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RICH IN THOUGHT - It's Not Always About You

With an active month on the world news front – Paris, Lebanon, Syrian refugees, and even red Starbucks cups – the entitlement generation has once again shown its true colors after the devastating and tragic events in Paris on Nov. 13.

November 23, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Virtual Neighborhood Watch Program Available In City

In an effort to help facilitate a virtual Neighborhood Watch program and foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications, the Oakdale Police Department's Neighborhood Watch groups have partnered with Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods.

November 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Veterans Honored For Service

Veterans Appreciation Day ceremonies were held at the Veterans Monument in William A. Fish Veterans Park on Wednesday, Nov 11 by the local VFW Post 2922. The day of remembrance and appreciation of veterans included speakers, quilt presentations, an official Flag Retirement ceremony by the Boy Scouts and an 'open mic' session.

November 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


“Ineffective” Homeless Meeting Causes Business Owners To Meet

"If you build it, they will come."

November 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Homeless Dialogue Dominates Meeting

Once again community interests of Oakdale's homeless and its associated problems were brought up to the city council resulting in the majority of the Monday, Nov. 16 meeting spent discussing the issues and the city's response. Included in the talk were some surprising figures on the amount of time officers spend with a select group of individuals.

November 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Saturday Salmon Fest Slated In Knights Ferry

Now that it's November, the view from the Knights Ferry Bridge is sure to include Chinook salmon during the peak of their migration. To celebrate the salmon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District, FISHBIO, and other local partners come together to put on the annual Stanislaus River Salmon Festival. The sixth annual event will be held in Knights Ferry at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Stanislaus River Park on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

November 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Spirit Of Oakdale Prepares For 22nd Year Of Giving

It's that time of year again and the Spirit of Oakdale Committee is once again gearing up for its annual Oakdale Thanksgiving Dinner so no one in the city can go hungry that day. This will be the 22nd year for the event.

November 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Dump Site Cleanup Adds $80K To Park Project

Environmental concerns by a state agency over the safety of a former dump site has caused the City of Oakdale to spend an unexpected $80,000 from its General Fund for environmental cleanup efforts before it can proceed with a grant-financed river trail.

November 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Challengers Take OID Board Posts

With each taking 60 percent of the votes cast, the challengers to the Oakdale Irrigation District Board positions for Divisions 1 and 4 have defeated two longtime incumbents.

November 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fire Chief Headed For Tracy

The City of Tracy has named Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District Chief Randall Bradley as its new fire chief to head its 65-staff, seven station department effective Dec. 1.

November 06, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Challengers Take OID Board Posts

With all Stanislaus County precincts reporting, the challengers to the Oakdale Irrigation District Board positions for Divisions 1 and 4 have defeated the longtime incumbents.

November 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Enters Contract For HR Investigations

With city administrative staff cut and the elimination of a once human resources department, the City of Oakdale plans to enter into an agreement with the Municipal Resource Group (MRG) of Danville to conduct some personnel investigations.

November 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Government


Mid-Year Budget Review Promising

Just a few short years ago budget reviews meant doom and gloom for a city that had to cut emergency services, street lighting and sweeping, and threatened closure of its senior center. The 2015-2016 budget review this year by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer to the city council at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 2 indicated stability and optimism as the city attempts to recover from the economic downturn at the beginning of the decade.

November 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Government


Sex Drugs & Baseball

I've been a longtime baseball fan and October baseball has always been one of my pleasures – especially the playoffs leading to the World Series where you can still see some good 'ol daytime baseball with the stands casting those autumn shadows onto the field.

October 28, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Oakdale Grower Calls Out OID

Regardless of California being in its fourth year of a severe drought, water is always a precious commodity to farmers. When that water is sold to others during a drought while theirs is reduced, farmers are bound to protest.

October 28, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Government


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Articles By Author - Richard Paloma


Business Owner Stabbed In Burglary Interruption

Oakdale Police responded to the Cottonwood Restaurant at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday night, Feb. 2 regarding a report that the owner of the business ...

February 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Diversity

The Academy Awards have always presented a forum for political views by Hollywood's movie makers and performers, and yet again, we're presented with ...

February 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Search For Suicidal Teen Turns Tragic

Oakdale Police confirmed Friday afternoon, Jan 29 that the individual found with a gunshot wound to the head and later died was the 19-year-old teen ...

February 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Suspicious Activity Leads To Arrest Of Four

Four people gathered at the rear of a U-Haul truck parked at Jerry's Motel on East F Street garnered the attention of Oakdale Police ...

February 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Mayor Delivers Positive Outlook For ‘State Of City’

The City of Oakdale is in a far better shape, especially financially, than it was just six years ago, according to Mayor Pat Paul. Her ...

February 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Government


City’s OTVB Pitches New October Festival

A proposed western-themed festival, complete with a Friday night concert with a known country artist and a Saturday "international chili cook off" and dance was ...

February 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Patch, Badge Introduced For Oakdale Police Department

Even before he was appointed as police chief, Lester Jenkins thought the Oakdale Police Department needed a design change to its uniform shoulder patch.

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Settles Lawsuit

The City of Oakdale has entered into a "separation agreement" with former Public Works Supervisor Mark Ozbirn, who had a pending lawsuit with the city ...

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Council Advised Of Citrus Pest Threat

Both the Stanislaus County Agriculture Commissioner and a member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture were on hand Tuesday night, Jan. 19 to ...

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Bust OHS Volunteer For Sex With Student

Oakdale Police arrested a 23-year-old Oakdale High School volunteer on Friday, Jan. 22 after an investigation revealed he had been having a sexual relationship with ...

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Arrest Made In Afternoon Stabbing

Oakdale Police were called to the scene of a stabbing of a 25-year-old man at a convenience store located in the 900 block of S ...

January 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chamber Awards Night Noted As Stellar Event

The Bianchi Community Center was the setting Friday night, Jan. 15 for the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce 70th Annual Awards Dinner. According to Chamber CEO ...

January 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Cowboy Museum Withdraws From Iconic Testicle Festival

The Oakdale Cowboy Museum has ended its 15-year event partnership with the Oakdale Rotary Club and the Oakdale Testicle Festival, according to Cowboy Museum Manager ...

January 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Gilbert Family Selected For Lifetime Achievement

The Gilbert family, well known throughout the Oakdale area, will receive honors as they are presented with the coveted 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at this year ...

January 13, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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