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Officials Schedule Air Alert Dry Run

Due to good to moderate air quality expected next week throughout the Valley, local air officials are asking Valley residents to conduct a "Practice Air Alert" by making and implementing plans to reduce their driving Monday, Aug. 18 through Friday, Aug. 22.

August 15, 2014 | | Local News


New Public Safety Center Groundbreaking

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Adam Christianson along with other State and Local Officials in Stanislaus County are going to break ground for the historic $113 million public safety center expansion and the public is invited to attend.

August 14, 2014 | | Local News


Start Smart Youth Driving Class

New and future young drivers are invited to an upcoming free driver safety education class offered by the Merced Area California Highway Patrol's Start Smart Program.

August 05, 2014 | | Local News


Invasive Species Action Week Kicks Off

The inaugural California Invasive Species Action Week is scheduled Aug. 2 through Aug. 10. The goal of Action Week is to promote public awareness of invasive species issues and to encourage public participation in the fight against California's invasive species and their impacts on our natural resources.

July 31, 2014 | | Local News


Valley Home News Week of July 23, 2014

With our 2014 Stanislaus County Fair behind us and our State Fair in full swing we look at the commitment our FFA and 4-H families have. Much like our youth sports teams the commitment is huge and it is usually a total family commitment! With 4-Hers and FFA students the commitment is year round, and first involves learning about caring for the animals. Next comes hands on experience and attending judging events and project meetings. Then it's ownership. Another remarkable part of both FFA and 4-H is the dedication of great leaders and teachers! These teachers and leaders can ...

July 23, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Senate Resolution Recognizes Service Of Auxiliaries

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), co-chairs of the Senate Military Family Caucus, on Thursday introduced a resolution recognizing the patriotism and contributions of veterans service organizations (VSO) known as women's auxiliaries.

July 17, 2014 | | Local News


Lena C. Baldonado

Lena C. Baldonado, 80, died June 23, 2014.

July 16, 2014 | | Obituaries


James D. Broedlow

James D. Broedlow, 67, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

July 16, 2014 | | Obituaries


Nell Dolly

Nell Dolly, 96, of Oakdale died Friday, July 11.

July 16, 2014 | | Obituaries


Alice C. Henriques Highfill

Alice C. Henriques Highfill, 82, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

July 16, 2014 | | Obituaries


Phil Orlando

Phil passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 6th at the age of 80. Phil Orlando was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 12, 1933. His Italian parents were Vincent Orlando and Sadie Sorrentino Orlando. He had three sisters, Beatrice, Rose and Joann. He came to California when he was five years old and became a Riverbank boy even though he graduated from Oakdale High School in 1951. Soon after graduation, Phil joined the Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, he began working as a meat cutter in Oakdale and retired after 37 years in ...

July 16, 2014 | | Obituaries


Claude Ralph Ozbirn

Claude Ralph Ozbirn, 94, died Sunday, July 6, 2014 due to complications from a fall.

July 16, 2014 | | Obituaries


Clifford Thomas

Clifford Thomas, 86, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

July 16, 2014 | | Obituaries


Ruth Anne Gatzman

Ruth Anne Gatzman, 96, passed away in Livermore, CA, on Thursday, June 5.

July 09, 2014 | | Obituaries


Barbara Beatrice Bryant

Barbara Beatrice Bryant, 75, of Oakdale lost her battle with cancer on Saturday, June 28.

July 09, 2014 | | Obituaries


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Local Partnership Benefits Independence

Grocery Outlet recently presented Oakdale's Community Sharing with a check for $1149 and a food donation valued at $700. The donations came as a result of the food chain's annual Independence from Hunger program which is hosted every July. This is the second year the local grocer partnered with Community Sharing as a recipient of the program.

August 06, 2014 | | Local Business


Norm Antinetti Tapped For SJS Hall Of Fame

Thirty-two local sports legends – including an Oakdale icon – will be inducted into the 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame later this month. Representing Oakdale High School is decorated basketball coach and athletic director Norm Antinetti.

