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Solar Panel Install Leaves Neighbor In Dark

For 60 years, Carl Porter has enjoyed sitting and gazing into the wooded area surrounding the property of his Stearns Road home. What he described as a serene park setting with the occasional grazing deer, has now been disrupted with banks of 13-foot high solar panels installed just a few feet away from the property line he shares with the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

March 09, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


StanCOG Seeking Transportation Tax

After failing votes in elections of 2006 and 2008, the Stanislaus Council of Governments is again aiming for a local tax for transportation issues in Stanislaus County. The difference this time than in previous years, according to Kendall Flint, Regional Government Services Director of Communications & Strategic Planning, is that there is now a majority of support for the tax among county voters and two-thirds of the money would be for local projects controlled by the cities.

March 09, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OPD Chief Jenkins Retiring In July

After 26 years of law enforcement service to the citizens of Oakdale, Police Chief Lester Jenkins announced his retirement after a presentation on his department's goals and objectives at the Monday, March 7 Oakdale City Council meeting.

March 09, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Civil War Days Back On

After a weekend meeting, on Sunday, March 6, the American Civil War Association announced that an agreement had been reached with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the previously cancelled war reenactments for Knights Ferry Civil War Days set for March 19 and 20 has been reinstated.

March 07, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OPD Bust Felon With Gun and Meth

What started out as a welfare check for a distraught woman on Thursday, March 3, resulted in an Oakdale man's arrest for possession of 19 grams of methamphetamine and a loaded gun.

March 04, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Police, Fire Departments Have Busy Thursday Night

Oakdale Police and Fire crews were busy Thursday night, Feb. 25 and into the early hours of Friday morning, Feb. 26.

March 02, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Center, Not Shelter Sought For Homeless

Over four dozen residents attended an overview of the Oakdale homeless situation presented by representatives of the Oakdale Rescue Mission on Thursday evening, Feb. 25 at the Community United Methodist Church.

March 02, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Knights Ferry Civil War Reenactment Cancelled

After more than a quarter-century, the celebrated Knights Ferry Civil War Days battle reenactments have been cancelled due to an apparent disagreement of terms in the operating permit.

March 02, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Probation Sweep Busts Five Dopers

A joint endeavor between the Oakdale Police Department and Stanislaus County Probation Department on Wednesday, Feb. 17 resulted in several arrests for separate narcotics violations by probationers living in the city.

February 24, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Police Accept Donation For Department K-9 Unit

The Oakdale Police Canine budget is slightly healthier thanks in part to a generous donation from Gary and Bonnye Spray on behalf of their late daughter Amanda.

February 24, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Council Debates Sign Ordinance Variance

Members of the Oakdale City Council spent over a half-hour at a recent session discussing and debating a property developer's request to put up an LED sign with animation and graphics on his property at 1625 E. F St, in the city's east end.

February 24, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Olivo Signs Minor League Deal

After spending the 2015 season playing baseball in Mexico, Oakdale's Miguel Olivo, 37, is back pursuing a slot in Major League Baseball and has signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants for the 2016 season.

February 18, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fire Chief Search Starts To Heat Up

By RICHARD PALOMA

February 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Street Sweep Contract On Council’s Agenda

With the Feb. 15 Presidents' Day Holiday, the City of Oakdale City Council meeting was moved to Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. – after The Leader's press time.

February 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Government


Swift Investigation Leads To Arrest, Property Recovery

By RICHARD PALOMA

February 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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Classic Cars Tour Rolls Into Region

Classics will soon be cruising in to the area, with trips to Oakdale and Knights Ferry, as part of the Western Gaslight one- and two-cylinder ...

May 04, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Agencies Recognize Peace Officer Memorial Week

National Police Week, May 15-21 in 2016, is a time to remember and honor those in law enforcement who made the ultimate sacrifice throughout the ...

May 04, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Future Looking Up For Oakdale Airport

In a swift Oakdale City Council meeting on Monday, May 2, that saw only three of the council members on the dais, Michael Renfrow, who ...

May 04, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Downtown Vandalism Causes Widespread Damage For Merchants

Merchants along North Third Avenue were stunned Thursday morning, April 28, when decorative plants along the historic area had their two-foot deep pots smashed by ...

April 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Love Oakdale Brings Community Together

With nearly 20 projects around town, volunteers gathered on Saturday, April 23 to share breakfast and then headed out to their assignments of painting, cleaning ...

April 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tracy Arrest Tied To Oakdale Robbery

Oakdale Police are investigating the likelihood that a suspect arrested on April 22 in Salida by Tracy Police investigators is linked the Valley First Credit ...

April 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Villa Paloma’s Furry Family Additions

Readers of my column are probably familiar with my two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Dante and Gino, who I've written about in past pieces. But ...

April 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Stopped Speeder Linked To Turlock VFW Burglary

A man wanted by Turlock Police for a brazen burglary where antique rifles were stolen from a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post earlier this month ...

April 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


City Manager Gets Pay Raise

The Oakdale City Council voted unanimously Monday, April 18 to raise City Manager Bryan Whitemyer's base salary to $176,951. Whitemyer's previous pay ...

April 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Government


Market Moves Back To Third

After controversy with its location last year and the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau withdrawing its sponsorship, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, April 18 ...

April 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Two Area Banks Robbed In 4-Hour Span

The Valley First Credit Union on West F Street in Oakdale was held up shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday, April 18 and the ...

April 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma Marg Jackson | Crime


Family Files Lawsuit For Wrongful Death

The family of a teen shot and killed by police last July has filed a Wrongful Death Civil Rights lawsuit against the Pleasanton Police Department ...

April 06, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Berryhill’s Office Warns Residents Of Possible Energy Scam In City

If a Vista Energy Marketing salesperson shows up at your door and asks about your PG&E bill and suggests that with their assistance they ...

April 06, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Investigating Potential Missing Soccer League Funds

The possible loss of undisclosed funds from the Oakdale Youth Soccer League has been reported to the Oakdale Police Department according to representatives from the ...

April 06, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Olivo To Start Season On Sacramento Roster

Oakdale's Miguel Olivo could be one wicked foul tip or home plate collision to Buster Posey away from getting the call back up to ...

April 06, 2016 | By RICHARD PALOMA | Local Sports


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