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Cupboards-bare plea shines light on need that extends well beyond one man's troubles

Clarence Blackmon's cupboards are overflowing now with so much food that he felt compelled - and blessed - to be able to share it with others through his local food bank.

July 03, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret Media Companies | News Briefs

Religious colleges on edge over tax, Pell Grant status after gay marriage ruling

Religious schools and universities that have barriers against homosexuality may be under the gun after Friday's gay marriage ruling, given both oral arguments in April and the fine print of Justice Anthony Kennedy's decision last week.

July 02, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | News Briefs

Air Officials Urge July 4 Fireworks Restraint

As Independence Day approaches, local air officials remind Valley residents that July 4 fireworks increase levels of dangerous particulate matter (PM) and pose a health threat to themselves and their neighbors. Historically, the Valley experiences dangerous particulate levels four or five times higher than the health based federal standards. These spikes are largely attributable to personal fireworks use throughout Valley neighborhoods.

July 02, 2015 | | Local News

How colleges get depressed students out of their hair

A Brown University student who had a mental breakdown before being put on medical leave has engaged in a dogged and so-far futile attempt to return to the campus, Buzzfeed reports, despite his having given up all alcohol and drugs and getting therapy.

July 02, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | News Briefs

‘If Cancer Was A Fish’ picture book is meant to help kids cope with tragedy

If cancer was a fish, Tiffany Berg Coughran and her five kids would definitely throw it back.

July 02, 2015 | Peter Rosen KSL | News Briefs

Park Rape Investigated

Oakdale Police were on site at a crime-scene tape cordoned off William Meyer Park on East G Street Wednesday morning, July 1, investigating an early morning sexual assault that occurred overnight.

July 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Marg-Ins - Plan For The Best

If there were ever a suitable microcosm for life, for me, it would have to be the 24 hours of Relay For Life.

July 01, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

Escaping The Boom

The safe and sane firework booths are up and running. Moms, dads, grandparents and youth will line up at the box like structures ready to empty their wallets and buy Fourth of July celebration wares.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings

Soroptimist International Oakdale Ends Noteworthy Year

The month of June brought the 60th anniversary year of Soroptimist International of Oakdale (SIO) to a successful close. First chartered on June 5, 1954, the all-women's service group has served the community of Oakdale since the fall of 1954.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business

Record Crowd Flocks To Annual Carnival

It was a made to order day, as the Kjeldgaard family opened their property to the community for the Eighth Annual Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival on Saturday, June 27. The upper parking lot of the River Road location remained full and a steady stream of cars came in and out between the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event hours.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

State Backtracks On H20 Curtailment

The Oakdale Irrigation District reported on Wednesday, June 24 that state attorneys backed away from curtailment notices directed at more than 200 senior water rights holders in California, now saying they were "courtesy notices" and "advisory" only.

July 01, 2015 | | Local News

Charter Student Propels Forward

Oakdale resident and Valley Charter School graduate Matthew Gery is spending some time this summer taking final steps toward his future as he attends orientation at Arizona State University.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Grand Jury Says No Flaws Found

In its annual 2014-2015 published report, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found no fault with the Oakdale Airport or its operation with the exception of a minor issue that involved a segment of fencing being too low.

July 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Pump Price Relief Prompts

There's good news and bad news. First, the good news: We're still saving money on gasoline. The bad news? Your government wants more of it in their hands, not yours.

June 29, 2015 | | Local News

Grand Jury Finds No Flaw With Airport Operations

In its annual 2014-2015 published report, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found no fault with the Oakdale Airport or its operation with the exception of a minor issue that involved a segment of fencing being too low.

June 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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Mustangs Suit Up For Gridiron Action

The summer is off to a sizzling start but it will not be long before the boys of fall take over Oakdale. Like National Football League (NFL) teams, the Oakdale High School varsity football team is currently prepping for the upcoming season. Several members of the Mustang squad headed up to Placer High School recently to participate in a multi-team training camp.

June 24, 2015 | | Local Sports

Irrigation Districts Sue Water Board

A group of Central California irrigation districts filed a lawsuit Friday, June 19 that challenges the state's authority to curtail their century-old water rights on the Stanislaus River.

June 24, 2015 | Report Abuse account | Local News

Oakdale Softball Duo Make Select All American Team

Two of Oakdale's youth softball players are preparing to make a trip to Orlando, Florida to play in the inaugural ESPN Wide World of Sports All American Games July 13 through July 16. Oakdale youngsters Delainey Everett and Kylie Valente were named as members of the Northwest Regional Under Ten team after a tryout in Woodland, California back in February, and were informed earlier this month that they had made the team.

June 24, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

OBA, All-Star Teams Battle In Tournament

Five teams participated in the four-day annual Oakdale Baseball Association (OBA) Come As You Are tournament this past week. The action began on Wednesday, June 17 and came to a close on Saturday, June 20 under the lights of Fair Oaks Field at Fair Oaks Elementary School. The 12 and under division ballplayers geared up to play under the blazing afternoon sun and under the cool breeze and lights for their night games and put on a show for their fans, family and friends.

