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Boston Marathon-Oakdale Families Escape Injury In Bombing

Minutes after Oakdale distance runner Tom Burchell crossed the Boston Marathon finish line and was greeting his wife Julie at the family waiting area, the couple felt a blast that shook the ground and caused chaos in the area.

April 15, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Hires Consultant For Trail Prep

As the City of Oakdale moves forward with developing the Valley View River Access Trail, city officials have retained the services of an outside consultant to complete an assessment needed to move forward.

April 10, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Hires Consultant For Trail Prep

The city entered into an agreement with longtime consultant Amy Augustine of Augustine Planning Associates of Sonora in order to assist the city with the preparation of an "Expanded Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration" for the Valley View River Access Trail, required by the state grant program.

April 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Education


Budget Review Highlights Loss Of Revenue

With the steady loss of tax revenues since 2007, Oakdale has experienced continued economic downturn to where it has been operating at an over $1 million deficit each year.

April 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Councilman Questions Commission Appointment

Monday night's announcement regarding the appointment of four citizens to two different city commissions at the April 1 Oakdale City Council meeting caused one councilman to question the choice of one of the appointees.

April 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale’s Exports Highlight Annual Ag Week Lunch

With homage of "Oakdale Feeds the World" being paid to this year's Ag Week in Oakdale, over 210 people attended the 40th annual Oakdale Ag Scholarship Luncheon sponsored by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce at the Gene Bianchi Community Center on Thursday, March 21.

March 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Visitors Pack Hall For Testicle Festival

For Oakdale's most distinctive and exclusive event to which many travel from far to attend – no, not the Chocolate Festival or annual Saddle Club Rodeo –the only event where you're guaranteed to have a ball, better known as Oakdale's annual Testicle Festival, sponsors prepare early to have things in order for the hundreds that attend.

March 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


No Contest Plea In Infant Death

Nicole Todd-Smith, the mother accused of overdosing her 44-day-old baby with methamphetamine, pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment and causing great bodily injury or death on Friday, March 22.

March 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Measure O Spending Just Under Budget

With just one area operating above budget, the overall figures from the initial six months of city funds gathered from the Measure O sales tax initiative are spent below budgeted expectations, according to figures presented by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer at a Measure O Oversight Committee meeting on March 21.

March 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Stanislaus Consolidated: New Interim Fire Chief

A veteran with over 34 years of firefighting and emergency service experience has temporarily taken over as interim Fire Chief for the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District.

March 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


District Elections Being Forced On City

In a move it is referring to as an "advisement," but taken as "extortion" by one city official, a Modesto Latino organization is recommending that the smaller-sized six-square-mile town of Oakdale implement district elections for its city council and school board elected offices.

March 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


No Contest Plea In Baby Death

Nicole Todd-Smith, the mother accused of overdosing her 44-day-old baby with methamphetamine, pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment and causing great bodily injury or death on Friday, March 22.

March 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


District Elections Being Forced On City

In a move it is referring to as an "advisement," but taken as "extortion" by some city officials, a Latino organization is recommending that the pint-sized six square mile town of Oakdale implement district elections for its city council and school board elected offices.

March 22, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Chief For Stanislaus Consolidated

A veteran Fire Chief with over 34 years of firefighting and emergency service experience has temporarily taken over as interim fire chief for the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District.

March 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Airport Plan Takes Off, FBO Search Is On

A staff presentation on the future of the Oakdale Airport highlighted the Monday, March 18 Oakdale City Council meeting.

March 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Council Approves Fire Service Transfer

After putting finishing touches on a fire contract to have the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District assume fire service for the City of Oakdale and transfer its existing fire personnel to become employees of the district, the Oakdale City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to approve the handover, which is expected to become effective Sept. 1.

August 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT – Avoiding The Hunger Games

There came a time at the beginning of the year that when I looked into the mirror I saw a guy I didn't recognize looking back at me with his chipmunk cheeks and no neck.

August 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Shooting Suspect Tied To Waterford Fatal

A gang member wanted in connection with a July 14 shooting in Oakdale was arrested by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Authorities say he is also suspected in the hit-and-run death of Oakdale resident Blake Barry, 20, in Waterford in a case from December of last year.

August 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Riverbank Homicide Suspect Sought In Area

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Detectives are investigating the homicide of a 59-year-old man who was found dead in the front yard of a house in the 3700 block of Texas Avenue in Riverbank on Tuesday night, Aug. 5.

August 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Three Open Seats – Only Three File For Office

Residents of Oakdale will be voting for mayor and to fill two City Council seats during the November 2014 election. Since the filing period to run for office opened on July 14, only three individuals announced their intentions to run for elected office.

August 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Suspect From Oakdale Shooting Tied To Waterford Fatal Hit and Run

A gang member wanted in connection with a July 14 shooting in Oakdale was arrested by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Authorities say he is also suspected in the hit-and-run death of Oakdale resident Blake Barry, 20, in Waterford from December of last year.

August 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Riverbank Homicide Suspect Sought In Area

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Detectives are investigating the homicide of a 59-year-old man who was found dead in the front yard of a house in the 3700 block of Texas Avenue in Riverbank on Tuesday night, Aug. 5.

August 07, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale's Measure Y Argument Unopposed On November Ballot

Oakdale City Clerk Kathy Teixeira's office advised the 'Yes on Measure Y Committee' that no arguments in opposition were filed with her office by the July 17 deadline. In addition, no rebuttals to the argument for the measure were filed by the July 29 deadline.

August 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Not Aware Of FAA Complaint

Despite airport items on recent agendas, the Oakdale mayor and city council members claim they were not advised of an April complaint letter from the Federal Aviation Administration and the city's May 5 response letter. Some of the agenda items approved by the council even included a quarterly street sweeping contract and $16,000 lighting upgrade to bring the airport up to standards addressed in the complaint.

August 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Fighting Blight Battle

An ordinance designed to hold property owners to maintaining vacant and abandoned properties was amended on Monday, Aug. 4, to allow the city to fine the owner for failing to maintain the property. Funds acquired from the fines will be used for local abatement programs to assist in clean up.

August 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Council Kept Out Of Loop On FAA Complaint

Despite airport items on recent agendas, the Oakdale Mayor and City Council claim they were not advised of an April complaint letter from the Federal Aviation Administration and the city's May 5 response letter. Some of the agenda items approved by the council even included a quarterly street sweeping contract and $16,000 lighting upgrade to bring the airport up to standards addressed in the complaint.

August 01, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


FAA Investigating Complaints About Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration San Francisco Airports District Office has informed the City of Oakdale it has received complaints that the Laughlin Road airport may be violating portions of its grants assurances sections as it applies to the condition and operation of the facility.

July 30, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OTVB Names New Administrator

A new face with new enthusiasm and drive will be taking over as administrator for the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) after the departure of Ramona Howard who left the organization to pursue other career interests.

July 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Boosts Fees

A Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District (LLMD) agenda item on fee increases that prompted lengthy discussion at the previous meeting, and eventually delayed the vote until questions could be answered, was approved at a relatively brief Monday, July 21 Oakdale City Council meeting.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Water Plan Finalized

With California water regulators having voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, the City of Oakdale must now come up with a conservation plan for its residents and 7,000 water customers.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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