Building regulations set to change in January

December applications to be under current rules

Changes are coming to building codes in California. Quickly. “You build by the rules of the date of submission,” said Mike Kinslow, director of the Mariposa County Building Department. That is an important point for persons who are planning to build or do remodeling. The new state building codes go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017, meaning if persons can […]

In the Christmas spirit

Santa Claus was front and center on the Courthouse lawn Saturday night following the Christmas parade. Here, Blake Buckley, 7, and his brother, Silas Buckley, nine months, sit on the Jolly Old Elf’s lap telling him what they want for Christmas. Mrs. Claus looks on closely during the conversation. They are the sons of Billy and Savannah Buckley of Mariposa…. […]

Accused shooter’s hearing is delayed

Ballasch will be back in court on Jan. 4

The man accused of shooting a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputy had his competency hearing delayed once again last week. Brian Ballasch, 36, made a brief appearance in Mariposa County Superior Court last Thursday. Ballasch faces multiple charges in connection with the Oct. 1, 2015, shooting of Deputy Rudy Mirelez. During a hearing in September, Ballasch entered dual pleas. One […]

Local merchants seeing spike in holiday business

Kris Randal, a Mariposan, decided to stay local and do some shopping at Mariposa Marketplace recently.Black Friday sales left local merchants seeing green and feeling golden. “On Black Friday, the County was absolutely swarming with shoppers,” said Dane Carlson, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. “All across Mariposa County, our members and other local retailers reported very strong sales on […]


Lady Grizzlies breaking ground

Four members of the 2016-17 girls wrestling team at Mariposa County High School show off their strength at a recent practice. Shown in the back, from left, are Laura Reynoso, Janessa House and Pauline Reynoso. Shown in the front is Carmen Ortiz.“Boys will say the most disgusting things to you,” says Carmen Ortiz. Ortiz, a member of the Lady Grizzlies […]

Making Christmas brighter

Shantel Sojka, left, advertising director for the Mariposa Gazette, presents a check for $675 to Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Deputy Jeremy Day toward the annual Kops for Kids toy drive. Proceeds from the newspaper’s special section featuring Christmas stories from area youth were given to the organization. Each year, the sheriff’s office raises money to purchase gifts for area […]

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Coarsegold man killed in Dec. 1 logging mishap

Account established to help family

A logging accident in northern Mariposa County killed an area man on Thursday, Dec. 1. Nash Mayer, 40, of Coarsegold, was killed as the result of the tree falling during felling operations, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. Mayer was working for Arbor Works, a company doing work in the Greeley Hill area, off of Sugar Pine Drive, focused […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Nov. 28 – A report about an assault and battery was taken on Highway 49. • Physical child abuse was investigated on Fiske Road in Greeley Hill. • An arrest was made following a report of an attempted burglary in progress on Highway 49 North. • Petty theft was reported on Peg Leg Road. • There was a report of […]

Home tour set Saturday

Soroptimist International of Mariposa is planning a one-day-only Christmas home tour for Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This tour combines a mix of traditional, contemporary and unique homes. The tour is about the holiday spirit, and the willingness of people to open up their homes for a good cause. Proceeds will benefit Soroptimist International of Mariposa […]