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Fire danger remains high with temperatures rising

 State officials are warning the fire danger is going to be high over the coming week and urging residents to use caution. With temperatures forecast near 100 over the next week, and not a drop of rain in sight, CAL FIRE officials are saying conditions are ripe for wildfires. That, combined with the Fourth of July week where people will […]

The National Sword

It sounds ominous, and it is in the recycling world

This might look like a lot of cardboard recycling, but in reality, it is not. The brown box on the left is considered cardboard, but the rest is now classified as “mixed paper” and it is having local ramifications.The Green Fence. The National Sword. It sounds like something straight out of an action hero movie. But that’s just not the […]


Heritage House officials focused on that issue and giving hope to addicts

Debra Barcellos is shown at Mariposa Heritage House. Photo by Matt Johnson Debra Barcellos knows the ugly side of addiction. Barcellos was addicted to alcohol and drugs for several years. She lost her happiness, her identity and nearly lost her children. That was until a phone call came from her younger brother who lived in the Bay Area. He was […]

Annual Yosemite Music Festival set this weekend

Ian Moore, who has toured with the Rolling Stones, ZZ Top and Bob Dylan, will perform in Mariposa this weekend. Submitted photoAsk any Mariposa resident what they like about living in the area and you will often get some variation of, “everything is just better in the mountains.” This can be applied to the 2018 Yosemite Music Festival set for […]

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 […]

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