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Accident Gridlocks Traffic

Afternoon motorists were delayed on the way to their destinations on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 11, when a J.S. West & Company propane tank became dislodged, causing the tanker to roll on its side on Highway 120 north of River Road.

August 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Stanislaus Consolidated Exploring Annexation Of Oakdale City and Rural Fire Departments

In a move to create more efficient and less costly protection for residents and businesses in Oakdale, the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District approved a plan on Thursday, Aug. 8 to study possible annexation of the city's fire department.

August 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Manager Preps For ‘Life After O’

A well-used binder in Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer's office contains frayed pages, many marked by various colors of Post-it Notes for quick reference. When talking about its contents, Whitemyer can rapidly turn to a page and spew the numbers like a seasoned bean counter. The pages inside: the City of Oakdale 2013-2014 annual budget.

August 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Members Eye Management Option

After reconciling figures and trudging through lighting and maintenance district issues from the last meeting, the Oakdale City Council heard a plethora of agenda issues relating to the city's now-cut management shortage.

August 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Petition To Ban Park Drinking Circulated

With clipboard in hand, Church Street resident Brent Ferguson is taking his cause to task.

August 02, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK – If They Could See Me Now

I admit that when I received the congratulatory notice, it had me fooled. I thought the well-worded email was the lead into a scam informing the recipient they've won an award but would have some sort of out-of-pocket expense to be paid in advance with a product I'd never see. As I read on, I found it was in fact authentic. My screenplay was a "Silver Ace Award" winner at the Las Vegas Film Festival being held July 18-21.

July 31, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Citizens Aim To Take Back The Park

The spotlight of the homeless, or at least those perceived as homeless, is shining back on the group of individuals that gather daily at William Meyer Park on West G Street.

July 24, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Semore Retires After 26 Years With City Police

More than 85 individuals consisting of friends, family, and co-workers gathered at the Bianchi Community Center on Friday, July 12 to bid longtime Oakdale police officer, Sergeant Darren Semore, good-bye and wish him a happy retirement.

July 17, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT That’s What Brotherhoods Are For

While it's difficult to find a silver lining with any tragedy, I became aware of a blessing amid the sadness a few weeks ago when I was reunited with cherished individuals who played a significant part in my past law enforcement career during the funeral service of a former patrol partner of mine.

July 17, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Lighting, Sewer Fee Increases?

In a marathon three-plus hour meeting on Monday night, July 15, members of the Oakdale City Council attempted to resolve only two issues, both of which would have a financial impact to citizens.

July 17, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Controversial Figure To Lead Council In Prayer

The City of Oakdale will join the list of cities that Reno's "acclaimed Hindu Statesman" Rajan Zed will appear at, providing the invocation for the July 15 city council meeting.

July 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Dilemma - Lack Of Union Concessions Creates Budget Uncertainty

Just two weeks after Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pushed through a proposed budget cutting $540,000 from the city's general fund, Oakdale city officials are hitting a snag that may reduce that cost savings.

July 10, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale’s Olivo Quits Marlins

Citing the lack of playing time as a third-string back-up catcher, and after asking for his release multiple times, Oakdale resident and Miami Marlins professional baseball player Miguel Olivo walked out of the dugout and "quit" the team during its June 14 game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

July 10, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Regional Sports


Oakdale’s Olivo Quits MLB Marlins

Citing the lack of playing time as a third-string back-up catcher, and after asking for his release multiple times, Oakdale resident and Miami Marlins professional baseball player Miguel Olivo walked out of the dugout and "quit" the team during its June 14 game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

July 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oak Valley Moves To Charge For ‘Dry Run’ Ambulance Calls

With a Code-3 run for the crew, ambulance drivers get the rush of the response, but Oak Valley Hospital gets nothing in return when none of the parties involved have to be taken to the hospital. It's a costly response when no assistance is administered.

July 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Armed Teen Arrested Friday Near OHS

An 18-year-old man was arrested by Oakdale Police for possessing a loaded handgun near the high school campus on Friday, Feb. 27 while students were out for the lunch break.

February 27, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Approves Property Transfers

Members of the Oakdale City Council are still sorting out and finalizing property issues associated with the now-defunct Oakdale Redevelopment Agency.

February 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Pooch Takes Best Of Breed At Westminster Show

True to his breed, "Stitch," is a lively spirited 7-year-old Standard Manchester Terrier that has game he loves to show.

February 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Approves Property Transfers

The Oakdale City Council is still sorting out and finalizing property issues associated with the now-defunct Oakdale Redevelopment Agency.

February 19, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Considers Body Cameras

Body cameras could be coming to the Oakdale Police Department, outfitting officers with the new hardware.

February 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT –The Anti-Vax Myth

A few weeks ago Disneyland appeared to be Ground Zero for a measles outbreak that led to 17 identified cases in the US. Since then, at last count, there are now over 120 confirmed cases of measles in the country, possibly due to "satellite" outbreaks as those persons returned home from "The Happiest Place on Earth."

February 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


City Considering Body Cameras For Cops

Due to the Monday President's Day Holiday, The Oakdale City Council will hold its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

February 13, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Two Surrender From Summer Gang Assault

A six-month investigation of a gang assault that has led to several arrests of gang members as well as a Jan. 12 sweep that involved over 40 officers from six agencies, has resulted in two additional suspects surrendering to police.

February 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Code Enforcement Void In City

Throughout various Oakdale neighborhoods, there are those houses that tend to stand out and detract from the overall splendor and magnificence this quaint town of 20,000 typically has to offer.

February 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Accepts Hershey Building Offer

After sitting vacant for nearly three years, the City of Oakdale announced Wednesday, Feb. 4 that it had accepted an offer for the former Hershey Building at 120 S. Sierra Ave.

February 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Body Found Outside City Limits

Stanislaus County Sheriff's detectives were investigating a suspicious death at an address in the rural area of Oakdale on the 9500 block of Pioneer Avenue on Monday morning, Feb. 9.

February 10, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Accepts $515K Offer For Hershey Building

After sitting vacant for nearly three years, the City of Oakdale announced Wednesday, Feb. 4 that it had accepted an offer for the former Hershey Building at 120 S. Sierra Ave.

February 05, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Agrees To Appoint

Faced with the possibility of financing a $20,000 special election as well as having to wait until the end of the year, the Oakdale City Council unanimously approved moving forward with the decision to appoint someone to fill Don Petersen's upcoming vacant seat.

February 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Trio Honored For Heroic Actions

Three members of the Oakdale Police Department were recognized for heroic action on Monday night, Feb. 2 stemming from a 2014 incident where a man threatened his family with a knife and who attempted to take his own life in the process.

February 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Mayor Touts City, Calls For More Retail

Mayor Pat Paul announced that 2014 was a pivotal year for the City of Oakdale in her annual State of the City address on Wednesday at the Bianchi Community Center.

January 29, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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