As fair gets underway, County approves $150,000 in funding



The annual Mariposa County Fair starts this Friday. The event is one of the biggest of the year in the County. Inside today’s newspaper, you will find our special fair book insert. It has a complete schedule of events as well as some highlights scheduled for this year’s fair.With the Mariposa County Fair starting this Friday, some good news came […]

Cathey’s Valley couple gets back to their roots



Lauren and Andrew Gilkin are shown picking cherry tomatoes at their farm in Cathey’s Valley.To say that Lauren and Andrew Gilkin are down to earth is an understatement. But how a New Jersey girl and a Maryland boy became farmers in Cathey’s Valley is a tale of its own that even involves the board game Scrabble. Andrew grew up in […]

Tears flow as Hodson has final budget session



Mary Hodson attempts to hold back tears during a budget hearing last week in which she was presented flowers by members of her staff. Hodson, the County Administrative Officer, recently announced her retirement. Also shown are supervisors Marshall Long, right, and board chairman John Carrier.A big loss is coming to Mariposa County. Chief Administrative Officer Mary Hodson has announced she […]

Ballasch enters dual not guilty pleas in deputy shooting case



Brian BallaschThe man accused of shooting a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputy in 2015 has entered a plea of not guilty. Brian Joseph Ballasch, 36, of Merced, actually entered dual pleas on Monday in Mariposa County Superior Court. Ballasch entered a plea of not guilty and another plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. He is charged with eight […]

NMCHC pays honor to pair of valued members

The late Lane and Ahlqvist honored

This past year has seen the loss of two of the Northern Mariposa County History Center museum’s most energetic and supportive members, Bill Lane and Lennart Ahlqvist. Both of these men had a hand in the early development of the museum. The museum’s courtyard sports a new, attractive marble bench that honors Bill Lane who passed away nearly a year […]

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CAL FIRE announces a new round of grants



CAL FIRE announced last week it will be awarding nearly $16 million for fire prevention grants to local fire departments and fire safe councils to reduce the threat of large wildfires. The 2016-2017 State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund and tree mortality grants are aimed at reducing the threat of wildfires as well as dead and dying trees in and […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log



Aug. 22 – There was a report of a bear digging in a trash can on Rainbow Road. • A suspicious person report was investigated on Stockton Creek Road. • Identity theft was reported on 10th Street. • Someone came to the sheriff’s office to report a lost passport. • A bear in the backyard was reported on Rainbow Road. […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Aug. 22-28

EMS – 5Fires – 0Public Assists – 0Auto Collisions – 1 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 […]

Overcoming odds, local woman hikes John Muir Trail




Catherina takes a break to smile for the camera during her adventure.Editor’s note: A local woman overcame a lot to hike the John Muir Trail. This week is the second of a two-part series about that adventure. Mariposan Rhonda Catherina, 56, could easily write a book or make a movie about the experience she had this summer. Her completion of […]