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Park Alcohol Ban Feud Spreads

Oakdale's rising civil war over the decision to ban city park drinking has risen to other battlegrounds as two former city council candidates with opposing views exchanged shots, both contending their statements, criticized by the other, were made as private citizens and not part of the official city-related roles they now hold.

August 28, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Park Alcohol Ban Feud Spreads

Oakdale's rising civil war over the decision to ban city park drinking has risen to other battlegrounds as two former city council candidates with opposing views exchanged shots, both contending their statements, criticized by the other, were made as private citizens and not part of the official city-related roles they now hold.

August 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT - The First Step Is Admitting The Problem

Hi, my name is Rich and I am an addict.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Homicide Arrests - Oakdale Man, Victims’ Son Implicated In Pettit Deaths

With a history of being a security guard with a license to carry a firearm and reported past boasting of phantom employment within the fire service, it may not be surprising that Brandon Pettit, 25, was arrested in connection with the murder of his parents. The bodies of his mother and father were discovered after an Aug. 8 house fire in Modesto.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Citizens Speak Out On Park ‘Drunkards’

An agenda item at the Aug. 19 Oakdale City Council meeting on a proposal to prohibit city park drinking brought out public comments by several residents, some spirited, in support of the ban.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


‘Negative Outlook’ Removed From City Bond

After the city's sewer enterprise bond rating took a beating last year from Moody's Investor Services and being downgraded, the financial firm announced on Friday, Aug. 16 that it had removed the "negative outlook" tag attached to the sewer bond.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Son Arrested In Pettit Homicides

With a history of being a security guard with a license to carry a firearm and reported past boasting of phantom employment within the fire service, it may not be surprising that Brandon Pettit, 25, was arrested in connection with the murder of his parents. The bodies of his mother and father were discovered after an Aug. 8 house fire in Modesto.

August 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Senior Center Taking Steps To Maintain Financial Health

With its funding severely slashed in the city's tough financial times, resourceful seniors are keeping their center afloat with fundraising activities, donations, and volunteering their time.

August 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Stanislaus Consolidated Annexation?

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 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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


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Ceres Police Officer Crashes In Oakdale

A Ceres Police Officer driving in Oakdale on his way to work in a marked K-9 unit was involved in a solo-vehicle crash with a ...

August 24, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Parole Denied In 1993 Kidnap Case

A man convicted in 1994 for a series of kidnappings and attempted sexual assaults in Oakdale from 1993 was denied parole on Aug. 18 after ...

August 24, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Pesky Mosquitoes Abuzz In City

Oakdale residents are seeking protection and adjusting routines as a result of a rising threat to the community's health.

August 24, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Group Calls for Recall of OID Director Santos

The Wednesday night, Aug. 17 meeting of Oakdale Irrigation District directors kicked off with Linda Santos getting served with a notice of an intention to ...

August 24, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sergeant Shimmel Retiring From Oakdale Police Department

Nearly his entire adult life, Brian Shimmel has worn a uniform. This month he becomes a civilian for the first time in over 30 years ...

August 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Incumbents Only For Local Election

Over the last few years, Oakdale residents have seen their elected city officials set service rates, determine the fate of city property sales, decide on ...

August 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Judge, No Change In OID Court Ruling

With a different judge on the bench, attorneys for the Oakdale Irrigation District on Tuesday, Aug. 9, attempted to dismiss a lawsuit regarding their water ...

August 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Makes Moves To Get New Park Built

With the city's South Yosemite Park project site prepped and the surrounding street construction in the finishing stages, the Oakdale City Council moved forward ...

August 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


National Night Out Attracts A Crowd

Burchell Hill Park in Oakdale was full of life on Tuesday, Aug. 2 as members of the community came out for National Night Out to ...

August 10, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Fire Horn: Tradition Or Unnecessary Irritant?

There's a signature sound that has – in recent weeks – reemerged in the city to go off thrice daily from the city's fire station ...

August 10, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Sets LLMD Rates

In a swift moving meeting on Monday, Aug. 1, the Oakdale City Council set its annual assessment for the city's Landscape, Lighting and Maintenance ...

August 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Government


Fast Moving Fire Hits Knights Ferry

A rapidly moving grass fire threatened Knights Ferry homes on Saturday, July 30, reported after an assisting unit on an unrelated incident spotted the blaze ...

August 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Early Morning Pedestrian Fatality

Oakdale Police had West F Street closed off Wednesday morning, Aug. 3 due to a vehicle collision that killed an elderly woman pedestrian.

August 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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