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Operation Lifesaver Marks September As Rail Safety Month

There are 5,352 miles of railroad in California and 10,285 grade crossings. Last year there were 72 trespasser fatalities and 41 highway-rail crossing fatalities, all of which could have been avoided if trespassers and drivers were obeying the laws. California ranks #1 in the nation in both Trespassing and Grade Crossing Deaths. Last year in California there were a total of 146 highway grade-crossing incidents.

September 01, 2014 | | Local News

Duo Arrested For Theft of Dead Man’s Assets

A coroner's investigation into the next of kin for a deceased homeless man led detectives to discover that $18,000 had been taken from the dead man's bank account the day after his death.

August 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Care Center Welcomes New Resident Cat

Amid plenty of pomp and circumstance, Oak Valley Care Center welcomed a new resident on Friday.

August 29, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Ball Can Cuts 159 Jobs

Oakdale's largest employer's decision to contract to a foreign company has affected the jobs of the third largest employer, who as a result, will be cutting over half of its workforce this fall.

August 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Ten-Year Milestone For UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, marks a major milestone this week with the start of the 2014-15 academic year - its 10th since opening its doors in 2005 as the first new UC campus in 40 years.

August 28, 2014 | | Local News

Area Camp Celebrates 90th Year Of Getting Dirty

Dirt trails, rustic cabins, ropes courses and 20 acres of possibility were home to 254 campers this summer as guests of Camp Jack Hazard, celebrating its 90th anniversary year.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Wife Says Standoff Could Have Been Averted

An Oakdale woman claims her family has been "traumatized and falsely labeled" after a hostage incident requiring a police response involving her husband last month. She believes the whole ordeal could have been prevented had hospital mental health officials handled his admissions properly on two separate occasions over a four-day period, including the day of the incident.

August 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Fishing Report

The other day while driving home from work I saw a truck towing a trailer with a couple snowmobiles on it. I thought to myself, that's odd being the middle of summer. Then as I thought some more, I thought about my boat parked in my backyard with very few places to go anymore that have any water. Like a lot of you, I'm hoping for an early fall and lots of rain. If I've learned anything through writing this column, it's that our weather system seems to go through cycles. I'm hoping that this ...

August 27, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports

U11 Boys Claim Title – Oakdale Teams Shine At Benefit Tournament

Teams from Oakdale made plenty of noise at the weekend Cassy Rowe benefit soccer tournament hosted at Cherry Island Soccer Complex near Sacramento.

August 27, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports

Saturday Scrimmage Paves Way For Season Opener

The long awaited Oakdale High School football 2014 season is under way. After spring and summer workouts, two-a-days once practices could officially begin earlier this month, and team meetings, the Mustangs hosted a home scrimmage against the Tracy Bulldogs on Saturday, Aug. 23.

August 27, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports

Mommy Musings – Pulled The Plug

I wasn't going to write this.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings

Still Matters – #Stillmatters

Although technology has made several advancements, why does it seem as if some people have left their intelligence behind? I am sure that we have all discussed the changes that technology has made in our lives. Are we really at a point where we no longer think for ourselves and let machines do the thinking for us?

August 27, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local Columns

Dr. David L. Bristow

Dr. David L. Bristow, D.V.M., 93, of Riverbank passed away on Thursday, Aug. 14. He was a long time resident of Riverbank.

August 27, 2014 | | Obituaries

Patrick Shawn Brennan

Patrick Shawn Brennan, 50, of Escalon passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 following a series of long-term major infections and complications due to diabetes.

August 27, 2014 | | Obituaries

Knights Ferry News Week of August 27, 2014

Knights Ferry School got off to an interesting start - two days without school because of the water main break in town. The pipe was by the new bridge and the Community Service District helped dig up the pipe and replace it. County health officials put a boil your tap water before drinking in place for two days. All the town restaurants had to close until the water passed the health department's tests. By Friday all was back to normal.

