Widow of manslaughter victim begs judge to give local man life in prison

Ruport given 15 years to life, had seven prior DUIs

Wayne RuportEmotions ran high Monday morning in Mariposa County Superior Court. The widow of a man killed by a drunk driver gave a victim impact statement before a silent courtroom. Ronald Johnston, 61, was killed on Aug. 23, 2015, after being struck by a pick-up truck driven by Wayne Ruport, now 73, who has been in the Mariposa County Jail […]

Scared Straight

MCHS students get a dose of reality during mock fatal wreck

Dalton Rockwood lies “dead” on this car hood during the Every 15 Minutes event held on Monday at Mariposa County High School.A horrifying scene took place at the upper fields of Mariposa County High School on Monday morning. Thankfully, it wasn’t a real incident, but rather, a staged car collision as part of the Every 15 Minutes program. It’s a […]

Permits now required for burning in County

 Burning permits are now required in Mariposa County. As of last Sunday, all hazard reduction burning will require a permit in the County, according to CAL FIRE officials. In addition, property owners conducting hazard reduction burning are responsible for checking the burn day status. Persons can call 966-1200 to check the burn day status. Jaime Williams of CAL FIRE in […]

Special Olympic track meet debuts Saturday in Mariposa

 They’ve been waiting and waiting, and it’s finally almost here. On Saturday, May 7, the Mariposa Miners, for the first time ever, will host the Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) Regional Track and Field Meet at Mariposa County High School’s upper track. They are expecting over 100 athletes and over 100 volunteers, including athletes from Mariposa, Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus […]

Tom Reavis knows first-hand the devastation of cancer

Tom Reavis and his son, Mark, are shown at last year’s Relay For Life in Mariposa. They are holding photos of Donna, Tom’s wife and Mark’s mother.Editor’s note: This is the second in a four-part series of stories leading to the annual Mariposa Relay for Life event. Relay for Life will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21 at the […]

Hanging it up

Mariposa County District Attorney Thomas Cooke, left, reads a proclamation for DA’s office investigator Mike Akers who retired last week after several years of service. “I’ve got to meet a lot of fine people,” said Akers. The presentation was made during the April 26 meeting of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors…. An online subscription is required to view news […]

Child safety seats to be checked by CHP

Child safety seats will be the focus of an upcoming event by the California Highway Patrol. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, between 9th and 10th streets in Mariposa (where the Frost Shop used to be located). Several Highway Patrol officers will be on hand to assist people with their child safety […]

Tire amnesty event scheduled in County

The Mariposa County Department of Public Works is offering free tire disposal for Mariposa County residents. The service will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at the Mariposa County Landfill, 5593 Hwy. 49 North, Mariposa and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 at the Lake Don Pedro Transfer Station, 9729 Merced […]


April 25 • A vandalism report was taken on Guadalupe Creek Road. • Fraud was reported from Piney Creek Road. • Trespassing was reported on Schoolhouse Road in Cathey’s Valley. • A suspicious vehicle was on Monte Vista Lane. • A physical domestic dispute occurred on Highway 140 in Midpines. April 26 • A suspicious person was on Hornitos Road. […]


April 25 - May 14

EMS – 4Fires – 0Public Assists – 1Auto Collisions – 2 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 14 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 […]