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Bass Lake Water Company – Update

Friday, January 31st, 2014

KMPH and ABC 30 have reported that the Bass Lake Water Company is on the list of endangered water companies that could run out of water in 60-120- days. This info is NOT correct. The Bass Lake Water Company is NOT in danger of running out of water. BLWC was inadvertently added to that state list of water companies, but it has since been removed. Stephen Welch is the President of the Bass Lake Water Co. and he confirmed that Bass Lake Water Co should never have been on that list.  Please see the letter from California Department of Public Health below (the  double negative in the letter may be confusing):

California Department of Public Health
Drinking Water Program
Merced District
265 W. Bullard Ave., Suite 101
Fresno, Ca.  93704


As you know, the Governor’s Office provided a press release in regard to water systems that are currently experiencing problems in relation to the 2014 drought.  Subsequently, the Fresno Bee released an article listing three water systems in the Fresno/Madera area that are experiencing complications and could run out of water in the next 60 to 100 days.

The purpose of this email is to acknowledge that the Bass Lake Water Company (No. 2010003) should not have been included on the list since you have indicated that the system does not anticipate that it will not be able to adequately serve its customers over the next 60 to 100 days due to the drought conditions.

We commend Bass Lake Water Company for its efforts to improve its infrastructure over the last several years (tank improvements, distribution system improvements and planned new surface water treatment plant) to increase source capacity.

This will better prepare the water system for drought conditions and continue to provide a safe, wholesome, reliable source of supply to the customers of the water system.  Our office has made efforts to ensure that the Bass Lake Water Company is removed from the list of systems that were included in the press release to avoid any further unnecessary concerns.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the number below.

Thank you,

Kassy D. Chauhan, P.E.
559-447-3316 (Office)
559-385-5014 (Cell)

Yosemite Area Weather & Restaurant Information

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Information courtesy of Yosemite Sierra Visitor’s Bureau:

There’s a 50% chance of snow in Yosemite Valley on Thursday.

There are currently no chain restrictions on any of the open roads in Yosemite National Park.

Below is a list of restaurants open in our area on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 
Selected Mountain-Area Venues
Open Christmas Day 2013
Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley – Bracebridge Dinner Christmas Eve and Christmas Day– reservations required,
call 801/559-4935
Buckhorn Restaurant – North Fork – Breakfast, lunch and buffet after 1 pm – 877-8700
Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino – Buffet (11 am – 8 pm) Vintage Steakhouse (4 pm – 9 pm), Goldfield’s ( breakfast
8 am -11 am, dinner 11 am – 10 pm)– call for further info 866/ 794-6946
Denny’s – Open Christmas Day regular hours – 683-2000
Ducey’s on the Lake Restaurant – 11 am to 5 pm, Christmas buffet – adults $31.95; seniors 55+ $25.95, Children 4-
12, $15.95. Reservations required. – 642-3131
Erna’s Elderberry House – Reservations required – 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Adults $106, additional wine pairing $75, Children
$45 ) – 6-course menu – 683-6800
Jade Gazebo – open regular hours Christmas Eve & Christmas Day – 683-8600
Mountain Room at Yosemite Lodge, Yosemite Valley – 4 pm to 9 pm, reservations (209/372-1403)
Tenaya Lodge Restaurants – 683-6555
• Grand Ballroom Buffet – 12:30 am to 6:00 pm ($37.95 adults, $30.95, $15.95 children) call for reservations
• Sierra Restaurant – 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
• Embers Restaurant – 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Yosemite Bug, Midpines – Christmas Feast – 5 pm to 8:30 pm – see for
Yosemite Gateway Restaurant – open regular hours Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (6:30 am-11 am and 5 pm to 8
Wawona Hotel – 12 noon to 9 pm ($49.95 adults, $21.50 children 6 to 12, 5 and under free) Reservations are
recommended – 209/375-6556
The following selected restaurants WILL NOT be open on Christmas Eve (eve)
and/or Christmas Day(day)
Branding Iron (eve & day) ECCO (eve & day)
Crab Cakes (eve & day) River Creek Café at River Creek Golf Course(day)
El Cid (Day) South Gate Brewing Company
Todd’s BBQ(day) Katie’s Country Kitchen (closed eve & day)

40637 Highway 41 Oakhurst CA 93644
Phone: 559-683-4636 / Fax: 559-683-5697 ~

***Sonora Rim Fire*** WE NEED HELP!

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Sonora Rim Fire Folks in Need of Our Help & Support

from Sue Carner

Sonora Rim Fire August 23, 2013

Sonora Rim Fire August 23, 2013 Click for Inciweb

We don’t have emergencies like this very often but we need help, food, water, and probably additional funds for this fire for the fire people and the displaced residents.

There is a shelter at Sonora fairgrounds which you can get to by Hwy 49 and up from the valley hwy 120. The blockage is at or above the intersection of 49 & 120. American Red Cross is handling the shelter and the District 4A1 Lions are handling the kitchen.

