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Reaching Out - Tragedy Drives Mother

Bonnye Spray isn't a public speaker yet she chooses to stand before hundreds of teenage strangers any chance she can get.

December 01, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Drizzle Dampens Cowboy Christmas

The sun wasn't shining but that didn't stop Cowboy Santa from making his annual trek to Cowboy Christmas on Saturday, Nov. 27 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.

December 01, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Paul, Council Sworn In Monday

There will be a swearing in ceremony for Oakdale's newly elected mayor and two council members during the regularly scheduled Dec. 6 city council meeting.

December 01, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oakdale Welcomes In Black Friday

The Black Friday holiday shopping experience was alive and well in downtown Oakdale over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to a sampling of downtown merchants.

December 01, 2010 | | Local News


New Approach To Health Care Going To The Dogs

Anyone who has ever owned a pet knows of the incredible love and acceptance they bring. Pets don't care how the person looks or acts and accepts them unconditionally. For residents in challenging life situations at the Oak Valley Care Center, pets can be of special benefit.

December 01, 2010 | Richard Paloma Special To The Leader | Local News


Brennan Claims Council Seat By Nine Votes

The results are in, and Oakdale has a new mayor.

November 24, 2010 | | Local News


Community Hosts Holiday HappeningsIt will be almost like Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled into one

It will be almost like Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled into one this week in Oakdale, with the annual community dinner on Thursday and Cowboy Christmas on Saturday.

November 24, 2010 | | Local News


Season Of Giving

We want your 'feel good' stories. The ones about people - or organizations - in the community that are working hard already to make the upcoming holidays a bit brighter. And we want to promote the efforts designed to aid those in need in our area.

November 17, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Two Votes Separate Brennan, Murray

The race for the second Oakdale City Council seat remains close with current council member Michael Brennan leading city treasurer Mike Murray by two votes.

November 17, 2010 | | Local News


Late Mayor Garcia Honored With Tree Planting

On Saturday Oct. 30, Oakdale Mayor Farrell Jackson and his wife Gayle, joined the family of the late Mayor Elmo Garcia to accept, on behalf of the City of Oakdale, a tree that was donated by the family of Elmo Garcia. The day started off with a potluck luncheon at the residence of Alice Garcia and was attended by 45 family members and friends. The dedication of the Valley Oak tree (Quercus Lobata) was presented at L.B. Gilbert Park, which was the first park on the east side of Oakdale that Elmo helped initiate. Adolphe and Shirley Garcia and ...

November 17, 2010 | | Local News


Trustees Reduce Own Pay

Reducing board compensation and freezing travel and conference expenses were items approved by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the Nov. 8 regular meeting.

November 10, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Salmon Fest Slated

The annual Stanislaus River Salmon Festival, a free, family-friendly event, is swimming into the Knights Ferry Recreation area on Kennedy Road, off Highway 108/120 this weekend.

November 10, 2010 | | Local News


Reach For The Sky! - Oakdale Freshman Sets World Fast Draw Record

If you would like to see Oakdale High freshman Colby Qualls draw his firearm and shoot a target, you'd better not blink.

November 10, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local News


In The Trenches - Fire Agencies Undergo Training

Trench rescues are inherently dangerous and require specialized training to avoid further injury or death - that was the message received loud and clear at the two-day trench training exercise, Oct. 26-27, made possible by a generous donation by Oakdale Irrigation District.

November 03, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Squatters And Vandals Wreaking Home Havoc

Police arrested a trio of young men in late August on charges of trespassing and possession of marijuana after they were found in an empty home on Dominic and Pedersen. It was the first time they'd been caught but likely not the first time they'd busted into the empty residence.

November 03, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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State Observing Wildfire Awareness Week

As drought conditions continue to significantly elevate California's fire danger, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has declared May 3-9, 2015 as "Wildfire Awareness Week."

May 04, 2015 | | Local News


Highway Patrol Updates Website

Whether you are looking for a local office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), are interested in learning about careers with the CHP or traffic safety programs, wish to file a commendation or report a crime on state property, it will all be much easier on the new CHP Web site that is launching this week.

May 01, 2015 | | Local News


Campus Monitor Arrested With Gun

Oakdale Police reported that they arrested a campus supervisor from the Stanislaus Arts Academy Culinary School for possessing a handgun and ammunition on school grounds on Tuesday, April 29.

April 30, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Relay 2015 In The Books

What started out under gloomy skies and the threat of rain turned in to a mostly mild, though windy, Relay For Life of Oakdale. The 14th annual event, staged through the American Cancer Society, brought hundreds of people to the soccer fields at Oakdale High School on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26.

April 30, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Tragedy On Tracks

A midafternoon train vs. pedestrian incident along the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe tracks between Riverbank and Escalon on Friday, April 24 claimed the life of an Oakdale woman.

April 30, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Farmers Market Adds “Twist”

Opening Wednesday, May 6, the Oakdale Farmers Market provides the community with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as products that are grown and produced locally. The market, being overseen by the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau will run every Wednesday, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. until Sept. 2.

April 30, 2015 | | Local News


County Moves To Shut Medical Pot Shop

Stating that Kiona's Farm'acy, just outside the Oakdale city limits, falsified its business license application and calling it a "marijuana dispensary," the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday, April 21 to file a lawsuit to close down the business.

April 30, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Interupted Burglary Leads To Chase, Manhunt, And Arrest

An interrupted residential burglary in the Del Rio area off Stewart Road and McHenry Avenue on Wednesday, April 29, led to a high speed chase with the vehicle being discarded outside of Oakdale off Rodden Road. The suspect fled on foot and swam across the Stanislaus River back into the city causing police to lock down the area as sheriff's units conducted a neighborhood search for the man.

April 29, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Olsen Education Bill Passes Committee Vote

Legislation by Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D - San Diego), that seeks to provide a creative answer to the need to grow early education opportunities by harnessing the power of the private sector passed its first committee on Monday.

April 27, 2015 | | Local News


Unsavory Spa Rubbing Some The Wrong Way

In the dark underground world of sex trafficking, acts of prostitution and its victims, the women forced to work in the sex trade, are often concealed in a single business: brothels posing as massage parlors.

April 24, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Mosquito Abatement Efforts Under Way

The California State Legislature has declared the week of April 19 as "West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week." Stanislaus County health officials have announced mosquito surveillance and control activities have been initiated by Eastside Mosquito Abatement District and Turlock Mosquito Abatement District. Residents are urged to play their part by eliminating standing water on their property and informing their local mosquito abatement district if they are being bitten by mosquitoes. West Nile virus has already been detected within California this year, most notably in neighboring Alameda and Santa Clara counties, along with Los Angeles County.

April 23, 2015 | | Local News


SOS Race Earns Thousands

The morning of Saturday, April 18 brought made to order weather for 272 runners, spectators and volunteers greeted by a blue, sun-filled sky as they participated in the Sixth Annual Support Oakdale Schools (SOS) Fun Run/Walk.

April 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Volunteers Tackle Love Oakdale Effort

Admitting he was kind of "de facto appointed" this year to oversee the Love Oakdale project, local resident Zach Greenlee wasn't complaining. He was, instead, excited to see the spirit of volunteerism that hundreds of residents brought with them to Wood Park early Saturday morning.

April 22, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Drivers See Slight Hike At Gas Pump

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.92/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 6.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.45/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

April 20, 2015 | | Local News


Prank Sign Leads To CHP Stop

An Oakdale Joint Unified School District bus filled with over 45 students of the Oakdale High School track team had its journey to Lathrop interrupted by a stop from the California Highway Patrol due to possible distress and a welfare check of its occupants.

April 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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