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Survey Shows Continued Gas Price Decline

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.75/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.45/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

August 19, 2014 | | Local News


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


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Mallcheck, Bergwerff Announce Engagement

Garrett Scott Mallcheck and Elysha Kaitlyn Bergwerff have announced their plans to wed in 2015.

July 16, 2014 | | Engagements


Knights Ferry News Week of July 16, 2014

The streets of Knights Ferry look good after the slurry seal. As of Saturday the lines had not yet been repainted.

July 16, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Valley Home News Week of July 16, 2014

It's fair time again! Many of us have special memories of attending the county fair in our youth. What great times were had at the fair! The brightly colored Ferris wheel was always my favorite as I was never brave enough for the faster rides. For others it was the tilt-a-whirl...spinning faster and faster until before you knew it, it was spinning you rather than you spinning it. It is wildly fun and for some they can't get enough of it. Whatever your ride of choice the county fair is always a fun time for all! Remember ...

July 16, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


VFW Post 2922 Hosts Golf Tournament

A final reminder, that the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2922 of Oakdale will be hosting its second annual fundraising golf tournament and four man scramble on Saturday, July 19 at Modesto's Creekside Golf Course. Golfers can begin register starting at 10 a.m. and tee time is set for a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m.

July 16, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

It seems like every year, as far back as I can remember, we've been in a drought. This one though is a little different. I've seen the water levels in some of our local lakes lower than I've ever seen them before. When I was a kid, this would be the prime time to scour the banks in search of fishing treasure. There are sure to be lures and other miscellaneous items that have been lost by anglers while fishing when the water levels were higher. If I only had a metal detector, who knows what can ...

July 16, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

For several years now there's been a mandatory inspection for boats entering our local lakes for Quagga-Zebra Mussels. Most of us I'm sure think of the inspection as a hassle but it's necessary to help prevent these species from taking over our lakes. Quagga-Zebra Mussels are filter feeders that reproduce at alarming rates once they are introduced to a body of water. If they were allowed to take over a lake they would filter out all the suspended particulate, zooplankton, and phytoplankton in a body of water leaving smaller baitfish without a food source in turn leaving ...

July 09, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Hackbarth, Sanders Named To All State Team

Oakdale High School varsity softball teammates Lauren Sanders and Kindra Hackbarth were named to the Calhisports.com All-State Medium/Small School Softball Team for 2014. Sanders, who graduated from OHS in May and will continue to play softball for San Diego State, was named to the first team for her ability behind the dish as she was named to the top five catchers list. Hackbarth was named to the Second Team for both her glove and cannon of an arm in the outfield. Hackbarth will be entering her junior year, was one of only two sophomores to make the list ...

July 09, 2014 | | High School Sports


Fight Night Slated At Chicken Ranch

This Saturday night, July 12, catch Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action live at the Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown. Hoplite Fight Productions presents "Unfinished Business" that features the main event pitting Pro Lightweights Luis Jauregui and Josh LaGrange. The co-Main event will feature a Pro Featherweight fight between Sal Becerra and Mike Ryan. Becerra, a product out of Oakdale MMA, is making his professional debut. Becerra finished his amateur career with a record of 5-0 and was crowned the Art of War Amateur champion in the 155-pound weight class.

July 09, 2014 | | Local Sports


Knights Ferry News Week of July 9, 2014

Kaeli Sweet flew to Virginia Beach, Virginia, to visit her Uncle Adam and Aunt Tiffany. Hurricane Arthur, the first named storm of the season, went up the Atlantic seaboard also. We have to wait until Kaeli is home to find out how that experience was.

July 09, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Valley Home News Week of July 9, 2014

This week we highlight a very important person who is active in both Valley Home and Escalon. This young man is Bryce McKenzie! Bryce attends Valley Home School and is a very busy guy. He carries a high grade point average and attends school basketball and football games as the Hawk. The Hawk is the school mascot and Bryce loves to create school spirit. His school pride is contagious and the crowd is always delighted to see Bryce show up as the Hawk. Way to go Bryce! This summer Bryce will be attending the Stanislaus County Fair and will be ...

July 09, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


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July 09, 2014 | | Your Views


Summer Sessions Focus On Homeschooling Options

Homeschooling is a rewarding educational alternative. It is especially valuable for those families wanting to pass on their religious heritage, family values or personal beliefs to their children. Special needs or high achieving children who do not fit into a typical campus classroom benefit greatly from the one on one work at an individual pace.

July 09, 2014 | | Education


September Wedding For Allen, Friel

Shane Allen and Katie Friel were engaged to be married when Shane proposed to Katie while ice skating in Union Square in San Francisco.

July 02, 2014 | | Announcements


Valley Home News Week of July 2, 2014

Fourth of July ... Sparklers, firecrackers, homemade ice cream, hot dogs and tall cold glasses of frosty lemonade! This special holiday is a reason to celebrate! We celebrate this great country, with the silvery outline of Lady Liberty etched in our minds, we gather to watch the dazzling explosions of color high in the evening sky. Whether your family celebrates big or celebrates small this special holiday always does your heart good! Old Glory with all her beauty waves proudly in the summer time breeze, children run and play on fresh mowed lawns, old folks sit and rock gently on front ...

July 02, 2014 | By WINNE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Knights Ferry News July 2, 2014

Stanislaus of Public Works has CHANGED THE DATES of the slurry seal on the town's streets. New dates are July 7-8-9. The streets are to be sealed in the order as before, Monday-Dent past Vantine and Vantine and Main Street. Tuesday-Lynde, Shurl, Dean and the rest of Dent, Wednesday-Ellen and by the Plaza to Cemetery road. No cars or pedestrians are to be on the sealing job for two hours afterwards. Plan your day accordingly.

July 02, 2014 | | Knights Ferry News


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