August 27, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

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Knights Ferry News June 11, 2014

Knights Ferry School held its Graduation on June 3rd on the front of the school overlooking the river valley and town. Charlee Birdsong rang the bell to start the program. The eighth Graders processed in and then Kaeli Sweet led the Flag salute and Alyssa Sisco led the "Star Spangled Banner". Speaker for the evening was Natalie Brockman, Paraprofessional and Band/ Music instructor. Graduates were Mario Aries, Jose Garcia, Sergio Garcia, Aleesha harden, Clay Heffington, Lindsey Largent, Alondra Machado, Julia Nilsson, Ray Patton, Jordan Proch, Kylee Sisco, Julian Velasquez and Megan Willis.

June 11, 2014 | | Knights Ferry News

Valley Home News Week of June 11, 2014

Every community needs caring young people...Valley Home has many! One of which is recent Oakdale High graduate Melissa Koppinger! Melissa who is talented in many areas has chosen to follow a career path in the medical field. Melissa enrolled in ROP during high school, which consisted of many ride-alongs with EMTs and paramedics. It was during this time she realized she was definitely where she wanted to be. Her strength and her skills for helping others have made her a natural for this demanding career. Melissa is the daughter of Debra and Jay Koppinger of Valley Home. This fall ...

June 11, 2014 | By WINNE MULLINS | Valley Home News

Oakdale Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Molest

On June 3, Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager announced that Daniel John Ruiz, 26, of Oakdale, pleaded no contest to two counts of felony child molest on May 21. Deputy District Attorney Merrill Hoult prosecuted the case for the People.

June 11, 2014 | | Crime

Man Gets 16-Month Sentence In Stalking Of Oakdale Cop

An Oakdale man's fixation on Oakdale Police Lieutenant Keri Redd, a 23-year veteran of the department, has landed him with a felony conviction and a 16-month prison sentence. The Stanislaus District Attorney's Office released the information about the case this week.

June 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime

School Board Passes 2014-2015 Budget

The 2014-2015 school budget was approved by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the June 9 regular meeting.

June 11, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education

Knights Ferry Graduates Group

Knights Ferry School held its commencement ceremony on June 3, graduating 13 eighth graders. Each of the graduates had speaking parts in the ceremony.

June 11, 2014 | | Education

APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program? Part II – Second Amendment In The Crosshairs

(Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part piece. Part 1 was featured last week)

June 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Fishing Report

Summer vacation has officially started for my family, this week we've been spending the first part of it camping at Lake Pardee. Actually, I'm typing this report from the picnic table of my campsite. Currently, we're the only family camping mid-week, making it even more enjoyable. The fishing has been good; the early morning kokanee bite is great, I've even been able to catch a few during the middle of the day. The first night was rough though, as expected, my 2-year-old wasn't on the same sleeping schedule as the rest of us. Night number ...

June 11, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports

Dale L. Wolfe

Dale L. Wolfe, 76, died peacefully on Friday, May 23 at River View Manor, Oakdale.

June 11, 2014 | | Obituaries

Audrey M. Solus

Audrey M. Solus, 88, died Thursday, June 5 in Red Bluff.

June 11, 2014 | | Obituaries

F. David Chaves

F. David Chaves, 51, died Saturday, June 7 at Stanford Hospital.

June 11, 2014 | | Obituaries

Cooling Centers Officially Open As Temperatures Creep Into Triple Digits

Due to extreme temperatures expected today, the City of Oakdale has offered the Gladys L. Lemons Senior Community Center at 450 East A St. as a cooling center. The center will remain open until 6 p.m. today for anyone needing such assistance.

June 09, 2014 | | Local News

Richard Paloma to appear on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM today at 4pm

Oakdale Leader reporter, Richard Paloma, will be appearing on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM on the Dave Bowman Show today at 4:00 pm. Paloma will be discussing his article from today's Leader on firearm seizures by the DOJ.

June 04, 2014 | | Local News

Visitors Bureau Focusing On Public Market

With the goal of taking the weekly farmer's market and making it into an area known public market, the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) along with Roger Brooks of Brooks International, recently completed a day-and-a-half community workshop at the Gene Bianchi Community Center to improve tourism to the city.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

City’s Proposed Budget Presented To Council

Because the Measure O sales tax enhancement carries the city through March 2015, the preliminary 2014-2015 budget presented by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer at the Monday, June 2 city council meeting didn't foresee any service cuts.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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