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Reporter’s Notebook – A Perk, If You Will

In this day and age there are precious few perks to be found in this business so I always make it a point to attend the Media Day offered at the Stanislaus County Fair the day prior to opening for the public. In the six years since I've been with The Leader, I've only missed it twice (once because I was on bedrest during my last pregnancy, and another when I went to Georgia for my first RWA conference).
This year it was smashing good fun (as it always is) and I'm happy to share the experience ...

August 05, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Bid Award Met With Protests

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors voted unanimously at the Aug. 4 regular meeting to award the contract to Magorian Mines of Auburn for the South Main Canal and Tunnels project after determining that the discrepancies in Magorian's bid were inconsequential.
The matter had been referred to OID's legal counsel and consultant Condor Earth Technologies after protests were filed following the previous regular meeting on July 21, when the bid was conditionally awarded.
Several public comments were heard on the matter that raised concerns about Magorian's bid and ability to complete the project. An attorney representing ...

August 05, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Residents Air Out Concerns Over Pond Mud

A public meeting on July 21 filled the Oakdale Library with more than 70 concerned citizens regarding the potential spreading of by-product rinse mud dredged from the ConAgra facility's aerated ponds to be used as soil amendments on 13 farmland and orchard properties throughout the local area owned by Oakdale farmer John Brichetto.

Con Agra spokesperson Bob Kula reported that there are three ponds on the site but it is one pond that is relevant to this issue. The pond is 20 feet deep and, he said, has about 10 feet of solids in it and that the tomato ...

July 29, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


ORFD Deputy Chief Ready For Change

Five years ago, a young captain with years of tactical experience and a solid head on his shoulders was tapped, along with a then-administrative secretary, to assume the helm of the Oakdale Rural Fire District upon the retirement of long-time chief Bill Houk.

It was a temporary measure aimed at saving the beleaguered district much-needed cash until a fire initiative could be passed for an infusion of additional funds.

July 29, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Cowboy Capital Sign Welcomes Visitors

Visitors entering Oakdale from the South will now notice a new welcome sign, one that clearly identifies this as the city that is the 'Cowboy Capital of the World.'
The sign is at the same location as the original sign, on South Yosemite near the Oakdale Recycling Center.
"The Cowboy Museum received many suggestions following the Cowboy Capital of the World Contest last year stating that Oakdale should have a sign indicating that we're (still) the Cowboy Capital of the World," explained Cowboy Museum Executive Director Christie Camarillo. "A committee was formed and in February of this year, Director ...

July 22, 2009 | | Local News


OID Tunnel Project Bid Awarded

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors voted unanimously at their July 21 meeting to award the bid for the South Main Canal and Tunnel improvement project to the lowest bidder, which is Magorian Mines Services of Auburn. OID General Manager Steve Knell said that because of the "tight" bids he expected that bid protests would be filed by the competing bidders.
Magorian submitted a bid for $5.26 million, while the next lowest bidder was Sierra Mountain Construction of Tuolumne County, which came in with $5.38 million. The next bid was Johnson Western Gunite with $5.43 million ...

July 22, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Junior Exhibitors Prep For Fair

The countdown to the county fair is on. Oakdale's FFA and 4-H members are getting their project displays ready, checking the weights of their market animals, practicing showmanship, and getting their equipment together. The Stanislaus County Fair runs July 31 through Aug. 3.
Oakdale High School FFA member Presley Gravatt is taking a market lamb named "Elvis," three Suffolk breeding sheep, and a dairy replacement heifer - a pregnant Holstein named "Lola" - to this year's fair.
One of Gravatt's Ag teachers, Bob Joseph, recently weighed Elvis so that she would know how close she's getting with the ...

July 22, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Wildland Fire Threatened Homes

A 21-year-old woman suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital after she attempted to extinguish the flames threatening her home as a 20-acre wild land fire between Liberini Avenue and River Road burned trees and grass Sunday, July 12.

