A REAL GULLY WASHER

Rain pounds Mariposa County, Yosemite; major flooding avoided

Rooster Dudley, age 2-1/2, tosses a stick into the Merced River at the Briceburg Recreation Area on Monday. The river was well above flood stage and many local residents were taking it all in along Highway 140 in the river canyon. Rooster is the son of Jazzman Gegere and Tyler Dudley, who brought him to the area to have a […]

Ballasch pleas; to get 27 years in state prison

Case involves shooting of Mariposa County deputy

Brian BallaschThe man who shot a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputy will spend at least the next 20 years in prison. Brian Ballasch, 36, of Merced, entered four guilty pleas during a hearing last week in Mariposa County Superior Court. Ballasch originally faced eight felony charges in connection with the Oct. 1, 2015 shooting that left Deputy Rudy Mirelez critically […]

Pair are arrested for Pedro area burglary



 Two people were arrested this week after being accused of breaking into a home in Lake Don Pedro. Katherine Lilly Womak, 24, no hometown given, and Joseph Lee Willis, 31, Waterford, were both booked into the Mariposa County Jail after being arrested at a residence in Lake Don Pedro. Both were charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession […]

CAL FIRE chief addresses concerns about criticisms

Supervisors sworn into office during meeting

Superior Court Judge Michael Fagalde, left, swears in Mariposa County supervisors, from left, Kevin Cann, Miles Menetrey and Merlin Jones during Tuesday’s ceremony at the County administration building.A swearing-in ceremony and some strong words from the chief of the regional CAL FIRE unit highlighted Tuesday’s meeting of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. The meeting began with the official seating […]

Gap in story, resisting leads to arrest of man



An Elk Grove man who said he swallowed five grams of methamphetamine was arrested for obstruction of a peace officer. Julian Bailey, 33, was eventually nabbed by authorities and taken to John C. Fremont Hospital. For the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, the ordeal began in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, Jan. 8. Deputies were called to the Yosemite Valley View […]

Your photos



Reader Linda Shepler of Ahwahnee sent in this photo of the Yosemite Valley Chapel. It was taken in December. Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to greg@mariposagazette.com. 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 […]

‘24 Hour Plays’ are set



Project Big Top and the Yosemite Bug Mountain Resort will present a production of the “24 Hour Plays.” It will be on Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bodie Room. Six, 10-minute plays are written, rehearsed and performed within 24 hours. Part spectacle, part sporting event, part theatrical experience, the 24 Hour Plays is always an entertaining event. Twenty-five […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log



Jan. 2 – There was a loose black cow on Highway 49 North. • A petty theft was reported on Indian Peak Road. • Search and Rescue officials were asked to assist in the Goat Meadow area of Fish Camp. •Vandalism was investigated on Oak Ridge Court in Coulterville. Jan. 3 – There was an unsecured door reported on Silva […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log



Jan. 2 – 8 • EMS – 7 • Fires – 1 • Public Assists – 4 • Auto 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 […]

Times are changing and so is Mariposa TV

Store has new location but same hometown customer service

Rick and Gail Pioske are shown at Mariposa TV, a local business that has been in operation for close to 50 years. They recently moved to a new location in Mariposa.To be in business 47 years is an accomplishment in itself. For a small business in a constantly changing environment, it’s even more of an accomplishment. But for Rick and […]