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Measure O Spending Detailed For Concerned Citizens

With Measure O proceeds exceeding expectations, some in the community are questioning what exactly the funds have gone toward.

March 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Audubon Society Disputes Willms Ranch Divide

After receiving approval from the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors earlier this year that the owners of the Willms Ranch can divide the nearly 2400-acre site outside of Knights Ferry into 42 parcels, the Stanislaus Audubon Society filed a Writ of Mandate on Monday, March 4 challenging the parcel split.

March 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


EMS Director Placed On Leave

A few days after bringing aboard two brand new ambulances donated by the Oak Valley Foundation, Oak Valley Hospital Emergency Services Director Ray Leverett was placed on administrative leave by Hospital CEO John McCormick.

March 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Audubon Society Disputes Willms Ranch Parcel Divide

After receiving approval from the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors in January that the owners of the Willms Ranch can divide the nearly-2400 acre site outside of Knights Ferry into 42 parcels, the Stanislaus Audubon Society filed a Writ of Mandate on Monday, March 4 challenging the parcel split.

March 08, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Lawsuit Payouts: Creative Budgeting?

Cash strapped Oakdale is spending a mound of money on civil lawsuit settlements and using some creative ways to pay off the litigant settlements and the associated attorney fees – over $800,000 –from the actions of city employees that brought on the lawsuits.

March 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Hospital Board Votes To Close Obstetrics

By a vote of six to one, the Oak Valley Hospital Board of Directors decided to close the obstetrics unit of the hospital that has delivered babies since the early 1970s.

March 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Antes Up On Ordinance

With only one item on its public hearing agenda, the Oakdale City Council modified a zoning ordinance for card room operations to facilitate an anticipated location change by Mike's Card Room currently located on North Yosemite Avenue.

March 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Realtor’s Hunch Leads To Chop Shop

When a Ford F-250 was stolen in a burglary from one of Oakdale Realtor Kevin Benziger's properties on 26-Mile Road, he went into detective mode trying to tie the loss and possible motive to identify the thieves.

March 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Hospital Board Votes To Shut Obstetrics

By a vote of six to one, the Oak Valley Hospital Board of Directors decided to close the obstetrics unit of the hospital that has delivered babies since the early 1970s.

February 28, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Administrative Matters - District Fire Chief On Paid Leave

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District embattled Fire Chief Steve Mayotte has been placed on paid administrative leave, effective Friday, Feb. 15. Officials are tight lipped regarding the reason, citing personnel confidentiality.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lawsuit Filed In Officer's Off Duty Death

The family of the late Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek, who was tragically killed on Nov. 8, 2012 when his Honda Accord was rear ended by a semi-tractor trailer on Highway 132 in Modesto, has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful death, negligence, and "survivor actions."

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Manager Seeks Cost Recovery

Newly appointed Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer hit the ground running in ways to ease the city's financial woes. Whitemyer, only on the job since Feb. 4, announced that recent California Department of Finance rulings have allowed California cities to recover some of their costs lost with the dissolution of former redevelopment agencies and the administrative costs now associated with the successor agencies.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sweeping Returns

A constructive Oakdale City Council meeting on Feb. 19 saw the council voting to bring back street sweeping services to the city that had gone without since 2009.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Court Appearance Due In Endangerment Case

The mother of a 44-day-old baby that died more than two months ago is due to appear in Stanislaus Superior Court today, Wednesday, Feb. 27 to answer to charges of felony child endangerment.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Oak Valley CEO Still Presses Obstetrics Closure

Despite two heated public forums on the matter where citizens and employees alike opposed closing Oak Valley Hospital's Obstetrics Unit, CEO John McCormick will be recommending shutting the department at the board of directors meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

February 26, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Articles By Author - Richard Paloma


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 ...

July 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


FEC Complaint Filed Against Congressional Candidate Eggman

The Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT), a political watchdog group out of Washington DC, has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission requesting ...

July 28, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Jenkins Takes Off Department Badge

In 1990, a 32-year-old Lester Jenkins hit the streets of Oakdale after working in a manufacturing plant for Proctor and Gamble. While in training, his ...

July 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Brazen Daytime Thief Hits Downtown Antique Store

Local merchants are on guard for an individual causing a distraction under the guise of looking at merchandise and then stealing women's purses due ...

July 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Beat Patrol System Implemented In City

After studying an array of factors, Interim Police Chief Mike Harden will be applying a beat-sector system to the way the department patrols the city.

July 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Alcohol Sting Nets Full Compliance

A Thursday night, July 14, police decoy operation to combat underage alcohol purchases resulted in no arrests and all merchants observing alcohol sales laws.

July 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Pro Rodeo Hall Of Fame To Induct Jerold Camarillo

At five- and six-years-old, the Camarillo brothers, Leo and Jerold, were already on horseback out on a ranch helping their father, Ralph, with cattle.

July 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City ‘Solar Farm’ To Combat Costs

Abandoned wastewater ponds near the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant could soon be lined with solar panels, providing the City of Oakdale with substantial savings ...

July 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lawsuit Amended Against OID

Attorneys for the Oakdale Groundwater Alliance have asked a Stanislaus County Superior Court to dismiss four causes of actions from a lawsuit they originally filed ...

July 13, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Initiates New Police Chief Search

With the upcoming July 30 retirement of Chief Lester Jenkins, the City of Oakdale took steps to recruit a new police chief with its announcement ...

July 13, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


The Purge – Independence Day Edition

Last week was Independence Day where the great game of "Gunshots or Fireworks?" began all across the country. This year was no different. I've ...

July 12, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


New Flow Standards Threaten OID Storage

With a history of turbulence of outside issues such as litigations and board quarrels overshadowing Oakdale Irrigation District meetings, the Tuesday, July 5 meeting mainly ...

July 06, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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