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Why can't Americans save, and what they can do about it

Americans are among the best at many things — but saving money isn’t one of them.

July 30, 2015 | Jeff Wuorio Deseret News | BUSINESS NEWS

Gators Swim Finale Draws Crowd To Aquatic Center

Under a brightly shining summer sun, Saturday, July 25 brought the final swim meet of the season for the Oakdale Gators swim team. The event ...

July 29, 2015 | | Local Sports

Take A Cowboy To Lunch

With July 25 designated as The National Day of the Cowboy, a local group of residents and business owners instituted a Cowboy Luncheon that, according ...

July 29, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Business

Valley Home News

"National Night Out!" Tuesday, August 4th! This very special event encourages all of us to step outside, meet our neighbors and get to know each ...

July 29, 2015 | | Valley Home News

I Feel Pretty

I recently happened upon a quote which spoke to me.

July 29, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings

New Teachers Report For Duty

With more than a decade and a hallway setting them apart, two of Magnolia Elementary's newest teachers do share one thing in common – what ...

July 29, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

OHS Alum Plays Sydney Opera House

In her early years at Fair Oaks Elementary School, Julie Bolme just wanted to play violin. There was just one small problem; no strings program.

July 29, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Rescue Mission Leads Discussion On Homeless

Nearly 100 residents came out to the Community United Methodist Church Thursday night, July 23 to hear representatives of the Oakdale Rescue Mission lead a ...

July 29, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Competitive Fun For Cowboys

Always up for a good challenge, local cowboys made their way to the familiar confines of the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds on Saturday, ready ...

July 29, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News

One Arrested In Homicide

One woman is dead and a man under arrest in connection with what authorities are terming a homicide that occurred just outside Oakdale on Monday ...

July 29, 2015 | | Local News

DENA MAE NELSON

Dena Nelson passed away peacefully into the Lord's arms on July 21, 2015 at Doctors Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

July 29, 2015 | | Obituaries

FREDRICK HOWELL

Fred passed away peacefully at home on July 21, 2015. He was born in Verden, Oklahoma on October 14, 1926 to John and Sarah Howell ...

July 29, 2015 | | Obituaries

CALVIN K. CHU

Calvin K. Chu, 82, of Waterford, CA, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson with family by his side ...

July 29, 2015 | | Obituaries

MERLENE CHASTEEN

Merlene Marie Chasteen – born March 1, 1926 – went to be with the Lord and celebrate her Heavenly home on July 24, 2015.

July 29, 2015 | | Obituaries

Why can't Americans save, and what they can do about it

Americans are among the best at many things — but saving money isn’t one of them.

July 28, 2015 | Jeff Wuorio Deseret News | BUSINESS NEWS

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Local Youths Work At Fitting In A New Lifestyle

It starts off as a drive-thru here and a drive-thru there, sacrificing outdoor activities for indoor video games and then elimination of athletic activities for work related time constraints and the next thing that happens is Kaiser is pitching in for a $20,000 heart procedure.
So much of everyday living is what has made our younger generation obese or just out of shape and a group of decorated Oakdale athletes are doing their part to help get this community back in shape.
Fit For Life is a program aimed at helping improve kids' overall health through strength training, athletic ...

July 22, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports

Soccer Girls Beat Opponents, Heat In Turlock

The Oakdale/Riverbank US Club Soccer team, playing as Turlock FC, got to heat it up this weekend in the annual Turlock Summer Fest Tournament. It was a great weekend for summer soccer with temperatures hitting 104 on Saturday afternoon. To add to the degree of difficulty, FC played Saturday with 12 players and 11 Sunday morning due to summer vacation schedules.
The competitive squad played to a two-win, two-loss weekend. The barn burned on Saturday with Izzy Arellano getting the hat trick with three goals and one for good measure from Sara Siemsen. The shut out was nearly preserved ...

July 22, 2009 | | Regional Sports

Summer League Baseball Teams Playing With Purpose

It is not by chance that the Oakdale High baseball team has continued its stranglehold on its Valley Oak League foes and the program is looking to continue its dominance as they bring the 2009 summer season to a close.
Oakdale wrapped up a two-month schedule, which had the team competing in several tournaments and double-header contests over the past 60 days in hopes of strengthening one of the Central Valley's more successful baseball programs.
Oakdale made good on the defense of its back-to-back VOL titles, bringing home its third title in three years with another easy jaunt over ...

July 22, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | High School Sports

Cowboy Capital Sign Welcomes Visitors

Visitors entering Oakdale from the South will now notice a new welcome sign, one that clearly identifies this as the city that is the 'Cowboy Capital of the World.'
The sign is at the same location as the original sign, on South Yosemite near the Oakdale Recycling Center.
"The Cowboy Museum received many suggestions following the Cowboy Capital of the World Contest last year stating that Oakdale should have a sign indicating that we're (still) the Cowboy Capital of the World," explained Cowboy Museum Executive Director Christie Camarillo. "A committee was formed and in February of this year, Director ...

