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Pond Sludge Spreading Goes To Supervisors

The potential spreading of by-product waste material from ConAgra's aerated ponds onto Oakdale farmlands is going before the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors at a public meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The meeting will be at 9:15 a.m. at the Basement Chambers, 1010 10th St., Modesto, where the board will conduct a public hearing to consider adoption of a Negative Declaration for the ConAgra permit application.

November 25, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Christmas Tree Gala To Fund Books For Students

Budget cutbacks have affected school districts throughout the state. Smaller districts have been especially vulnerable because of smaller operating budgets, but the Valley Home Parent Teacher Club (VHPTC) has come up with a creative way to raise some extra funds needed for the school.

November 25, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Cowboy Christmas Arrives Saturday

The 17th Annual Cowboy Christmas Gift and Craft Show will take place on Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Gene Bianchi Community Center in downtown Oakdale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 25, 2009 | | Local News


City Begins General Plan Update

An estimated four dozen residents turned out for a community meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, hosed by the City of Oakdale to discuss the updating of Oakdale's general plan.

November 18, 2009 | Corey Rogers | Local News


Doornenbal Wins OID, Gilbert Unseats Jones

San Joaquin County voters swung the vote in favor of Herman Doornenbal of Escalon to take the Oakdale Irrigation District Division 2 seat.

November 18, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Teachers Spearhead Safety Petitions

Oakdale High School science teacher Cameron Nickerson and French teacher Jessica Lawrence have taken up a cause for student safety. The two are circulating petitions on the high school campus, one for staff and one for students, to enhance the safety at the Bryan Avenue and F Street intersection crosswalk.

November 18, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Salmon Festival Spawns Knowledge

In what they hope will be an annual event, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported about 1,500 people attended the 2009 Salmon Festival in Knights Ferry on Saturday, Nov. 7.

November 11, 2009 | | Local News


Oakdale Races Close, Results Unofficial

Election Day is over but the counting of votes still continues for the Nov. 3 Consolidated District Election canvass process.

November 11, 2009 | | Local News


Two New Tanks Due For City

Looking to meet future needs, members of the Oakdale City Council approved a plan to construct two new 600,000-gallon water tanks at the Nov. 4 council meeting.

November 11, 2009 | | Local News


Teen Hit By Vehicle

A 16-year-old girl sustained major injuries Monday evening, Nov. 9 when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing near the intersection of F Street and Bryan Avenue. No fault has been determined, though the 20-year-old male westbound driver from Oakdale was not found to be under the influence of alcohol.

November 11, 2009 | | Local News


CHANCE OF CHOCOLATE

Oakdale Parks and Recreation Director Cheryl Bolin, top photo, gets ready to roll the dice at the Craps table during the 19th annual Chocolate Ball hosted by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, Nov. 4. The Roaring '20s-themed event featured the usual spread of delectable chocolate treats from local and out-of-town bakeries but as an added bonus the community center was transformed into a mini casino for the night and attendees gambled with play money but had lots of real fun. At side, Oakdale Mayor Farrell Jackson, left, and Jerry Jones tried their hand at the Blackjack tables ...

November 10, 2009 | | Local News


Election Brings New Leadership

With a light turnout on Election Day, voters appeared to bring some new leadership on board, though the results will remain unofficial until all absentees are in and all votes are certified by the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters. Turnout was just under 16 percent.

Initial results show Oakdale voters electing newcomer Diane Gilbert to the Oakdale Joint Unified School District board, with 2,011 votes - for 26 percent - the leading vote getter of four people running for three available seats. All others were incumbents, with Mke House, 1962 votes, and William Dyer, 1882, poised to reclaim their seats. Incumbent ...

November 04, 2009 | | Local News


OID Concerned About Riverbank

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors expressed concern for the district and farmers in the Ag Improvement District 48 during a lengthy discussion about issues regarding the "Reinvestment Project Area" (RPA) in Riverbank at the Nov. 3 regular meeting.

