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Volunteer Hose And Ladder Crews On Horizon?

As Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer, in the midst of city layoffs and other cost-saving strategies, battles the challenges of a balanced budget during recessionary times while still meeting public safety guarantees in Measure O, he is proposing the concept of a volunteer fire department for the financially strapped city to fill in the gaps when staff levels are low and even supplement existing levels.

June 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Capitol Rally Focuses On Summer Learning

Hundreds of California middle school and high school students marked National Summer Learning Day with a "Read-In" at the California State Capitol on Thursday, joining together with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and a host of state lawmakers, school district leaders, and civic leaders to rally for expanded summer learning opportunities for all California students.

June 20, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Will See Tower Color Changed

In response to a June 12 Leader article, AT&T representatives have contacted the Leader and the City of Oakdale and advised them that they will be changing the color of the recently constructed lime green faux water tank cell phone tower.

June 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Charity Carnival - Quarters, Dollars Add Up To Thousands

At 25 cents a game, a dollar to try and win at the cake walk and just a few dollars for a plate of food, it took a lot of people to raise $11,000.

June 19, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local News


$540K Slashed - City Council Approves Budget

Meeting the wishes of the Oakdale City Council from an earlier meeting this month, City Manager Bryan Whitemyer laid out a revised city budget at the Monday, June 17 meeting that wasn't as aggressive in cuts and saving two firefighter positions that had been proposed for lay-offs.

June 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


First Responders, Students Train For The Unthinkable

On a weekday morning, two Oakdale Police patrol units respond to a call of a bomb threat at Oakdale Junior High School. When the officers arrive a fire alarm sounds. Within moments, gunshots ring out from the classroom area at the rear of the school, causing students to run.

June 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fundraiser To Benefit Arts Programs

Focus On…, a newly formed non-profit organization, is presenting a Cuban themed fundraiser, called "The Romance of Old Havana" on Saturday, July 27 from 6p.m. to 11p.m. to benefit arts programs in Stanislaus schools through the Boys and Girls Club Of Stanislaus County and the C.L.A.S.S. program through the Central California Art Association (CCAA)

June 18, 2013 | | Local News


Enforcement Effort Targets Distracted Drivers

Effective Monday, June 17, drivers in the greater Sacramento region who are observed texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone will be targeted in a special enforcement operation that will last through June 30. Thirty-seven local police departments and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will participate in the enforcement effort.

June 17, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Local News


First Responders And Students Train For The Unthinkable

On a weekday morning, two Oakdale Police patrol units respond to a call of a bomb threat at Oakdale Jr. High School. When the officers arrive a fire alarm sounds. Within moments, gunshots ring out from the classroom area at the rear of the school causing students to run.

June 15, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weekend Charity Carnival

The Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4500 River Road in Oakdale. The Carnival is a charity fund raiser that the Kjeldgaard family started in 2007 for an orphanage in Libera.

June 14, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Will See Tower Color Changed

In response to a June 12 Leader news article, AT&T representatives have contacted the Leader and the City of Oakdale and advised them that they will be changing the color of the recently constructed lime green faux water tank cell phone tower.

June 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Let The Donor Beware

You've cleaned out your closets as part of spring cleaning, or maybe you're left with clothing items that didn't sell at the latest garage sale. Donating the items to a charity for the less fortunate is a more likely alternative than just throwing them away, and besides, you can claim a tax deduction.

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Faux (Tower) Pas

Reminiscent of Petticoat Junction or Hooterville, the new faux water tower installed by AT&T greets travelers entering the city from the north along Highway 120 with "Welcome to the City of Oakdale."

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Discarded Election Assurances About Safety

It only took three months for City of Oakdale officials to go against the grain of its then recently passed sales tax measure designed to maintain public safety staffing levels.

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Another City Exec Gone

In an effort to make up a $1 million deficit in operating costs, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer confirmed Friday, June 7, that Human Resources Analyst Michelle McKinsey was given notice that her last day with the city will be June 30.

June 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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TEAR IT UP

Work has now started on another street project in town, this one on North Second Avenue between C and E streets. The project will include ...

September 21, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Harvest Festival Back At Bloomingcamp Ranch

Hay is being set for pumpkins, participants and hay rides as the staff of Bloomingcamp Ranch prepares for its annual Harvest Festival. The event will ...

September 21, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Directors Santos, Altieri Fire Back At OID

Oakdale Irrigation District board members Linda Santos and Gail Altieri filed statements with Stanislaus County Superior Court earlier this month explaining their actions from a ...

September 21, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Do-It-Yourselfer Brings Paint Nights To Downtown

Earlier this year, Lisa McDaniel-Norris was literally waiting for the next big thing.

September 21, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


City Council Plans For Airport Future

In a fast-paced meeting lasting only a half hour on Monday, Sept. 19, the Oakdale City Council heard two reports on the city's plans ...

September 21, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Symbiosis This Weekend

Symbiosis 2016 is coming to town; traffic will be heavy during the next several days as festival goers arrive in town; local motorists are advised ...

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


Private Land Areas Open To Hunting Opportunities

Now is your chance to hunt on private property usually off-limits to the public in the Fairfield and Merced areas. The California Department of Fish ...

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


Regional Gas Prices Slowly On The Rise

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.61/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


Fire Protection District Final Budget Presented

A special meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 27 for final adoption of the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


Crowd Turns Out For International Festival

By MARG JACKSON

September 21, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


City’s New ‘Western Days’ Fest Kicks Off Sept. 30

By RICHARD PALOMA

September 21, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Walking With Heart : Local Youth Setting Her Own Pace

By TERESA HAMMOND

September 21, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Air District Seeks Student Artwork

Do you know a kindergarten through high school student in the San Joaquin Valley with a passion for drawing? Here's an opportunity to showcase ...

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Classic Cars Displayed

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


Student Wellness Conference Aimed At Central Valley Teens

Stanislaus County Office of Education's Prevention Programs Department will host the annual "Friend to Friend" Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at the Modesto Centre ...

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


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