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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

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

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Nestor Fabian Castaneda

Jose Manuel Castaneda and Brenda Castaneda of Oakdale welcomed the arrival of their son, Nestor Fabian Castaneda, on July 16, 2011. The newborn weighed seven pounds, six ounces and was 19 inches long upon arrival at Oak Valley Hospital.

July 27, 2011 | | Birth Announcements

Kamila Alexandra Rodriguez-Sanchez

A girl, Kamila Alexandra Rodriguez-Sanchez, was born July 11, 2011 to expectant parents Alejandro and Mayra Rodriguez of Waterford. The newborn weighed seven pounds, two ounces upon arrival at Oak Valley Hospital.

July 27, 2011 | | Birth Announcements

Valley Home News for July 27, 2011

What an exciting weekend for our Valley Home 4-H'ers who attended the Stanislaus County Fair. In last week's column we wrote about Garret Bryhni's exciting win at the Fair and his entry beating out over 400 other pigs and that he was now looking for buyers for the animal. Garret named his animal "All That" and his entry came away with the title of Supreme Champion Market Hog, and thanks to the efforts of "Friends of Garret" he received $41.00 a pound, $11,152, for his 272-pound hog. We received word that "All That" will happily ...

July 27, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News

Knights Ferry News for July 27, 2011

August is just around the corner and that means school will be starting. What happened to school starting in September?

July 27, 2011 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

The Dead Period

Sac-Joaquin Section Bylaw 511.6 isn't nearly as lifeless and eerie as the image of a cow skull resting on the artificial turf at The Corral, but it certainly gets the point across.

July 27, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football

Dryden Shines On Skates For Junior Thunder Squad

If competitive Roshambo develops into a serious sport, don't be surprised to see Oakdale High sophomore Bailey Dryden practicing his rock, paper, scissors.

July 27, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Racer With Oakdale Roots Making His Mark In Drag Racing

Oakdale has a rich agriculture heritage and is known as the "Cowboy Capital of the World." But, that is not Oakdale's only claim to fame. Oakdale is also a car enthusiast capital, laying claim to some of the best high performance car enthusiasts in northern California. Currently, there are at least eight different racers, living in and around Oakdale, that compete in various forms of racing. Some have spent their early lives in Oakdale, catching the "car bug" and then moving to outlaying areas. One of those is Brian Thiel.

July 27, 2011 | Mike and Jeff Burghardt Special To The Leader | Regional Sports

Athlete of the Week - Oakdale Gators

Oakdale's successful recreation swim program proved they could peak at the right time during the Mid Valley Swim League championships at their host Oakdale Aquatic Center on Saturday, July 16. Seventy percent of Oakdale Gators swimmers saw improved times and an amazing 40 percent bested personal marks in multiple events at the season finale.

July 27, 2011 | | Local Sports

Cowboy Capital Celebrates American Cowboy Heritage

The outside of the Oakdale Cowboy Museum looked like an authentic ranching camp on Saturday, July 23 with tents, a chuck wagon, branding design, and little buckaroos learning steer roping.

July 27, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Oakdale Prepares For National Night Out

AvThe 2011 National Night Out celebration for Oakdale will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 2 in Burchell Park. The three-hour event starts at 5:30 p.m. and is open to all area residents.

July 27, 2011 | | Local News

Investigation - Dead Body Found On Yosemite Avenue

Classifying it as "suspicious," the Oakdale Police Department is investigating the death of Michael Levi "Bobby" Fuller, 26, of Oakdale.

July 27, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Filing Period Open For November Election

Candidates interested in running for local office during the Nov. 8, 2011 Consolidated District Election may apply during the filing period which runs now through Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, according to Lee Lundrigan, Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters. Candidates, including incumbents, must file nomination documents during this period in order to file for office and appear on the ballot.

July 27, 2011 | | REGIONAL NEWS

Time Nearing To ‘Round Up’ Students

School starts in Oakdale on Wednesday, Aug. 10. To get the students processed with their books, ID cards, school pictures, and oriented to campus, Oakdale High School and Oakdale Junior High School are each hosting "Round Ups" over the course of two days on Aug. 3 and 4.

July 27, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education

Parents Upset At Delay In Valley Home Superintendent’s Leave

Voting in closed session on Tuesday night, July 19, the Valley Home School Board by a 5-0 margin agreed to place Superintendent-Principal Thomas "Kevin" Hart on paid administrative leave after his arrest on suspicion of child molestation by the Oakdale Police Department.

July 27, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Education

Tight Lines - Warranties On Outdoor Gear

Sometimes no matter how hard you try, things go wrong afield and one of your favorite pieces of gear malfunctions. I recall once as we were trekking across the old Immigrant Road that runs from Highway 4 in Hermit Valley to Deer Valley off of Highway 88. The road is a very rugged jeep trail that only the most determined 4 wheelers can negotiate, and is littered with pieces of broken gear that has fallen off the vehicles trying to traverse the road. Our goal on the trip in question was to fish for wilderness trout in a section of ...

July 27, 2011 | Don Moyer | Other Views

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