CAL FIRE, county working out fire department issues

To date, most believe arrangement is making progress

MCHS fire science student Jonathan Trujillo, who recently graduated from MCHS, works on a fire engine with volunteer instructor Dustin Ross. Photo by Matt Johnson Editor’s note: This is the final in a four-part series about the Mariposa County Fire Department, including its past, the present and the future. Firefighters are shown during a training exercise. Mariposa County Fire and […]

Volunteers needed to be part of shrinking county fire ranks

As with all volunteer organizations, there is one key element. Volunteers. In recent years, the ranks of the Mariposa County Fire Department have fallen — a nationwide trend. For volunteer firefighter Harve Dearing, the numbers are alarming and he’s hoping more people will decide to join the ranks. “It is still difficult to reach but there is a pool out […]

Grizzly Fire sets stage for future firefighters



Outside of school district and tourism industry jobs, firefighting is one of the most important careers in Mariposa County. That makes it vitally important to have a training ground of sorts for youth who will be filling firefighting jobs in the future. The Mariposa County High School Grizzly Fire Program provides that training. The fire program is offered for sophomores, […]

Could Mariposa Middle School make a return?



It’s one of the most common questions school board members and school district employees receive from the community: will the Mariposa County Unified School District ever reopen the middle school? “Since the day I arrived in the district, the first year I was asked probably weekly,” said Superintendent Robin Hopper. “I know you guys (school board members) have been asked […]

Ballasch back in court after a finding by CDC


Brian Ballasch The man serving 27 years for nearly killing a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputy was back in court this week. Brian Ballasch, 38, Merced, is serving the sentence in state prison but an error in some of the charges prompted him to be brought back to court. Mariposa County District Attorney Thomas Cooke said the California Department of […]

Body of missing woman found, man still missing

The area where Carol Brown’s body was found is shown. Submitted photo The body of a 72-year-old woman who had been missing for nearly three months was recovered. Carol Brown, who went missing during the extreme flooding event of March 22, was found. On Saturday, June 16 Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office personnel, search and rescue personnel and cadaver dogs from […]

Cox case leaves questions


Not a lot of information was released this week in the high-profile case against a local man accused of more than 100 code violations. Jerry Cox, who has been at the center of a receivership case for well over a year, was in Mariposa County Superior Court on Monday, but his attorney was not present. Cox told Judge Dana Walton […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Daily Log June 18 – Trapped cats were reported on Boyer and La Rosa Roads in Mariposa. • An abandoned horse was reported on Ben Hur Road in Mariposa. • A vegetation fire was reported on Highway 132 and Wheeler Gulch in Coulterville. • A burglary was reported on Paraiso Boulevard in Lake Don Pedro. • Deputies investigated a […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

June 17-23

• EMS – 7 • Fires – 5 • Public Assists – 0 • 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, we would love to hear from you! Positions are available for fire/medical and […]

IN BRIEF …

Adult ed summer hours listed The Adult Diploma Class summer hours will be by appointment only for the summer session. Students can contact Debbie at 742-0362 to schedule an appointment. Fall enrollement information is also available at this number. Happy Birthday Cousin Jack! The 14th annual Cousin Jack Birthday Party will be held on July 1 at the Mariposa Art […]