June 24, 2015 | | Local Sports

Businessman Fights Carjacker To Avoid Abduction

A local check cashing business owner thwarted his own kidnapping during a carjacking Friday morning, June 18 that left him with only a scraped knee and a bump on his head. His car, a black BMW 525i was taken during the incident but later recovered.

June 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

H. LEONARD VALK

A memorial will be held for H. Leonard Valk on Saturday June 27th at 11

June 17, 2015 | | Obituaries

DONALD RAY PETERSON

Donald Ray Peterson passed from this life May 28, 2015 after a battle with cancer. He passed quietly with his longtime partner Lydia Montoya by his side. He was 80 years old.

June 17, 2015 | | Obituaries

JOHN HERBERT CARLILE JR.

John rode his heavenly motorcycle on that golden path into the clouds. He will be missed by family and friends. John lived his whole life in Oakdale and went to Oakdale High School. He joined the Army and did his tour in Vietnam until he was honorably discharged in 1967. After the Army he drove long haul trucks for many years before going to work for a can company where he retired. John was the son of John and Bernice Carlile and brother to Claudora (Leo) Carrillo. He also leaves behind his niece Kristine (Ron) Helms, his nephew Randal (Jannelle ...

June 17, 2015 | | Obituaries

Oakdale Chamber Recognized By State Group

The California Chamber of Commerce has named the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce as one of 28 local chambers of commerce to receive the 2015 President's Circle Award. The award, presented during its annual conference in Sacramento, was first presented in 2009 and recognizes chambers for excellence in business advocacy and helping their members comply with California employment laws.

June 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Business

Thelma Mae Fields Pruitt

Thelma Mae Fields Pruitt went home to be with our Lord surrounded by her family at home on Friday May 29, 2015. She was 78 years old. Mimi, as she was lovingly called, was born on August 13, 1936 in Grove, Oklahoma to William and Bernice Fields. She was one of ten children. Her family moved to California when she was 15 and Oakdale has been her home for the past 60 years. She is preceded in death and now blessedly reunited with her husband Kent Pruitt, her son Ron Pruitt , her grandson Kliff Pruitt and 6 brothers and sisters ...

June 10, 2015 | | Obituaries

KIMBERLY CHAPMAN

Kimberly was a CNA for over 20 years. She worked hard and was loved by many. She was a great mother, wife and friend. Kim was an amazing cook, she didn't need to follow a recipe . She is survived by husband Larry Dyer, daughter Kassandra Chapman, sisters Louise Manning and Christi Drewery, brother Nolan Chapman Jr., and nephews Joey Hemingway, Josh Hemingway and Kyle Hayes. She is preceded in death by her father, Nolan Chapman Sr, who passed away 4 days earlier. There will be a Celebration of Life on June 13th at 2pm at Nolan Chapman's house ...

June 10, 2015 | | Obituaries

SUZANN ( SUE) GALE

On Saturday July 16, 1955 Suzann (Sue) Gale made her grand entrance into this world. Born to Ward and Maryann Mercer in Pomona, California, she was the youngest of three children, welcomed home by big brother Mark and big sister Ginger. And on May 27, 2015 she again was welcomed home, this time into the arms of the Lord. She lost her battle with a debilitating disease after fighting valiantly for three and a half years. She is preceded in death by her parents and big brother Mark.

June 10, 2015 | | Obituaries

CARL F. MALCOM

Carl, 82, of Oakdale died Monday, May 25, following a battle with cancer. A celebration of his life will be held at the Odd Fellows Hall in Knights Ferry, Saturday, June 13th at 11am.

June 10, 2015 | | Obituaries

BARBARA DORIS KEELER

Barbara Doris Keeler, passed away peacefully in the company of her children and grandchildren at her side on June 7, 2015, at the age of 88. Barbara is survived by her sister, Norene Michener of Oakdale; children Marilyn (David) Morton, Reno, Marjorie (Carl) White, Oakdale, Ronald (Debra) Keeler, Oakdale and Edward (Cindy Worley) Keeler, Oakdale; grandchildren: Andrew (Deanna) Morton, Charles (Mary) Morton, Jenifer (Jason) Grant, Michael (Kristy) White, Carrie White, and great-grandchildren: Melody, Adina and Jasmine Johnson, Soran and Lilja Grant, Oliva and Evan White, Owen and Clair Morton and Ryland Morton and her beloved cat, Twittly. She was preceded ...

June 10, 2015 | | Obituaries

Baseball Players Honored For Season’s Contributions

All three levels of Oakdale High School baseball teams and their players were honored on Tuesday, May 26, saluted for their efforts during the season. Coaches, players, family and friends gathered at the OHS main gym Tuesday evening for the end of the season awards ceremony for the Mustangs.

June 04, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

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