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School Resource Officer Taylor Goes Back To Class

Among the new faces in the halls of Oakdale schools this school year is an Oakdale High alum returning to the hallways and classrooms where he was once a student.

August 31, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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 power pole early Thursday morning, Aug. 18, causing thousands of residents in the area to temporarily lose power.

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 a hearing of the State Board of Parole held at Susanville State Prison. Steven Eugene Rice, of Oakdale, was arrested in 1993 for a number of felonies and has been in custody since then.

August 24, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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 circulate a recall petition calling for her removal from the five-person board.

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 as he is retiring from the Oakdale Police Department at the rank of sergeant.

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 growth developments, and propose sales tax initiatives. Some of those times saw individuals in the community up in arms over those decisions, criticizing leaders for the actions that shaped the city.

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 conservation program and the need for its environmental study.

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 at its Aug. 15 meeting with a contract for a company to complete the park creation that began with the pedestrian improvement project around the park site.

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 gather for an evening featuring a variety of booths, activities, food and fun. The annual community event promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to help keep neighborhoods safer and make them a better place to live. The relationship between neighbors and Oakdale Police brings back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring local law enforcement and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

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, only to be silenced again over the weekend. And now, an 11th hour decision could have that fire horn blaring once more but the question for many at this point is: Why? Is it to ring out danger, ring out warning, alert fire department staff, sound to mark certain times of day, and why are so many alerts per day needed?

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 Districts (LLMD). Annually the council must levy the assessments for the lighting and landscaping districts to place the assessments on the county property tax billings.

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 on Frymire Road along the Stanislaus River near the Tuolumne and Stanislaus County line.

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


OID’s Osmundson Motions Court To Order Attorney Fees

After a plaintiff's motion to drop four causes of action against Oakdale Irrigation District Director Gary Osmundson in a politically charged lawsuit, lawyers for the Division Five director have requested the court to award legal fees garnered to defend the matter.

July 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Articles By Author - Richard Paloma


Crews Rescue Stranded Sheep Out Of A ‘Baaaaad’ Situation

By RICHARD PALOMA

February 15, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tempo Di Salutarsi

I've already written this column once, when I left the Leader after a brief seven-month stint in 2011 only to have fate bring me ...

February 14, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Retiree Health Benefits Spark Council Discussion

Being denied earlier this month having his matter made into an agenda item for the Monday, Feb. 6 Oakdale City Council meeting, retired Oakdale Fire ...

February 08, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Former City Director Facing Fraud Charges in Sutter County

A former City of Oakdale department head who took a position as a planning manager with Sutter County in March 2012 is facing an array ...

February 03, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Moving Forward Is Focus For State Of City Address

In her annual 'State of The City' presentation, Mayor Pat Paul reviewed key accomplishments by the City of Oakdale for over 100 persons who gathered ...

February 01, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OHS Teacher Facing Charges

An Oakdale High School teacher is facing criminal charges after she hosted a party at her San Joaquin County residence which resulted in an Oakdale ...

February 01, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Two Funerals And A Birth

In the last six weeks, I've had a few moments that got me to reflect on who I am on this planet, where I ...

January 25, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Chamber Lauds Award Winners In Special Evening Presentation

Despite wet and stormy weather in the Cowboy Capital of the World, more than 260 people came out to the Gene Bianchi Community Center for ...

January 25, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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