PDG Tom Panhallegon (Sonora Lions) and his club have handled it so far but they will need help cooking and serving. PLEASE do not just show up. CALL PDG Tom (209) 694-5191 or his wife ZC Wendy Dart (209) 406-5015. He will have 3 shifts a day: 7 AM to Noon; Noon to 4 PM; 4 PM to 9 PM.

Per Red Cross, they have food through Sunday already donated for lunch and dinner. Priority is breakfast and dinner so they will probably need breakfast foods. Definitely need cooks and servers. Also need kitchen utensils, but Red Cross is looking into donations. If you plan to cook, might be smart to bring your own utensils.

You will probably have to park away from the fairgrounds as it may be parking for fire equipment.

Crane Valley Dam Seismic Retrofit Complete Dam Crest Now Open

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Crane Valley Dam Crest

PG&E is pleased to announce the completion of the Crane Valley Dam Seismic Retrofit Project and reopening of the Dam Crest pedestrian and bike trail access. The Crane Valley Dam Seismic Retrofit Project upgraded the dam to meet current federal and state seismic standards preventing downstream flooding in the event of a major earthquake and safeguarding the North Fork and downstream communities.

As the successful Seismic Retrofit Project is now complete, the focus returns to the recreation activities which bring thousands of people to Bass Lake every year for the scenery, fishing, boating and swimming. PG&E is working hard to help Bass Lake return back to its natural habitat with the completion of this project.

PG&E is truly in partnership with Bass Lake and surrounding communities. Crane Valley Dam and Bass Lake supply cost-effective and clean renewable energy, flood protection, habitat for fish and wildlife and for the community — provides public recreation areas which drive this local economy.

PG&E is committed to long term restoration efforts around the dam and Wishon Quarry sites. The 54-acre quarry site is being carefully restored with more than 30,000 trees planted as part of a plan to replenish the area with native vegetation. Additionally, PG&E committed to stock Bass Lake with high quality catchable and trophy rainbow trout. The first few fish stockings already occurred adding over 4,000 pounds of catchable and trophy rainbow trout added to the lake to date. Another 10 fish stockings are scheduled through May 2014 which adds another 13,000 pounds of high quality rainbow trout to Bass Lake.

The Crane Valley Dam Seismic Retrofit Project is a great example in working collaboratively with regulatory agencies and local community stakeholders to solve issues and meet different needs. We thank the Bass Lake and surrounding communities for their support helping make this a successful project.

We hope this summer brings a new wave of tourism to Bass Lake to enjoy this improved resource for the community.

Courtesy of PGE. Please visit for pictures of the completed dam and more information on the lifting of the lake level restriction now that the dam is complete.

Antique & Classic Wooden Boat Show at Bass Lake

Thursday, April 11th, 2013


April 4, 2013


Bass Lake Antique & Classic Wooden Boat Show, Saturday May 18, 2013

Banshee Tahoe Classic Wooden Boat

The 23rd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show will be held at Bass Lake on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Sponsored by the Bass Lake Lions Club and Bass Lake Boat Rentals, the show will feature over 50 of the finest preserved and restored watercraft to be found on the West Coast. The show is the annual rendezvous for the Southern and Northern California Chapters of the Antique and Classic Boat Society of America and promises to be one of the largest of the season in California.

The show takes place on the docks in front of Ducey’s On The Lake in the Pines Village on the North Shore of Bass Lake. Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission fee to see the boats is $5.00 per person (children under 10 free) with proceeds going toward sight preservation and other community projects supported by the Bass Lake Lions, including a camp for sight and hearing impaired children.

Bring your old eyeglasses, cell phones and hearing aids for recycling and get 2 free raffle tickets for the mega drawing.

For more information, please call Jim Milligin at (559) 642-3420.

Submitted by Beth Carver
Bass Lake Lions Club

25% OFF Mid-Week All-Day Lift Tickets

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Badger Pass


Receive 25% off Mid-Week All-Day Lift Tickets at Badger Pass Ski Area! Badger Pass features both downhill and cross country skiing as well as snowboarding and other winter sports.

One of the oldest ski areas in California, it is also one of the most family-friendly, with excellent instruction for all ages and levels of skill. Valid Jan. 7 – March 29, 2013. Valid weekdays only excluding Jan. 21, and Feb. 18-22. Badger Pass is approximately 45 minutes from Bass Lake.

All you have to do is book your stay, come on up, get your voucher and enjoy Badger Pass all day!

Click Here to Book Now

Let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks much,

Jan, Dolores and Patrick

Vacation Rentals Specialists
Bass Lake Realty
(559) 642-3600

Happy New Year from Bass Lake Realty!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Happy New Year

Here’s Wishing You All a Happy and Successful New Year!

Your Bass Lake Realty Team


Bass Lake News

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

I thought I would share Bass Lake water Sports’ most recent newsletter,

courtesy of Tom Tuso.  It includes good information on Bass Lake for

homeowners and visitors alike:


Dear Homeowner,

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Chanukah and Happy New Year,

We sincerely hope your Holidays bring joy and happiness to you and your loved ones.  Our thoughts and our prayers go out to those in need.  Bass Lake Water Sports will continue to do its part to donate to those less fortunate.  We are proud to be able to help The Manna House, Toys for Tots and several YHS projects this year and for years to come.

