Accused shooter of deputy is likely to plead not guilty by reason of insanity

Made court appearance last week, another one set Aug. 29

Brian Ballasch is led out of court by two Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office deputies. He’s due back in court Aug. 29.All indications are the man accused of shooting a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputy will plead guilty by reason of insanity. Though that has not been determined yet, during a preliminary hearing in the case on Wednesday, Aug. 10, his […]

Crunch time

Classic car crinkled in crash

The wreck which occurred on Highway 49 South, just north of Triangle Road, heavily damaged the front of a 1954 Crown Victoria and the back of a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan.A Mariposa man’s classic car was damaged in a two-vehicle accident last week. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 3:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10, Kenneth Boyer, 54, […]

Budget proposal shows $100,000 for fairgrounds

Public hearing set for Monday

It’s budget time in Mariposa County. The recommended 2016-17 budget is now available for public review on the County’s website, A public hearing is scheduled for members of the community to comment on the proposed budget. That hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22 in the boardroom at the County Government Center, 5100 Bullion Street in […]

Successful destruction derby is no accident

Popular fair event set again this year

Expect crashes, smashes and smacks at this year’s destruction derby.It’s only fitting that John Borba built WGAS Motorsports into a well-known extreme sport entertainment company in California. Born and raised in Turlock, and a frequent visitor to Mariposa, Borba has been involved in motorsports for decades. His journey does go a bit deeper than that, however. Shortly after college, Borba […]

Supervisors respond to recent report from County grand jury

The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors has officially responded to a report released by the Mariposa County Grand Jury. The response letter was approved unanimously last week by the supervisors and sent to Mariposa County Superior Court Judge Michael Fagalde. The 2015- 16 grand jury members issued a lengthy report outlining problems and issues it saw following a year-long investigation. […]

Crews working to remove dead trees at Darrah Park, pre-school will open

Officials are working to remove dead trees from Darrah Park in Mariposa County. Russ Marks from the Mariposa County Department of Public Works said a contractor has been hired to fell the trees in the park. That work began last week and is continuing this week. Marks said officials are hoping to have the work done by Sept. 1. He […]

Hospital board to have races; one race for school board post

Two incumbents did not file for the J.C. Fremont Hospital District board of directors and as of Monday, four candidates had filed for three open seats. However, because only one of three incumbents filed for the board, the filing period was extended until Wednesday of this week, said Mariposa County Clerk Keith Williams. (If there is an additional filing, we’ll […]

Quest Diagnostics still open, providing service

A local medical diagnostics clinic isn’t going anywhere. Quest Diagnostics, which has been in Mariposa since 1999, is staying in its current location, despite the recent relocation of Mariposa Family Medicine Associates. “I want them to know we’re still providing that service here,” said Debbie Alsup, manager of the lab. “The services we have here are still here. At this […]

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Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Aug. 8-14

EMS – 8Fires – 3Public Assists – 0Auto Collisions – 4 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 […]