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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 in its energy costs. This, after the city council approved an action Monday night, July 18 to explore a deal with Borrego Solar Systems of Oakland.

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 against the Oakdale Irrigation District earlier this year. The causes of action, numbers two through five, centered around Director Gary Osmundson's participation and voting in the district's On-Farm Conservation Program, accusing him of a conflict of interest and other illegalities.

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 for the position this past Thursday, July 7. Former Modesto Police Chief Michael Harden is currently serving as interim police chief and will assist in the recruitment while the city searches for someone to lead the 23-sworn member department.

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 heard more peaceful settings at the police range during quarterly qualifications than I did over the July 4 weekend.

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 focused on just water issues.

July 06, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Judge Grants TRO For OID

As the Oakdale Irrigation District continues to battle leaks of confidential information from closed session agenda items, Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Roger M. Beauchesne granted a temporary restraining order to the district Thursday morning, June 30, prohibiting two of its own directors from being included in those closed session hearings.

June 30, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Midday Bank Hold Up

Valley First Credit Union on West F Street was hit once again in a 1 p.m. bank robbery on Tuesday, June 2. The hold-up marks the third time in just nine months that the downtown financial establishment has been robbed.

June 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


OID Session Notes Highlight Issues

Recently released notes from a June 7 Oakdale Irrigation District closed session meeting raise questions to the veracity of court declarations made by new directors Gail Altieri and Linda Santos.

June 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Files Suit On Own Directors

After breaches of confidentiality in closed session regarding a lawsuit, sworn declarations to the plaintiffs' attorney, and public bashing on social media by two of its directors, the Oakdale Irrigation District filed a lawsuit against Directors Linda Santos and Gail Altieri seeking a temporary restraining order to keep them from strategy sessions surrounding litigation.

June 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fatal Stabbing In Rural Oakdale

Sheriff's detectives are investigating the case of a man found stabbed to death in the 9000 block of Sawyer Road, just outside the city limits of Oakdale on Thursday, June 23.

June 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Man Leads Cops In Pursuit From Jamestown To Oakdale

Oakdale Police officers were busy Sunday, June 26, searching for a Tuolumne County fugitive after a vehicle involved in a high speed pursuit and assault on a Tuolumne County deputy earlier in the morning was located at Dorada Park minutes after it entered the city.

June 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Preliminary City Budget Introduced

The City of Oakdale is projecting nearly $35 million in revenues for all city funds for the 2016-2017 fiscal year with its General Fund anticipated at $11.8 million according to City Manager Bryan Whitemyer.

June 22, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City’s Anti-Camping Ordinance Approved

With city parks taking on the look of a KOA campground and the river's edge developing its own shanty town, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, June 20, took steps to enact four new ordinances targeting its vagrancy problem.

June 22, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Articles By Author - Richard Paloma


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 23, 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


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 | Crime


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


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