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Denham Votes For Pipeline Construction

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) voted with the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 14 to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, creating 42,100 jobs and moving the country towards greater energy independence.

November 14, 2014 | | Local News


CAL FIRE Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Costumes, jack-'o-lanterns, haunted houses and scary ghost stories mark this time of year as all kids of all ages enjoy the spirit of Halloween. But if precautions aren't taken, scary things can happen. Decorations that ignited are the reported cause in 900 home fires nationwide each year. Two of every five of those were started by a candle.

October 30, 2014 | | Local News


Harold Benjamin Goldberg

One year ago today, Harold Benjamin Goldberg, our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away Oct. 29, 2013, at his Oakdale home. A Celebration of Life and Burial at Sea were held for Harold and Dorothy Goldberg, on July 12, 2014, at the Sea Crest Oceanfront Hotel, in Pismo Beach, CA. Earlier in the morning a Burial at Sea, with military honors, was held for Harold and Dorothy on a local sailboat. Over two hundred flowers and leis from Hawaii were scattered over the ocean on their committal to the sea offshore of the Sea Crest. We were blessed ...

October 29, 2014 | | Obituaries


Mary Jane McCue

July 31, 1935 - October 22, 2014

October 29, 2014 | | Obituaries


Lawrence “Larry” Joseph Alves

Lawrence "Larry" Joseph Alves, age 72, of Copperopolis, CA passed away on October 26, 2014 at Alexander Cohen Hospice House. He was born in Dos Palos, CA on May 1, 1942 to the late Frank and Kay Alves, Jr. Larry was a resident of Calaveras County for the past 19 years. As a young man, Larry was drafted into the US Army, where he received an honorable discharge in 1966. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing and most of all spending time with his family.

October 29, 2014 | | Obituaries


Billy Gene (Bill) Oliver

Billy Gene (Bill) Oliver slipped into the Lord's arms on Oct. 23, 2014 in Modesto, CA. He was born in Fort Smith, AR to Earl and Violet Oliver. The family moved to CA in 1940 and Bill attended local schools, graduating from OHS in 1956. He loved sports and excelled in baseball, basketball and football, playing on championship teams for the Mustangs under Coach Jack Walker, who became a lifelong friend. At OHS, Bill met Diane Benoit who became his beloved wife for 56 years. Bill enlisted in the Navy and served on a destroyer tender until his discharge ...

October 29, 2014 | | Obituaries


$5K Reward For Construction Device

The owner of a Sacramento construction company performing work in Oakdale is offering a $5,000 reward for a piece of equipment that was stolen from one of its work trucks during the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 17 at Motel 6.

October 24, 2014 | | Local News


William R. “Bill” Henley

William R. "Bill" Henley, 76, died Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Modesto after an extended illness.

October 22, 2014 | | Obituaries


Jack Alfred McAllister

Jack Alfred McAllister of Copperopolis, CA, died suddenly at his home early Monday morning October 13, 2014, from complications relating to a recent illness. He was 79. Jack is survived by his three sons: Steven and Bill of Copperopolis and Jim in Seattle. He is also survived by a granddaughter Jayme who also lives in Seattle. His older brother Bob resides in Clearlake.

October 22, 2014 | | Obituaries


Anita Joy Consoli

December 27, 1937-October 17, 2014

October 22, 2014 | | Obituaries


Bobbi Hansen Torres

Nov. 11, 1935 – October 19, 2014

October 22, 2014 | | Obituaries


Irmgard Hertlein Divine

At the age of 95, Irmgard Hertlein Divine passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones. Irm had soft blue eyes and an inquisitive mind and she will be missed by all those she touched in her long and productive life. She was an excellent listener and generous with her encouragement and support. With a true spirt of service to others, she was active in boy scouts, girl scouts, PTA, her church, civil and social groups in addition to the years she worked as a nurse for the Army, for Headstart, and for Hospice. She was instrumental in ...

October 15, 2014 | | Obituaries


Sheila (Ayers) Arellano

Sheila (Ayers) Arellano passed of natural causes on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 in Modesto, CA at the age of 85 years.

October 15, 2014 | | Obituaries


Raymond Robert Cullum (Baggie)

Raymond Robert Cullum (Baggie) was born in San Francisco to the late Glenn & Delores Cullum.

October 15, 2014 | | Obituaries


Gerald M. Armstrong

Gerald M. Armstrong was born in Williston, North Dakota on December 11, 1939, he passed away on September 30, 2014. He lived in Oakdale for 73 years. Gerald, worked for Hershey Foods for 33 years, retired in 1999. He then park hosted at Jacob Meyers Park in Riverbank, Ca.

October 15, 2014 | | Obituaries


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Valley Home News Week of November 19, 2014

A life well lived ... The passing of Bonnie Gellerman's "Aunt Mary" has left a definite void within our community. The following are Bonnie's words of thanks and reflection in honor of her Aunt Mary Duncan:

November 19, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Elliott James Murray

A son, Elliott James Murray, was born Oct. 8 to expectant parents Michael and Heather Murray of Oakdale.

