Government shutdown is impacting Yosemite

Various services curtailed at park

Though there were visitors on the trail to Lower Yosemite Fall on Sunday, as shown here, it was not as busy as normal. The park remains open with limited service. No rangers are at the entrance gates, so admission is free during the shutdown. Photo by Greg LittleThe partial federal government shutdown continues as members of Congress struggle to come […]

Sierra Natl. Forest plans temporary seasonal closure of hiking and OHV trails in Ferguson Fire burn area alongside the Merced River

Sierra National Forest officials announced a temporary trail closure order (Forest Order No. 05-15-51-18-15) on trail numbers 21E07 (Hite’s Cove Trail), 19E05 (Savage Lundy Trail) and 19E200 (Hite’s Cove OHV Trail) on the Bass Lake Ranger District of the Sierra National Forest. These trails are located within the Ferguson Fire burn area. The reasoning behind the closures is for safety […]

New CFO introduced at hospital meeting

JCF employee JoAnne Eskra (left) had a resolution declared in her honor as she is set to retire. Board member Linda Prible read the resolution.The search for a new chief financial officer has come to a close for the John C. Fremont Healthcare District. JCF Chief Executive Officer Matthew Matthiessen announced the hiring of Robert Reyes to fill the CFO […]

DSA thanks the Dulcichs

Submitted photoThe Mariposa County Deputy Sheriff’s Association thanks the Dulcich family and Coast Hardware for their donation of 14 new bicycles to the KOPS for KIDS Program. “Jim, Heidi and their family have been a huge part of the KOPS for KIDS program’s success for many years and we couldn’t be more grateful for their continued support!” said Deputy Will […]


MCHS attempting to eliminate vaping use

MCHS vice principal Tammi Richards addressed the MCUSD board recently about the prevalence of vaping and other drugs at MCHS. Photos by Matt JohnsonWhen Tammi Richards took the job as assistant principal at Mariposa County High School earlier this year, even she couldn’t have seen this coming. “This is new for all of us,” Richards said. She is talking about […]

Supervisors examine future of Mariposa County Updates

A lengthy discussion about how to better communicate with the public was held by the Mariposa County Supervisors last week. The crux of the discussion centered around the “Mariposa County Update,” a social media tool used by the county to relay what actions were taken during each weekly supervisor meeting. The county has a $5,000 yearly contract with 2MC Productions […]

After some scrutiny, county funds tourism with $500,000

Funding the Yosemite Mariposa Tourism Bureau was once again on the table last week for the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. At issue was how much revenue from the transient occupancy tax (TOT) collections would be given to the tourism bureau for the next fiscal year. Last year, the tourism bureau and supervisors agreed to a new formula based on […]

Receiver in Cox case loses fight in LA County

The receiver appointed in the controversial Jerry Cox case in Mariposa County has been dealt a setback in a Los Angeles County case. California Receivership Group, owned by Mark Adams, was handed a rebuke in a case by a judge in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. Adams is listed as the receiver on the case information page at […]

Many benefit from Kiser’s encouragement

Shown is Catherine Chase, who has transformed herself since working out with Jenni Kiser. She is just one of many success stories Kiser has been involved with since changing her own life around. Submitted photoMany people who have gotten to know Jenni Kiser through Mountain Fitness have benefited from Kiser’s positive attitude. “When I first started hanging out with Jenni, […]

Cooke, Joseph honored for service

Supervisor Rosemarie Smallcombe presents Mariposa County Assessor/Recorder Brent Joseph with a plaque during a ceremony last week. Photo by Greg LittleTwo retiring Mariposa County employees were honored last week. Mariposa County District Attorney Tom Cooke and Mariposa County Assessor/Recorder Brent Joseph were both recognized during a ceremony by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. “Your work here has been exemplary,” […]

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