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Local Businesses Adapt, Get Creative During Trying Times

OAKHURST — From curbside marketplaces for restaurants to virtual wine tastings, Yosemite’s southern gateway businesses are adapting to meet the changing customer needs in a time when the public is doing its part with social distancing practices. Erna’s Elderberry House Restaurant at the Chateau du Sureau in Oakhurst wants to bring a comforting, nutritious meal to your kitchen. Chef Robert ...

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Bass Lake Resort ‘Reinvents’ Business During Coronavirus Crisis

BASS LAKE — It’s no secret the hospitality industry has been hit extremely hard by the COVID-19 crisis. Direct health concerns as well strict restrictions and directives from health officials, including social distancing, sheltering in place and closing the area’s main attraction – Yosemite National Park — has resulted in a significant drop in all tourism-related business. In just the ...

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Realtor: Area Home Prices Rise Average 43% Since 2010

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Real estate prices in and around eastern Madera County have continued their slow but steady climb over the past decade, according to Ed Bailey of Ed Bailey Realty in Oakhurst. Between 2010 and 2019, the overall gain in the median price of an area home rose 43 percent, Bailey reported this week. The price tag on properties ...

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McClintock Blasts Coronavirus Recovery Act as Dow Plunges

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WASHINGTON — Congressman Tom McClintock (R-California, 4th District) has issued a statement sharply critical of H.R. 6201 — the so-called “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” passed by the House in the early hours Saturday morning (March 14). The response came as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 2,997 points Monday — tallying its largest single point drop in history. McClintock, ...

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Report: Madera Among Fastest-Growing Counties in Western U.S.

MADERA COUNTY — According to the latest government data, Madera County is outpacing other similar-sized counties, both in California and around the western U.S., in terms of economic growth. Recently published United States Bureau of Economic Analysis records show that for 2018, the latest year for which statistics have been compiled, Madera County saw the fastest growth in real GDP ...

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Update: Supervisors Debate Ballot Measure to Hike TOT

MADERA — Madera County supervisors continue to consider asking voters in November to OK raising Madera County’s Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) rate by at least 2 percent. At their regularly scheduled board meeting last week, supervisors planned to debate hiring a pollster to gauge county residents’ appetite for an increase in the TOT rate from its current 11 percent  — ...

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Hwy 41 Construction: CHP Outlines Three-Way Stop Etiquette

OAKHURST — With the construction project tied to replacing Oakhurst’s main sewer line underway — and the intersection of Highways 41 and 49 currently operating as a three-way stop — the Oakhurst California Highway Patrol office reports that the agency has been fielding a lot of questions lately regarding “who has the right of way at a three-way stop?” So ...

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GABA, Hwy 120 Chamber Present 1st Annual Groveland ‘Her’story Month

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GROVELAND — In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, the Yosemite Hwy 120 Chamber of Commerce and the Groveland Area Business Alliance (GABA) have teamed up with local businesses to celebrate female leadership within the Groveland community. The first annual Groveland ‘Her’story Month will take place in March 2020 and will be marked by window clings at ...

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Drowning in Debt, McClatchy Files for Bankruptcy

SACRAMENTO — McClatchy Co., the country’s second-largest news company and owner of the Fresno Bee and Sierra Star, announced Thursday it has filed for bankruptcy. The company said Thursday morning its Chapter 11 filing would remove 60 percent of its debt and help direct the organization transition toward a digital future. “While this is obviously a sad milestone after 163 ...

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Oakhurst Submits Entry in HGTV Hometown Makeover Contest

OAKHURST — Not to be outdone by its sister community in North Fork, some Oakhurst residents joined together this past week to produce their own video entry for HGTV’s “Hometown Takeover” contest — which is offering to totally remake one small U.S. town. Oakhurst’s video, which includes pictures of older business storefronts as well as nature scenes from Yosemite and ...

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