Shrinks deem Ballasch unfit to stand trial

Brian Ballasch, shown walking to his arraignment Oct. 13 at the Mariposa County Courthouse, failed to leave his jail cell for court, where a mental health evaluation was to take place Tuesday. During court proceedings without him, Ballasch was “found to be incompetent” to stand trial by doctors who examined him.Brian Ballasch, accused in the Oct. 1 shooting of Mariposa […]

Salamander, river designation are huge hurdles for Ferguson project

Seven years of environmental wrangling has held work up

This photo of the Ferguson Project on Highway 140 was taken Aug. 6. Caltrans expects to finish the project in 2019.The Ferguson rock slide occurred in May 2006 on Highway 140, off the banks of the wild and scenic Merced River, about 20 miles northeast of Mariposa. The estimated completion date to open the highway back to full capacity is […]

County receives extra PILT funding

In Mariposa County, more than half of the land is owned by the federal government. Because federal land doesn’t get taxed like private land does, the county ends up having to provide law enforcement, firefighters, schools and road construction without taxes to support it. But Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), which comes from the Department of the Interior, helps […]

‘Farmers Only’ rendezvous ends with man jailed for alleged rape

Jerry CoxIn what has become a far-too-often occurrence related to online dating, last Friday afternoon Jerry Cox, 46, of Mariposa, was booked into the Mariposa County Jail on charges of felony rape by force/fear, felony false imprisonment, felony kidnapping and felony criminal threats. His bail was set at $500,000. According to the report issued by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, […]

Couple opens alpaca-centered business

Locally made items focus of new downtown store

Steve and Casey Aitchison of Cathey’s Valley own more than 200 alpacas. The couple recently opened a store in Mariposa featuring clothing and more made from alpaca wool.When Steve and Casey Aitchison came to Mariposa County four years ago, they knew they wanted to raise some type of farm animals on their Cathey’s Valley ranch. They tried cattle and sheep, […]

Two busted for suspected drug delivery to camp

Deputy finds duo before drop was made

 Two men were arrested Friday, Nov. 13 for allegedly attempting to bring drugs to the Mt. Bullion Conservation Camp. The arrest came after a Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputy saw a car sitting alongside the road near the 6700 block of Mt. Bullion Ridge Road at about 11 p.m. Joshua David Allen, 21, of Wawona and Terry James Cheatham, 20, of […]

‘Safari’ is theme of fashion show

AAUW in Mariposa is hosting “On Safari” on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 3 to 6 p.m. Ophelia McInturff will be one of the people who will be modeling fashions at the event.The American Association of University Women in Mariposa (AAUW) invites the community to hunt for wildlife on the African plains of the Mariposa County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Nov. 21 […]


Nov. 9 • A missing person report was received from Snyder Ridge Road. • A dogs versus chickens incident was reported from Yaqui Gulch Road. • A harassment report was taken on Tip Top Road. • A caller reported an arcing transformer on Allred Road, which reportedly caused multiple power outages around the County. • An out-of-control juvenile was on […]


Nov. 9 to Nov. 15

EMS – 3Fire – 3Public Assist – 2Auto Collision – 1 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 support duties. No experience necessary […]

Reprinted from June 11, 1881

The Board of Yosemite Valley and Big Tree Grove Commissioners met in Yosemite Valley tonight. Among the business they heard was that the construction of a trail up the north side of the Merced to Vernal and Yosemite Falls was ordered, if a route is found practicable. The building of a good carriage road around the entire circumference of the […]