Gunmen invade home in Mt. Bullion

Weapons, weed and cash stolen in armed robbery

Buddy Valentino DustinFour robbers, armed with a shotgun and handguns, burst into a home on School Lane in Mt. Bullion on Tuesday morning, Dec. 22, tying up the occupants of the home, including three juveniles. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office report, the four men stole two hunting rifles, knives, a Taser, and personal property like TVs, cell phones, […]

Residents left high and dry when trying to purchase flood insurance

Rainwater and debris flow down a road in El Portal adjacent to Michael Bilodeau’s property.If a homeowner in Mariposa County wants to purchase flood insurance to protect their home, it’s not as easy as visiting a representative from a local insurance office and having them issue a policy. With the perfect storm brewing like the one that produced the “100-Year […]

Mariposa legend passes at age 89

Frank Lee Long, Jr.When Marshall Long was sworn in as a member of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, he was following in a pair of pretty big footsteps. Long’s father, Frank Lee Long, Jr., died Dec. 19 at his ranch in Mariposa. Long, Jr. left a legacy of community involvement, leadership and helping others, including serving on the board […]

Warden Milazzo named Wildlife Officer of the Year

Frank MilazzoFish and Wildlife Officer Frank Milazzo, a 27-year veteran who works in Mariposa County, was selected as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) 2016 Wildlife Officer of the Year. Milazzo recalled his first encounter with a game warden vividly at age 11, on one of many outdoor adventures with his grandparents. From that day, he said he […]

Shooting of sheriff’s deputy, drought dominate 2015 news

Dead trees, slide make headlines

The shooting of Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputy Rudy Mirelez in October not only saw the community stepping up to help, but was easily the story of the year in 2015. Mirelez was allegedly shot Oct. 1 by Merced resident Brian Ballasch after a pursuit that ended on Highway 49 South. Mirelez was shot in the face and the torso, and […]

Rain, snow make the holiday bright

Mariposa County residents who got ski equipment for Christmas didn’t have far to go to enjoy it. The area saw snow and rain over the holiday weekend, along with freezing overnight temperatures. And Yosemite National Park also saw snow, both in Yosemite Valley and in the higher elevations. But by New Year’s Day, the sun should be out. According to […]

‘Nature Notes’ features bighorn sheep

Rare species reintroduced to the Park

Bighorn sheep were released into Yosemite National Park in March of this year. The flock is the subject of the latest “Yosemite Nature Notes” video.Yosemite National Park has announced that a new episode of “Yosemite Nature Notes” titled “Bighorn Sheep” is now available for viewing. The video features stunning footage of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, interviews with wildlife biologists and […]


Dec. 21 • A call from Old Highway reported a missing firearm. • Multiple calls from Highway 41, Highway 140, Bear Valley, and Highway 49 reported rocks in the roadway. • A report of mail theft was received from Indian Peak Road. • Suspicious circumstances were reported from Circle Drive. • A physical domestic dispute was reported from Jessie Street. […]

New laws affect vaccinations, guns, ballots, search warrants

2016 will see bevy of changes

A number of new California laws were legislated in 2015 and will take effect in 2016. This is a recap of some of those laws. No handguns on campuses In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 707, which bans concealed handguns at schools and colleges, making California one of the strictest in the country for firearms restrictions. The legislation stirs […]

Manna House receives donation

R. Hambleton Electric recently made a donation to Manna House of Mariposa County. Here, from left, Laurie Kinslow, president of Manna House, accepts the donation from Rob Hambleton. With them are Kevin R. Clark, Earl Gann and William Buckley…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and password […]