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
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
Amid plenty of pomp and circumstance, Oak Valley Care Center welcomed a new resident on Friday.
August 29, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings
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, 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, 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 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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U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced Mobile District Office Hours for the month of June, with stops planned in Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon.
June 02, 2014 | | Local News
With the goal of taking the weekly farmers market and making it into an area known public market, the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) along with Roger Brooks of Brooks International, completed a day-and-a-half community workshop at the Gene Bianchi Community Center to improve tourism to the city.
May 31, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform various road construction and maintenance activities on State Route 99 (SR-99) from French Camp Road to SR-4/Crosstown Freeway. No two consecutive ramps will close at the same time.
May 30, 2014 | | Local News
May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month – and summer is quickly approaching. While this is a time of year when many Californians look ahead to lazy summer days at the beach or pool, it is essential to remember to protect yourself. Skin cancers are rapidly on the rise, and an estimated 1 in 5 Americans can expect to be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. In the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined and the incidence of skin cancers jumped 77 percent between 1992 and 2006 alone. According to Tim Turnham ...
May 29, 2014 | | Local News
Another successful season for Oakdale Baseball Association (OBA) came to a close on Wednesday, May 21 at Oakdale's T.L. Davis Sports Park.
May 28, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports
In a special gathering on Monday, May 12 the softball community honored both the Oakdale High School Junior Varsity and Varsity teams for their accomplishments this season. The event took place at the Bianchi Center in Oakdale. With four awards given our for each program, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved player of the Year that were voted by the team, the coaches also gave out their Coaches Award as well.
May 28, 2014 | | High School Sports
California State University of Stanislaus in Turlock was the host of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Division IV and V trials and finals. The meet was staged over two days beginning Tuesday, May 20 with trials in multiple events and wrapping up with finals on Thursday, May 22.
May 28, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports
Congratulations to graduates of Oakdale's high schools that had at one time gone to Knights Ferry School: Rylie Pena, Zane Gookin, Haleigh Ballesteros Bailey, Alyssa Perigen, Zeke Tanner, Alissa Baize, Jessie Freitas, Taylor Kelley, Hanna Martinelli Holland, Oskar Nilsson, Kaitlin Van Ryn, Charles Wong, Rachael Munoz, Leah Armario and Zeke Spani. Good luck in all you do!
May 28, 2014 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News
So much excitement in the air with all of the recent graduation activities. Oakdale High School Class of 2014 graduation ceremonies commenced on Friday evening with several graduates being from right here in Valley Home. This event is always bittersweet as it is the beginning of a new chapter yet also the closure of another. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing a bit about the recently graduated Valley Home young people.
May 28, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News
May 28, 2014 | | Your Views
May 28, 2014 | | Your Views
After the end of a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, May 20, Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Ricardo Cordova determined there was not enough evidence for Jose Hermosillo to stand trial for a felony count of manslaughter in the November 2012 death of off-duty Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek.
May 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime
Over 75 people attended a two-hour town hall meeting on groundwater concerns at the Oakdale Community Center on May 21.
May 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News
The Oakdale Farmers Market is seeing a few changes this year. In addition to moving the Market to Wednesday nights and extending the hours just a bit, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., visitors will notice a huge change when they visit. The closure of E Street will allow market goers to safely browse all that the market has to offer. With this small closure it allowed organizers to move things around and get produce stands and other food offerings out of the sun.
May 28, 2014 | | Local News
Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" was a familiar tune recently as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District graduations took place Wednesday, May 21 through Friday May 23 with a total of 748 high school and junior high graduates who crossed the stage to receive their diplomas and advance to the next chapter of their lives. Each graduating class was presented to the OJUSD Superintendent Marc Malone by their respective school principal. School board members then presented diplomas to the graduates as their names were read.
May 28, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education