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Fire Crews Battle To Contain Ferry Blaze

Crews were on scene at what Cal Fire listed as the #OrangeFire off Sonora and Orange Blossom roads on Wednesday for several hours, containing the blaze at 65 acres. It was a good outcome for what could have been a much more serious situation, said officials, as the triple digit heat and breezy conditions on June 21 set the stage for a lengthy and much more destructive fire.

June 28, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Total Of 65 Acres Burned In Ferry Fire

Crews were on scene at what Cal Fire listed as the #OrangeFire off Sonora and Orange Blossom roads on Wednesday for several hours, containing the blaze at 65 acres.

June 22, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Knights Ferry Acreage Blackened

Fire crews from multiple agencies were attacking a fast-moving multi-acre fire near Knights Ferry on Wednesday afternoon, June 21.

June 21, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Woodward Drowning Claims Modesto Man

A 51-year-old Modesto man, identified by Stanislaus County officials as John Nelson, drowned at Woodward Reservoir on Monday afternoon. Several 9-1-1 calls were received at the sheriff's department about 1:45 p.m. Monday, June 19 reporting a possible drowning at Woodward, in Area BB on the east side of the reservoir.

June 21, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Crazy, Definitely Not Lazy Days Of Summer

Wouldn't you know it – just as soon as I was able to take a breath, the cold and flu bug bit me.

June 14, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Marg-Ins

Let me just admit first off that we news people, in general, are a unique breed.

June 07, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Proposed City Budget Reviewed By Council

In a special Oakdale City Council session on Thursday night, June 1, members of the council met with the public and outlined the proposed city budget for fiscal year 2017-18.

June 07, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Crews Urge Caution For Memorial Day

This weekend marks the unofficial start to the summer, and it is a three-day holiday weekend for many, with Memorial Day being observed on Monday, May 29.

May 24, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Combined Oakdale-Riverbank Relay Raises Nearly $90,000

Residents from both Oakdale and Riverbank, in addition to those from other surrounding communities, joined forces for the weekend's Relay For Life, the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society.

May 10, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Recall Election Results Still Await Confirmation

A total of 81 vote by mail ballots, 13 provisionally voted ballots and a handful waiting for voter signatures on the ballot envelope remain to still be counted in the Oakdale Irrigation District recall election.

May 03, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Friday Night Fundraiser Scores Big For Padilla

Setting what they felt was an achievable $2,000 goal, organizers of the Hector Padilla soccer fundraiser more than tripled their expectations.

May 03, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Whales, Dolphins And Siri, Oh My!

Any question we are making good headway out of the drought was put to rest when my daughter Ally and I took her birthday trip to Monterey. Lush, green vegetation was prominent all along the route we drove to get there. The O'Neill Forebay, the San Luis Reservoir – just gorgeous to see all that water.

May 02, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Innovative Pedestrian Signal Takes Effect At Lee Avenue

Completed just in time for local school students to return from Spring Break, the new pedestrian signal at West F Street (Highway 108) and Lee Avenue is going to take a bit of getting used to.

April 26, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Peddlers Sell Variety Of Wares In Ferry Show

Whatever you were looking for – even if you didn't know exactly what it was – chances are you found it if you went to the Peddler's Faire in Knights Ferry on Sunday.

April 26, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Spring Art Show Shines

Members of the Oak Valley Art Society put their best work forward this past weekend, with their paintings, drawings, photographs and more on display at the Escalon Library.

April 26, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


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Articles By Author - Marg Jackson


Train Sparks Series Of Brush, Grass Fires

A series of fires along the railroad tracks between Oakdale and Riverbank on Monday morning, July 17 saw a coordinated response from multiple units, with ...

July 19, 2017 | Marg Jackson | NEWS


Fires Along Tracks Keep Crews Busy

Fire believed to have been sparked by a passing train ignited in several spots along the tracks running parallel to Patterson Road and Highway 108 ...

July 17, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Happy To Follow The ‘Write’ Path

The first of July is sort of my anniversary. It was many, many years ago and in a place far, far away (no, not the ...

July 05, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


River Drowning, Rescues Highlight Continued Danger

The Sunday rescue of nine people thrown out of rafts along the Stanislaus River east of Oakdale ended well, with no serious injuries.

July 05, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Float Trip Down Stanislaus Turns Deadly On Wednesday

Another drowning death in the Stanislaus River occurred Wednesday, as a woman in her 20s could not be revived after being pulled from the water.

June 29, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


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