Roads, bridges crumble in downpours

Officials are now seeking disaster declaration after heavy flooding

This was the scene Tuesday morning at High Country Health Foods & Cafe in Mariposa. Heavy rains caused water to rise throughout the County.Even the cats and dogs were hiding last week when a deluge of water pummeled parts of Mariposa County. It was Friday afternoon when a major storm cell moved through the County, the worst of which appeared […]

Heavy rain continues to pound County

Mother Nature did not let up on Mariposa County this week. On Tuesday morning, rain continued to pound the County, including flooding reported in many areas. One of the most notable was in the 49er Center where water was flowing through the parking lot and toward High Country Health Foods and Cafe. Personnel from various agencies were on the scene […]

Ballasch given 27-year term for shooting deputy

Plea deal accepted by court

Brian BallaschThere was a show of solidarity last week in the Mariposa County Superior Court. That solidarity was in the form of law enforcement personnel who came to the sentencing hearing of Brian Ballasch, the man who shot a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputy. Ballasch, 36, of Merced, shot Deputy Rudy Mirelez on Oct. 1, 2015 following a car chase […]

Grappling with greatness

The Mariposa County High School wrestling team won another section title on Saturday. Shown in the back row, from left, are coach Scott Seymour, Brock Burgess, Dakota Cavazos, Alex Noel, Ryan Leonard, Mark Maddox, Josh Barnett, Kevin Long, Walt Palmer, Nick Congdon and coach Jerry Lura; front, Chris Marquez, Bob Robinson, Josh Land, Michael Wilson, Nathan Vereschagin, Kent Loucks, Riley […]

Source of reported Norovirus at Yosemite is not determined

Park officials believe virus was brought in by Santa Monica students

Several students who visited Yosemite National Park recently were reportedly stricken with Norovirus-like symptoms. How it happened, though, remains in question. Officials from Yosemite believe the virus originated in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. According to that district, 190 students along with several teachers and parents stayed for five days in Yosemite during the last week in January. An […]

Two injured following head-on wreck on 49

Two people were injured following this head-on collision at Highway 49 South and Darrah Road last week.Two people were injured in a wreck last week at the intersection of Highway 49 South and Darrah Road. According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 1, a 2001 Ford F-150 being driven by Damien Curtis Sarena, 26, of […]

Incidents of crime in County drop in 2016

Crime in Mariposa County is on the decline. That’s the conclusion from a report recently released by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. “We are currently in a good place,” said Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies. The statistics from 2016 show decreases in assault and battery, vandalism, burglary, theft and DUI arrests. “Our campaign, education and partnering with our communities is […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

Jan. 30 – A debris fire was reported on Chowchilla Mountain Road. • There was a report of a lost purse at Triangle Road and Highway 140. • Grand theft was reported on Incline Road in El Portal. • There was a report of an out of control juvenile on Piney Creek Road. Jan. 31 – A suspicious vehicle was […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Jan. 30 – Feb. 5 • EMS – 9 • Fires – 2 • Public Assists – 5 • Auto Collisions – 3 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 […]

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