One hundred cadets are preparing to graduate from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy later this week. Before they do, they will run from the CHP Academy in West Sacramento to the California Peace Officers' Memorial monument across from the State Capitol. The approximate five-mile run is a tradition on the Wednesday before each graduation.
Carmen Frymire is so thankful for the fire departments, air tankers, helicopter, sheriff, friends, neighbors and family for their response to the fire on Frymire Hill and the river bottom. It was a very scary experience and she is thankful for the close-knit town turning out to help.
August 10, 2016|
Mary Sue Shearer
|Knights Ferry News
Sad news in Valley Home. Our Valley Home community, really this entire area, has suffered a terrible loss with the passing of Ryan Russell. Ryan was a true Valley Home boy growing up along with his beloved brothers Randy and Danny Russell in Valley Home. The brothers spent much of their young lives on the irrigation ditches, pastures, creek banks in Valley Home and on the Stanislaus River in Knights Ferry. Ryan was a tremendous musician with many devoted fans throughout the area. He leaves behind many, many friends who were family to him. Ryan is the much loved son ...
Willie Podesto, left, owner of the Rear End Shop in Riverbank donated the shop next door to Duke Cooper, a Marine Corps veteran that is opening a privately run Veterans First program in nearby Riverbank, a new retreat for veterans and first responders. The Grand Opening is set for Saturday, Aug. 13 at 9 a.m. at the location, 2372 Patterson Road. The event is free to the community and everyone is invited to celebrate veterans and first responders, shake their hand and say "thank you" for their service. Active duty and retired veterans will participate in a 25-mile bicycle ...
When 'Ei8hts' are just not enough, the fourth annual Crazy Ei8hts Trail Run Series will sign off its final leg with an added half-marathon option, on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Lake Camanche. All will be gathering at the South Shore staging area, and meeting up at the Turkey Hill Equestrian Campground, at 11700 Wade Lane in Wallace.
Newly hired Oakdale Joint Unified certificated staff attended orientation on Friday to prepare them for the 2016-17 school year. Photographed, front row: Grace Tobias, Megan Stevens, Lindsay Rice, Angela Camboia, Kim Bianchi, Stacy Giesler. Middle row: Alyssa Guzman, Rachel Barfield, Margie Fast, Jessica Menefee, Alexis Greer, Sue Kirland. Back row: Marjean Rath, Leslie Carver, Matt Candelario, Jessica Fisher, Bobby Cole, Breanna Vaughn, Sara Lofton, Cynthia Rawe, Joey Prather, Andrew Cayabyab, Veronica Hallsteinsson. Not present: Savannah Stender and Sara Martin.
Some might describe Barbara Findlay as a gifted artist in her professional field. She has spent over 30 years relying on a keen eye and precision of her hands to earn a living as a reputable hair stylist. Well known throughout the community for her gift of singing, easy going spirit and giving heart, Findlay has found a new passion … painting.
Monday night proved to be par for the course as Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Board of Trustees gathered for the first meeting of the 2016-17 school year. With the opening of the new year just two days post meeting, the session was a short 30-minute gathering reviewing financial reports and general business.
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 gather for an evening featuring a variety of booths, activities, food and fun. The annual community event promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to help keep neighborhoods safer and make them a better place to live. The relationship between neighbors and Oakdale Police brings back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring local law enforcement and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
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, only to be silenced again over the weekend. And now, an 11th hour decision could have that fire horn blaring once more but the question for many at this point is: Why? Is it to ring out danger, ring out warning, alert fire department staff, sound to mark certain times of day, and why are so many alerts per day needed?
Waterways have been busy during the summer in this area, including Woodward Reservoir and nearby Jacob Myers Park packed with rafters, boaters, and swimmers. With the increase in visitors to the reservoirs and the rivers during the summer months, people are sometimes more focused on fun instead of water safety. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department Dive Team has been very busy this summer. They hold monthly trainings at the reservoirs and have been out several times on rescues and recovery missions. Their most recent training was at Woodward Reservoir on Aug. 4.