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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


RICH IN THOUGHT – When Did I Get This Old?

It seems to have all of a sudden hit me that I'm in my mid-50s. With that awareness comes the oh-so-common, "Where did all the time go?" (And there's no mid-life crisis here with plans to go out and buy a corvette and cruise with a young blonde bombshell named Bambi).

March 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Accusations Fly In Airport Battle

Finger pointing regarding bias, threats, mismanagement, and outright lies continue to fly in the latest drama involving the Oakdale Airport.

March 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Committee Gets View Of Oakdale After ‘O’

Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer painted a bleak picture of the city without the continuance of the city's half-cent sales tax assessment at the Measure O Committee meeting on Monday, March 10.

March 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Look For Oakdale Police Fleet

With four of the nine vehicles in its fleet with over 120,000 miles, the Oakdale Police Department is making a gradual change in vehicles, shifting from its mainstay police sedan, the Ford Crown Victoria, to the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.

March 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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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 28, 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


Holiday Hopping For Police, Fire

Oakdale Police reported that units were kept busy responding to numerous call-to-call complaints about fireworks during the long Independence Day Holiday weekend, Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6. Police also were tied up providing traffic control assistance for a brush fire near the Oakdale Airport.

July 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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