What an exciting year we have in front of us.  Rain and snow is helping give us the confidence we need to expect a full lake for 2013 (well, that and a little help from PG&E).  I will be surprised, based on the rainfall and expected rainfall, if we don’t see a full lake and a great year along with it.  PG&E, along with the Department of Fish and Game are stocking more trout than I have ever seen from our ramp.  They have stocked 5 thousand pounds of trout already, and I was informed more is on its way.  These are not just catchable trout, but ‘trophy’ trout, 12”-16” and plenty of them.  Fishing should be ‘off the hook’ this year, so bring the kids and the poles.

Bass Lake Water Sports is now part of the commercial properties in The Pines Village (Market, deli, banquets, weddings, bar, and the shops).  We are excited about this merger, and look forward to bringing you new ways to enjoy your home and our ‘town’ in Bass Lake.  As always, The Homeowners discount of 10% will continue in The Pines Market, and the 20% discount at Bass Lake Water Sports for any boat rental or store item, as well as the 20 cents off per gallon of gas at the Marina will continue.  Our ‘club’ members enjoy additional discounts and use of our facilities (such as free showers, preferred parking, and freebies such as ice cream and t-shirts from time to time), so join the FREE club as soon as possible and get ‘stuff’ free!  Look for additional discounts that will be offered to homeowners such as discounts on weddings or banquet facilities use, cover charges, lunch specials in our NEW deli restaurant, and discounts on the shops.  We will also be opening a full scale SURF CLOTHING SHOP, with brands such as Volcom, Hurley, Reef, Sanuk and O’Neill just to name a few.

Happy Holidays and hope to see you soon,

The Tuso Family and Bass Lake Water Sports

Debt Forgiveness and Tax Relief Update

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Here is an informative update on the Debt Forgiveness and Tax Relief Extension issue, provided courtesy of Attorney Steve Beede of the BPE Law Group in Elk Grove, California, near Sacramento:

The negotiation is going fast and furious in Washington all focusing around the so-called fiscal cliff on December 31st. For well over a year, real estate owners have been focusing on two major issues: 1) will the Debt Forgiveness Tax Relief Act (“ACT”) get extended; and more recently, 2) with the Mortgage Interest Deduction (“MID”) disappear. At this point, there is no clarity.

All of the focus of Washington negotiators has been on whether the Bush era tax cuts should expire on 12/31. If so, it will mean an immediate tax increase for all. The Republicans are fighting this but recognize that more income is needed to balance the Budget. But tax increases alone cannot do it alone. Spending decreases are also required and the hot targets of these have been Medicare and Defense. Although very little is being said specifically about the ACT and the MID in the Obama – Boehner negotiations, both are very much in play.

When we spoke with the Office of Charles Rangle last week (Chair of House Banking and Finance Comm), he thought that an agreement might be reached before Christmas. That time is slipping away but a compromise is still a possibility. The House and Senate were supposed to go home on December 16th for their Holiday Recess and many have done just that. But they’re all ready to return and vote if a deal is reached. Although the negotiators appear far apart on the surface, in reality they are getting close…at least close enough to avoid some of the fiscal cliff’s immediate tax increases. So we all watch and wait.

Most analysts are now anticipating that a full deal including all the specifics will not be reached in 2012 but most likely would be reached by early to mid 2013. For the ACT, it is expected that it will get extended and that when it does, the extension will be retroactive to January 1st. For the MID, that may take much longer and would, if passed, be tied to income and other qualifiers. Nothing concerning either of these would affect your taxes for 2012. However, both of these will be of major importance to real estate owners and investors in 2013 and beyond.

Steve Beede, Founder and Managing Partner
BPE Law Group, Inc.
Main: 11140 Fair Oaks Blvd., Suite 300, Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Satellite: 9245 Laguna Springs Dr., Suite 200, Elk Grove, CA 95758 (Appointment Only)
(916) 966-2260

Saving The Met

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

The local Met Cinema in Oakhurst recently had to close its doors. Here is some information regarding the efforts to reopen.

Save The MetYour movie theater is about to go away but you can save it!

As of November 1st, the local movie theater in town (The Met Cinema) shut down, closing its doors. Three local young men have put together a plan to save it and re-open those doors by changing the theater to a membership model, but they need people to join them by becoming members. Members of the theater pay a low monthly rate 19.95 per individual or 34.95 per couple and get to watch every movie that comes to the theater at no additional charge.

This is a month to month plan and can be canceled or changed at anytime. They need 3000 people to become members by December 31st and are already halfway there. No one will be charged unless they succeed at opening the doors, but they need people to sign up to prove the model to the landlords and are running out of time.

We know you spend some time in this area and may value having a theater in town. We wanted to let you know about what was happening before the theater disappears so you can choose to become a member and help it reopen. You can sign up to be a member or see details, plans, and frequently asked questions including a background of the young men at: