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Fire Season - Prolonged Spring Prompts Concerns

There's no doubt the unseasonably cool spring weather coupled with late rains have kept the temperatures in a pleasant zone but not without cost. The rainy season has created an extra heavy fuel load as the official fire season declared by CAL FIRE - albeit delayed - approaches with an estimated late June or early July target. The date is driven by local and state burning conditions and activity.

June 02, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Holiday Weekend Busy But Safe

The Memorial Day holiday weekend traffic, both Friday and Monday, backed up Yosemite Avenue and clogged up F Street but in spite of heavy traffic flow and increased visitors through the city, law enforcement reported a relatively quiet holiday with the only spike being in DUI arrests due to the special grant-funded traffic enforcement.

"The calls were really run-of-the-mill," Lt. Lester Jenkins of the Oakdale Police Department said. "We had very heavy traffic throughout the weekend but not a lot of accidents."

June 02, 2010 | | Local News


Stanislaus County Releases Proposed Budget

The Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office has released the county's recommended proposed budget for the 2010-2011 budget year. The recommended proposed budget will serve as an interim spending plan for Stanislaus County operations until a final budget for 2010-2011 is adopted in September.

June 02, 2010 | | Local News


Service Clubs Make A Difference In Quake Zone

Delta BC Mexico: The largest earthquake in the California Region since the 8+ in 1906 that hit San Francisco did not stop 22 U.S. citizens from going six miles from the epicenter to do their service work through area clubs in April this year. Forty-two miles south of the border the town of Delta had no water and very little electricity, which made doing the medical clinics and work at the local elementary school a challenge. In spite of this, a total of over $92,000 worth of clinics, refurbishing and delivery of materials took place in two days.

May 26, 2010 | John C. Brunk Special To The Leader | Local News


Voices, Orb Captured During Leader Investigation

The investigative results are in from the Western Region Paranormal Research (WRPR) group - and it's enough to raise the hair on your arm if you're inclined to believe them.

May 26, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


SSJID Funding Improvements For Woodward Reservoir

A million dollars from the South San Joaquin Irrigation District is helping upgrade one of the more popular regional summer recreation destinations - Woodward Reservoir.

May 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt Special To The Leader | Local News


Reassignment - Task Force Gains Cop

Members of the Oakdale City Council recently approved Police Chief Marty West's request to reassign an officer to a grant-funded position within the Stanislaus County Anti-Drug Abuse Enforcement Agency (SDEA), which will likely save the officer's employment but will result in one less officer for Oakdale.

May 26, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Memorial Day Ceremonies Planned

Both of Oakdale's cemeteries will have Memorial Day observations for the community. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) Oakdale Lodge #228 will place flags at Oaklawn Cemetery (Memorial Park) on North Sierra Avenue on Saturday, May 29 at 9 a.m.

The Romain Schell Post #2922 Veterans Foreign Wars, Oakdale, will host a ceremony on Monday, May 31 at 11 a.m. at the Oakdale Citizens Cemetery, East J Street. Flags for the ceremony will be placed by the Oakdale Historical Society.

May 26, 2010 | | Local News


OID Approves Funds To City, Fire

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved over $146,000 to fund requests from the City of Oakdale's Parks and Recreation department and the Fire department in a 3-2 vote at the May 18 regular meeting. Directors Herman Doornenbal and Al Bairos were the dissenting votes.

May 19, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Hair Collection Drive Aimed At Helping With Oil Spill Clean-Up

If you're looking for an easy way to do your part in helping clean up the oil spill currently befouling the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico, the ladies at Pamyla's Salon and Spa have the answer: go get a hair cut.

May 19, 2010 | | Local News


Cowboys And Chocolate

Some years the weather during the annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival is the invisible and unwelcome festival goer when it brings triple-digit temperatures but this year, the 18th annual chocolate event had mild - even delightfully - perfect weather for the 70,000 attendees who flocked to Oakdale for the weekend.

May 19, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Loan Modification Nightmare - Journey To Foreclosure Despite Attempts To Modify Loan

(Editor's note: the name of the lender has been withheld.)

May 19, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


State Grabs $13M From County, Cities

The Stanislaus County Redevelopment Agency was recently forced to turn over $2,818,246 to the Stanislaus County Auditor, a required payment resulting from the State's decision to raid $2.05 billion in local redevelopment funds as part of the 2009-10 State Budget. Instead of going to fund local job creation, economic growth and community revitalization projects, this money will now be siphoned off to help pay the State's obligations.

