Senior, teen driving classes slated by CHP

California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Oakhurst will offer two safe driving classes — one for seniors and one for teens — on Saturday, Feb. 27. Both classes are free. From 10 a.m. to noon, CHP will hold the senior driver education class Age Well, Drive Smart. Designed to assist senior drivers (65 years of age and older) to continue to […]

Yosemite Bank parent company ranked 52 in ‘Forbes Best Banks’ for 2021

Shown is the Oakhurst branch of Yosemite Bank. The company recently received a top national rating.Shining in a national spotlight, Heartland Financial USA, Inc., the parent company of Premier Valley Bank and the Yosemite Bank division, has been named a Forbes Best Bank for 2021, ranking in at 52 out of 100. Forbes reported that Heartland Financial USA total assets […]

Help sought to gather Covid-19 info

In anticipation of expansions in Covid-19 vaccine eligibility from the state, Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) is looking at ways to deliver those vaccines and is asking for the help of local employers in order to do so. “The bottom line is, we want to prevent hospitalizations and death,” said Sara Bosse, the county’s health director. “We are […]

Information being sought about man who was discovered dead following party


The Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is asking the public for information surrounding what authorities said is a “suspicious death.” MCSO said Martin “Junior” Tapia died on Dec. 4, 2020. “There is information Junior was at a party in the La Vina area of Madera County at the time of his death,” according to a statement released this week by […]

Man arrested on child sex abuse imagery count


A Madera County man was taken into custody this week on felony charges of possession and distribution of child sexual abuse imagery, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). Sheriff’s detectives received a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) through the Central California Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program. The tip was regarding […]

Bigelow introduces pair of wildfire bills

Wildfires are the subject of two bills now in the legislature. File photoAssembly member Frank Bigelow has introduced two wildfire related bills, AB 910 and AB 912, to help prevent future catastrophic wildfires. “Last year, California faced its most destructive wildfire season,” said Bigelow. “The Creek Fire in my district alone burned over 300,000 acres. California cannot keep putting off […]

Forest officials planning many controlled burns

This is a map of the areas where officials are planning controlled burns in the region. Submitted photoSierra National Forest fire officials plan to implement their winter/ spring prescribed burning program within the Bass Lake Ranger District (BLRD). The projects are on Bass Lake Recreation Sites, Carmen Pasture, Cedar Valley, Creek Fire Double-gate, Ferguson Fire, Greys Mountain, Sugar Pine, Sonny […]

World of Outlaws event in Merced canceled, refunds are now available

The World of Outlaws, a popular racing circuit, has canceled its scheduled show in Merced. Submitted photo Because of Covid-19 restrictions in California, the World of Outlaws spring tour has been canceled. This includes a race which was scheduled for April 2 at the Merced Speedway. It also includes a scheduled race at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare as well as […]

HHSA allocates $600K to Creekside Terrace project

The recent update to the CWPP provides further reference to prepare for wildfires and mitigation strategies. File photoPartnering with Self Help Enterprises, the Mariposa County Health and Human Services (HHSA) are committing $600,000 to help fund the Mariposa Creekside Terrace housing for those with low income and mental health disorders. The money will be used to fund unforeseen construction costs […]

Local Transportation Commission to apply for bicycle path grant

Given the go ahead by the Local Transportation Commission (LTC), Mike Healy, the director of the Mariposa County Public Works Department, will be applying for a grant to begin looking into the needs to update the County’s 2011 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan. The grant is under the State Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program and will be used to further […]

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