Tuesday began the sale of 'Safe and Sane' fireworks in nearly 300 communities across California, including Oakdale, which has CAL FIRE reminding everyone to do their part to prevent fires caused by fireworks this Fourth of July. Over the past five years, more than 2,500 structure and wildfires have been sparked by fireworks, burning thousands of acres, causing countless injuries and costing millions in property loss.
Board of Equalization Member George Runner on Monday announced the state excise tax on gasoline will drop by 2.2 cents per gallon beginning July 1, 2016. This lowers the current excise tax rate from 30 cents to 27.8 cents per gallon.
As wildfires burn across California, new estimates on the number of dead trees in California were announced, prompting continued concern for California's forest health and wildfire danger. This past week, the US Forest Service released the outcome of its latest aerial surveys over California forestland, finding that over 66 million trees have now died due to drought and bark beetles since 2010. That number is up from 29 million dead trees in 2015 and 3.3 million in 2014.
Happy news in Valley Home ... Darlene and Alvin Nunes are celebrating the birth of Joseph Christian Machado, their adorable grandson! Little Joseph Christian was born on May 13, 2016 to Nicole and Ron Machado. Mom, dad, and baby are all doing well and are excited to introduce Joseph to his big brothers! His proud brothers are Luke, Levi, and Caleb. Welcoming him to the family will be paternal grandparents Laurie and Tom Machado of Newman. Both the Nunes family and Machado family have been blessed with a precious addition to their family. Congratulations to all on this very happy event!
Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, of Riverbank, recently honored Court Appointed Special Advocates, Stanislaus County as Nonprofit of the Year for the 12th Assembly District during a celebration of California Nonprofits Day at the State Capitol. California Nonprofits Day was formally proclaimed by the State Legislature through passage of ACR 192, a bill that Olsen co-authored. Olsen represents Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon in the 12th Assembly District.
Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance will be hosting a pet adoption event at Petco in Riverbank on Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. where there will be several pets available for adoption. These pets could be a loving addition to your family and a great companion for your Fourth of July celebration.
NOTICE: The names and incidents printed in the Police Log are obtained from the daily log of the Oakdale Police Department, which is a public document. The listing of a name here does not imply that person's guilt or innocence. That can only be determined by a court of law.
Congratulations, Californians: you are probably paying more than you have to during your fill-ups, according to the "Pump Price Spread Report" issued by GasBuddy. Looking at the 2016 average differences between the highest and lowest priced gas stations within GasBuddy-defined metro-areas, 15 of the top 20 cities with the widest price variation are located in The Golden State.
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.
Plans are underway for upcoming Volksport Walks at Brushy Peak near Livermore and Calaveras State Park near Manteca. You can learn all about these group walks for fun and fitness at the Delta Tule Trekkers' monthly meeting on Monday, July 11 at CK Grill, 14725 S. Harlan Road, Lathrop. Dinner/social hour begins at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.