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Friel Tapped For Catalina Post

The former Oak Valley Hospital CEO, John Friel, will be taking the helm at Catalina Island Medical Center in Avalon, California.

July 04, 2012 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


McCormick Gets Three-Year Contract As Hospital CEO

The Oak Valley Hospital Board of Directors announced on Wednesday night that Acting Hospital CEO John McCormick has been selected as the permanent CEO with a pending three-year contract.

May 25, 2012 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Oak Valley Hospital Awarded Grant

At Wednesday's Board of Director's meeting, Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick announced that the State of California awarded the hospital a $350,000 grant.

April 26, 2012 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Sunday Crash Claims Life Of Bicyclist

Authorities as of Monday morning had not yet released the identity of a bicyclist killed along Rodden Road early Sunday afternoon, the Oakdale man struck by a truck as he was turning his bicycle into a driveway shortly after noon.

April 23, 2012 | Marg Jackson | NEWS


CHP Urges Super Bowl Safety

The big game can mean big fun for football fans everywhere; however, rather than waiting until the fourth quarter to designate a driver, have a plan in place before the festivities begin.

February 02, 2012 | | NEWS


Chamber Responds To Council Allegations

Oakdale Chamber of Commerce president Chris Elswick has released an official response to the Oakdale City Council's discussion of the Oakdale Tourism and Business Improvement District. The discussion took place at council's Jan. 17 meeting, where members spent over 45 minutes discussing the BID and hearing public comment on the question of possible wrongdoing before deciding to hold off making a decision on the issue until a future meeting.

January 26, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | NEWS


Major Changes Due For Postal Service

As evidenced by a recent announcement made by the U.S. Postal Service to make unprecedented cuts to first-class mail, the ripple effect of a down economy continues to take its toll on services Americans have come to take for granted.

December 14, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | NEWS


Oak Valley Hospital replaces CEO

The Oak Valley Hospital District Board of Directors voted on Wednesday to put CEO John Friel on administrative leave for the remainder of his contract. Chief Financial Officer John McCormick will take over as interim CEO on Nov. 1. For more information see the full story in the Nov. 2 issue of the Oakdale Leader.

October 28, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | NEWS


Valley Home Superintendent Prosecuted

On Friday Aug 5, the Stanislaus District Attorney's Office charged Valley Home School Superintendent Thomas Kevin Hart with felony child molestation including two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, one count of sexual penetration, and one count of a lewd and lascivious act upon a child.

August 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


OJUSD Food Director Resigns In Light Of Investigation

Long-time Oakdale Joint Unified School District Food Services Director Raymond Martinez has abruptly resigned his position, effective Aug 2 amidst allegations of theft, misappropriation of district property, and embezzlement of public funds.

August 04, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


New Manager To Be At Council Meeting

Oakdale's new city manager, Gregory Wellman, will be at the city council meeting Monday night sitting in on his first session with the ruling body.

August 01, 2011 | | NEWS


Website Debuts For City Groups And Events

Described as a "one stop shop for groups and events," city volunteers introduced a new website designed to assist users in getting information about Oakdale all in one location.

July 28, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Police Investigate Dead Body Found On Yosemite

The Oakdale Police Department is classifying the death of Michael Levi "Bobby" Fuller, 26, of Oakdale, as "suspicious" while they investigate the circumstances leading up to his death. Fuller's body was found behind 262 S. Yosemite Ave. on Wednesday morning, July 20.

At 8:51 a.m., Chris Ingham, the owner of Golden Arrow Archery, discovered the body lying on a picnic table and notified Oakdale Fire Department personnel who were conducting a training exercise at the rear of the fire station next to the parking lot.

July 21, 2011 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Oakdale Business Center Opens

On Thursday, July 14, the city's Small Business Development Center at 142 South Second Avenue opened.

The endeavor is a partnership with the Stanislaus Economic Development Center and Workforce Alliance that has been providing business training in Oakdale for several years.

July 14, 2011 | | NEWS


Council Declines Additional Funding On Tax Measure

Not seeing the need to use public money for educational material for the upcoming sales tax measure, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, July 5 declined to fund a $9,500 contract for a private consultant to handle informative services and materials. .

July 07, 2011 | | NEWS


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Public Objections - Council Approves Long Range Plan

Citing that it's better to plan for a city's growth that would be bound to happen anyway, the Oakdale City Council approved two long-term specific projects that call for residential, commercial, and retail developments on the city's edges.

March 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


Woodward Reservoir’s Summer Fate To Appear On Agenda

Oakdale's Woodward Reservoir, a popular recreation area, could potentially be closed this summer, depending on what the South San Joaquin Irrigation District Board of Directors decides at its upcoming Tuesday, Feb. 25 meeting where it's expected that the action item and discussion on the lake's level will appear.

February 19, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | NEWS


Snowy Weather Prompts Pass Closures

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed State Route 4 (SR-4) over Ebbetts Pass and SR-89 over Monitor Pass, in Alpine County, and SR-108 over Sonora Pass, in Tuolumne County, as of Monday, Dec. 9.

December 11, 2013 | | NEWS


FEMA Funds Available For Rim Fire Fight

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California combat the Rim Fire currently burning in Tuolumne County.

August 26, 2013 | Report Abuse account | NEWS


Airline Disaster Close To Home

Oakdale resident Barbara Findlay nearly had a front row seat to the tragic crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday.

July 10, 2013 | Marg Jackson | NEWS


Jr. High Steelband In ‘Talent’ Finals

Oakdale's got talent. In fact, a bit of the island calypso sound performed by young Oakdale musicians will soon be featured on the Gallo Center for the Arts stage.

July 03, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | NEWS


County Fair Adds New Farmers’ Market

The Stanislaus County Fair is bringing fresh and organic flavors as part of the new Farmers' Market at the Fair.

June 10, 2013 | | NEWS


School Safety Bill Dies In Committee

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen's (R-Modesto) Assembly Bill 1076, which (upon availability of federal funds) would have equipped school classrooms and other widely used school facilities with panic buttons that instantly alert law enforcement in the event of a campus emergency, was killed by Democrat lawmakers on the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Friday, May 24. Members of the Appropriations Committee refused to take the bill off of the suspense file for a vote, killing the bill in the process.

May 27, 2013 | | NEWS


Commuters Backed Up On 99 For Hours When Ladder Causes Truck Rollover

Update: Traffic was still at a crawl as of 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon slowing motorists who were driving northbound on Highway 99 between the Highway 120 Bypass and Yosemite Avenue. Tow trucks had pulled the truck around into one lane leaving the other lane open to allow restricted traffic flow on the freeway.

May 09, 2013 | Glenn Kahl Manteca Bulletin | NEWS


City Lawsuit Payouts: Creative Budgeting?

Cash strapped Oakdale is spending a mound of money on civil lawsuit settlements and using some creative ways to pay off the litigant settlements and the associated attorney fees – over $800,000 –from the actions of city employees that brought on the lawsuits.

March 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | NEWS


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