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Sweetwater Steakhouse Closes, New Owners Renovating Property

OAKHURST — The Sweetwater Steakhouse has served up its last steak. The restaurant, in operation for fifteen years, quietly closed its doors last month. Owned and operated by David DeSanders since 2005, the restaurant was known for its prime cuts of grilled steaks and chops, “raw” seafood bar and “loaded” baked potatoes. But business at the steakhouse apparently went from ...

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ArborWorks Branches Out In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — “We have a lot of people working in this area and really want to be involved in the community,” says Chriso Lee, director of operations for ArborWorks Inc., a tree care company that in just the past few years has become one of the area’s largest employers. Every day, the company sends dozens of crews out around the ...

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Saving The Oakhurst Boys & Girls Club

OAKHURST — About three dozen people turned out Monday night for an emergency ‘Call to Action’ meeting organized to help save the local Boys & Girls Club. The nonprofit club, which has been operating in Oakhurst since 1999, announced last week it would be temporarily closing for the summer at the end of June because of an ongoing lack of ...

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Fire Safety: What You Learn Could Save Your Life

OAKHURST — Area residents looking for ways to “harden” their homes and prepare for fire season got some tips on Saturday, June 15 at Oakhurst Elementary when Madera County officials, in partnership with other area public safety agencies, hosted a wildland fire safety workshop. “Go home and put on your firefighter hat and take a good look around your home ...

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North Fork Roundabout Construction Starts ‘Smoothly’

NORTH FORK — Work on Madera County’s first public roundabout, a $1.9-million project that will dramatically transform the intersection of Roads 225 and 274 in North Fork, kicked off this week. Ahmad Alkhayyat, Madera County’s public works director, reported the construction work, which began Monday, is starting out “smoothly.” “No issues thus far,” Alkhayyat said Thursday afternoon. One of a ...

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Yosemite Grad Sprinting Toward 2020 Olympics

LONG BEACH — Former Oakhurst resident and 2012 Yosemite High School (YHS) valedictorian Riley Cooks has emerged as a top contender to make the 2020 U.S. Olympic heptathlon team. Riley, 25, is now living in southern California and working as a substitute school teacher while training to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. Her next major hurdle — and javelin throw ...

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PG&E Holds ‘Public Safety Power Shutoff’ Wildfire Safety Meeting

MARIPOSA — PG&E will host the first in a planned series of public meetings to let area residents know more about the utility’s new ‘Public Safety Power Shutoff’ plan, which allows PG&E to shut off electric distribution and transmission power lines that pass through high fire-threat areas during periods of high winds, extreme low humidity or other potentially dangerous conditions. ...

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Graydon’s Expert Tips For Transporting Pets In Extreme Heat

MOUNTAIN AREA — Amanda Steen, co-owner with her sister Alison of Graydon Kennels in Coarsegold, offers some tips to area pet owners when traveling with pets during the scorching heat of summer. “Whether your pet rides inside the car or truck or outside in the truck bed, higher temperatures mean even more precautions need to be taken,” Amanda says. The ...

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Steen Sisters Carry On Family Tradition At Graydon Kennels

COARSEGOLD — Graydon Kennels has been family-owned and operated since 1975, but with the untimely passing of longtime owner Michael Steen in January 2018, his 30-year-old twin daughters — Amanda and Alison — were left with the challenge of keeping the family business running. “It’s been a stressful time for us but we’re trying very hard to carry on my ...

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