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Housing issues are not immune from outbreak of world pandemic

The outbreak of Covid-19, the coronavirus pandemic without an antidote, is impacting all of American life. That includes Mariposa County, where everything from empty grocery shelves to school children at home, are impacting society. Another aspect of the national health crisis is in housing and that’s not lost on Ben Goger, the housing specialist for Mariposa County. “There’s a lot […]

Banded bald eagles, turkeys and grizzly bears, oh my!


Question: I have been photographing a pair of bald eagles near Perris for about six months, including the banded eagle in the attached photo. Can you tell me anything about the eagle? From what I can gather the band number is 7vj-7vj. ( James R.) Answer: You’re in luck! Biologists at the Bird Banding Laboratory in Maryland were able to […]

April 2020 CDFW calendar posted

The April 2020 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar was shared last week. All calendar items are subject to change as officials navigate the Covid-19 pandemic. • April 2 — 150th anniversary of the California Fish and Game Commission and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. • April 4 — Recreational ocean salmon season opens from Pigeon Point to […]

Forest service closes developed recreation sites

USDA Forest Service officials said they appreciate the public’s interest in outdoor recreation, particularly in light of current events. The Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service, in response to the recent statewide shelter-in-place order issued by the governor of California, is joining the cause to aggressively mitigate the spread of Covid-19 by closing developed recreation facilities on national forests […]

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. March 16 – Salvador Daniel Tafoya, 40, Modesto, was arrested for DUI. March 17 – Daniel Eric Griffen, 23, Stockton, was arrested for having a loaded concealed weapon. […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

FREE March 16-22

• EMS – 3 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 2 • Auto Collisions – 1 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 […]

Businesses in county make various changes


With the Covid-19 virus pandemic disrupting everything from schools to businesses, the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of information concerning various local businesses. The list is being continually updated and can be viewed at mariposachamber.org. Dining• 1850 Restaurant (209) 966-2229 closed untilfurther notice.• 9 Diamonds BBQ (North County) (209) 878-3677 open for pickup and curbside.• Airport […]

Cancellations, closures continue to mount


Due to California governor Gavin Newsome’s “shelter in place” order on March 19 to slow the spread of Covid-19, the following events in and around Mariposa County have been canceled or postponed as of the Gazette’s press time on Tuesday. If an event is not on this list, persons are urged to call and confirm if it is happening. If […]

Superior Court modifies rules in wake of pandemic outbreak


The following information was released last week by Mariposa County Superior Court Judge Dana Walton about new procedures implemented for the court. Following is the order as it was released: On March 12, 2020, Governor Gavin Newson issued Executive Order N-25-20 in further response to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19). Among other things, this Order mandates compliance […]

Non-violent inmates released in response to Covid-19 pandemic


Some inmates have been released from the Mariposa County Jail due to concerns about Covid-19, according to Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies. Twelve inmates have been released since March 13, said Binnewies, working in conjunction with court, probation and the district attorney’s office. Only inmates with non-violent backgrounds are being released after being vetted. “Working with our medical staff, we […]

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