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Devastating State Fires See Insurance Claims Skyrocket

Two of the most destructive fires in California's history, the Valley and Butte Fires, ravaged nearly 150,000 acres in Northern California last fall and caused an estimated $1 billion in insurance losses. The Valley fire pillaged 1,958 structures in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties, resulting in approximately $700 million in insured losses and making it the third most damaging wildfire in state history based on total structures burned. In terms of structures lost, the Butte Fire is the seventh most destructive fire to hit California, damaging 818 structures in Amador and Calaveras counties and causing an estimated ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


CHP Preps For Super Bowl Traffic With New Web Site

As preparations continue for the National Football League's biggest event of the season, the Bay Area is bracing for a surge in motor vehicle, foot, and bicycle traffic that comes with it. In an effort to give the public a heads-up before they head out, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) worked with the California Department of Transportation to develop a Super Bowl 50 traffic information website: www.superbowl50traffic.com.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Country Group Parmalee To Perform At County Fair

You won't want to "Close Your Eyes" for this – as Parmalee is set to perform this summer at the Stanislaus County Fair.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


February Programs Offered At Oakdale Library

Story Time Sessions will continue throughout February at the Oakdale library, with a number of other special events also planned.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Stanislaus County Students Prepare For Music Festival

Community members are invited to attend the Stanislaus County Music Festival on Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Modesto Junior College Auditorium. The festival kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday with the high school and junior high school Honor Choir. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, the high school and junior high school Honor Orchestra will perform, with the festival concluding Saturday evening with the high school and junior high school Honor Band performing at 7 p.m. There is no charge for admission.

January 27, 2016 | | Education


Galgiani Legislation Offers Foreclosure Tax Forgiveness

Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) has introduced a bill that would extend tax relief on forgiveness of mortgage debt for some homeowners.

January 27, 2016 | | Government


Homecoming Fun For Mustangs

It was a busy, fun and festive week leading up to a pair of basketball games and crowning of Homecoming Royalty in Oakdale this week. The events were staged as part of a rally on Friday and the varsity girls and boys basketball teams were in action that night. That's also when the courts were presented to the crowd and the new royalty named.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


State Of The City Address

Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul will address the community at the annual State of the City luncheon today, Wednesday, Jan. 27 at the Bianchi Community Center on South Second Avenue.

January 27, 2016 | | Government


Fishing Report

I'm sure all of you are excited about the rain we've been getting this winter season. I've been keeping an eye on lake levels of our local lakes and they've all been rising. A majority of our smaller lakes are near full, while our bigger lakes like New Melones and Don Pedro are still below being fully operational. Fortunately we still have plenty of time for more rain and snowmelt runoff. Whenever water levels increase rapidly, it's important to be careful while boating. Everything that's been washed up onto shore is now floating in ...

January 27, 2016 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


SPORTS SLATE

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27

January 27, 2016 | | Local Sports


Federal, State Rules Now Differ For Junior Hunters

California youth hunters have enjoyed a new benefit that took effect at the beginning of the 2015-16 hunting season, AB 1709, signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown in 2014, amended Fish and Game Code, section 3031, by extending the eligibility period for a junior hunting license by two years. This regulation change redefined a junior hunter from 15 years of age and under, to 17 years of age and under.

January 27, 2016 | | Local Sports


WEEKEND WARRIORS

Oakdale Youth Soccer League's U10 Fireballs were in action over the weekend. The Fireballs traveled to Stockton's Christa McAuliffe Middle School to take on Stockton Youth Soccer Association's U10 Stockton United. Shown is Oakdale's Kylee Joseph, right, battling for possession of the ball during Saturday's match. The Fireballs return to the field on Saturday, Feb. 6 for a doubleheader. Their first match is against Manteca and is slated for 9 a.m. The Fireballs welcome County Line in their second match of the day, scheduled for 2 p.m. Both games will be played at ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local Sports


