With recent rains filling the State reservoirs and the above average snowpack in the Sierra, Governor Jerry Brown declared California's three-year drought officially over on March 31 of this year. While the "state of emergency" may be over, the problem is not going away. Anyone who has lived in the Valley for the last decade knows that next year could see a return to below normal rainfalls and snow. Snow in the mountains is critical for the Valley because it is our summer water for homes, businesses, electricity and farming. The snow melts and trickles into streams, which empty ...
July 06, 2011|
Steve Knell and Jeff Shields
Irrigation District General Managers
I've always had a hard time dealing with storing unused items. Once my son was old enough to no longer require a car seat, I immediately went through my garage looking to get rid of all of the things that he no longer used. Of course, my wife caught me and made sure that no matter how old our son got, all of his baby stuff was off limits. Fishing stuff on the other hand is mine. I make it a point each year to go through my things and get rid of those items that I no longer ...
Due to the extremely wet winter we had, most of the streams are running cold, fast and extremely full. The recent hot spell has begun to melt the huge snow pack with a vengeance and the rivers are boiling. This was one of the wettest years on record and the melting snow is creating extremely dangerous conditions. Usually at this time of year the snow run off has peaked and stream levels have begun to recede to normal summertime levels. This year, however, nature may not be cooperating with your summer vacation plans. Major Sierra Rivers are roaring with flows ...
Because of the Monday, July 4 Independence Day holiday, the Oakdale City Council will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 5 at 7 p.m.
The council plans on discussing the new city manager in closed session and in public session will proclaim July 18, 2011, "Bob Gilbert Day in Oakdale" for Robert E. Gilbert and all his community contributions.
Kyle Andrew Lefebvre and Jeanette Cerda of Oakdale welcomed the arrival of their son, Aiden Alexander Lefebvre, on June 12, 2011. The newborn weighed seven pounds, three ounces upon arrival at Oak Valley Hospital.
A girl, Graysen LeeAnn Cromwell, was born May 12, 2011 to expectant parents Cameron and Amber Cromwell of Turlock. The newborn weighed seven pounds, five ounces upon arrival at Kaiser Hospital in Modesto.
Alan Brigham and Cynthia Williams of Oakdale welcomed the arrival of their daughter, Leah June Marie Brigham, on June 13, 2011. The newborn weighed six pounds, six ounces upon arrival at Oak Valley Hospital.
Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, honored Army National Guard Capt. Cynthia Jones as the 2015 Veteran of the Year for the 12th Assembly District. Capt. Jones is currently serving as the Company Commander for the Chinook Unit in Stockton, Bravo Company, 1-126th Aviation Regiment – and is the first woman to serve in this capacity.
As Independence Day approaches, local air officials remind Valley residents that July 4 fireworks increase levels of dangerous particulate matter (PM) and pose a health threat to themselves and their neighbors. Historically, the Valley experiences dangerous particulate levels four or five times higher than the health based federal standards. These spikes are largely attributable to personal fireworks use throughout Valley neighborhoods.
The Oakdale Irrigation District reported on Wednesday, June 24 that state attorneys backed away from curtailment notices directed at more than 200 senior water rights holders in California, now saying they were "courtesy notices" and "advisory" only.
The summer is off to a sizzling start but it will not be long before the boys of fall take over Oakdale. Like National Football League (NFL) teams, the Oakdale High School varsity football team is currently prepping for the upcoming season. Several members of the Mustang squad headed up to Placer High School recently to participate in a multi-team training camp.
Five teams participated in the four-day annual Oakdale Baseball Association (OBA) Come As You Are tournament this past week. The action began on Wednesday, June 17 and came to a close on Saturday, June 20 under the lights of Fair Oaks Field at Fair Oaks Elementary School. The 12 and under division ballplayers geared up to play under the blazing afternoon sun and under the cool breeze and lights for their night games and put on a show for their fans, family and friends.
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.20/gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.80/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
It was a large and appreciative crowd that gathered on Thursday afternoon, as Senator Tom Berryhill officially opened an Oakdale District Office. It is the first time a state legislative district office has been in Oakdale, said Berryhill officials, and the event was marked with a barbecue, music, presentations from Chambers of Commerce and the City of Oakdale, along with recognition from fellow legislators, and a ceremonial ribbon cutting by Senator Berryhill.
John rode his heavenly motorcycle on that golden path into the clouds. He will be missed by family and friends. John lived his whole life in Oakdale and went to Oakdale High School. He joined the Army and did his tour in Vietnam until he was honorably discharged in 1967. After the Army he drove long haul trucks for many years before going to work for a can company where he retired. John was the son of John and Bernice Carlile and brother to Claudora (Leo) Carrillo. He also leaves behind his niece Kristine (Ron) Helms, his nephew Randal (Jannelle ...
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 6.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.24/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
The Oakdale Gators Swim team kicked off the 2015 swim season on Saturday, June 6 at the Oakdale Aquatic Center. The first meet of the season hosted a large number of attendees for the Oakdale Swim Team's recreational group. Children as young as the age of 5 were ready to compete and take to the water, swimming in 25-yard events. The meet concluded shortly after 1:30 p.m.