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Crash leads to DUI arrest

A man was arrested over the weekend after crashing his vehicle into a tree near Coulterville. According to California Highway Patrol officials, on Sunday, May 10, at approximately 3:52 p.m., 46-year-old Michael Ramsey III was driving his Nissan SUV eastbound on Highway 132 west of Horseshoe Bend Recreation Area at a high rate of speed. Officials said he was observed […]

Officials warn current state is no license to speed

Caltrans has announced efforts with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to urge drivers in the state to slow down, given a recent 87 percent increase in citations for speeding in excess of 100 mph that coincides with decreased traffic volumes during the Covid-19 pandemic. From March 19 when the state’s stay-at-home order […]

Clinic reopens doors with varying levels of conditions set in place


Shown is the waiting room at the clinic at John C. Fremont Healthcare District. Many chairs have been removed from the room. The clinic reopened this week. Submitted photoThe John C. Fremont Healthcare District clinic is back open — with conditions. “We are doing this with caution being our guide,” said Dr. Mimi Carter, chief of staff at John C. […]

Ewing Wing drawing praise for response to virus

The skilled nursing unit of the John C. Fremont Hospital — known as the Ewing Wing — has taken many precautions to keep its residents safe throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Thus far, it is one long term care facility which hasn’t been impacted with any confirmed cases of the virus. In order to protect the very vulnerable residents of the […]

Spring has sprung in Yosemite

Gazette owners Nicole W. Little and Greg Little gained special access into Yosemite National Park recently. The park has been closed for several weeks due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We thought our readers would enjoy a few more photos from inside or near the park. This photo of Yosemite Falls looming behind a National Park Service vehicle was taken from […]

RV and trailer camping resumes for the nearby residents of McClure and McSwain

For more information specific to MID facilities, visit www.LakeMcClure.com. Photo by Matt Johnson Camping resumed at all Lakes McClure and McSwain recreation areas for nearby, local residents on Thursday, May 7. This included Bagby and Horseshoe Bend recreation areas. For the time being, the openings will remain limited to those considered to be nearby, local residents. The reopening marks the […]

Notice released about prescribed burning

The Pacific Southwest Region is moving forward with prescribed fire operations as conditions and resources permit. Previously, the region had postponed prescribed fires to reduce potential smoke impacts to communities while public health officials considered the interactions of smoke with Covid-19 effects; and to ensure the emergency response resources were putting into place proper procedures to mitigate Covid-19 risks. Regional […]

North Face supports Sierra resilience

Outdoor apparel company The North Face has committed to donating $20,000 to Sierra Business Council’s Big Day of Giving campaign. Since Covid-19 began impacting the region in early March, Sierra Business Council has been providing critical emergency economic support, guidance and resources to impacted businesses and nonprofits in the Sierra Nevada. Sierra Business Council pioneers and demonstrates innovative approaches and […]

Situation slowly improving for Eastern Madera County residents

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With more than 1,100 people having been tested for Covid-19 in Madera County, according to the health department, and fewer than 55 tests coming back positive for the illness, it’s possible early efforts to limit the spread of the virus locally may have paid off. As of May 4, Madera County Department of Public Health reported a total of 1,097 […]

County creeps toward reopening

FREE State to make further determinations Thursday, will impact Mariposa County

It’s obvious Covid-19 is making officials scramble in ways they never thought possible. That was evident on Tuesday morning when the county health officer made a presentation to the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. Dr. Eric Sergienko actually had to participate in a one-hour phone call with the state health officer, delaying his presentation to the board. That phone call […]


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