May 12, 2010 | | Local News


CEO Visits Local C21 M&M Offices

You know you're doing something right when the CEO of the company flies in from out of state to personally say hello.

May 05, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Stamp Out Hunger On May 8

On Saturday, May 8, Oakdale letter carriers will again help 'Stamp Out Hunger!' across America with the community's help in order to provide assistance to the rapidly increasing number of Americans who are struggling with hunger.

May 05, 2010 | | Local News


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Jones Recognized As Veteran Of The Year

Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, honored Army National Guard Capt. Cynthia Jones as the 2015 Veteran of the Year for the 12th Assembly District. Capt. Jones is currently serving as the Company Commander for the Chinook Unit in Stockton, Bravo Company, 1-126th Aviation Regiment – and is the first woman to serve in this capacity.

July 03, 2015 | | Local News


Air Officials Urge July 4 Fireworks Restraint

As Independence Day approaches, local air officials remind Valley residents that July 4 fireworks increase levels of dangerous particulate matter (PM) and pose a health threat to themselves and their neighbors. Historically, the Valley experiences dangerous particulate levels four or five times higher than the health based federal standards. These spikes are largely attributable to personal fireworks use throughout Valley neighborhoods.

July 02, 2015 | | Local News


‘If Cancer Was A Fish’ picture book is meant to help kids cope with tragedy

If cancer was a fish, Tiffany Berg Coughran and her five kids would definitely throw it back.

July 02, 2015 | Peter Rosen KSL | Local News


Park Rape Investigated

Oakdale Police were on site at a crime-scene tape cordoned off William Meyer Park on East G Street Wednesday morning, July 1, investigating an early morning sexual assault that occurred overnight.

July 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Record Crowd Flocks To Annual Carnival

It was a made to order day, as the Kjeldgaard family opened their property to the community for the Eighth Annual Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival on Saturday, June 27. The upper parking lot of the River Road location remained full and a steady stream of cars came in and out between the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event hours.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


State Backtracks On H20 Curtailment

The Oakdale Irrigation District reported on Wednesday, June 24 that state attorneys backed away from curtailment notices directed at more than 200 senior water rights holders in California, now saying they were "courtesy notices" and "advisory" only.

July 01, 2015 | | Local News


Charter Student Propels Forward

Oakdale resident and Valley Charter School graduate Matthew Gery is spending some time this summer taking final steps toward his future as he attends orientation at Arizona State University.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Grand Jury Says No Flaws Found

In its annual 2014-2015 published report, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found no fault with the Oakdale Airport or its operation with the exception of a minor issue that involved a segment of fencing being too low.

July 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Pump Price Relief Prompts

There's good news and bad news. First, the good news: We're still saving money on gasoline. The bad news? Your government wants more of it in their hands, not yours.

June 29, 2015 | | Local News


Grand Jury Finds No Flaw With Airport Operations

In its annual 2014-2015 published report, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found no fault with the Oakdale Airport or its operation with the exception of a minor issue that involved a segment of fencing being too low.

June 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Irrigation Districts Sue Water Board

A group of Central California irrigation districts filed a lawsuit Friday, June 19 that challenges the state's authority to curtail their century-old water rights on the Stanislaus River.

June 24, 2015 | Report Abuse account | Local News


Fresh From The Farm

It was a setting befitting a fine Home and Garden magazine as guests arrived for the inaugural Farm to Table dining experience hosted Friday night on the east end of town at Bloomingcamp Ranch. Under the watchful eye and hospitality of husband/wife team Matt and Courtney Smith, along with Bake Shop manager Vickie Thompson, guests were welcomed and encouraged to have something to drink and get comfortable.

June 24, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Gas Prices Still Top $3 Per Gallon

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.20/gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.80/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

June 23, 2015 | | Local News


Businessman Fights Carjacker To Avoid Abduction

A local check cashing business owner thwarted his own kidnapping during a carjacking Friday morning, June 18 that left him with only a scraped knee and a bump on his head. His car, a black BMW 525i was taken during the incident but later recovered.

June 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Moves Forward With Vacant Properties

With three city properties standing vacant, some for years, the Oakdale City Council decided to resolve their statuses, one of which consisted of having a building on one of the properties demolished despite a proposal by a local business person to use it to expand its existing services.

June 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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