November 19, 2014 | | Birth Announcements


Tribute Well Deserved

Dear Editor,

November 19, 2014 | | Your Views


David Nathaniel Sondeno

Oct. 1925 - Nov. 2014

November 19, 2014 | | Obituaries


Dixie DiCarlo

Dixie DiCarlo, age 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 7, 2014 after a brief illness. Dixie DiCarlo had lived with her son, Joe DiCarlo, for the past 13 years in El Dorado, CA and Rancho Cordova, CA. Dixie DiCarlo was one of five daughters born to Wade Rickets of Minnesota and Della Hancock of California. She was born in Bakersfield, CA and graduated from John Brown University in Alabama. She worked 19 years for the U.S. Postal Service in Riverbank, CA and volunteered in many civic programs such as a troop leader for the Girl Scouts. Dixie married ...

November 19, 2014 | | Obituaries


Helen Evans

Helen Evans, 98, born in Helmer, Indiana passed away Nov. 17, 2014 of natural causes in Oakdale, CA. Helen resided at the Oak Valley Care Center for four years.

November 19, 2014 | | Obituaries


CHP Receives Federal Funds For DUI Crackdown

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has announced receiving a federal "Reducing Impaired Driving" grant, which will fund 150 sobriety checkpoints, 75 DUI task force operations, proactive DUI enforcement patrols through Sept. 30, 2015, and at least 100 safety presentations.

November 17, 2014 | | Local News


Fishing Report

If you're waiting for the weather to cool down a little bit before getting out fishing you're likely to miss out on some of the best fishing of the year. What a lot of anglers don't understand is that the temperature outside is not as important as the temperature of the water. Our day time temperatures may not seem like much of a seasonal change but our days have been getting shorter and our nights longer resulting in less sunlight on the water combined with cooler night time temperatures. Our lake and river temperatures continue to drop ...

November 12, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Knights Ferry News Week of November 12, 2014

There was a touching memorial service for Sara Harris last Saturday. She will be missed in this community!

November 12, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Valley Home News Week of November 12, 2014

What fun our Valley Home students had during Red Ribbon Week! Pajamas, moustaches, etc. were the order of the week as the kids showed their pride for Valley Home School! The focus now is on school attendance, the students are encouraged to make every effort to be at school each day. Special prizes will be awarded during the year.

November 12, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Museum Friends Offer Thanks For Support

Dear Editor,

November 12, 2014 | | Your Views


Gale Stapel

Gale Stapel passed away at the age of 85, on the morning of Nov. 3 from complications incurred after breaking his hip. Gale, the son of Justin and Jean Stapel, left Wisconsin as a toddler with younger brother Leighton and sister Donna during the Depression Era. His youth was spent in Valley Home where his father ran an automotive repair service. Gale attended Oakdale High School and worked alongside his father. That training allowed him to serve as a mechanic for the U.S. Army when he was drafted. He endured the hardships of the Korean Conflict, afterward returning to ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


Karen (Kay) Wamhoff

Karen Wamhoff, 68, passed away on Oct. 30, 2014 in Joshua Tree, Ca. Karen resided in Oakdale for 15 years before moving to Yucca Valley, Ca. She was a housewife and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin (Mickey) Wamhoff and father William Kraemer. She is survived by her children Sherri Wamhoff of Yucca Valley, Ca. and Jason and Krista Wamhoff of Longwood, Florida, siblings Sharon and Dennis Katz of New City, New York and Rusty and Jan Kraemer of Santa Ana, Ca. Also survived by 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Services are Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


Rex Bruton

Rex Bruton of Oakdale passed away at the Oakdale Care Center on November 3. He was born in Ann, Missouri and served his country in the Navy during WWII. In 1948 he married his sweetheart Hazel Jamison, whom he nicknamed Judy. They had 66 very happy years together and raised 2 children, Ken Bruton who passed away 2 years ago leaving his wife Terry, and also Karen Hartkamp and her husband Gary. Rex retired from Hershey foods after 22 years of being a mechanic. His retirement years were spent enjoying camping and fishing with his wife, friends and grandchildren. He ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


James Duncan “Scotty” Higgins

James Duncan "Scotty" Higgins, was born at home in Elgin Scotland on August 5, 1938 to Neil and Flora Higgins. He peacefully passed away at home in Oakdale, Ca., surrounded by his family on November 4, 2014. He leaves behind his twin brother Neil Higgins (Flo) of Scotland, his sister Flora Steven of Los Osos, Ca., His beloved wife Karen of Oakdale, Ca., his children Dawn Wohler (John) of Oakdale, Ca., Mark Higgins (Wendi) of Eagle Point Or. and Lorna Mason of Oakdale Ca., his stepchildren Jeff Casey of Nashville, Tn., Janet Spadevicchia (Joe) of Las Vegas, Nv. and Mark ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


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