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Fire Marshal Urges Safe, Sane Use Of Fireworks

Tuesday began the sale of 'Safe and Sane' fireworks in nearly 300 communities across California, including Oakdale, which has CAL FIRE reminding everyone to do their part to prevent fires caused by fireworks this Fourth of July. Over the past five years, more than 2,500 structure and wildfires have been sparked by fireworks, burning thousands of acres, causing countless injuries and costing millions in property loss.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Distracted Driving Remains Major Highway Problem

Despite the well-known dangers of distracted driving, the number of California drivers who use mobile devices while they drive is on the rise.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Summer Gas Tax Cut Takes Effect

Board of Equalization Member George Runner on Monday announced the state excise tax on gasoline will drop by 2.2 cents per gallon beginning July 1, 2016. This lowers the current excise tax rate from 30 cents to 27.8 cents per gallon.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Coordinated Effort Continues To Remove State’s Dead Trees

As wildfires burn across California, new estimates on the number of dead trees in California were announced, prompting continued concern for California's forest health and wildfire danger. This past week, the US Forest Service released the outcome of its latest aerial surveys over California forestland, finding that over 66 million trees have now died due to drought and bark beetles since 2010. That number is up from 29 million dead trees in 2015 and 3.3 million in 2014.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Big Valley Hosts VBS

Big Valley Grace Community Church will become Pirate Island for Kids Campus, July 10 through 14 in a fun Vacation Bible School program. 'Pirates' kicks off on Sunday, July 10 at 6 p.m.

June 29, 2016 | | News Briefs


Valley Home News

Happy news in Valley Home ... Darlene and Alvin Nunes are celebrating the birth of Joseph Christian Machado, their adorable grandson! Little Joseph Christian was born on May 13, 2016 to Nicole and Ron Machado. Mom, dad, and baby are all doing well and are excited to introduce Joseph to his big brothers! His proud brothers are Luke, Levi, and Caleb. Welcoming him to the family will be paternal grandparents Laurie and Tom Machado of Newman. Both the Nunes family and Machado family have been blessed with a precious addition to their family. Congratulations to all on this very happy event!

June 29, 2016 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Knights Ferry News

Can you believe a half of a year has gone by? Hope everyone is keeping cool in this heat. Remember your pets and potted plants, as they need water also.

June 29, 2016 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Special State Recognition Honors CASA Non-Profit

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, of Riverbank, recently honored Court Appointed Special Advocates, Stanislaus County as Nonprofit of the Year for the 12th Assembly District during a celebration of California Nonprofits Day at the State Capitol. California Nonprofits Day was formally proclaimed by the State Legislature through passage of ACR 192, a bill that Olsen co-authored. Olsen represents Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon in the 12th Assembly District.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Saturday Pet Adoption Event Offered At Petco

Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance will be hosting a pet adoption event at Petco in Riverbank on Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. where there will be several pets available for adoption. These pets could be a loving addition to your family and a great companion for your Fourth of July celebration.

June 29, 2016 | | 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.

June 29, 2016 | | Crime


Survey Says: Pump Prices Vary Widely In California

Congratulations, Californians: you are probably paying more than you have to during your fill-ups, according to the "Pump Price Spread Report" issued by GasBuddy. Looking at the 2016 average differences between the highest and lowest priced gas stations within GasBuddy-defined metro-areas, 15 of the top 20 cities with the widest price variation are located in The Golden State.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Stanislaus Animal Services Seeks Foster Care Volunteers

If you can foster kittens for a few weeks, Stanislaus Animal Services can find them homes for life.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Lounges Bring Comfort, Confidence To The Fair

The Stanislaus County Fair is excited to offer multiple lounges opened to guests throughout the 10 days of Fair.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Trekkers Meet July 11

Plans are underway for upcoming Volksport Walks at Brushy Peak near Livermore and Calaveras State Park near Manteca. You can learn all about these group walks for fun and fitness at the Delta Tule Trekkers' monthly meeting on Monday, July 11 at CK Grill, 14725 S. Harlan Road, Lathrop. Dinner/social hour begins at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

June 29, 2016 | | News Briefs


Junior Fishing License In Future

Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) said California is one step closer to offering a junior fishing license. The Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 345, which would create the reduced-cost Junior Sport Fishing License as a way to encourage young people to explore the sport.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


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California Almond Crop Projected To Increase

This year's California almond crop is forecasted to surpass 2 billion pounds for the first time since 2013, according to the California Almond Objective ...

July 12, 2016 | | 209 LIVING


August Gem Faire Slated At Alameda Fairgrounds

Gem Faire, West Coast's Premier Jewelry and Bead Show, returns to the Alameda County Fairgrounds next month.

July 12, 2016 | | 209 LIVING


Oak Valley Artist Honored

Oak Valley Art Society "Artist of the Month" for June was Melba Pimentel with her drawing of her horse, "Contessa."

July 12, 2016 | | 209 LIVING


Local Families Needed For Exchange Students

Cultural Homestay International (CHI) is seeking volunteer local host families for international high school boys and girls.

July 12, 2016 | | 209 LIVING


Money Management

5 Quick Ways

July 12, 2016 | | Local Columns


Accreditation Process Begins For California Highway Patrol

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to improving law enforcement ...

July 06, 2016 | | Local News


County Assessor’s Office Releases Assessment Roll

Stanislaus County Assessor Don H. Gaekle on July 1 announced that the 2016-17 Regular Assessment Roll totaled a record $44,276,415,460. This is ...

July 06, 2016 | | Local News


California Women Veterans Leadership Council Established

As the country celebrates its 240th year of independence, Americans remember our men and women who have served in the Armed Forces to protect and ...

July 06, 2016 | | Local News


Tea Party, Fashion Show Fundraiser Slated July 16

A special Relay For Life of Oakdale fundraiser, a Tea Party and Fashion Show, is scheduled for this Saturday, July 16.

July 06, 2016 | | Local News


Food For Families Drive Supplements Food Banks

Raley's Food For Families has launched its Summer Fresh Drive, designed to raise funds and increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at ...

July 06, 2016 | | Local News


From Our Readers

It Takes A Village

July 06, 2016 | | From Our Readers


Valley Home News

Kindness from unknown friends ... Last week I received the most beautiful card, it came by mail and was inscribed with a very caring, "with sympathy ...

July 06, 2016 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Knights Ferry News

Welcome to the world Matthew Steven Hodge, born June 26 to Katie and Collin Hodge. He weighed in at eight pounds, nine ounces and was ...

July 06, 2016 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


Oakdale Lions Schedule Annual Poker Tournament

The Oakdale Lion's Club is hosting its ninth annual Poker Tournament on Saturday, July 16. The event will be hosted at the Oakdale Rodeo ...

July 06, 2016 | | News Briefs


ACE, Amtrak Trains Key To Transportation Future

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute's Northern California Megaregion study identified Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) and Amtrak San Joaquins services as key to helping ...

July 06, 2016 | | Local News


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