lake

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Despite the best efforts of responding agencies, a man with special needs drowned at a local recreation area last week, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). “In a tragic event for Madera County, Carl Jefferson of Madera lost his life at Hensley Lake,” said the sheriff’s information officer. Jefferson, 27, was reported missing just after 4:30 p.m. on […]

Paving of Highway 49S is approved by Caltrans

An $18.3 million project to repave Highway 49 South from the county line to Mariposa has been approved. Caltrans announced last week the project will include rehabilitation of the road by grinding and overlaying with rubberized asphalt, reconstructing rumble strips, dikes and down drains. Upgrading the guardrail will also be included. The funding was announced as part of $1.8 billion […]


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