Fire away

Pair of blazes burn in Mariposa County

Above, a Sikorski helicopter makes a water drop near Highway 49 South on Sunday afternoon during the Spring Fire. Below, CAL FIRE crews work at the Ben Fire last week, which scorched 630 acres.Just after CAL FIRE officials had taken down the last fire command center signs at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds on Sunday, it happened again. Last week, CAL […]


Ronald Williams of Santa Barbara was visiting his son, Paul, and daughter-in-law, Therese, of Bootjack and they went to the fireworks show at Lake McClure last Saturday where he took this photo…. An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. To continue reading please enter your username and password below. Not a subscriber? Please click here to order […]

Lake McClure nears capacity, MID to start releasing inflows

If you’ve driven by Lake McClure lately or taken your boat out on it, you’ve probably noticed how high the water level is. Mike Jensen, public relations officer for the Merced Irrigation District, said the lake was almost to full to capacity as of last week. The maximum operating level of Lake McClure is 867 feet above sea level. The […]

Hospital CEO is terminated

Alan MacPheeThe John C. Fremont Healthcare District Board of Directors voted Sunday to terminate CEO Alan MacPhee. The vote came following a rare Sunday executive session that was called by the board following its nearly seven hour meeting last week. At that meeting, their executive session was for MacPhee’s performance evaluation and was continued to the Sunday meeting, where he […]

Tensions high at hospital meeting

Tensions were high at times during a marathon meeting of the John C. Fremont Healthcare District last week. Several major issues were discussed, including changing a key policy about salaries, deleting another policy about administrator salaries as well as one board member questioning the ethics of the board chairman. The meeting lasted nearly seven hours and the board still didn’t […]

Body of missing teen is discovered

The body of a Mariposa teen who went missing after going into the Merced River last week has been found. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, Ronnie Ray Cole, 19, was found on Saturday near Bagby. The report said in the afternoon, the Mariposa County Emergency Dispatch Center received a 911 call stating the caller had located what they […]

Work to repair section of Triangle Road slated soon

Deterioration of new asphalt is blamed for issue

Travelers on Triangle Road in Mariposa County may experience road construction this week or next. Mariposa County Department of Public Works Director Mike Healy said there was a surface failure on the road since it was reconstructed last year. That failure, he said, is between one-half and three-quarters of a mile. Healy said officials “saw deterioration” on the road. After […]

Panelists selected to serve on Grand Jury

On July 7, 2017, at the Mariposa County Courthouse, the Honorable Michael A. Fagalde, Mariposa County Superior Court Assistant Presiding Judge, announced the 2016-2017 Grand Jury. The following Mariposa County residents were selected to serve as Grand Jurors: Robert Fox, Kimberly Flora, Jaye Howes, Mark Marschall, Melonie Noel, Lorrayne Norman, Timothy Pellow, Adrian Perez, Kirk Robinson, Greg Royse and Clarence […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log

June 26 – There was a report of a stranded swimmer at Briceburg in Midpines. • Trespassing was reported on Indian Peak Road. • Someone locked their keys in the car on Highway 140. June 27 – Grand theft was alleged on Coachman Road. • There was a report of a missing tortoise on Antone Road. • A suspicious vehicle […]

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Reader Eric Munyon took this photo of a gopher snake in Mariposa County. Do you have a photo for this weekly feature? If so, email it to 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 please enter your username and password […]