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$1500 Woodstove Replacement Grant Program Available

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Wood Stove

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is currently accepting applications for its Burn Cleaner Program.

The program provides incentives to Valley residents to replace their old wood or pellet burning devices with new, cleaner hearth options such as a natural gas insert or an EPA Phase II certified wood or pellet insert.

The purpose of the program is to help reduce particulate matter produced from older devices in the Valley which contribute to air pollution during the Fall and Winter months.

For more information about the program, please review the program guidelines and application.


Certified wood insert/freestanding stove $1,500
Certified pellet insert/freestanding stove $1,500
Natural gas insert/freestanding stove $1,500
Any eligible device if applicant is eligible for low-income $2,500
Additional incentive towards gas device (for both Standard and Low-income) Up to $500*
*Applies only to eligible installation costs beyond the funding amount


The old device must be located at a residence within the District boundaries. Applicants must submit an application and obtain an approved voucher from the District prior to purchasing the new device (see link above). New gas fireplaces must be certified as heater-rated. Gas fireplaces designed exclusively for aesthetic and decorative use are not eligible.

Courtney Fire 20 Percent Contained

Monday, September 15th, 2014
Courtney Fire Bass Lake Rd 222 September, 14th, 5:13 PM

Courtney Fire Bass Lake Rd 222
South Side of Lake as seen from the North Side
September, 14th, 5:13 PM

Good morning,

By now you have probably heard about the fire at Bass Lake.  It is 20% contained as of this morning.

The fire began at Courtney Lane and Road 426 in Oakhurst and ran up over the ridge at Bass Lake Heights.  21 structures burned, including one of our realty clients’ home and one of our long term rental homes.  The occupants were able to get out safely but lost basically everything.

Slide Creek Estates was on pre-evac alert, and for a time in the early evening the Pines Tract was also on pre-evacuation alert. The fear was that burning embers might travel across the lake and start a new fire.  Fortunately that did not happen.

Helicopters are drawing water from the lake this morning, and a spotter pane is circling.  You can see where the fire burned down to Road 222 between the Forks and Recreation Point. There’s plenty of smoke in the air today.

Currently all homes on the Pines side of the lake are safe, and we expect that to continue.  There’s a light breeze today, but it is not windy at this time.

As we obtain more news we will let you know.

Best regards,

Bass Lake Realty

Click for Sierra News Online Article

Junction Fire Update

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

This is early on during the fire. Now, there is no smoke & business as usual has returned.

The fire in Oakhurst that began Monday afternoon August 18th is now 95% contained. Thank you CAL FIRE!! There is no smoke & business as usual has returned.

There was concern it could make its way over Taylor Mountain to Bass Lake, but fortunately the firefighters remarkably were able to prevent that and have it mostly controlled by Tuesday evening.

Although some structures burned, including Suburban Propane office and a home close to it, there were no fatalities and only a couple of injuries.

There is no report yet with a definitive answer as to how it started. The drought conditions helped it to spread quickly.

The fire could have been much worse, but thanks to fast action by firefighting crews from all over the state and air tanker crews dropping fire retardant, it was limited to 612 acres.

Our mountain community is tremendously thankful to all of the firefighters involved.

If you live or visit the area, PLEASE be extremely careful to help prevent another fire. From CAL FIRE:

“With summer weather and extreme drought conditions, we are asking everyone to continue to use caution, ‘one less spark – one less wildfire’.”

For more information on how to prepare for wildfires go to &

Click to Learn More from CAL FIRE

C.A.R. Reports 2nd Qtr Housing Affordability

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

For release:
August 13, 2014

Second quarter housing affordability declines statewide and in 19 of 26 California counties

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 13) – Lower interest rates in the second quarter of 2014 failed to offset continued home price increases, lowering housing affordability statewide and in 19 of 26 counties in California, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.

The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California fell from 33 percent in the first quarter of 2014 to 30 percent in second-quarter 2014 and was down from 36 percent in second-quarter 2013, according to C.A.R.’s Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI).

