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Oak Valley Ponders Closing Obstetrics

Citing the financial well-being of the hospital district, Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick announced that he will be looking into shutting down obstetrics treatment and child birthing at the Oakdale hospital.

January 24, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Murder Suspect Found Dead

Stanislaus County Sheriff's officials announced Thursday, Jan. 17 that Ryan Mazzariello, 26, the suspect in the double homicide at Oakdale Market last November, was found unresponsive in his Stanislaus County jail cell that morning and was later pronounced dead.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Airport Problems Still Loom

The operational function of the Oakdale Airport essentially remains unchanged as the city council has delayed one longtime lease proposal with one occupant and denied a large hangar lease to another that would have established repair and flight services. Add to that, a city staff reduction that has seen the departure of its part-time airport manager, no public works director in place, and a series of interim city managers has gutted any progress to the 67-year old facility.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chamber Honorees Recognized

City leaders, governmental figures, business owners, and well-versed citizens turned out on Friday night, Jan. 18, as the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce hosted its 67th Annual Awards Dinner.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


River Trail Project Runs Into Barrier

A local councilman's hard fought goal of a river trail from the east to the west side of Oakdale possibly came to a halt when an expected property owner pulled support of an easement that would have allowed trail access from Valley View Park to Kerr Park.

January 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Charges Reduced In Sexual Assault Case

The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office reduced charges on Wednesday, Jan. 9 for an Oakdale man accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at a December party he was hosting.

January 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Oakdale Police Pay Lowest In County

At a time when the City of Oakdale tries to pull itself out from the recent economic downturn, it must weigh the cost of compensating its employees fairly for their services as other cities also recover and offer more competitive wages to pull away qualified personnel.

January 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Road Construction, Utility Work Come Under Council Scrutiny

City leaders and Oakdale residents were basically assured by Pacific Gas and Electric officials that the underground conversion of overhead power lines along South Yosemite Avenue would not result in any cost to local citizens.

January 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Contract Shows New City Manager Took Concessions

Newly hired Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer accepted concessions in retirement benefits of the four-year $160,500 annual salary employment contract and far less in total compensation than his predecessor to come over from the City of Hughson and assist the budget-strapped city of Oakdale.

January 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Thieves Hit Kerr Park In Search For Copper Wire

For the second time in a year, Kerr Park has been hit by criminals and stripped of copper wire used for lighting the 14-acre North Stearns Road city park.

January 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Oakdale Man Arrested In Rape Of Teen

A 44-year-old Oakdale man was arrested Monday afternoon, Jan. 7, after police say he was named in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl. The teen, who admitted she had been drinking at a party hosted by the suspect, was later reportedly molested by him after falling asleep.

January 08, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Contract Shows New CM Took Concessions

Newly hired Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer accepted concessions in retirement benefits of the four-year $160,500 annual salary employment contract and far less in total compensation than his predecessor to come over from the City of Hughson and assist the budget strapped city of Oakdale.

January 04, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT - Be Prepared, Do Something, Denial Kills

I was originally going to do this column about family quirks around the holidays, but with the tragic events over the last few weeks with the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut and the Clackamas Mall shooting in Oregon, we are reminded of the ever increasing threat of an active shooter anywhere in the country. Not holiday feel good stuff, but something we can't ignore.

December 26, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Police Department’s Shimmel Gets Stripes

The Oakdale Police Department continues to fill its upper ranks with the December promotion of Detective Brian Shimmel to the rank of sergeant within the department.

December 26, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Boyz ‘N The Burb: Gun Incidents Rising

The Cowboy Capital of the World is taking on another trait of the Old West, this one definitely not a characteristic it may want to continue.

December 26, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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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


Swift Follow Up Leads To Arrest

The man wanted in connection with the rape of a teenaged girl was spotted and arrested on the grounds of Oakdale High School on Tuesday night, July 15.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


RICH IN THOUGHT – Being Papa For Grayson

After the excitement wore off when I first heard I was going to be a grandfather, I wondered if I was destined to be a loveable old man who wore a little fedora with a feather and plaid Bermuda shorts with calf-high dark socks in sandals. Or, if taking after my family lineage, it was time for me to get in the role of 'Papa' and eventually start having a garden with zucchini, fava beans, tomato plants and other vegetables like both my grandfathers had when I was young.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


No Felony Charge For Death Of Off-Duty Officer

After the end of a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, May 20, Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Ricardo Cordova determined there was not enough evidence for Jose Hermosillo to stand trial for a felony count of manslaughter in the November 2012 death of off-duty Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek.

July 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale To Finalize Conservation Plan

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 7000 water customers.

July 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Swift Follow-Up By Police In Weekend Crimes

The man wanted in connection of the rape of a teenaged girl was spotted and arrested on the grounds of Oakdale High School Tuesday night, July 15.

July 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Statue Capstone Unveiling Celebrates Cowboy Day

The Oakdale Garden Club along with Project Coordinator Dan Holman will be hosting a champagne reception at the unveiling of the recently installed capstones surrounding Oakdale's famous "Yesterday Is Tomorrow" cowboy statue in front of the Oakdale Cowboy Museum on Saturday, July 26 at 12:30 p.m. The unveiling and reception are open to the public.

July 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Business Development Center Continuing Its Success

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with the City of Oakdale and Oakdale Chamber of Commerce operates an enhanced program to assist entrepreneurs and existing businesses in the City of Oakdale by providing no-cost one-on-one professional business consulting and low-cost business training programs.

July 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Domestic Dispute Turns Into Barricaded Subject

Oakdale Police responded to a reported domestic disturbance where the wanted suspect from earlier in the day returned to Old Bluff Court on Thursday night, July 10 at 5 p.m. The incident resulted in the eventual arrest of one of the suspects for kidnapping and false imprisonment in addition to the previous domestic violence charges.

July 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


City Sees High Crime Weekend

A depleted Oakdale Police Force was busy over the weekend in gang related incidents that started with Friday afternoon gunshots and then greater problems of a stabbing outside the Battered Beaver Bar in the early morning hours on Saturday, a person shot outside 7-11 on West F Street at midnight Saturday night, and a forcible assault reported early Sunday morning.

July 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Domestic Dispute Turns Into Barricaded Subject

Oakdale Police responded to a reported domestic disturbance on Old Bluff Court Thursday night, July 10 at 5 pm that resulted in the eventual arrest of one of the involved residents for kidnapping and false imprisonment.

July 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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