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County: Sewer Project to Cause Hwy 41 Delays through October

OAKHURST — The Madera County Public Works department has started a major construction project that will impact traffic along Oakhurst’s main artery — Highway 41 — for the next nine months. “Expect delays and changing traffic patterns as the signage and routes are expected to change,” warned an advisory issued this week by the California Highway Patrol. The construction work ...

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Area Home Sales, Median Prices Hold Steady in 2019

MOUNTAIN AREA — 2019 proved to be a solid year for home sales in eastern Madera County, according Realtor Ed Bailey of Ed Bailey Realty. Bailey compiled year-end data from California Regional MLS reports released in 2019. Here’s his rundown of mountain area home sale activity and median sales prices: Ahwahnee — 27 homes sold, median price $343,000, average time ...

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PG&E Warns of Scams Targeting Customers by Phone

MOUNTAIN AREA — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) is alerting customers to be aware of ongoing scam phone calls with criminals threatening to shut off power if a payment is not made. There reportedly have been double the number of scam attempts, in some areas, compared to this time last year. PG&E’s Corporate Security department has received several reports ...

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Restaurant Month Spotlight: The Elderberry House

Eastern Madera County is home to waterfalls, giant trees and culinary royalty. In honor of California Restaurant Month, happening throughout January, SNO presents a special series spotlighting each participating restaurant. OAKHURST — The Elderberry House is a local crown jewel. The restaurant is a part of Château du Sureau, which has earned the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Five Star award, ...

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Restaurant Month Spotlight: Idle Hour Winery

Eastern Madera County is home to waterfalls, giant trees and culinary royalty. In honor of California Restaurant Month, happening throughout January, SNO presents a special series spotlighting each participating restaurant. OAKHURST — You love Idle Hour Winery’s wine, tasting room, riverside patio, walking trails and live music series. Now you can love Idle Hour Winery that much more, as Chef ...

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PG&E Offering More Than 150 College Scholarships

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced this week that scholarship applications are now being accepted for college-bound high schoolers as well as current college and continuing education students living in Northern and Central California. More than 150 awards totaling nearly $500,000 are being made available through PG&E scholarships, which includes the employee resource group (ERG), engineering ...

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Federal Appeals Court to Hear Mono Casino Case

SAN FRANCISCO — The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear oral arguments next month in the appeal currently blocking efforts by the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians to build a casino near Madera. A court date has been set for Tuesday, February 11 at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 1 of the James R. Browning ...

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Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel Loses Four-Diamond Rating

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — The iconic Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park has lost some of its luster — and its long time four-diamond status, according to a story published today by the San Francisco Chronicle. “Guests at the landmark property, where presidents and queens have wined, dined and snoozed at the foot of Half Dome, are reporting bad food, ...

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Forks Burger Garnishes ‘Best of Decade’ List at New Yorker Magazine

BASS LAKE — Mountain area residents in search of a great burger need look no further than their own backyard — at least according to the food critic at the prestigious New Yorker magazine, whose lunch experience at The Forks Resort restaurant in 2015 made her “best-of-the-decade” list. In a story published last week titled “The Best Things I’ve Eaten ...

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Wheeler Outlines Top Priorities for 2020

AHWAHNEE — District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler thinks 2020 is going to be “another up year” for eastern Madera County. “The last two or three years have been really good ones for us,” Wheeler said this week from his ranch in Ahwahnee. “Our budget’s been up. Our economy is up. Unemployment is low. We’re among the top ten counties in ...

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