Flooding, a convict and impassable roads, oh my

Catheys Valley resident Brett Baumann took this photo of the flooding on Hornitos Road at Bear Creek last Thursday. Crews are working around the clock to repair damage throughout Mariposa County. Brett Baumann was on his way to Modesto last Thursday afternoon. He never made it and the ensuing days would prove to be both trying and rewarding following a […]

County officials now in process of cleaning up mess

Local resident Eric Munyon submitted this photo of a raging creek during last week’s flooding. This photo was taken in Mariposa. Creeks and streams throughout the county overflowed during the flood and officials are still assessing the damage.It came seemingly out of nowhere and lasted for just a couple of hours. But the damage last week’s massive storm left behind […]

Highways 49, 132 to be closed at least six weeks

Shown is the collapsed section of Highway 132 near Piney Creek in northern Mariposa County. The roadway will be closed from six to eight weeks, according to Caltrans officials. Submitted photoLast week’s storms have had a major impact on many aspects of Mariposa County. Besides displaced residents, torn up roads and bridges and more, there is a long-term impact, as […]

Two people remain missing after flood

There was flooding throughout the county, including in the area near Stumpfield Mountain Road, as shown in this photo. This is the middle fork of the Chowchilla River. Photo by John Mabon Two area residents remain missing following the storm and flooding from March 22. Carol Brown, 72, of Catheys Valley and John Honesto, 67, of Don Pedro, have still […]

New Yosemite chief brings local roots back to park

Mike Reynolds takes over command of crown jewel in the national system

Mike Reynolds is the new superintendent at Yosemite National Park. He understands many challenges face Yosemite, but hopes to address them as quickly as possible. Photos by Nicole W. Little Editor’s note: Last week, Mike Reynolds, the new — and permanent — superintendent at Yosemite National Park, sat down for nearly an hour for an exclusive interview with the Mariposa […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Jail Booking Report

Here are some of the highlights from the recent booking reports at the Mariposa County Jail. March 19 – Larry Queen, 66, Merced, was arrested on several local arrest warrants. Charges include credit card fraud, conspiracy to commit a crime, theft of a elderly/dependent and petty theft. March 20 – Jack Dubartavis Kari, 18, El Portal, was arrested for child […]

Sheriff’s Daily Log

March 19 – Three suspicious persons were reported on Old Highway South in Catheys Valley. • A target shooting complaint was investigated on Mosher Road. • There was a report of a cow in Granite Springs Road in Coulterville. March 20 – A dog was reported in Highway 140 in Midpines. • There was a neighbor complaint on School Lane […]

Your photos

Reader Sandy Webb submitted this photo. She said: “This majestic beauty comes to visit a few times a month. It’s a joy to watch him scout out the pond for fish.” 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. Submitted photo… An […]


In our March 22 edition, we made a major mistake in our lead story about a local candidate who has a violent past but says he is now rehabilitated. We listed his name as Gary Amundson but it should have been Tony Amundson. We sincerely apologize for any confusion this has caused. We strive to make as few errors as […]

Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale returns

The Mariposa Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale is back. Mariposa’s biggest plant sale is slated Saturday, April 28 beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting until it is sold out. It will be in the Amigo Picnic area of the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. As always, there will be hundreds of edible plants (loads of tomatoes are already started). In response from […]