Sheriff’s deputy shot after pursuit on Highway 49 S.



A Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputy was shot twice by a suspect after initiating a traffic stop on a vehicle due to erratic driving around 6 a.m. Thursday. The pursuit began on Hwy 49 South just south of Mariposa. The suspect, Brian Ballasch, a white male adult from the Merced area, crashed his vehicle into assisting sheriff units; he then exited […]

Deputy shot in traffic stop expected to survive



The vehicle of the suspect charged with shooting a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputy is surrounded by law enforcement vehicles a the crime scene on Highway 49 South. (Gazette Photo by Dan Tucker)Deputy critical, but expected to survive Following this morning’s deputy-involved shooting on Highway 49 South, just south of Chase’s Foothill Petroleum, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputy, who has not […]

Children’s activities highlight ICES event



Andrayah and Tyler Collins make bubbles Saturday at the 26th annual Children’s Fair at the Mariposa County Park. The event was sponsored by Infant/Child Enrichment Services, Inc. (ICES)…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and password below. Not a subscriber? Please click here to order a subscription. Existing print […]

Homeowners smacked with huge increases in fire insurance rates

Residents seeing some policies cancelled

Megan Atkinson gets dozens of calls a week from desperate homeowners who are opening their home insurance premiums and seeing rates that are doubling and even tripling. Unfortunately, Atkinson can’t do anything to help the people. She is the executive director of the Fire Safe Council, a place where many Mariposa County residents go to find help with firerelated problems. […]

Three out of every four trees in the county at risk this year

Help is available through Fire Safe Council

With more than 50 percent of trees in the county either dead or dying from drought and bark beetles, homeowners are getting help from the Fire Safe Council and PG&E. The downed trees here are on a property in Ponderosa Basin.The U.S. Forest Service recently did a survey of the trees that cover the lower western foothills of the central […]

MCCA Home Show, Friends’ flea market on tap Saturday



The Mariposa County Contractors’ Association Outdoor Home and Garden Show will take place Saturday at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. It will open at 9 a.m. and will run to 3 p.m. The show will be held in conjunction with the Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds Foundation’s annual flea market, which will start at 8 a.m. The home and garden show […]

Despite challenges, business owners are upbeat on tourism

One proprietor says receipts up six percent in ’15

Amy Schumacher, a sales associate at the Fremont House in downtown Mariposa, says the retailer was busy all summer long.Despite the ongoing drought and smoky conditions experienced from the Rough Fire, business owners in Mariposa said the tourism season this summer was robust. “It (business) has improved over last year, probably about 6 percent,” said Larry Funderburg, who along with […]

Thousands expected to attend Hornitos flea market Sunday



Community preparations are underway for the 29th annual Hornitos Flea Market, scheduled Sunday, Oct. 4 in Hornitos. Gates will open to the public at 7 a.m. and the event will run through 3 p.m. Spaces are available for rent, for information call 376- 2320. Spaces are 10 feet by 15 feet, with a cost of $40 per space. Some of […]

Tough economic times slice golfing at Sierra Meadows

Country club to get facelift over the winter

Sierra Meadows Country Club in Ahwahnee will be closing for winter Oct. 31. The management will not be re-opening the golf course. Over the winter, owners will prepare for its re-launch in Spring 2016. The multi-use facility will feature a new name and vision for the property including additional on-site activities, an updated bar and cafe area, lodging options for […]

Fire Safe Council gets new chipper



Mariposa County Fire Safe Council received a grant from the U.S. Forest Service to continue the removal of hazardous fuel on private properties in the county. Due to the extensive amount of hazardous fuel loading throughout the county, the council included a request for a second chipper, which was funded. Shown here with the new chipper are, from left, Megan […]