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Fishing Report

As the weather has been improving, I'm sure a lot of anglers are looking forward to going fishing. A majority of those anglers will most likely be fishing from the bank. Personally I've had some very good days while fishing from the bank. What I have learned is that location is everything when choosing the right spot. On the delta for example, fishing the bends, dead end sloughs, or forks in the river are almost always productive. In the lakes, I almost always start off by fishing the marina areas. Usually, all the fish plants take place around ...

March 16, 2011 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports


Realtor Licensing Raises Concerns

An addendum to the Oakdale City Council agenda to include the city manager's report on business license fees for real estate agents brought a full house to Monday night's council meeting, March 7, predominantly an audience of local Realtors.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Settles Discrimination Suit

The City of Oakdale this week entered into a non-disclosed monetary settlement with a former public works employee to settle a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, harassment, a hostile work environment, and retaliation. William Moffitt, who worked for the City of Oakdale from 2005 to 2006, claims he was forced to resign from his position as an equipment operator after having to tolerate racial slurs by co-workers and superiors, harassment after receiving a promotion to a higher paid position, and being threatened with a gun by a co-worker in the employee lunchroom. The final straw, according to the lawsuit, was when ...

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Wellness Educator Preps For Conference, Book Release

Local health and wellness educator Maureen Minnehan Jones of Oakdale will be having her new book released the same time she will be doing a presentation at the Alzheimer's International Conference in Toronto, Canada. Her book, "Wisdom To Wellness," is scheduled to be released March 25, the same weekend she will be in Toronto for the conference.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Councilman Leading Charge To Revise City’s Website

For anyone who's navigated the City of Oakdale's website, they know some of the barriers to obtaining information or a lack of available services such as paying bills online.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Putting Off Well Operation Start Up Costs City $73K

A delay in getting a city well operational has cost the City of Oakdale $73,000 in pump shaft repairs due to the manufacturer's claim that the warranty had expired during the three-year time the well sat inactive after the installation of the shaft and the actual time the well was put into service.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Putting Off Well Operation Cost City $73K

A delay in getting a city well operational has cost the City of Oakdale $73,000 in pump shaft repairs due to the installer's claim that the warranty had expired during the 3-year time the well sat inactive between installation of the shaft and the actual time the well was put in service.

The failure of the pump shaft has resulted in finger pointing between city officials, the manufacturer, MagnaDrive of Seattle and the installer, Amerine Systems of Oakdale.

March 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Council Eyes iPads For ‘Green’ Meetings

In a proposed cost-saving measure and an attempt to "go green," saving the city the massive amounts of paper per member that is generated for meetings, the five-member Oakdale City Council discussed a proposed switch from printed agendas to the Apple iPad as a substitute for the agenda binders.

March 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Dog Park To Close For Turf Maintenance

Local pooches will have to forego their leash-free romps at the West Basin Dog Park twice a year due to the need for maintenance of the grounds.

March 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Quarry Approval Could Impact Oakdale

An item with potential adverse effects for Oakdale residents, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors plans to hold a hearing regarding the recommendation to establish a rock quarry located in southwest Tuolumne County, adjacent to Stanislaus County, off Cooperstown Road.

March 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Dog Park Closure Slated For March

Oakdale dog owners and their pooches are going to have some down time twice a year, having to wait for their leash-free romps at the West Basin Dog Park due to the need for maintenance of the grounds.

February 24, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Gas Prices Again On The Rise

Oakdale and Riverbank motorists are going to have to dig into their pocketbooks a bit deeper for a gallon of gasoline this season as prices are over 50 cents per gallon higher than they were last year at this time. For the first time in three years, the cost of a gallon of gas could reach the intimidating $4 mark, which is certain to modify most drivers' habits after filling up at the pumps.

February 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Sewer Service Proves Too Costly

A little known city provided service is costing the City of Oakdale close to $3000 every time it is performed.

February 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Rich In Thought – Dads As Superheroes

Mark Twain once wrote, "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years."

February 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Leading The Way - On The Path From Puppy To Service Dog

Paisley, a 10-month-old golden retriever, lays waiting patiently at the side of her master, area resident Dorothy Langum, who's seated in a local shop enjoying a coffee drink. Paisley isn't fazed as customers go in and out, walking by her designated spot on the floor.

February 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | 209 CELEBRATIONS


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Jenkins Takes Off Department Badge

In 1990, a 32-year-old Lester Jenkins hit the streets of Oakdale after working in a manufacturing plant for Proctor and Gamble. While in training, his ...

July 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Brazen Daytime Thief Hits Downtown Antique Store

Local merchants are on guard for an individual causing a distraction under the guise of looking at merchandise and then stealing women's purses due ...

July 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Beat Patrol System Implemented In City

After studying an array of factors, Interim Police Chief Mike Harden will be applying a beat-sector system to the way the department patrols the city.

July 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Alcohol Sting Nets Full Compliance

A Thursday night, July 14, police decoy operation to combat underage alcohol purchases resulted in no arrests and all merchants observing alcohol sales laws.

July 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Pro Rodeo Hall Of Fame To Induct Jerold Camarillo

At five- and six-years-old, the Camarillo brothers, Leo and Jerold, were already on horseback out on a ranch helping their father, Ralph, with cattle.

July 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City ‘Solar Farm’ To Combat Costs

Abandoned wastewater ponds near the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant could soon be lined with solar panels, providing the City of Oakdale with substantial savings ...

July 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lawsuit Amended Against OID

Attorneys for the Oakdale Groundwater Alliance have asked a Stanislaus County Superior Court to dismiss four causes of actions from a lawsuit they originally filed ...

July 13, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Initiates New Police Chief Search

With the upcoming July 30 retirement of Chief Lester Jenkins, the City of Oakdale took steps to recruit a new police chief with its announcement ...

July 13, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


The Purge – Independence Day Edition

Last week was Independence Day where the great game of "Gunshots or Fireworks?" began all across the country. This year was no different. I've ...

July 12, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


New Flow Standards Threaten OID Storage

With a history of turbulence of outside issues such as litigations and board quarrels overshadowing Oakdale Irrigation District meetings, the Tuesday, July 5 meeting mainly ...

July 06, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Judge Grants TRO For OID

As the Oakdale Irrigation District continues to battle leaks of confidential information from closed session agenda items, Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Roger M. Beauchesne ...

June 30, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Midday Bank Hold Up

Valley First Credit Union on West F Street was hit once again in a 1 p.m. bank robbery on Tuesday, June 2. The hold-up ...

June 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


OID Session Notes Highlight Issues

Recently released notes from a June 7 Oakdale Irrigation District closed session meeting raise questions to the veracity of court declarations made by new directors ...

June 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Files Suit On Own Directors

After breaches of confidentiality in closed session regarding a lawsuit, sworn declarations to the plaintiffs' attorney, and public bashing on social media by two of ...

June 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fatal Stabbing In Rural Oakdale

Sheriff's detectives are investigating the case of a man found stabbed to death in the 9000 block of Sawyer Road, just outside the city ...

June 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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