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CAL FIRE Urges Caution This Memorial Day Weekend

With most of California expecting mild weather conditions over the holiday weekend, CAL FIRE urges everyone to be cautious and not let their guard down. To keep everyone safe while planning to recreate outdoors for the Memorial Day weekend, CAL FIRE is asking the public to take steps to prevent sparking a new wildfire.

May 26, 2017 | | Local News


BRUCE WEBB

Bruce was a long time resident of Oakdale, CA. He was born to Irva Lee and Beatrice Webb of Leveland, Texas. Bruce moved to Oakdale, CA and married Mary E. Brady. He was a walnut farmer most of his life and served in Korea in the United States army and was an avid and proficient bowler whom had bowled several 300 games during his lifetime.

May 24, 2017 | | Obituaries


WILLIAM “Buck” THEODORE BURCHETT

William "Buck" Theodore Burchett, peacefully passed away in his sleep recently at his home in Oakdale, CA. Buck was 79 years old. The second of three children, he was born in Claremore, OK on February 27, 1938, to Theodore and Geneva Burchett.

May 24, 2017 | | Obituaries


Annual Chocolate Festival Draws Thousands To Town

For the Central Valley, the weather in the third week of May is a wild card - you get either rain or shine - and this year there was plenty of shine for the 25th annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival.

May 24, 2017 | By KIM VAN METER Special To The Leader | Local News


Gas Prices On The Rise Along With Temperatures

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 12.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.95/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.35/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


Delays Due On Roadways

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the eastbound and westbound State Route 4/Crosstown Freeway connector ramp to northbound Interstate 5 for construction work. Crews began work on Tuesday, May 23 and it will continue through Thursday, May 25, running from 10 p.m. until 4:30 a.m.

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


Irish Society Hosts Gathering For Eugene Commemoration

California Irish gathered for the first commemoration for the Great Irish Hunger on Saturday, May 20 at the California Irish Hunger Memorial, in Eugene, California. The newly installed memorial was dedicated last year to the Innocent Victims of the Irish Hunger. The Irish Cultural Society of Stanislaus County sponsored this year's event.

May 24, 2017 | By GEORGE TRAINOR Special To The Leader | Local News


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 document. The listing of a name here does not imply that person's guilt or innocence. That can only be determined by a court of law.

May 24, 2017 | | Crime


Silver Anniversary Chocolate Festival A Gem

The heat may have been a little more than festival attendees would have liked, but that didn't really deter anyone from making the most of their time at the weekend Oakdale Chocolate Festival. This 25th anniversary year had it all, from sweet treats to a petting zoo, rides and games to vendor booths

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


Chocolate Runs Draw Participants From Across The State

The 25th annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival began with a pair of runs early Saturday morning, with a one mile fun run/walk and a 5k event both offered.

May 24, 2017 | | Local Sports


Mustangs Advance To Masters

Oakdale High School senior Sara Stevens has qualified for Masters in multiple events as she took third place in the women's 800 meters race at 2:18.32. Her quick speed at Bella Vista High School for Divisionals set not only a personal record, but put her second all-time in OHS history in the event. Stevens also anchored the girls 4x400 when she received the baton in fourth place and gained nearly 18 meters off the leader to finish in second place. The team of Stevens, Courtney Dickens, Kyla Novotny and Marnelle Salie qualified for Masters and etched their ...

May 24, 2017 | | Local Sports


Swim Season Ends

Oakdale's Caden Nord could not cap off his magical 2017 season with a state finals appearance in Clovis on May 19 and 20. The junior qualified for state consideration one week prior at the CIF SAC-Joaquin Section Finals in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle but failed to make it to the final cut of the State Meet at Clovis West High School. This season, though, Nord set the bar for Oakdale men's swimmers as he broke the school record in the 100 yard freestyle and also broke his own 2016 school record in the 50 yard freestyle.

