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Crews Rescue Stranded Sheep Out Of A ‘Baaaaad’ Situation

By RICHARD PALOMA

February 15, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tempo Di Salutarsi

I've already written this column once, when I left the Leader after a brief seven-month stint in 2011 only to have fate bring me back at the new desk less than a year later. Now, after five years, like the title of one of my favorite Andrea Bocelli songs, it's "Time to Say Goodbye."

February 14, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Retiree Health Benefits Spark Council Discussion

Being denied earlier this month having his matter made into an agenda item for the Monday, Feb. 6 Oakdale City Council meeting, retired Oakdale Fire Captain Rick Ferroni brought forward his concern to the public comment portion of the session instead. Ferroni's item, about retiree medical benefits being cut by the city, brought 45 minutes of discussion between the city manager, the council and other speakers who came in support. The time spent on his concern was longer than spent on the actual agenda items set for the evening.

February 08, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Former City Director Facing Fraud Charges in Sutter County

A former City of Oakdale department head who took a position as a planning manager with Sutter County in March 2012 is facing an array of criminal charges, including two felonies, after an investigation by the Sutter County District Attorney showed numerous incidents of making false statements, providing false information, perjury and voter fraud.

February 03, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Moving Forward Is Focus For State Of City Address

In her annual 'State of The City' presentation, Mayor Pat Paul reviewed key accomplishments by the City of Oakdale for over 100 persons who gathered at the Gene Bianchi Community Center on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

February 01, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OHS Teacher Facing Charges

An Oakdale High School teacher is facing criminal charges after she hosted a party at her San Joaquin County residence which resulted in an Oakdale High student being taken to the hospital for severe alcohol intoxication.

February 01, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Two Funerals And A Birth

In the last six weeks, I've had a few moments that got me to reflect on who I am on this planet, where I came from, and all the many memories that come over 57 trips around the Sun.

January 25, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Chamber Lauds Award Winners In Special Evening Presentation

Despite wet and stormy weather in the Cowboy Capital of the World, more than 260 people came out to the Gene Bianchi Community Center for the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 71st Annual Awards Dinner on Friday night, Jan 20.

January 25, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award Honors Bob, Linda Meyer

The Meyer family of Oakdale dates back to 1867, with even a city park – William Meyer Park – on East G Street at the corner of South Second Avenue – in the city where the family home once sat.

January 18, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Capture Suspects After Daytime Break-In

Oakdale Police arrested one adult and three juveniles for burglary after a homeowner came home and discovered his home had just been burglarized and the suspects had just left.

December 28, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Council Spends Big $$ At Year’s Final Meeting

After giving a congratulatory acknowledgement to the Oakdale High School Mustang varsity football team on their days-earlier State Championship, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, Dec. 18 got busy approving end of year capital improvement purchases totaling over $450,000.

December 21, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale’s ‘Santa Cop’ Spreading Christmas Joy

♫ You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why; Santa Cop is patrolling this town. ♫

December 21, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Recall Election Authorized To Proceed

Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan announced on Wednesday, Dec. 14 that OID Director Linda Santos will face a special recall election tentatively slated for April 25.

December 21, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Safe Space – Where Cold Hard Reality Doesn’t Exist

Ideally, an educational institution should operate under the guise that students must be able to think and fend for themselves.

December 14, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Oakdale Carjacking Leads To Arrest In Riverbank

A late night carjacking in Oakdale on Monday, Dec. 12 resulted in an arrest of the suspects by Riverbank sheriff's deputies less than two hours later.

December 14, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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