County responds in controversial Cox case



After months of silence, an official from Mariposa County is now speaking out about the controversial Jerry Cox case. At least somewhat. The Cox case, which is actually two cases, has been the subject of much public scrutiny over the past few months. Cox, who owns the Bison Creek Ranch, at one time faced life in prison after being charged […]

Who-o-o-o dat?



Newspaper reader Duane Robinson took this photo of a rare Great Gray Owl, which was spotted at the Indian Peak Ranch the day after Thanksgiving. The Great Gray Owl is endangered in California and wildlife officials estimate there are only between 100 and 200 in the state. This bird has been documented as the largest species of owl, by length, […]

Judges raises bond in case against Willey



Luke WilleyA man who is accused of severely beating another man and threatening a woman with a gun had his bond increased last week in Mariposa County Superior Court. Luke Willey, 38, appeared before Mariposa County Superior Court Judge Michael Fagalde last week after he was arrested in Fresno and then transported back to Mariposa County. He faces 10 felony […]

School takes big step to assist in college education




For the first time ever, high school students in grades 10- 12 at Mariposa County High School will be able to receive guaranteed, transcripted college credit through a series of courses offered by Merced College. Not only that, but they will be able to do so during their regular high school day. This opportunity will be completely free to high […]

Ferguson project future still uncertain



Crews spent several weeks doing boring work at the Ferguson Project earlier this year. Those test results are now in, however, Caltrans officials are doing a close analysis before making any final determinations.Dealing with a rockslide is anything but an exact science. Dealing with a massive rockslide complicates matters even more. “We want to make sure we spend the time […]

National discussion about sex assault may have benefits, even on local level: experts




 Matt Lauer. Bill O’Reilly. Harvey Weinstein. And that’s just a partial list. As almost everyone knows, the list of high-profile people who have been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior, sometimes even rape, continues to grow. It’s now a national discussion. But what about on the local level? What about victims of abuse who are not high-profile? What can they do […]

Remains of missing teen found at Park



The body of a missing teenager has been found in Yosemite National Park. Gerardo Cruz Hernandez of Santa Barbara went missing on Nov. 22 from Santa Barbara. His vehicle was found later that day at Glacier Point, a popular destination in the Park. A week later, officials from Yosemite National Park said they positively identified the remains of Hernandez. Officials […]

Park roads closed for season



Two popular roads in Yosemite National Park are now closed for the season. Tioga and Glacier Point roads have been shut down, according to the National Park Service. Officials said recent winter storm activity throughout the Park has resulted in snow accumulations about at 6,000 feet. Glacier Point and Tioga roads close each fall when snow creates hazardous driving conditions […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log



Nov. 27 – There was a report of a cats versus chickens incident on Highway 140. • A neighbor dispute was reported on Monte Vista Lane. • There was a report of a buck stuck in a fence on Colorado Road. • A noise complaint was investigated on Ganns Corral Road. • A protective order situation was reported on Live […]

Your photos



Reader and former Mariposa County Sheriff Jim Allen has almost become a local Facebook sensation with his evening photos bidding folks “goodnight from Bootjack.” This photo was submitted earlier this year by Allen of a sunset in Bootjack. We felt it appropriate to feature this photo this week given Allen’s rise to fame in Mariposa County. Do you have a […]