August 06, 2014 | | High School Sports


Anna Mae Mathies

Anna Mae Mathies, 91, died Tuesday, July 14.

August 06, 2014 | | Obituaries


Bernice Evelyn Ramsey

Bernice Evelyn Ramsey, 92, died Thursday, July 17 at The Stratford at Beyer Park in Modesto.

August 06, 2014 | | Obituaries


Phillip G. Burch

Phillip G. Burch, 60, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.

August 06, 2014 | | Obituaries


Christene (Clark) Houk

Christene (Clark) Houk, 56, of Oakdale died Thursday, July 24, 2014, after a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

August 06, 2014 | | Obituaries


Knights Ferry News Week of August 6, 2014

Birthday greetings for August go out to: Jeremy Page, Ellen Wearin, Dave Rorabaugh, Sherry Schlegel, Monica Brockman, Dustin Holcomb, Kyle Hauskens, Gwyn Davis, Jasmine Derrick, Mario Arias, Ray Patton, Jenna Armario, Tyden Baker, Brandi Cardey, Eden Cassinetto, Austin Santillo, Eron Roen, Taylor Hobbs, Brendt Noon Jr, Nancy Simons, Sara Harris, Elijah Van Brunt, Aubrey Mendonca, Marina Braaton, Hayden Cassaretto, Tate Cassaretto, Elmer Raphael, Grace Harden, Dakota Voortman, Braden Sousa, Destiny Machado, Alondra Machado and Trexler Porter.

August 06, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Valley Home News Week of August 6, 2014

Valley Home Community Park yard sale...this Saturday, August 9th from 7:00 a.m. until it's all gone! Please come support our beautiful little park. All proceeds will go toward maintaining the park. There will be something for everyone...

August 06, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Consider Long Range Drilling Ramifications

Dear Editor,

August 06, 2014 | | Your Views


Gators Enjoy Final Competition In Pool

Summer is coming to a close and so recently did the Oakdale Gators competitive swim season. The Oakdale youth swim team, known as the Gators, hosted their final swim meet of the season, the 'Summer's End Invitational' on Saturday, July 26 at the Oakdale High School Aquatics Center. Four schools from surrounding areas took part in what was the biggest pool party in town. Brentwood, Sonora, Lodi and Ellis of Tracy joined in the meet with the Oakdale swimmers, for some solid competition, improved meet times and good sportsmanship.

August 01, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat. A lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items on their boats. When it comes to life jackets though, a lot of times they couldn't tell you what sizes they have and some of them even keep them stowed away under a seat compartment somewhere. In the past 10 years or more suspender type life jackets have become popular amongst boaters. Most them are designed to automatically inflate once submerged in water. The ...

July 30, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Valley Home News Week of July 30, 2014

Exciting events coming to Valley Home next week! On Tuesday, August 5th, the fine citizens of Valley Home will meet at the park to celebrate living in this beautiful place called Valley Home! Across the nation the first Tuesday in August is celebrated as "National Night Out." Folks meet outside their homes with friends and neighbors to visit, make new acquaintances, and renew old friendships. It's a really important time that we can all meet and share together. We are so blessed to live in such a relatively crime free community. Let's all meet and celebrate together! CHP ...

July 30, 2014 | By WINNE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Knights Ferry News July 30, 2014

When your reporter started writing the Knights Ferry News in August of 1999, it had to be typed (on a typewriter) on 8 by 6 inch newsprint supplied by the Leader and put through the mail slot on Sunday evenings. Now it is all computerized and so much easier!

July 30, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Friesen, Guthmiller Plan September Wedding

Mark Friesen and Shelby Guthmiller have announced their plans to wed this September.

July 30, 2014 | | Engagements


Barry Morgan Jett

Barry Morgan Jett, 78, died Sunday, July 20, 2014.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries


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