Tree mortality grows tremendously

Mariposa County now has an estimated 3.2 million dead trees

Shown is a CAL FIRE chipping crew working this year in Mariposa County building a fire break.It was as bad as many expected. Maybe even worse. Last week, officials from CAL FIRE released the latest information from the U.S. Forest Service about the number of dead trees in the state. The number is staggering. According to CAL FIRE, the latest […]

Woman drowns in Merced River

Tragic scene

Members of the Mariposa County Search and Rescue dive team are shown in the Merced River this past weekend searching for a woman from Hawaii who was swept away in the swift current. The woman drowned in the river.A woman visiting from Hawaii drowned in the Merced River this past weekend. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, Sucheta Bhattacharya, […]

Several complaints were lodged about CHP, Secret Service speeding incident

This is one of the vehicles in the motorcade that sped through Mariposa.Unless you had crawled under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you are probably aware that President Barack Obama visited Yosemite National Park. However, you might not be aware of an incident that happened related to the President’s visit involving official vehicles speeding through Mariposa. On […]

Supes vote to fund extra fire protection

Sheriff Doug Binnewies addresses the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors Tuesday during a discussion about fire funding.A major step was taken Tuesday for increased fire protection in Mariposa County. By a unanimous vote, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors approved funding for CAL FIRE firefighters to work at a station in the County during the “winter preparedness” (offseason) months. Mariposa […]

Missing man is found after search operation

Ronald HughesA search for a missing Mariposa County man was successful on Monday of this week. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, Ronald Hughes, 74, was last seen on Saturday, June 25. According to the sheriff’s office, he rode away on a silver and gray mountain bicycle with a basket on the rear. Officials said he suffers from medical […]

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Mariposa County resident Rebecca Mock submitted this photo taken in the spring in Yosemite Valey. Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to Please include your name and a short description of the photo…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username […]

Teen seriously injured in Saturday accident

An El Portal teen was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck this past weekend. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 5:55 a.m., on Saturday, June 25, Luis Martinez-Cole was driving his 2011 Nissan Rogue northbound on Silva Road just south of Coyote Court. The CHP said for “a reason yet to be determined,” the vehicle veered off the […]

Bear cub in road leads to wreck with CHP car

A bear cub in the road led to an accident involving a California Highway Patrol vehicle last week. According to the CHP, at around 10:58 a.m. on Friday, June 4, a CHP officer was dispatched to a vehicle versus bear cub traffic collision on Triangle Road north of Darrah Road. The officer went past the bear cub and turned his […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

June 20 – There was a report of a man laying in the southbound lane of Highway 49 South. • Deputies responded to a report of a person on Darrah Road. • Child abuse was reported on Highway 140 North. • Deputies assisted with a shots fired report on Highway 140 in Cathey’s Valley. • Harassment was reported on Hospital […]

Area Events

July 4 concert set Tim Hager and The Soul Galaxy Band will be performing a free concert on Monday, July 4. The concert will be from 6-10 p.m. at the Art Park. Donations for the band will be accepted but admission is free. Weeds focus of meeting Weed management will be the topic at a seminar in Mariposa County. The […]