‘R-Strong 2233’

Deputy Rudy Mirelez, flanked by his wife Christine and Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies, addressed the audience and board members at Tuesday’s supervisors’ meeting in the government center. Mirelez was seriously wounded in a shootout on Oct. 1 during a traffic stop. His recovery has been described as “miraculous” by nurses at the Modesto hospital where he was treated, spending […]

Hornitos tradition honors All Souls’

Once a year, on Nov. 2 in Hornitos, a procession of people holding candles winds its way up a hill toward St. Catherine’s Catholic Church and then to the cemetery beyond in observance of All Souls’ Day. This year the event will take place Monday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. in the plaza in Hornitos. After candles are lighted, Rev. […]

Tests illustrate Common Core implementation causing issues

Loss of funding, new curriculum affects teaching

Common Core was a big change for schools all across the nation, and Mariposa County was no different. Whether Common Core, a government mandated public education process, is loved or despised, it’s here to stay. In California, it comprises the new state standards, and both teachers and students have had to deal with a new way of learning. “This is […]

Midpines family embraces a homesteading lifestyle

Sparks family grows nearly all of its food

Tim, Danielle and John Michael Sparks, 4, take a break with their goats and dogs. “The goats are like our pride and joy,” said Danielle.The Sparks family of Midpines is living what city folks might call an unconventional lifestyle, but people from farming and ranching backgrounds would tell you there is nothing unconventional about it. The Sparks, Tim, Danielle and […]

Two guests at motel arrested after allegedly causing fire

Woman on ‘black list’ charged with boyfriend

 Two Mariposa residents are facing a slew of charges after being arrested Oct. 22 in connection with a fire and vandalism at Miners Inn Motel in Mariposa. Robert James Welch, 34, and Lorelei Lee Biggins, 64, were booked into the Mariposa County Jail on $35,000 bond. Welch was still in custody on Oct. 26, while Biggins was released on her […]

Dr. Ryder resigns post, County seeks replacement

 Dr. Robert Ryder resigned his position as Mariposa County’s public health officer Oct. 16, and has been replaced on an interim basis by Dr. Charles Mosher, although as of Tuesday of this week, there were contract issues that had not been resolved, according to County CAO Mary Hodson. Mosher has a long history of service with the county, having previously […]

‘The Goldman Project’ will take the stage in amphitheater

Play looks at the Holocaust

“The Goldman Project” will play at the Mariposa County Park Amphitheater in November. The actors in the play are Karen Silver, Audrey Davis and Ira Jones.The Mariposa County Arts Council’s Theatre Alliance and Merced Community College Community Services are presenting “The Goldman Project,” on Nov. 6, 7, 8, 12, and 13 at the Mariposa County Park Amphitheater. “The Goldman Project” […]


Oct. 19 • A call reporting suspicious circumstances on Triangle Road resulted in an arrest. • Theft of a laptop was reported from Highway 140. • A raccoon versus canine incident was reported in Mariposa. • A report of a PG&E scam was received from Serpentine Road. • Suspicious circumstances were reported from Woodland Drive. • A domestic dispute occurred […]


Oct. 19 to Oct. 25 EMS – 5Fire – 1Public Assist – 2Auto Collision – 0 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 various […]

Local Soroptimist celebrates 50 years of helping women

Prom dresses, scholarships aid local girls

When Elna Philbert joined Soroptimist International of Mariposa 35 years ago, she believed the organization could make a difference in the county. And it has. The organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and the work it has done in the area is easy to see. “We are a women’s service organization, which is worldwide,” Philbert said. “Our aims […]