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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


Public Objections - Council Approves Long Range Plan

Citing that it's better to plan for a city's growth that would be bound to happen anyway, the Oakdale City Council approved two long-term specific projects that call for residential, commercial, and retail developments on the city's edges.

March 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Group Rallies Behind Groundwater Concerns

Last fall when some citizens became concerned about massive pumping of local groundwater in the area, they gathered and the group of diverse, all-volunteer neighbors formed an action group called the Stanislaus Water Coalition. (SWC).

March 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Duo Arrested For Theft of Dead Man’s Assets

A coroner's investigation into the next of kin for a deceased homeless man led detectives to discover that $18,000 had been taken from the dead man's bank account the day after his death.

August 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Ball Can Cuts 159 Jobs

Oakdale's largest employer's decision to contract to a foreign company has affected the jobs of the third largest employer, who as a result, will be cutting over half of its workforce this fall.

August 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Wife Says Standoff Could Have Been Averted

An Oakdale woman claims her family has been "traumatized and falsely labeled" after a hostage incident requiring a police response involving her husband last month. She believes the whole ordeal could have been prevented had hospital mental health officials handled his admissions properly on two separate occasions over a four-day period, including the day of the incident.

August 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chamber Endorses Measure Y

Members of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce became involved in the upcoming local election and voted to endorse and support Measure Y – the local sales tax imitative that will continue the half-cent sales tax.

August 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chamber Endorses Measure Y

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce became involved in the upcoming local election and voted to endorse and support Measure Y – the local sales tax imitative that will continue the half-cent sales tax.

August 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Approves Fire Service Transfer

After putting finishing touches on a fire contract to have the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District assume fire service for the City of Oakdale and transfer its existing fire personnel to become employees of the district, the Oakdale City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to approve the handover, which is expected to become effective Sept. 1.

August 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT – Avoiding The Hunger Games

There came a time at the beginning of the year that when I looked into the mirror I saw a guy I didn't recognize looking back at me with his chipmunk cheeks and no neck.

August 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Shooting Suspect Tied To Waterford Fatal

A gang member wanted in connection with a July 14 shooting in Oakdale was arrested by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Authorities say he is also suspected in the hit-and-run death of Oakdale resident Blake Barry, 20, in Waterford in a case from December of last year.

August 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Riverbank Homicide Suspect Sought In Area

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Detectives are investigating the homicide of a 59-year-old man who was found dead in the front yard of a house in the 3700 block of Texas Avenue in Riverbank on Tuesday night, Aug. 5.

August 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Three Open Seats – Only Three File For Office

Residents of Oakdale will be voting for mayor and to fill two City Council seats during the November 2014 election. Since the filing period to run for office opened on July 14, only three individuals announced their intentions to run for elected office.

August 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Suspect From Oakdale Shooting Tied To Waterford Fatal Hit and Run

A gang member wanted in connection with a July 14 shooting in Oakdale was arrested by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Authorities say he is also suspected in the hit-and-run death of Oakdale resident Blake Barry, 20, in Waterford from December of last year.

August 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Riverbank Homicide Suspect Sought In Area

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Detectives are investigating the homicide of a 59-year-old man who was found dead in the front yard of a house in the 3700 block of Texas Avenue in Riverbank on Tuesday night, Aug. 5.

August 07, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale's Measure Y Argument Unopposed On November Ballot

Oakdale City Clerk Kathy Teixeira's office advised the 'Yes on Measure Y Committee' that no arguments in opposition were filed with her office by the July 17 deadline. In addition, no rebuttals to the argument for the measure were filed by the July 29 deadline.

August 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Not Aware Of FAA Complaint

Despite airport items on recent agendas, the Oakdale mayor and city council members claim they were not advised of an April complaint letter from the Federal Aviation Administration and the city's May 5 response letter. Some of the agenda items approved by the council even included a quarterly street sweeping contract and $16,000 lighting upgrade to bring the airport up to standards addressed in the complaint.

August 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Fighting Blight Battle

An ordinance designed to hold property owners to maintaining vacant and abandoned properties was amended on Monday, Aug. 4, to allow the city to fine the owner for failing to maintain the property. Funds acquired from the fines will be used for local abatement programs to assist in clean up.

August 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


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