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Clampers to Dedicate New Bass Lake Monument

BASS LAKE — The Grub Gulch chapter of E. Clampus Vitus — better known as the “Clampers” — will dedicate their newest monument at Bass Lake next weekend. The monument, which commemorates the history of Bass Lake, Willow Creek and the recreational and commercial development history of the popular resort, is located at the Yosemite RV Park. According to Dan ...

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Western Movie Filming at Bandit Town

NORTH FORK — Bandit Town has been scene of movie productions in the past, and that trend continues with a new feature — “Above Snakes” –currently filming at the picturesque location. The film’s director, Tyler Smith, comes from the famed local production company “Tremendum” — which produced the thriller “The Gallows” and the just released “Gallows 2.” This time Smith ...

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‘Chukchansi Cares’ Program Gives $25K to Local Nonprofits

COARSEGOLD — Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino gave some local nonprofits a big boost this week, handing out more than $25,000 to the well-deserving organizations. Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at a check presentation ceremony at Nativo’s, representatives from Chukchansi donated $25,800 to eight different local nonprofits as part of its “Chukchansi Cares” program. For the past eight weeks, the ...

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Dan Lyle Named New GM at Tenaya Lodge

Dan Lyle

FISH CAMP — Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite has named Dan Lyle as general manager of the 352-room resort located at Yosemite National Park’s south gate. “The opportunity to join the Tenaya team and return to the Yosemite region is a special honor,” said Lyle. “I began my career in 1987 at the Yosemite Park and Curry Company, so my career ...

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Tractor Supply Poised to Begin Construction of New Oakhurst Store

OAKHURST — Construction appears poised to begin on the mountain area’s first Tractor Supply Co. store, the popular farm and ranch retailer that announced six months ago it was coming to Oakhurst. While some unexpected delays in closing the deal have had project developers tight-lipped recently, SNO has learned that plans for the new location remain in place — with ...

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Wheeler: Hike in TOT Could Fund New Fire Reduction District

MADERA — Supervisor Tom Wheeler is promoting a proposal which he says could help provide local home owners some relief from sky-high insurance costs. The plan, Wheeler adds, could also help reduce fire risk. The proposal comes at a time when many in the mountain community are struggling to pay for and maintain homeowners’ insurance — and concern is only ...

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Could Chipotle or Panda Express Be Coming to Oakhurst?

OAKHURST — The former home of the Whopper could become the area’s first Chipotle or Panda Express — that’s if the real estate broker currently marketing the now-vacant building can attract a top-tier “fast-casual” new restaurant operator to the area. “I’ve had some interest in the property from several clients I’ve worked with in the past,” said Troy Mathias, a ...

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Power Outage Ends in Parts of Oakhurst, Enters Day 2 in North Fork

MOUNTAIN AREA — With power slowly returning to parts of eastern Madera County, including sections of Oakhurst and Yosemite Lakes Park, area residents remained confused as to whether another Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) may occur Tuesday — with high winds predicted and PG&E warning it may have to pull the plug again. Meanwhile, areas hit by high winds Sunday ...

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‘Public Safety Power Shutoff’ Hits Eastern Madera County

By Sarah Jackson Special to Sierra News Online MOUNTAIN AREA — Shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday, PG&E began powering off eastern Madera County. PG&E customers from North Fork to Oakhurst to Yosemite Lakes Park began reporting their power was out between 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. According to PG&E’s website, as many as 16,675 PG&E customers around eastern Madera County could ...

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Bond Sale Still Stalling North Fork Biomass Project

NORTH FORK — Construction of a long-awaited biomass plant remains on hold as project proponents continue to grapple with financing issues related to PG&E’s bankruptcy. “We’re in no better or worse shape than we were several months ago,” said Greg Stangl, CEO of Phoenix Energy, one of the project’s developers along with the North Fork Community Development Council (CDC). The ...

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