Ranch seizure draws ire of defense attorney

Another court hearing slated for Oct. 4

A ranch in Mariposa County is now in the hands of the state and the owner believes the taking of the property was illegal. Jerry Cox, 48, who was recently exonerated in a felony case in which he was charged with multiple counts of sex-related crimes, was in Mariposa County Superior Court last week arguing in another case. That case […]

Melissa Harris returns to MES while battling cancer

Against the odds


Melissa Harris (left) receives a hug from principal Erin Vereschagin. Below, several posters hung on walls around the playground in support of Harris.Being a third grade teacher has all kinds of challenges. Making sure the students behave, being able to teach them new concepts and of course, being able to keep their attention are just a few. But all of […]

Two bridge approaches may be repaired quickly



Mike HealyMike Healy is hopeful. Finally. Healy, the director of public works for Mariposa County, has been waiting months to feel hopeful. “These are the ones that caused sleepless nights,” said Healy. He’s speaking specifically of two bridge approaches in the County which were washed out in the February flooding. They are located on Indian Peak Road and White Rock […]

Ah, might as well jump

Skydiving business set to land in Mariposa


Paul Wignall fuels up a plane at the Mariposa Yosemite Airport recently after a test flight.A skydiving business is set for takeoff next year. Skydive Yosemite, which will operate out of the Mariposa/ Yosemite Airport, is planning to be open to the public in March of 2018. It will be the only skydiving operation in the region which offers views […]

Local couple loses case against Mariposa County, several others



A couple who sued Mariposa County over “gross violation” of California law have lost their bid in Mariposa County Superior Court. The ruling was handed down last week against Daniel and Juliet Sohn, according to court documents. The suit was filed in November 2016 and focused on the California Subdivision Map Act. The Sohns live at 410 Vista Grande Way […]

Man injured after truck overturns on Highway 140



Emergency workers extract a man from an overturned vehicle last week on Highway 140.A Mariposa man was injured after his truck over turned on Highway 140 last week. According to the California Highway Patrol, James Walter Houtz, 48, was driving his 1987 Ford Ranger east on Highway 140 at around 3 p.m. on Sept. 13. The CHP said for an […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log



Sept. 11 – An attempted burglary was reported on Highway 140. • Deputies investigated vandalism on Fairgrounds Road. • There was a burglary on Rainbow Road. • Spousal abuse was investigated on Ben Hur Road. Sept. 12 – Lost property was reported at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. • Fraud was investigated on Triangle Road. • A verbal dispute was reported […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

Sept. 11 - 17

• EMS – 3• Fires – 2• Public Assists – 1• Auto Collisions – 2 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, they want to hear from you. Positions are available for fire/medical and various support duties. No […]

Bon Ton Cafe — A taste of the South



William “Big Will” Decker cooks up some Southern food at the Bon Ton Cafe in Bear Valley. The new restaurant features a southern and Cajun menu.William “Big Will” Decker loves to cook. Almost as much as he loved to eat — until his life changed completely. “I looked at my pill box,” said Decker. In that box were more than […]

Wall announces candidacy for Mariposa County DA



Walter WallI am running for the office of District Attorney because I am the best candidate to protect and preserve the Mariposa County community and our way of life. Mariposa is home to me and my family. I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve the community in a wide variety of ways. My wife and children are integral […]