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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK – One Greenhorn And 464 Cowgirls

I have to admit, this is my first experience with Rodeo Week due to usually taking anniversary vacations in April during my time here at The Leader.

April 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Agencies Cooperate In Probation Sweep

Oakdale Police in conjunction with the Stanislaus County Probation Department conducted a probation search on Friday, April 4. A total of six persons were arrested by police for offenses including possession of narcotics, paraphernalia, along with other probation violations.

April 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Plethora Of Issues - Council Addresses Issues, Brennan Offers Apology

Plenty of action items for the Monday, April 7 Oakdale City Council meeting saw a proposal that the city half-cent sales tax be extended for another five years, a narrowly passed move to purchase water conservation software, opposing public comments on the Valley View River Access Trail, and a questionable apology by a city councilman regarding comments made in a recent Oakdale Leader article.

April 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT – We Interrupt This Marriage For Baseball Season

Spring is in the air and for me that means one thing. Not flowers blooming, not complaints of sneezing and watery eyes from allergies, not Easter, not even the Oakdale Rodeo.

April 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


More Time Needed In Fire Contract Talks

Details are still being sorted out in the merger of Oakdale Rural Fire Department with the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District and the City of Oakdale contracting with the fire district for fire services.

April 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Overtime, Payouts See Six Figures For Firefighters

Five of 14 of Oakdale's rank and file firefighters made over $100,000 in 2013 according to figures obtained by The Leader.

April 02, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hundreds Delight In Juicy Bull Jewels

Oakdale's FES Hall was packed on Monday night, March 30, as locals and out-of-towners feasted in a unique community fundraiser that helped support two organizations – the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and the Oakdale Cowboy Museum. The fare: over 400 pounds of bull testicles, better known as Rocky Mountain Oysters, accompanied with beans, Caesar salad, and French bread.

April 02, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Overtime And Payouts Push Five Firefighters Into $100K Compensation

Five of 14 of Oakdale's rank and file firefighters made over $100,000 in 2013 according to figures obtained by The Leader.

March 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Scholarship Lunch Sows Seeds For Future Ag Grads

With the emcee and both guest speakers alumnus of Oakdale High School, Mustang Pride was prevalent in the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 41st Annual Oakdale Ag Scholarship Luncheon held at the Bianchi Community Center on Thursday, March 20.

March 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Federal Child Porn Charges For Youth Pastor

The Oakdale Bethel Assembly of God youth pastor arrested for possession of child pornography last month was taken into custody by federal authorities on suspicion of receiving or distributing images of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct after a Stanislaus Superior Court hearing on Wednesday, March 19.

March 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


City Still Battling Homeless Camps

Acting on complaints from residents, Oakdale Police recently dismantled three transient encampments on the banks of the Stanislaus River near Valley View Park.

March 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Airport Saga Remains In Holding Pattern

Sierra West Airlines was over $15,000 past due in rent payments less than a year ago according to documents received by The Leader from the City of Oakdale requested under the Public Information Act.

March 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Scholarship Lunch Sows Seeds For Future Ag Grads

With the emcee and both guest speakers alumnus of Oakdale High School, Mustang Pride was prevalent in the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 41st Annual Oakdale Ag Scholarship Luncheon held at the Bianchi Community Center on Thursday, March 20.

March 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Education


City Status - Mid-Year Budget Near Predictions

A report at the March 17 Oakdale City Council meeting by City Manager Bryan Whitemyer regarding the city budget, showed the city with only a $72,000 variance of its final budget proposed from October of last year.

March 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


More Than Just One Type Of Herb

Just outside the Oakdale city limits, in a strip mall that has a convenience mart advertising processed food snacks and high-sugar content refreshments to travelers along Highway 120 lays another business within the same complex.

March 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Business


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Chamber’s Taste Of Oakdale A Hit

With a number of new presenters appearing this year, the Seventh Annual Taste of Oakdale was a delicious delight on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at the ...

August 28, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Blaze Threatens Homes

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire crews had to call in additional agencies to assist with a pair of fires on Wednesday afternoon for a fast moving fire ...

August 26, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Attempted Murder Suspect Being Sought By Deputies

Stanislaus Sheriff's deputies are looking for an attempted homicide suspect known to frequent Oakdale.

August 26, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Teen Enjoys Taste Of Firefighting Life

When summer came after Tyler Gunkel finished eighth grade, and before he started his freshman year at Oakdale High School, the 14-year-old figured he wanted ...

August 26, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Cops Bust House Of Beef Burglars

Oakdale Police arrested two local subjects for a weekend burglary that occurred at Medlen's House of Beef where the restaurant's safe and between ...

August 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT – Flags, Courage, And Defiance

Maybe it's the A's lousy season that has me grumpy or maybe it's the influx of social media I have going to ...

August 19, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Taste Of Oakdale Tuesday

The date is getting closer and time is running out to buy advance tickets for the Seventh Annual "Taste of Oakdale" sponsored by the Oakdale ...

August 19, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City OKs $34K For Firefighters

After the Oakdale City Council authorized replacement of $37,000 worth of outdated critical fire equipment on Monday, Aug. 17, the council also agreed to ...

August 19, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Councilman Dunlop Appointed To LAFCO

After the July removal of Hughson Mayor Matt Beekman from the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), Stanislaus County mayors on Wednesday, Aug. 12 appointed Oakdale ...

August 14, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Attorney Facing Disbarment

A local attorney was arrested Wednesday, Aug 5, after an investigation by the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office showed he stole up to $210 ...

August 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Man Yelling Causes Two Hour Stand Off

A man yelling and throwing items, damaging things inside his home caused police to shut down the area of East A Street near Cloverland Avenue ...

August 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Fee Confusion Causing Strife For New Oakdale Home Buyers

A group of new home buyers in the JKB Homes Belmont division of Bridle Ridge are perplexed and in the dark when it comes to ...

August 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Transient Found Dead In River

Oakdale Police were investigating the case of a dead body found in the water at the Stanislaus River under the Yosemite Avenue Bridge on Thursday ...

August 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Seek Clues In Stabbing

Oakdale Police responded to emergency calls in the 400 block of Church Avenue on Sunday, Aug 9, at 2:45 p.m. regarding a person ...

August 10, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Landscape, Lighting Fees Approved By Council

The Oakdale City Council on Monday, Aug. 3 set the city's annual assessments for the city's numerous lighting, landscape and maintenance districts (LLMD).

August 05, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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