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Teaching the teachers: Do we know how to create real professionals?

A new teacher training program announced by the Boston-based Woodrow Wilson Foundation in partnership with MIT aims to upend teacher training by awarding degrees based on mastery of specific skills, not time in the classroom. (See a Q&A with Patrick Riccards of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation here.)

July 06, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

About-face by Apple Music shows need for constant change

When a company as big and successful as Apple changes its mind about something as significant as the music industry, it's worth taking note of what’s changing with consumers.

July 06, 2015 | Drew Clark Deseret Media Companies | Local Columns

Jones Recognized As Veteran Of The Year

Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, honored Army National Guard Capt. Cynthia Jones as the 2015 Veteran of the Year for the 12th Assembly District. Capt. Jones is currently serving as the Company Commander for the Chinook Unit in Stockton, Bravo Company, 1-126th Aviation Regiment – and is the first woman to serve in this capacity.

July 03, 2015 | | Local News

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 | Local Columns

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 | Education

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 | Education

‘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 | Local News

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

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FRED ALVAN OZBIRN

With his great nephew Mark Ozbirn at his side, Fred Alvan Ozbirn, 91, passed away

March 19, 2015 | | Obituaries

OHS Represents At Regional Science Olympiad

Oakdale High School's Science Olympiad team finished this year's regional Science Olympiad competition tied for fifth. The team fell short in the tiebreaker, number of gold medals, which will send Central Catholic to the State finals. The top four go to finals. The team faced an unfortunate circumstance when one event was thrown out do to a scoring mistake by the event supervisor.

March 19, 2015 | | Education

Aca Dec Team Journeys To State Competition

The glass appears to be half full as the Oakdale High School Aca Dec Team now heads to the state championships. As a result of winning the 35th Annual Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon, the team will represent Stanislaus County at the state level. The event will be hosted in Sacramento March 19 through 22.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Area Water Woes Linger As Irrigation Season Looms

Even as water began filling its canals this week, the Oakdale Irrigation District board discussed ways Tuesday morning to ensure there is enough to last until September.

March 18, 2015 | | Local News

End In Sight For Negotiations?

The bad news is: our teachers have not yet settled salary negotiations. The good news is: if settled they have the opportunity to reopen for another increase in October.

March 18, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Bond Refinancing Results In City Savings

Wearing a cowboy hat to reinforce his point, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pioneered the Monday, March 16 Oakdale City Council meeting, telling everyone that at no time the city was ever considering changing its 'Cowboy Capital' motto (see related story on this page).

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Residents Shoot Down Slogan

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

RICH IN THOUGHT - DNA Tests And Rose Ceremonies

With so many quality police shows, dramas, premium channel series, and sports to watch on TV, one of my guilty pleasures of television watching these days is a couple of reality TV shows where I just get to disengage my thinking brain and get to become more of a sarcastic, judging, critical SOB than I already am.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns

Saying Goodbye

There's nothing easy about saying good bye to someone you love.

March 18, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings

Report Card Issued For Caltrans Projects

Caltrans has published its third issue of The Mile Marker, a periodic reporting of areas where the department is excelling and where further improvement is needed.

March 17, 2015 | | Local News

OTVB Backs Off “Pioneer Perfect”

Following an afternoon press release by the City of Oakdale stating it had been "rumored" that the city was considering changing its slogan and had no intentions of doing so, the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau sent out its own Friday night statement that it would forego the launch of "Pioneer Perfect" and embrace the city's original motto "Cowboy Capital of the World."

March 14, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Residents View ‘Pioneer Perfect’ As Off Track

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Chilled Response To Annexation Proposal

As Oakdale city leaders proposed annexing a portion of Crane Crossing and expanding its sphere of influence, some property owners spoke out causing the Oakdale City Council to delay the item until more information could be heard.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

OHS Freshman Accompanied By 4-Legged Companion

If today's teenager is to be selfish and lazy, one need not tell Hope Kindred. The Oakdale High School freshman missed that memo.

March 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Schools Reach Some Contract Agreements

For the third consecutive month vacant seats were at a minimum for the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting conducted Monday night, March 9. Oakdale City Council chambers were once again filled to capacity as teachers and parents stood along the sides, back and spilled out into the entry way.

March 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

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