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Benefit BBQ For Mariposa Deputy Mirelez & Family

MARIPOSA – “Come out and show your support for a local deputy who put his life on the line to help serve and protect this community,” say organizers of a BBQ Benefit Dinner in support of Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputy Rudy Mirelez and his family. Deputy Mirelez, a 10-year veteran, was shot during a traffic stop in the early morning ...

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Berryhill Staff Holds Local Office Hours

MOUNTAIN AREA – A staff member from the office of State Senator Tom Berryhill will hold a day of Mobile District Office hours in Mariposa and Oakhurst this month. On Thursday, Oct. 22, Outreach Coordinator Gonzalo Villegas will be available for conversation with the public about legislation and other issues of interest to the community. Villegas will be at the ...

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Wounded Mariposa Deputy Identified As Rudy Mirelez

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the identity of the deputy shot in the line of duty on Thursday, Oct. 1, as 10-year veteran Rudy Mirelez. Deputy Mirelez is still listed in critical condition in a Modesto hospital where he will undergo many more surgeries on his road to recovery. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the ...

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Wounded Deputy Stable, Account Set Up For Donations

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office says the deputy shot during a traffic stop yesterday morning just south of Mariposa is listed in critical but stable condition at this hour. They report that he is able to respond to voice commands and make eye contact with visitors. Many Sheriff’s Office staff and family members have been with him ...

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Sheriff Guarded But Optimistic About Deputy’s Condition

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Sheriff Doug Binnewies says the suspect who shot a Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputy this morning after a chase through town apparently wanted to be pulled over. In an interview with ABC30’s Gene Haagenson this evening, Sheriff Binnewies said it appears that Brian Ballasch was intentionally driving in an erratic manner and dangerously passed a marked deputy’s patrol ...

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Mariposa County Deputy Shot During Traffic Stop

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputy was shot this morning during a traffic stop, and has been airlifted to a Valley hospital. At approximately 6 a.m., sheriff deputies initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle due to erratic driving. A pursuit ensued on Highway 49 just south of the town of Mariposa. The suspect, Brian Ballasch, a 35-year-old ...

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Big Turnout For District 2 Art Show

Submitted by the Mariposa County Arts Council MARIPOSA – The Mariposa County Arts Council announced the success of the 3rd Annual District 2 Art Show recently, featuring the work of artists and craftsmen/craftswomen living in Greeley Hill, Coulterville, Don Pedro, and the surrounding areas, at the home of Merlin and Mimi Jones in Greeley Hill. Local artists and craftsmen and ...

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“Ventriloquist” Owls Kick Off Audubon Program Season

Contributed by Len McKenzie – Owls hold a fascination for people. Perhaps it’s their nocturnal habits (of most species), their hunting prowess, their haunting nighttime calls, their silent flight or the sense of mystery they evoke in us. In popular mythical culture and children’s stories they symbolize wisdom and nobility, yet they are, along with spiders and bats, among the ...

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Get Your Howl On For Coulterville CoyoteFest

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Coulterville CoyoteFest is Saturday, Sept. 26, featuring a parade, car show, live music, vendors, food and refreshments, petting zoo and Kids Korner, 50/50 horseshoe contest and goods overflowing onto the sidewalks throughout Historic Main Street. There will also be a truly unique 30th Annual Coyote Howling Contest. Make this a great day in Historic Coulterville… the ...

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Mariposa Sheriff’s Rx Drug Disposal Event

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be set up at several locations in Mariposa County  on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., allowing local residents to return their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal. Bring your medications for disposal to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office located ...

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