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BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW

In advance of the upcoming basketball season, The Leader sent a questionnaire to Oakdale Mustangs boys varsity head coach Jeremy Fields, seeking some thoughts on the campaign. Following are the questions and coach Fields' answers.

February 03, 2015 | Jeremy Fields | High School Sports


Don’t Forget To Pay Your Use Tax

As California consumers load up online shopping carts this holiday season, they might not realize these purchases are taxed to support vital public services. Online shoppers who are not charged sales tax may owe use tax, which has been imposed on purchases from out-of-state retailers since 1935. Like sales tax, use tax helps fund public safety, education and more.

November 20, 2014 | | Local News


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


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


David Nathaniel Sondeno

Oct. 1925 - Nov. 2014

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


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


Lorne Arthur Wilson

Lorne Arthur Wilson passed away Saturday November 8, 2014 from a long battle with cancer. Lorne was born February 9, 1930 in Los Angles California. Attended high school in the Alhambra school district. He then went into the Army, serving in the Korean War. After he was discharged he moved back to his home area and began college. Lorne started college at East Los Angeles junior college earning an AA. Then Lorne Received a B. A. In Education from Santa Barbara University California. Then a Masters in Education from San Jose State. Loren began teaching in a few different schools ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


Ronald Lee Schumacher

Ronald Lee Schumacher, 76, of Oakdale, CA passed away unexpectedly November 3, 2014 in San Francisco, CA.

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


Willette Hughine Hults

Willette Hughine Hults, 97, passed away on October 22, 2014 at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson, California. She was born on August 03, 1917 in Gunn, Wyoming to Richard and Bertie (VerBryke) Roberts. The family moved to Oakdale when Willette was just a young girl. She graduated from Oakdale High School and she remained an Oakdale resident for the remainder of her 97 years. Willette met and married Ira Sterling Hults in 1950 in Oakdale, CA. They were happily married for 46 years. Willette began a career as a civil servant at Sharp Army Depot in Stockton, California ...

November 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


Mary Kennedy Jordan Duncan

"Ant" Mary Kennedy Jordan Duncan, January 1, 1924 – October 22, 2014. Born in Medford OR, raised in San Francisco CA, and for the past 70 years she made her home in the Valley Home & Escalon area. Preceded in death by son Steve Jordan (Tina). Survived by husband Dean Duncan, her sister Johan Gatzman (formerly of V.H), her brother Gene Files, and her son Larry Jordan. Retired from San Joaquin County Sherriff, previously worked at SPCA (she took most of them home), Private Secretary for Bechtel Corp whom helped to build the Bay Bridge (she loved to type). Mary could ...

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


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


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


Abnormal Conditions Create High Levels Of Pollution

Extreme weather conditions have led to abnormally high pollution conditions rarely seen in the Valley this time of year.

November 07, 2014 | | Local News


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Knights Ferry News Week of November 5, 2014

The 51st annual Pumpkin Roll was sunny after a foggy start. It was fun to see people that used to live in the Ferry bring their children to experience rolling a pumpkin down the street. Winners in each category received a trophy. In the Boys 0-5 years the winner was Ryan Mayer and the Girls 0-5 winner was Rita Taylor with a roll 1 foot, 1 inch from the line. Bud Beuving won the Seniors division - mens, and Josephine Thompson won womens. Audrey Songer won the Girls division and Brayden Gordon won the Boys division. In the Teens category, Gwyn ...

November 05, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Irrigation District Enacts Higher Fees

With little fanfare and no public comment, the Oakdale Irrigation District raised the price of water for its 2,900 agricultural customers Tuesday. Later, board members moved to soften the financial impact of higher rates by supporting a proposal to help farmers pay for projects to improve irrigation efficiency.

November 05, 2014 | | Local News


CHP Continues Distracted Driving Campaign Crackdown

In response to this growing incidence of distracted driving, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has launched a yearlong, Adult Distracted Driving traffic safety campaign in partnership with the Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A minimum of 80 distracted driving enforcement operations and at least 500 traffic safety presentations will be completed statewide by the end of September 2015.

November 03, 2014 | | Local News


Amtrak Train Hits And Kills Pedestrian

Riverbank Police and Emergency crews responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by an Amtrak train around 9:13 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 near the area of Terminal Avenue and Claribel Road.

October 31, 2014 | | Local News


Fishing Report

Watch out for the duck hunters, duck hunting season has begun. What's different than years past is that there are very few places locally to safely launch a boat anymore, making the Delta the only option for a lot of boaters and duck hunters. This of course has caused an increase in boat traffic and if you were to ask a duck hunter what they hate the most about hunting the Delta, they would surely say the boat traffic. During my last outing as I was navigating through a foggy stretch of water, I heard four gun shots. I ...

October 29, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Knights Ferry News Week of October 29, 2014

This Friday, October 31st, will be the annual parade of Knights Ferry children going trick-or-treating on Main Street. It will start at 12:15 with the children coming down to Main Street in their costumes. Many folks gather to hand out candy and see the costumes. It is a fun time!

October 29, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Valley Home News Week of October 29, 2014

THANK YOU ... to all you that helped make the Valley Home Fall Harvest Festival such a wonderful success! Because our much needed rain came, we made the decision to move as much as we could inside the school gym. It turned out to be a fantastic event with tons of fun for all. Again we give a huge thank you to the very special people who came and worked all evening to make the Harvest Festival fun for all! To the folks who donated to this event, your generosity is very, very much appreciated. Because of the tremendous support by ...

October 29, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Tax Measure Tops Ballot

Oakdale voters will be voting for mayor, two open city council seats and determining whether or not to extend a half-cent sales tax assessment on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

October 29, 2014 | | Local News


Protest Votes Not Enough To Deny OID Hike

There may be uncertainty about how much water will be available for farmers in drought-stressed California next year, but one thing is clear in the Oakdale Irrigation District – water will cost more.

October 22, 2014 | | Local News


Why Defeat Measure ‘Y’

Dear Editor,

October 22, 2014 | | Your Views


Fire Department Arrogance

Dear Editor,

October 22, 2014 | | Your Views


Taxing Ourselves

Dear Editor,

October 22, 2014 | | Your Views


Valley Home News Week of October 22, 2014

It's Harvest Festival Time in Valley Home! What a wonderful Autumn feeling has settled over Valley Home. As they days get shorter and the nights grow colder we know we have said goodbye to another California summer. Years past in Valley Home at this time of year it was rice harvest time. I remember looking across the fields of freshly irrigated rice in Valley Home and thinking what a lovely and peaceful place to live! With a brilliant sunset sinking into the evening sky, the fiery orange, the hot pinks, the hues of deep blue with purple mixed in ...

October 22, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Knights Ferry News Week of October 22, 2014

Lisa and Fred Dolling have returned from Las Vegas where they visited with Fred's son, Justin and his wife Sarah and the grandchildren. They had a good time except for the return trip - eight-hour delay at the airport!

October 22, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Fishing Report

I just recently celebrated a birthday; I won't tell you which one. I've heard it said a thousand times, "how fast time has passed." Like most of us celebrating a birthday it's hard not looking back. I was reminded of my past recently while I was searching high and low for my birth certificate. I came across an old picture of myself taken while I was in the military. For some reason my roommate took a picture of me while I was reading a Bassmaster Magazine. At that time, I would have never imagined that someday I ...

October 22, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


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