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Work Underway Once Again On The Mountain House

OAKHURST – Recent activity at the historic Mountain House has been underway for about a month and many are curious about what’s going on with this beloved landmark. General contractor Steve Gabbard, owner of Oakhurst-based Sun Construction, spoke with Sierra News Online (SNO) and was happy to share that construction and restoration of the Mountain House is back underway after ...

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One Stop Shop: Advanced Auto, Technique Towing, Hertz Auto Rental

OAKHURST — In 1990, Otto “Noe” Gramajo was working for Jeff Taylor at Jeff’s Fine Auto Service in Coarsegold. They specialized in Volvos, both maintenance and repair along with the sale of the popular foreign car. Jeff was looking to move to San Luis Obispo and Noe seized the moment by buying the company. Little did he know, a new life as an ...

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Yosemite Mortgage: Your Hometown Lender

OAKHURST — The motto at Yosemite Mortgage is, “your local hometown lender, doing more than others expect,” and the family company has been serving the mountain community with that in mind for decades, building relationships as a top priority. It all began with Roger Schneider, born and raised in Fresno, and a resident of the mountain area since the 1960s. ...

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Sierra Mercantile: It’s A Family Affair

OAKHURST — When searching for the daily necessities to outfit family or that gift for someone special, and you want to shop locally, look no further than Sierra Mercantile. From sophisticated and classic to contemporary mountain style, customers think Sierra Mercantile is a great place to shop, and the two sisters who run the store agree wholeheartedly. Paula Henry, 64, and ...

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Small Town Hospitality At Napa Auto Parts

NORTH FORK — When you think about small town service and hospitality, you might just be thinking of Napa Auto Parts and it’s proprietor, Daniel Tilden. Friends and regular customers already know the value he adds to the community, providing honest information and working to get what’s needed as soon as possible. People trust in that. Daniel says he was fortunate to be raised ...

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Fun, Laughter, And Enrichment: Indian Springs Children’s Center

OAKHURST — Indian Springs Children’s Center has been the life focus of Jean Boren for the last 26 years. What began out of necessity for this one-time working mother in the business industry, quickly became a calling when she answered the offer to work in a preschool and stepped into a new life. Jean likes to think that “when we go with ...

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Madera County’s Newest Deputy Dog Wins Over The Crowd

NORTH FORK — Madera County’s newest K9 officer provided a demonstration last week for the group that helped to make his acquisition possible. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, members of the Friendship Circle at Grace Community Church in North Fork were honored with a special visit from Gastone, the 2-year-old Belgian Malinois whose purchase was made possible in part by the ...

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Drunken Behavior Forces Closure Of Post Office Lobby

NORTH FORK — North Fork residents have always been able to access the lobby and pick up their mail at the Post Office 24/7, day or night. But not anymore. The U.S Post Office in North Fork has been forced to change its hours of use and close the lobby by 7 p.m. daily, starting Nov 14, and it’s not ...

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Dreams Come True: Bioenergy Facility Groundbreaking

NORTH FORK — The exact center of California was the place to be today as the innovative North Fork Community Power Bioenergy Facility celebrated its official groundbreaking and the community united to welcome a new source of forest thinning and renewal. This is a pilot project that will pave the way for future facilities of its kind throughout the state. Madera County Fire Station 11 ...

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North Fork Successful Spooktacle

NORTH FORK — The charm was turned up to high for a howling good time in North Fork last night. What better way to spend a frightful dark All Hallows’ Eve than with a gathering of ghouls, goblins and princesses as they haunted the streets for treats in the town’s annual Halloween trunk or treat celebration? This year Bandit Town joined ...

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