Deputy nearly killed by gunfire now cleared for light duty

Rudy Mirelez is shown with Mariposa County Rodeo Junior Princess Jenna Binnewies at the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue dinner last month. At left is the logo that was designed after the incident. It is on sheriff’s office vehicles.For Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rudy Mirelez, Oct. 1, 2015, was just another day on the job. “It was a normal day,” […]

Parents’ emotions flair over planned move by district

Mariposa County Unified School District is changing the way one of its programs is set up, and some parents and teachers are pushing back. Nevertheless, Superintendent Robin Hopper says the change will move forward, beginning at the start of school next fall. The district will alter the Sierra Home School program by moving the Jones Street classroom, which is home […]

CHP investigating head-on collision

Drugs or alcohol considered ‘factor’ in wreck

Emergency responders use cutters to remove part of the driver’s seat of a vehicle following a head-on collision last week on Highway 49 South near Darrah Road. Officials say alcohol or drugs are considered a factor in the incident, which remains under investigation.Drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in a head-on collision last week that sent three people […]

Cathey’s Valley man dies in Monday crash

A Cathey’s Valley man was killed in a single car crash on Monday. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 4 p.m, an 83-year-old male was driving a 2002 Toyota east on Highway 140 east of Hummingbird Lane. CHP officials said the vehicle was traveling approximately 65 miles per hour. For an unknown reason, the vehicle drifted to the […]

CAL FIRE issues burning rules for elevations below 1,500 feet

New burning rules have been enacted for Mariposa County. According to CAL FIRE officials, burning below 1,500 feet in the County can take place only between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. on permitted burn days. The rules went into effect last week, according to Jaime Williams, fire prevention specialist with the Madera-Mariposa-Merced unit of CAL FIRE. Permits […]

Everyone invited to attend Relay for Life on Saturday

Shown a the scene from last year’s Mariposa Relay for Life. The annual event will begin this Saturday morning.Are you ready to Relay? If so, this weekend is your chance. The annual Mariposa Relay for Life will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and go for 24 hours until Sunday morning. The event will take place at the upper fields at […]

Local Habitat group only one of 14 in nation to receive grant

The new Habitat Board of directors, from left, are Clarence Tedrow, vice president; Beth Tomsick, volunteer education; Lorna Fear, secretary; Phyllis Becker, assistant treasurer; Jackie McCormick, member-at-large; Jovan Trujillo, Treasurer; Bob Kirchner, president; Juanita DeLucia, assistant treasurer; Charles Pratt, site selection chair; and Ginger Foster, pastoral adviser. Not shown are Steve Smallcombe, Sharon Amundson, Bob Collins and Kevin Darcy.Habitat for […]

County students dominate essay contest for Law Day

Lily Lesley of Greeley Hill, center, was the winner of the Law Day essay contest at Yosemite National Park. Also shown are Mariposa County Superior Court Judge Michael Fagalde, left, and Philip Pimentel, commissioner for Mariposa and Tuolumne counties.The top three winners in the recent Yosemite Law Day Essay Contest were from Mariposa County. The winner was Lily Lesley from […]


May 9 - May 15

EMS – 7Fires – 5Public Assists – 5Auto 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 […]


May 9 • Illegal dumping was reported on Highway 140. • A child abuse report was taken from a residence on Oak Drive in Midpines. • Deputies investigated petty theft on Coakley Circle. • Theft of mail was alleged on Gusanillo Way in La Grange. • Suspicious circumstances were reported on Highway 140 in Midpines. May 10 • An arrest […]