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State Duck Stamp Dollars Support Waterfowl Population

It might seem incongruous for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to fund a habitat restoration project located somewhere outside of California. Yet ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Fishing Report

Recently I was both humbled and honored to be invited to fish a local tournament with someone that I introduced to the sport of bass ...

October 26, 2016 | Jason Ballardo | Local Sports

25th Annual California Hot Rod Reunion Is Bartone’s Last Hurrah

In what has been announced as his final year competing in the NHRA Heritage Series Top Fuel category, Tony Bartone closed out the season with ...

October 26, 2016 | Mike Burghardt | SPORTS

State Gas Price Falls Faster Than Average

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 5.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.56/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Wildlife Activities Scheduled At Various Spots In November

Coming up on Saturday, Nov. 12, plan to make time to enjoy the Stanislaus River Salmon Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Fall Art Show Winners Announced By Society

Members of the Oak Valley Art Society, which includes residents from Oakdale, Riverbank, Escalon and beyond, hosted its Fall Art Show on Oct. 15 and ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Police Beat

NOTICE: The names and incidents printed in the Police Log are obtained from the daily log of the Oakdale Police Department, which is a public ...

October 26, 2016 | | Crime

Red Ribbon Observance Urged By Highway Patrol

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recognizes Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31, as an excellent opportunity for families to have lifesaving conversations with their children about ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Oakdale Substitute Teacher Sentenced To 180-Day Term

An Oakdale substitute teacher, arrested in 2013, was sentenced on Monday, Oct. 17, to 180 days in jail by a Stanislaus County Superior Court judge.

October 26, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Halftime Honors 1996 Champs And Troops

A larger than usual crowd flocked to The Corral this past Friday night. Not only did the fans witness a varsity Mustangs 39-14 home win ...

October 26, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News

Junior High Rams Ready For Red Ribbon Week

Oakdale schools are in the midst of observing Red Ribbon Week and the junior high had its kickoff celebration on Monday. Here are a few ...

October 26, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


The City of Oakdale has once again partnered with Kiwanis Club of Oakdale for the Annual Halloween Parade and Festival. The event will be held ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Young Coyotes Support Troops

Approximately 80 Sierra View first graders gathered in the Coyote Café this past Friday, as participants in Operation Gratitude, sponsored by BJ's Restaurants.

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Dickens Brothers Spotlight The ‘Mustang Way’ Of Life

It began as a simple idea. An idea described by Oakdale High School Class of 2013 alum Eriksen Dickens as a "hype video" highlighting Oakdale ...

October 26, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Soccer League Grapples With Charity Status Loss

After the scandal of one of its volunteers getting arrested on suspicion of embezzlement earlier this year, the Oakdale Youth Soccer League faces another financial ...

October 26, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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Orange Blossom 4-H Hosts First Meeting Of The Year

The Orange Blossom 4-H Club will host its first meeting of the school year on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights Ferry Community Center. The night will start with an ice cream social and sign-ups will be after. All young people are welcome, and over thirty projects will be offered for members to choose this year. Examples of projects include public speaking, scrapbooking, food preservation, sewing, beef, sheep, swine, goats, rabbits, and much more. Activities throughout the year include community service, speech and presentations days, fashion reviews, and the Statewide 4-H Field Day hosted ...

September 07, 2016 | By MOLLY TERPSTRA Orange Blossom 4-H Club Reporter | Local News

Knights Ferry News

Sunday Breakfast was well attended, as was the community yard sale on the tennis court. Lots of good items were for sale.

September 07, 2016 | By Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

Valley Home News

Oakdale High football ... powerful, fast, strong, determined! These are just a few of the words that can be used to describe the 2016 Oakdale High Mustang football team! Although football is just one of the many top rated sports played during the year at Oakdale High, it is the one sport that pretty much the entire town comes out to support. The crowds fill the bleachers to overflowing, the sights and sounds of Oakdale football create a frenzy of high energy. Enthusiastic cheerleaders lead the Oakdale crowd in a rousing rendition of a Mustang cheer, a cheer that can be ...

September 07, 2016 | By Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News

Stanislaus County Leadership Academy Slates First Meeting

The new 2016-17 Stanislaus County Leadership Academy will be having its first class meeting at the Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto on Friday, Sept. 9. This first class will bring together 30 students representing 18 individual high schools throughout Stanislaus County who were chosen after a rigorous interview process. Matt Emerzian will present the Every Monday Matters movement and students will learn valuable communication skills while learning about and dealing with other personality traits.

September 07, 2016 | | Local News

Community Briefs

Skirts 'n Flirts

September 07, 2016 | | Local News

Police Beat

NOTICE: The names and incidents printed in the Police Log are obtained from the daily log of the Oakdale Police Department, which is a public document. The listing of a name here does not imply that person's guilt or innocence. That can only be determined by a court of law.

September 07, 2016 | | Crime

Honors Awarded To Oakdale Officers For Heroic Actions

Six Oakdale police officers and two Senior Outreach volunteers were recently honored with department meritorious medals for life-saving actions in the course of duty. One officer, Dan Taylor, received recognition for two separate incidents. Following is a brief recap of the actions that resulted in the honors.

September 07, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Oakdale Rescue Mission Plans Yard Sale Fundraiser

Seventh Day Adventist Church, at the corner of Oak Street and Walnut Avenue in Oakdale, will be the site for a giant yard sale fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 16.

September 07, 2016 | | News Briefs

Brussow Earns Recognition As Cowbelle Of The Year

Recognized recently with the 2016 Mid Valley Cowbelle of the Year honor was Victoria Brussow of Turlock.

September 07, 2016 | | Local News

Pet Alliance Leashes Up For Strut Your Mutt Event

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance Strut Your Mutt Team is leashing up and heading to San Francisco on Sunday, Sept. 18 to strut their stuff to help the homeless pets of Oakdale and Riverbank. Thanks to support from animal loving friends and supporters, last year's event resulted in a lot of wagging tails and money raised for Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance. OSPA raised over $20,000 and was the top fundraising team at the San Francisco event.

September 07, 2016 | | Local News

Rotary Wine Extravaganza Fundraiser Slated This Saturday

The Seventh Annual Wine Extravaganza, hosted by the Oakdale Rotary Club in conjunction with the Oakdale Golf and Country Club, is slated for Saturday, Sept. 10 beginning at 6 p.m. at the OGCC grounds.

September 07, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Poet’s Corner

(Editor's Note: This week, The Leader brings back a popular regular feature of several years ago, the poetic writings of local students. These poems were submitted through the GATE program; however, The Leader welcomes poetry submissions from all students at local schools, all grade levels. Not all poems submitted will be published; we will feature a few each time the Poet's Corner appears.)

September 07, 2016 | | Education

Reflection And Remembrance

I'm a firm believer that certain moments and/or life experiences alter us forever.

September 07, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Oakdale students at Sierra View and Cloverland Elementary schools were recently visited by Food 4 Thought, LLC and treated to their Farm to School program. The students were educated about farming as well as given an opportunity to take home some farm fresh produce. Visits to Magnolia and Fair Oaks have been scheduled for October.

September 07, 2016 | | Education


Make time to stop by the Oakdale Farmers Market this evening, Wednesday, Sept. 7 as it completes its summer run. Fresh fruits and vegetables, music, vendors and food are all featured at the North Third Avenue market, which runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m

September 07, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

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