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Ad Hoc Committee To Explore Sales Tax Increase

In an illustration of "politics makes strange bedfellows," the Oakdale City Council appointed two community members known for being on opposite sides of issues to co-chair an ad hoc committee on exploring a sales tax increase for the city to cover its recent deficits and cuts.

April 13, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tuolumne County Supervisors Approve Cooperstown Mine

In an expected move on Tuesday April 5, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors approved a 135-acre mine located in southwest Tuolumne County, adjacent to Stanislaus County, off Cooperstown Road.

April 13, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hospital Faces Tumultuous Times

Battle lines are being clearly defined between the members of the Oak Valley Hospital Governing Board. The polarization between members was clear after the last meeting of the hospital's governing board of directors on March 23.

April 06, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Seniors Voice Concerns At Council Meeting

Purple was the predominant color in the audience at Monday night's city council meeting, April 4, as concerned seniors wearing Gladys Lemmons Senior Center shirts gathered, concerned about perceived threats posed to their facility.

April 06, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oak Valley Hospital CFO Resigns Position

Oak Valley Hospital CFO Wayne Mills abruptly announced his resignation as CFO of Oak Valley Hospital Wednesday afternoon, March 30. 2011.

March 30, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Great Balls Of Fire – Annual Testicle Festival Remains Popular Repast

Oakdale's 30th annual Testicle Festival saw a packed house at the FES Hall on Monday night, March 28. Hungry attendees feasted on the breaded bovine nuggets in the event sponsored by Oakdale's Rotary Club and Cowboy Museum.

March 30, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Investigation Focuses On Meeting Law Allegations

Oakdale City Council members Tom Dunlop and Mike Brennan have been appointed by their peers to form an ad hoc committee for the purpose of investigating allegations of Brown Act violations by members of the Business Improvement District (BID) commission.

March 30, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Cuts Continue To Challenge Chief, Department

When Marty West took over as police chief for the Oakdale Police Department in 2007, he had a budget with $1.2 million more than it does now and eight more officers to protect the city compared to the 20 currently assigned. Now, with the population and calls for service rising, he's faced with having to lay off one more police officer to meet a 10 percent imposed cut to the department budget.

March 30, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bleak Budget Forecast For City

Oakdale's city council chambers were at standing room only capacity on Monday night as Oakdale City Manager Steve Hallam painted a gloomy picture of the city's budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. By the time Mayor Pat Paul's gavel sounded at a few minutes before midnight to close the proceedings, very few of the citizens remained.

March 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Mine Project Battle Galvanizes Cities

City officials from Riverbank and Oakdale joined forces to battle with the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday, March 15 meeting. At issue - a hearing on an open-pit rock mine bordering Stanislaus County off Cooperstown Road that would increase rail traffic through both cities.

March 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Cheesemaker Wins Awards

Oakdale's John Bulk is now able to add to his family's award wall at Oakdale Cheese and Specialties.

March 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bridle Ridge Residents Waiting For Trail Light Repairs

After suffering from the theft of copper wiring and the vandalism to several lamps, some Bridle Ridge residents now fear becoming victimized when using the walking trails after dark or their property becoming vulnerable due to lack of illumination.

March 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Citizens Develop Ideas

More than 75 people, ranging from teens to senior citizens, attended Mayor Pat Paul's Citizen Action Committee meeting at the Gene Bianchi Community Center on Monday, March 14.

March 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Council Chambers To Exhibit Local Artists

The bare plaster walls of the Oakdale City Council chambers may soon be adorned with works featuring local artists.

March 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Revision Approved In City Office Closure

Officials for the City of Oakdale have revised the original recommendation to have city offices closed one day per week - Fridays - in favor of having city offices open up two hours later at 10 a.m., four days a week, Tuesday through Friday.

March 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Chamber’s Taste Of Oakdale A Hit

With a number of new presenters appearing this year, the Seventh Annual Taste of Oakdale was a delicious delight on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at the ...

August 28, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Blaze Threatens Homes

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire crews had to call in additional agencies to assist with a pair of fires on Wednesday afternoon for a fast moving fire ...

August 26, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Attempted Murder Suspect Being Sought By Deputies

Stanislaus Sheriff's deputies are looking for an attempted homicide suspect known to frequent Oakdale.

August 26, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Teen Enjoys Taste Of Firefighting Life

When summer came after Tyler Gunkel finished eighth grade, and before he started his freshman year at Oakdale High School, the 14-year-old figured he wanted ...

August 26, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Cops Bust House Of Beef Burglars

Oakdale Police arrested two local subjects for a weekend burglary that occurred at Medlen's House of Beef where the restaurant's safe and between ...

August 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT – Flags, Courage, And Defiance

Maybe it's the A's lousy season that has me grumpy or maybe it's the influx of social media I have going to ...

August 19, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Taste Of Oakdale Tuesday

The date is getting closer and time is running out to buy advance tickets for the Seventh Annual "Taste of Oakdale" sponsored by the Oakdale ...

August 19, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City OKs $34K For Firefighters

After the Oakdale City Council authorized replacement of $37,000 worth of outdated critical fire equipment on Monday, Aug. 17, the council also agreed to ...

August 19, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Councilman Dunlop Appointed To LAFCO

After the July removal of Hughson Mayor Matt Beekman from the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), Stanislaus County mayors on Wednesday, Aug. 12 appointed Oakdale ...

August 14, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Attorney Facing Disbarment

A local attorney was arrested Wednesday, Aug 5, after an investigation by the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office showed he stole up to $210 ...

August 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Man Yelling Causes Two Hour Stand Off

A man yelling and throwing items, damaging things inside his home caused police to shut down the area of East A Street near Cloverland Avenue ...

August 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Fee Confusion Causing Strife For New Oakdale Home Buyers

A group of new home buyers in the JKB Homes Belmont division of Bridle Ridge are perplexed and in the dark when it comes to ...

August 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Transient Found Dead In River

Oakdale Police were investigating the case of a dead body found in the water at the Stanislaus River under the Yosemite Avenue Bridge on Thursday ...

August 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Seek Clues In Stabbing

Oakdale Police responded to emergency calls in the 400 block of Church Avenue on Sunday, Aug 9, at 2:45 p.m. regarding a person ...

August 10, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Landscape, Lighting Fees Approved By Council

The Oakdale City Council on Monday, Aug. 3 set the city's annual assessments for the city's numerous lighting, landscape and maintenance districts (LLMD).

August 05, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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