OBSA Evaluation Day Slated For Saturday

In preparation for the inaugural Oakdale Baseball and Softball Association (OBSA) season, the association will hold its first player evaluation day. The tryout will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30 at T.L. Davis Sports Complex from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for both youth baseball and softball players. If rain occurs during these hours, the tryouts will be held Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

January 27, 2016 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Golf & Country Club

18 Hole Ladies

January 27, 2016 | | Local Sports


Sports Booster Club Cooks Up Annual Fun

The Oakdale High School Sports Booster Club will be hosting their annual Dinner Dance Auction on Saturday, Feb. 27. The event will be open to the public from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the F.E.S. Hall on North Lee Avenue in Oakdale. Local band Remedy will be performing throughout the evening. Food is catered by House of Beef, which will be serving some of their signature dishes. Providing a no host bar will be the historic H-B saloon. A raffle for OHS merchandise will also be available along with a silent and live ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local Sports


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Gusty Winds Prompt Health Caution

Building upon a week of exceptionally poor air quality due to stagnant atmospheric conditions, the San Joaquin Valley may experience gusty winds and localized blowing ...

December 15, 2017 | | Local News


F Street Sandwich Shop Plans Re-Opening

After closing down for a couple of months, the Mr. Pickle's sandwich shop on East F Street in Oakdale is re-opening under new ownership.

December 13, 2017 | | Local News


Swimming For A Cause

The Oakdale Aquatics Masters hosted a one mile charity swim on Saturday morning, Dec. 9. A wide range of swimmers packed the Oakdale Aquatic Center ...

December 13, 2017 | | Local News


Utility Company Reports Tax Installment Payments

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) paid property taxes of more than $230 million this fall to the 50 counties where the energy company ...

December 13, 2017 | | Local Business


Community Briefs

TOPS Session

December 13, 2017 | | Local News


HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Fair Oaks student council members are shown with the donations that were collected by the local elementary school's student body for the "Holiday in ...

December 13, 2017 | | Local News


MJC Sends Agriculture Students To Competition

Modesto Junior College sent a team of six students to compete in the annual Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet contest in Anaheim on Dec ...

December 13, 2017 | | Education


U.S Forest Service, CAL FIRE Address Forest Health

U.S. Forest Service officials this week announced that an additional 27 million trees, mostly conifers, died throughout California since November 2016, bringing the total ...

December 13, 2017 | | Government


Police Beat

NOTICE: The names and incidents printed in the Police Log are obtained from the daily log of the Oakdale Police Department, which is a public ...

December 13, 2017 | | Crime


Chanukah Menorah Lightings Scheduled Throughout Valley

Congregation Beth Shalom, The Center for Jewish Life in greater Stanislaus County and the Central Valley based in Modesto, has announced that they will offer ...

December 13, 2017 | | Local News


Continuing Exhibitions Featured At Crocker Art Museum

The Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., downtown Sacramento, has a variety of exhibitions that continue in to the new year. Museum hours are 10 ...

December 13, 2017 | | Local News


2018 Healthy Air Living Calendars Have Arrived

The artwork of 15 talented Central Valley students is featured in the 2018 Healthy Air Living Kids' Calendar, a bilingual, full-color wall calendar just released ...

December 13, 2017 | | Local News


IN CONCERT

The Shaw siblings, shown here, along with their parents, make up the Shaw Family Band, which will perform a holiday gospel concert at Escalon First ...

December 13, 2017 | | Local News


Families Help Bring Holiday Joy To 8,850 Children Overseas

Volunteers from the Stanislaus County California Area Team are celebrating the collection of 8,850 gift-filled shoeboxes that will remind children around the world they ...

December 13, 2017 | | Local News


Knights Ferry News

The Christmas dinner was well attended on Thursday night at the Community Club. The high school choir sang beautiful songs such as Silver Bells and ...

December 13, 2017 | | Knights Ferry News


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