November 04, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Cops Rally For Christmas Toy Drive

For Ann Farmer, Senior Outreach Coordinator for the Oakdale Police Department, when she heard that the annual Spirit Tree wasn't going to happen this year, she went through a range of emotions. First and foremost, she was sad for all those children who would go without this Christmas, then she got motivated.

November 04, 2009 | | Local News


Big Changes Slated For Plaza

A major facelift is scheduled for the plaza on the north end of town that houses the Costless Market, Sears, Oakdale Cinema and Ultimate Furniture, to name a few of the business currently taking up residence, and according to project facilitator and developer Richard Murdoch, the changes are going to bring a much-needed overhaul to the aging plaza.

October 28, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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Runners Respond To Jessica’s Law Revisions

Jessica's Law authors George and Sharon Runner have responded to the recent decision by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to stop enforcing Jessica's Law residency restrictions statewide:

March 27, 2015 | | Local News


Museum Scholarship Offered

The Oakdale Cowboy Museum is proud to announce the 2015 Lowell C. "Doc" Dorius scholarship award to graduating high school seniors in the greater Oakdale area. This scholarship fund is in memory of Lowell C. "Doc" Dorius D.V.M. "Doc" had a passion for his profession and specialized in treatment of beef cattle and herd management. He took joy in mentoring young men and women on the care of cattle and they spent many hours with him making calls. A memorial scholarship was established through the Oakdale Cowboy Museum by friends and family after his passing in July of ...

March 26, 2015 | | Local News


Dried And Confused: Lunch Focuses On Water Rights

With California in its third drought year, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 42nd Annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon on March 19 brought in known attorney, Valerie Kinkaid, to discuss its chosen topic, "Three Major Threats to Water Rights."

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OTVB – What Direction Now?

With the recent shoot-down of "Pioneer Perfect," the Oakdale Tourism and Visitor's Bureau decided to finally "embrace" "Cowboy Capital of the World" as it continues its mission to develop and promote tourism for the City of Oakdale.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Opposes Fed Plan

With the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation planning to release significant water flows down the Stanislaus River during a time of continued drought in the area, the City of Oakdale took a stand and opposed the agency's planned actions, expressing serious concerns with its 2015 Drought Contingency Plan.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Civil War Battles Rage

Sometimes, the South won. Sometimes, the North prevailed.

March 25, 2015 | | Local News


Panel Addresses Culture Of Violence In Schools

Audience members waited with bated breath as Oakdale Police Chief Lester Jenkins carefully formulated his answer on whether or not he personally believed that security personnel should be authorized to carry concealed weapons on school campuses.

March 25, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS | Local News


Four Vying For Open Council Seat

The Oakdale City Clerk's office announced on Thursday, March 19 that four citizens applied and are being considered for the open city council seat vacated by Don Petersen last month.

March 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Aca Dec Team Journeys To State Competition

The glass appears to be half full as the Oakdale High School Aca Dec Team now heads to the state championships. As a result of winning the 35th Annual Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon, the team will represent Stanislaus County at the state level. The event will be hosted in Sacramento March 19 through 22.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Area Water Woes Linger As Irrigation Season Looms

Even as water began filling its canals this week, the Oakdale Irrigation District board discussed ways Tuesday morning to ensure there is enough to last until September.

March 18, 2015 | | Local News


Bond Refinancing Results In City Savings

Wearing a cowboy hat to reinforce his point, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pioneered the Monday, March 16 Oakdale City Council meeting, telling everyone that at no time the city was ever considering changing its 'Cowboy Capital' motto (see related story on this page).

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents Shoot Down Slogan

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Report Card Issued For Caltrans Projects

Caltrans has published its third issue of The Mile Marker, a periodic reporting of areas where the department is excelling and where further improvement is needed.

March 17, 2015 | | Local News


OTVB Backs Off “Pioneer Perfect”

Following an afternoon press release by the City of Oakdale stating it had been "rumored" that the city was considering changing its slogan and had no intentions of doing so, the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau sent out its own Friday night statement that it would forego the launch of "Pioneer Perfect" and embrace the city's original motto "Cowboy Capital of the World."

March 14, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents View ‘Pioneer Perfect’ As Off Track

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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