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Senate Bill Focuses On Veterans’ Tax Benefits

A proposal sponsored by George Runner to protect California's disabled veterans cleared the Assembly this week with unanimous, bipartisan support, and now awaits action by Governor Jerry Brown.

August 21, 2014 | | Local News


Survey Shows Continued Gas Price Decline

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.75/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.45/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

August 19, 2014 | | Local News


Officials Schedule Air Alert Dry Run

Due to good to moderate air quality expected next week throughout the Valley, local air officials are asking Valley residents to conduct a "Practice Air Alert" by making and implementing plans to reduce their driving Monday, Aug. 18 through Friday, Aug. 22.

August 15, 2014 | | Local News


New Public Safety Center Groundbreaking

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Adam Christianson along with other State and Local Officials in Stanislaus County are going to break ground for the historic $113 million public safety center expansion and the public is invited to attend.

August 14, 2014 | | Local News


Start Smart Youth Driving Class

New and future young drivers are invited to an upcoming free driver safety education class offered by the Merced Area California Highway Patrol's Start Smart Program.

August 05, 2014 | | Local News


Invasive Species Action Week Kicks Off

The inaugural California Invasive Species Action Week is scheduled Aug. 2 through Aug. 10. The goal of Action Week is to promote public awareness of invasive species issues and to encourage public participation in the fight against California's invasive species and their impacts on our natural resources.

July 31, 2014 | | Local News


Successful Run Concludes For 2014 County Fair

Midway lights, great food bites, and daily concert nights were just some of the many highlights as the Stanislaus County Fair celebrated its 103rd year.

July 24, 2014 | | Local News


No Felony Charge For Death Of Off-Duty Officer

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.

July 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Senate Resolution Recognizes Service Of Auxiliaries

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), co-chairs of the Senate Military Family Caucus, on Thursday introduced a resolution recognizing the patriotism and contributions of veterans service organizations (VSO) known as women's auxiliaries.

July 17, 2014 | | Local News


Statue Capstone Unveiling Celebrates Cowboy Day

The Oakdale Garden Club along with Project Coordinator Dan Holman will be hosting a champagne reception at the unveiling of the recently installed capstones surrounding Oakdale's famous "Yesterday Is Tomorrow" cowboy statue in front of the Oakdale Cowboy Museum on Saturday, July 26 at 12:30 p.m. The unveiling and reception are open to the public.

July 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Business Development Center Continuing Its Success

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with the City of Oakdale and Oakdale Chamber of Commerce operates an enhanced program to assist entrepreneurs and existing businesses in the City of Oakdale by providing no-cost one-on-one professional business consulting and low-cost business training programs.

July 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Food Network To Film At Stanislaus County Fair

The Stanislaus County Fair has been chosen to be featured on the Food Network's new show "Carnival Eats."

July 08, 2014 | | Local News


Controller Candidate Requests Multi-County Recount

Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters, Lee Lundrigan, has been advised by the Office of the California Secretary of State that State Controller third place candidate John Perez has requested a partial recount in the primary race election for California State Controller. The November General Gubernatorial Election ballot will list only the top two primary race candidates receiving the most votes in the June 3 Primary Election. The State Controller race has a clear first place candidate for the November ballot, yet the third place candidate is separated from the second place by only 481 votes.

July 07, 2014 | | Local News


Red Cross Issues Holiday Swim Safety Tips

The long Fourth of July weekend is here and many people are planning to spend part of their holiday at a backyard or community pool. The American Red Cross is issuing ten steps people should take to be safe while poolside.

July 04, 2014 | | Local News


Free Fishing Day Is Saturday, July 5

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites all Californians to celebrate summer by fishing this Saturday. July 5 is the first of two Free Fishing Days in 2014, when people can try their hand at fishing without having to buy a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days are also a great opportunity for licensed anglers to introduce non-angling friends and children to fishing and the outdoors.

July 03, 2014 | | Local News


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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


Chamber Endorses Measure Y

Members of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce became involved in the upcoming local election and voted to endorse and support Measure Y – the local sales tax imitative that will continue the half-cent sales tax.

August 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fatal Accident On Highway 108

Emergency personnel responded to a fatal injury accident midafternoon Tuesday, Aug. 26 along Highway 108 near Lover's Leap. Initial reports from the scene indicated at least one confirmed fatality in the crash that occurred about 2:30 p.m., with the Stanislaus County Coroner called to the scene, and two others listed as 'critical' when transported out. At least one victim was flown out via air ambulance and authorities reported victims had serious burns due to the crash and a vehicle fire, which also started an adjacent field fire.

August 27, 2014 | | Local News


Chamber Endorses Measure Y

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce became involved in the upcoming local election and voted to endorse and support Measure Y – the local sales tax imitative that will continue the half-cent sales tax.

August 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Musical Entertainment Due At Sierra View Fest

A variety of artists will be hitting the stage at J-H Ranch in Oakdale for the sixth annual Sierra View Music Festival as local resident and business owner, Jim Brunk, brings big name bands and sounds to town on Saturday, Aug. 23. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the music will start at 1:30 p.m.

August 22, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local News


Hensley/ Menge Earn Coveted Spot Among Elite Crew

In March, SMART Exemplary Educators were invited to attend the 2014 SMART Summit to be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada from July 20-26. There was a written, as well as video portion to the application. The 2 minute video was on the applicant's "SMART Breakthrough Moment" and was posted on social media sites for public voting. In mid Spring the two educators were among the 76 notified from 17 countries that they were selected for the all expense paid, week long trip. Among those 76 were Amanda Hensley, sixth grade teacher of Sierra View Elementary and Danessa Menge, Seventh ...

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Sweepstakes Sweetheart - District Teacher Has Winning Year

The 2014 year is proving to be one 'winning' year for Danessa Menge. The Oakdale Junior High English teacher was featured in The Leader pages on Aug. 13 as one of 70-plus selectees for a recent SMART summit, a once described 'dream' experience for an educator.

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Approves Fire Service Transfer

After putting finishing touches on a fire contract to have the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District assume fire service for the City of Oakdale and transfer its existing fire personnel to become employees of the district, the Oakdale City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to approve the handover, which is expected to become effective Sept. 1.

August 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Rate Hike Study A ‘Go’

Oakdale Irrigation District directors moved a step closer Tuesday morning to raising agricultural water rates for the first time in three decades. Next, it will be up to the district's 2,900 customers to vote on whether they agree to pay significantly more for their water.

August 20, 2014 | | Local News


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