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Local Artists Offered Their Day In Chambers

The City of Oakdale is embarking on a new artistic venture with its introduction of the City Chamber Gallery. This display will feature local artists on a monthly basis in the Oakdale City Council Chambers, and it opened on Jan. 3 with a showing of paintings by Larry Hogwood.

January 18, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Going Green? - Electric Scooter Purchase Eyed

In an environmentally-friendly and cost-saving move, City of Oakdale employees could soon be ridding greener thanks to a rebate program offered through the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. The Oakdale Police Department is considering purchasing one or more electric scooters for short-distance trips within the city to avoid driving gas powered vehicles.

January 11, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Residents Wary Of Cell Tower

In a move likely to frustrate some local residents, Oakdale City Council members will not be discussing a lease agreement for the installation of a 70-foot cell phone tower at their Jan. 17 meeting as previously anticipated. The discussion was pushed to a later meeting, officials said, because of the longer than normal agenda for Jan. 17.

January 11, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Wastewater Treatment Plant Subject Of City Tour

Upgrades and repairs to the Oakdale Wastewater Treatment Plant are finally complete, and Oakdale City Council members toured the completed facility on Monday, Jan. 9. The tour was considered a special meeting of the Oakdale City Council, but the council took no action during the session.

January 11, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Wastewater Plant Tour Open To Public

Oakdale City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 9 at the Oakdale Wastewater Treatment Plant. Council and members of the public will take a tour of the facility to view progress on plant upgrades.

January 05, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Battery Ingestion Harms Toddler

Jaden Mayfield was doing what probably any two-year-old boy would do one afternoon when he found something shiny …he put it in his mouth. Little did he or his family know that his age-appropriate curiosity would turn into a long hospital stay.

January 04, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Redevelopment Decision Prompts Review

Oakdale city officials are scrambling to action after the California Supreme Court upheld the state's right to dismantle redevelopment agencies across the state in a Dec. 29 decision. The Supreme Court also ruled that an alternate strategy, which some were calling "ransom payments," was unconstitutional. This decision leaves the City of Oakdale scrambling to meet a four-month deadline to ensure repayment of around $1.5 million owed by the RDA to city held funds.

January 04, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Oakdale Evaluates Retail Potential

Looking to capitalize on existing opportunities, members of the Oakdale City Council have approved spending $16,000 of Redevelopment Agency money to fund a retail business study.

December 28, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Business Improvement District Topic Of City Council Debate

The Oakdale Tourism Business Improvement District (BID) was the topic of lengthy debate at Monday night's Oakdale City Council meeting. New potential appointments, the lack of a spending report, and confusion over BID funds were all hotly debated in the public meeting.

December 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Annual Donation Aids Children’s Shelter

Oakdale's Children's Crisis Center Guardian House has been helping children when they need it most since 2002, but now they are getting some help to keep their doors open.

December 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


The Reluctant Columnist - Christmas Coconuts & Other Weird Traditions

When I was a little kid I assumed that everyone celebrated Christmas exactly the same way that my family did. Christmas shopping was done no sooner than two weeks before Christmas. The outside lights did not go on the house until after Dec. 9, which happened to be my sister Sandra's birthday. And above all I knew that Santa did not wrap the presents he left on Christmas morning.

December 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local Columns


Kids Get Busy Raising Money For Relay

Preparations for the Oakdale Relay For Life 2012 are under way, and this year children of all ages are taking the initiative to raise funds. From selling homemade crafts to collecting spare change, Oakdale kids are finding plenty of ways to help out.

December 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Aging Baby Boomers Spur Housing Efforts

Driving along Yosemite Avenue past A street residents might notice the signs of construction. A bright yellow building is nearing completion and is visible from the road. This is a common sight across the country, even in a housing market where many find it cheaper to buy than to build. This is not a single family home, or even an apartment complex. This construction project is a senior housing complex, the one type of new building that is doing well despite the economy.

December 14, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Tree Hunting

The holiday tradition of bringing a live tree into the home and decorating it as part of the Christmas celebration is relatively new. Only in the last 200 years have private homes had Christmas trees, but the tradition took firm hold in Christian communities and the Christmas tree became symbolic of the holiday.

December 14, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Citizens Apprehend Car Thief

Oakdale City Council members and Oakdale Police Chief Marty West recognized two Oakdale citizens for apprehending and detaining a car thief, with recognition coming at the Dec. 5 Oakdale City Council meeting.

December 08, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Crime


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