July 22, 2009 | | Local News

OID Tunnel Project Bid Awarded

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors voted unanimously at their July 21 meeting to award the bid for the South Main Canal and Tunnel improvement project to the lowest bidder, which is Magorian Mines Services of Auburn. OID General Manager Steve Knell said that because of the "tight" bids he expected that bid protests would be filed by the competing bidders.
Magorian submitted a bid for $5.26 million, while the next lowest bidder was Sierra Mountain Construction of Tuolumne County, which came in with $5.38 million. The next bid was Johnson Western Gunite with $5.43 million ...

July 22, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Junior Exhibitors Prep For Fair

The countdown to the county fair is on. Oakdale's FFA and 4-H members are getting their project displays ready, checking the weights of their market animals, practicing showmanship, and getting their equipment together. The Stanislaus County Fair runs July 31 through Aug. 3.
Oakdale High School FFA member Presley Gravatt is taking a market lamb named "Elvis," three Suffolk breeding sheep, and a dairy replacement heifer - a pregnant Holstein named "Lola" - to this year's fair.
One of Gravatt's Ag teachers, Bob Joseph, recently weighed Elvis so that she would know how close she's getting with the ...

July 22, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Mary Anderson Bava

She previously lived in Oakdale for 30 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Jani (Chuck) Seifert; stepchildren, Diane Amador, Debbie (Frank) Varni, Ralph (Candy) Bava Jr.; sisters, Bobbe Matson and Jean Pope; grandchildren, Kim Norton, Charlene (fiancÈ Tim) Slaybaugh, Sherri (Ray) Solari, Lindsey (friend Casey) Bava, Ann Amador, Paul (Julie) Amador, Mike (Karissa) Amador, and Frank, Jeff and Ryan Varni; great-grandchildren, Nicole, Tayler and Jacob, Nolan and Brock; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold "Dude" Anderson and Ralph Bava Sr.; son, Harold "Butch" Anderson; brothers, Leroy Pope, Johnny Greenstreet, Alfred Pope ...

July 22, 2009 | | Obituaries

Gloria Gardella

Gloria Louise (Lamb) Gardella, 87, died of natural causes Saturday, July 18 at Sonora Regional Medical Center.
She was born in Clarinda, IA, an only child. She lived in Sonora for 75 years.
She graduated from Sonora High School in just three years.
She was a housewife. She was the first female planning commissioner in Tuolumne County.
She taught dancing to seventh and eighth graders in the 1950s and 1960s. She started a Y.A.T. club as an alternative to P.T.A. She enjoyed square dancing and traveling to places such as Europe, South America, and Australia. She ...

July 22, 2009 | | Obituaries

Margaret Heltzel

Margaret E. Heltzel, 90, longtime Oakdale resident, died Saturday, July18 at Oak Valley Care Center.
She was born in Kirwin, KS to Claude and Laura Cogswell. She married Archie Heltzel in 1938, and they moved to California in 1947. She was widowed in 1961.
Mrs. Heltzel worked for 27 years at Oak Valley District Hospital and retired in 1993 as the Medical Records Department Supervisor and Medical Staff Secretary.
She loved to garden and spend time with family and her many friends. She was a member of the Community United Methodist Church of Oakdale and the Oak Valley District Hospital ...

July 22, 2009 | | Obituaries

Erlene Schoech

Erlene Johnson Schoech, 90, died Sunday, July 12 at Hospice House in Stockton.
She was born in Arkansas. She grew up in Manteca and Oakdale, the youngest daughter of nine children to Charles and Julia Looper.
She married Mel Johnson of Modesto where they made their home. She and her husband were constant partners. They had one son.
She worked for the phone company at the Yuma Air Base while her husband was a navigator and assisted him in his role as City Engineer for Modesto.
She was very active in Phi Epsilon Phi Sorority.
After her husband's death ...

July 22, 2009 | | Obituaries

Going To National

By the time you read this I'll have returned from my business trip but as I'm writing ahead of schedule, I haven't left yet. It's kind of like writing about the future!
So, each year, I go to the Romance Writers of America national conference and each year I run around like a chicken with its head cut off because I'm not prepared.
You'd think that with a year to prepare I'd be ready to go but you see, that's not in my personality. I'm the kind of girl who likes ...

July 22, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns

Helping Kids Take Flight

Dear Editor,
I would like to thank the EAA Young Eagles for their free flight day on a recent Saturday. My son, and several of his Cub Scout buddies, were warmly welcomed and taken on flights by caring aviators at the Oakdale airport.
I am very appreciative to this group for their time and expense. They answered lots of questions and even fed us! So when the next free flight day comes, please take the time to go and check it out.
Brent Lowe

July 22, 2009 | | Your Views

Don’t Cover Handicapped Spaces

Dear Editor,
The longer I live in Oakdale the more disappointed I get. I see the local merchants don't want my business because I keep seeing the disabled parking spaces painted over. I see where the outside businesses are keeping the disabled spaces, but the smaller local businesses are painting them over and not replacing them (last strip mall to do this that I used to visit is on the corner of Oak and 108). Funny but there is also a kidney dialysis center there that would cater to the disabled, and they kept their two spaces, but two ...

July 22, 2009 | | Your Views

Rita Graham

Rita Ann Graham, 72, of Oakdale died Tuesday, July 7.

July 15, 2009 | | Obituaries

Jodie Mazzariello

Mary Jo "Jodie" (McCown) Mazzariello, 67, died Monday, July 6 after a battle with cancer.

July 15, 2009 | | Obituaries

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