May 24, 2017 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

The weather finally seems like it's going to be more like the month of May that I'm used to. I know better to get too excited though, since everyone else is most likely going to be just as excited as I am to be able to get out on the water. My main concern this time of year going forward while out on the water is other operators. There are still some boaters that believe they cannot be stopped for drinking and driving while boating. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may in fact revoke or suspend your ...

May 24, 2017 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Letter To The Editor

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May 24, 2017 | | From Our Readers


Knights Ferry News

Jim and Diane Boyer have returned from Virginia Beach, Virginia where their son Stuart received his PHO in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. While there they took the granddaughters Adaya, Ambriella and Amiah to Sea World. Stuart, Rosalie and girls live in Lewiston, Montana.

May 24, 2017 | | Knights Ferry News


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YOSEMITE FOR NEWBIES

There are six words when uttered by anyone who has lived in the Northern San Joaquin Valley for at least a year that never cease ...

June 07, 2017 | By DENNIS WYATT 209 Living | 209 LIVING


Berryhill Fishing License Bill Moves To Assembly

The California Senate unanimously approved a bill authored by Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, which creates a 12-month fishing license and scraps the current costly ...

June 07, 2017 | | Local Sports


DeBoard Named To Section Assistant Commissioner Post

Sac-Joaquin Section Director of Communications Will DeBoard has been promoted to the position of Assistant Commissioner, effective July 1, SJS Commissioner Mike Garrison announced.

June 07, 2017 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Gators Open Season With Annual Swim-A-Thon

The Oakdale youth swimmers have hit the pool for the summer. On Friday, June 2 the Oakdale Gators Swim Team hosted its annual Swim-A-Thon at ...

June 07, 2017 | | Local Sports


Incoming OHS Freshmen Take Part In Skills Clinic

Just days after their eighth grade graduation, for some Oakdale students, school was back in session.

June 07, 2017 | | Local Sports


AAU Event Scheduled For June 14 In Riverbank

With construction underway at The Corral at Oakdale High School, this year's AAU Junior Olympic Games Qualifying Meet will be held instead at Riverbank ...

June 07, 2017 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

This past week, the California State Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 187, authored by Senator Tom Berryhill, state legislation that will transition California's calendar-based ...

June 07, 2017 | | Local Sports


Denham Introduces New Bill On Medicaid Reimbursement

U.S. Representatives Jeff Denham (CA-10) and David Valadao (CA-21) on Tuesday introduced H.R. 2779, the "Assessing Critical Care Efforts to Strengthen Services Act ...

June 07, 2017 | | Government


Registrar Of Voters Seeks Poll Workers

Registrar of Voters, Lee Lundrigan invites volunteers 18 or older who are registered California voters to become part of the election process by serving as ...

June 07, 2017 | | Government


Motorists See Price Drop

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 2.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.00/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

June 07, 2017 | | Local News


More PG&E Campgrounds Opening After Snow Delays

More Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) campgrounds have opened as snow is melting and winter storm damage to facilities and roads gets repaired.

June 07, 2017 | | Local News


Galgiani Bill Focuses On Citrus Disease Funds

Recently signed into law by Governor Brown, SB 243 is a bill by Senator Cathleen Galgiani that increases the funds available to the California Department ...

June 07, 2017 | | Government


Variety Of Summer Programs Coming To Oakdale Library

Preschool Story Time and Wiggle Worms will continue through June and July at the Oakdale Library, as a busy summer schedule gets underway.

June 07, 2017 | | Local News


Knights Ferry News

Knights Ferry's Graduation Day started a bit wet then cleared up, thank goodness! The event took place in front of the school overlooking the ...

June 07, 2017 | | Local News


Valley Home News

Exciting news! We have just received word that former Valley Home resident Gerardo (Lalo) Guaracha-Mendoza will be graduating from Fort Sill Oklahoma on June 23 ...

June 07, 2017 | By WINNIE MULLINS | Local News


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