C.A.R.’s HAI measures the percentage of all households that can afford to purchase a median-priced, single-family home in California.  C.A.R. also reports affordability indices for regions and select counties within the state.  The Index is considered the most fundamental measure of housing well-being for home buyers in the state.

Home buyers needed to earn a minimum annual income of $93,590 to qualify for the purchase of a $457,140 statewide median-priced, existing single-family home in the second quarter of 2014.  The monthly payment, including taxes and insurance on a 30-year fixed-rate loan, would be $2,340, assuming a 20 percent down payment and an effective composite interest rate of 4.32 percent.  The effective composite interest rate in first-quarter 2014 was 4.46 percent and 3.64 percent in the second quarter of 2012.

The median home price was $416,720 in first-quarter 2014, and an annual income of $86,420 was needed to purchase a home at that price.

Key points from the second quarter Housing Affordability report include:

• During the second quarter of 2014, the three most affordable counties in California were Kings (64 percent), San Bernardino (58 percent), and Merced (57 percent).
• The least affordable counties in California were San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin (all at 14 percent).
• Only Monterey County experienced an improvement in housing affordability from the previous quarter, largely due to a lower median home price. Housing affordability in San Mateo, Sonoma, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Fresno, and Kings counties was unchanged quarter to quarter.
• Housing affordability has dropped 26 percent since first-quarter 2012, when housing peaked as the most affordable in California.  • With home prices increasing at double-digit rates throughout 2013 and interest rates higher than levels observed in early 2013, both the monthly payment, including taxes and insurance (PITI), and minimum income required to purchase a home, shot up by more than 66 percent at the statewide level.
• The monthly PITI and minimum income required to purchase a home compared to the affordability peak increased the most in Santa Barbara County, followed by Alameda and San Mateo counties.
• The monthly PITI and minimum income required increased the least in Kings, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Cruz counties, when compared to the peak.
• When compared to the peak, affordability in Monterey, Santa Barbara, Alameda, Solano, and Sacramento counties has declined the most.
• The five counties that have declined the least since the peak are Kings, San Francisco, Contra Costa, San Luis Obispo, and Marin.

Housing Affordability slides (click link to open):

Affordability peak versus current*
Annual income peak versus current*
PITI peak versus current*

*County data available by request

See C.A.R.’s historical housing affordability data.
See first-time buyer housing affordability data.

Leading the way…® in California real estate for more than 100 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® ( is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States with more than 165,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.

Oakhurst Fire: Junction Fire

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

At approximately 1:50 pm on August 18, 2014 a fire broke out in the 425A area of Oakhurst near the junction of Hwy 41 and Hwy 49.

From Channel 30: The Junction Fire burning near Oakhurst is now at 1,200 acres with no containment. And the Madera County Sheriff is declaring a local emergency.

Click to Learn More

Click for CAL FIRE Incident



New Listings for August

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Below are some of the newest Bass Lake Realty listings for your viewing pleasure!

Click for listings search results in a new window

Oakhurst Home for Sale 40389 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CALIFORNIA 93644
Oakhurst Home for Sale 38476 Golden Ball Drive, Oakhurst, CALIFORNIA 93644
Bass Lake Wishon Home for Sale 54861 Munson Lane, Wishon, CALIFORNIA 93669
Bass Lake Home for Sale 39551 Saunders, Bass Lake, CALIFORNIA 93604
Bass Lake Home for Sale 39190 Manzanita, Bass Lake, CALIFORNIA 93604

Call or email with any questions!

2014 Antique & Classic Boat Show

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014


2014-Antique-Classic-Boat-Show-Bass-Lake-CACOME TO BASS LAKE, CALIFORNIA


The 24th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show will be held at Bass Lake on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Sponsored by the Bass Lake Lions Club the show will feature over 30 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.

As a result of lower lake water level, the show takes place on the Miller’s Landing docks on the South Shore of Bass Lake. Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission fee to view 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.

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.