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Action Packed Weekend At Stockton Arena

Superheroes, monsters and wizards; oh my! That was the scene at Stockton Arena this past weekend for the sixth annual Stockton Con. Vendors from around the country packed the arena floor, while celebrities were offering meet and greet opportunities with their fans on the second floor.

August 23, 2017 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Shelter Adoptee Sniffs Her Way To Top Honors

Dazzle, a six-and-a-half year-old cattle dog adopted from the Oakdale Animal Shelter, sniffed her way to first place and a NW3 title at a NACSW (National Association of Canine Scent Work) K9 Nose Work competition in Pacific Palisades earlier this month. Dazzle competed with 29 other dogs of various breeds from Border Collies to Pomeranians and several mixed breeds. She had the fastest combined time of all the dogs entered in the trial as well as finding all the hides in four different searches.

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Blues And Food In Tuolumne

Welcome Home Heroes Foundation is hosting a special Patriots Day Blues and Food Truck Festival in Tuolumne on Sunday, Sept. 10.

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Valley Talent Project Performers Take Stage

The eighth annual edition of the talent show that dazzles the community each year while supporting the non-profit Gallo Center will take center stage this Friday and Saturday night.

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


SOLAR EVENT

The solar eclipse on Monday blocked out about 75 percent of the sun's light in the Central Valley for a brief period in the morning; viewers needed special glasses to safely view the sun being covered by the moon. On the ground, there were many ways to see the phenomenon, including here, as the crescent shapes of what remained of the sun were projected through the leaves of a tree at the Escalon Times-Oakdale Leader-Riverbank News office shortly after 10 a.m. on Aug. 21. Also shown, a view of the solar event, with glasses covering the camera lens ...

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


California Day Of Preparedness Slated

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is hosting the 12th annual California Day of Preparedness on Saturday, Aug. 26. The day encourages Californians to take steps to prepare for emergencies or disasters in their homes, businesses, schools and communities. This free, family-friendly event is powered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Transportation Commission Authorizes SB1 Project Funds

Caltrans announced on Thursday, Aug. 17 that 32 major "fix-it-first" transportation projects can be accelerated a year earlier than planned thanks to anticipated funding from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. The advancement is possible due to nearly $690 million in funding authorized by the California Transportation Commission (CTC).

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Final Summer Concert

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Community Band Concert Benefits Scholarship Fund

Two special concerts in September and October are planned at the Oakdale Senior Center, 450 E. A St., Oakdale. Tuesdays, Sept. 5 and Oct. 17 are the dates; concerts feature the Oakdale Community Band and the Singing Seniors, starting at 6:30 p.m.

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Community Park Celebration

Not all the finishing touches have been put on yet, but the City of Oakdale is gearing up for a special grand opening celebration of the new Oakdale Community Park next month.

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Reduce Vehicle Emissions With Kids Back In School

Pollution from back-to-school traffic could cause a spike in ozone. With school back in session the Valley Air District is asking the public to reduce vehicle emissions by carpooling or walking their children to school and to refrain from vehicle idling during school pick-ups and drop-offs. Triple-digit temperatures and multiple wildfires may also impact Valley air quality, and the public's help is crucial in reducing the risk of spikes in ground-level ozone and exceeding federal air quality standards.

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


UNITY RALLY

Speaker Alejandro Carrillo, far right, joined community members and leaders to denounce racism at a rally aimed at unity Monday evening, Aug. 21 at the Community Center Plaza. The Oakdale Police Department was a solid presence at the rally as a precaution against any violence but the event went smoothly and without interruption. Oakdale City Mayor Pat Paul placed a resolution condemning racism, bullying, bigotry and hate within the community. The rally was in response to recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia where a man with an Oakdale post office box address was associated with one of the white nationalist ...

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


New Website Connects Veterans

CalVet has introduced a new website to provide better, faster access to news and information for veterans.

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Reporter’s Notebook

I'm going to admit that writing this column is actually pretty hard. I have about four different introductions that I could be using; each time I start I say "Erase everything else. This one has to come from the heart." And yet, here we are. Take from the heart part five.

August 23, 2017 | By AUTUMN NEAL Leader Correspondent | Local News


OID, Valley Home School Feature November Races

Competition will be featured for two Oakdale Irrigation District seats this fall, including one post that is shared with the Escalon area in San Joaquin County. The seats are for four-year terms.

August 23, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


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City Enjoys Celebration As Community Park Opens

It was a much anticipated day for many in the City of Oakdale. On Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 community members, city officials, honorary guests and ...

September 20, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Makes Choice: Prefers Alternative 1B

Oakdale's City Council on Monday night voted 4-0 in favor of their preferred alternative for the North County Corridor Project.

September 20, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Burns Heads Up OTA For 2017-18 School Year

Keith Burns isn't new to the education system.

September 20, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


River Effort Sees Quick Clean Up

Volunteers that turned out on Saturday morning to help with the annual river clean up found themselves working a much shorter shift than anticipated.

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Community Turns Out To Support Park Opening

From the morning ribbon cutting to music that lasted well into the evening, Saturday was a day of celebration for Oakdale, as the new Oakdale ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Library Foundation Meet

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Service Academy Info Night

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) will host a Service Academy Information Night on Thursday, Sept. 21 at Gregori High School in Modesto. This event ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Colorful Flair, Tasty Fare At International Fest

Dancers, musicians, and food booths of all types took up residence on the lawn area adjacent to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oakdale on ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Library, OID Endorsements

The Republican Party of Stanislaus County has announced its Endorsements of the Republican Candidates and Measures on the Nov. 7, 2017 ballot:

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Candidate Debate In Turlock

The Central Valley Democratic Club is hosting a debate on Wednesday, Sept. 20 among all of the declared Democratic Party candidates on the issues of ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


MJC Science Series Begins

Modesto Junior College's weekly Science Colloquium will kick off the fall semester series with the topic "Global Climate Change Update" presented by Richard Anderson ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


New Downtown Business Receives Great Response

Finding a little something special just got a bit easier for the Oakdale shopper looking to find fashion and style on a limited budget.

September 20, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Escalon First Baptist Hosting Bible ‘Walk-Through’

A five-session Bible "walk-through" covering both the entire old and new Testaments, from Genesis through Revelation, will be offered at Escalon First Baptist Church from ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Motorists Urged To Observe Watch Out For Wildlife Week

Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) remind motorists to remain alert for wildlife on roadways during Watch Out for Wildlife Week ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


BoxLunch Opens Storefront At Vintage Faire Mall

BoxLunch, a pop culture gift store with a cause, opened its newest location in Modesto on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Vintage Faire Mall. BoxLunch offers ...

September 20, 2017 | Nina Frisby | Local News


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