July 15, 2009 | | Local News


Public Meeting Set On Ag Spreading

Stanislaus County Department of Environmental Resources will host a meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21 at the Oakdale Library, 151 So. First Ave., Oakdale to consider: A request to issue a Stanislaus County Food Processing By-product Use permit to ConAgra Foods for the land application of food processing by-products.

July 15, 2009 | | Local News


Leadership Group Gets Public Safety View

A group of six community members enrolled in the Leadership course sponsored by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce took a day to get an up-close and personal view of the issues inherent to public safety by spending a day with the police department, Thursday, June 25.

July 08, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Presale Movie Night Fundraiser Tickets

Support your local Oakdale Gator swim team and take your family out to an evening at the movies by buying presale movie night fundraiser tickets for Ice Age 3 and Transformers 2, showing Thursday, July 9 at the Oakdale Theater. Tickets are $7 and they must be purchased in advance.

July 02, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Dorada Park Gazebo Dedicated

Con Agra Foods, a long time major employer in Oakdale, recently donated $15,000 to the City of Oakdale for a gazebo to shade the bandstand in Dorada Park.

July 01, 2009 | | Local News


Fire Agencies Urge Caution

The promise of hot temperatures and a Fourth of July holiday that lands on a Saturday has fire agencies gearing up for a busy - and fun - holiday but warn that being caught with illegal fireworks could result in fines that range from $500 to $5,000.

July 01, 2009 | | Local News


CHP Plans Special Enforcement Period

As motorists prepare to head out onto the highway for some summer fun this Independence Day, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is doing its part to help keep the fireworks where they belong … in the sky. And with some advance planning, the CHP hopes this can be a safe celebration for everyone.

July 01, 2009 | | Local News


Concerns Linger Over Corridor

Plenty of people turned out at the neighboring Riverbank Community Center on June 15 for a meeting on the North County Corridor State Route 108 East Route Adoption. At an estimated several hundred, there were probably more than the California Department of Transportation expected and they were without microphones, so it was virtually impossible for the organizers to direct the confused gathering.

June 24, 2009 | John Branch | Local News


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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


Cirque du Soleil At The Arena

The colorful costumes, the music, and the skillful acrobatics made the journey to Varekai a very unique and entertaining experience. The final act of twists, turns, and high flying action sure pleased the audience whom applauded continuously.The show will continue through Sunday, April 19 at the Stockton Arena, 248 West Fremont Street and tickets are still available. For more information visit www.stocktonlive.com.

April 18, 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


City To Discuss “Big Box” Restriction Monday

The Oakdale City Council has slated for its next meeting, Monday, April 20, to discuss amending the current Municipal Code to make it easier for large retail developments to come to the city.

April 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Denham In Favor Of Tax Simplification

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) this week cast his vote in support of the State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015 and the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015. Both these pieces of legislation aim to reduce the tax burden on American families and small businesses by eliminating unnecessary taxes and simplifying our existing tax code.

April 16, 2015 | | Local News


Senior Reaches Great Heights For Birthday

Marie McAnally wasn't just interested in a cake and candles to commemorate her 83rd birthday; that would be too simple. According to McAnally's daughter Cindy Webb, she pondered her 'Bucket List' instead for ideas.

April 15, 2015 | | Local News


Countdown To Relay

Oakdale's annual Relay For Life is just around the corner – the 24-hour signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society will be hosted at Oakdale High School on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26.

April 15, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


City Meeting Water Goals

With California in its fourth year of drought and Governor Jerry Brown putting out an executive order calling for cutbacks of 20 percent, the City of Oakdale announced that their figures show that the city and its residents have nearly met that mark based on 2013 figures.

April 15, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Motorists Basking In Falling Gas Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 5.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.88/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.39/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

April 13, 2015 | | Local News


Dispatchers Saluted During Telecommunicators Week

The safety of the public, as well as law enforcement and first responders, frequently depends on a group of highly trained professionals who are heard far more often than they are seen. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) honors these skilled men and women during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 12 through 18, 2015.

April 12, 2015 | | Local News


Full Highway Closure For Bridge Work

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform a full highway closure of State Route (SR-12) from Interstate 5 (I-5) to SR-160 in Sacramento/San Joaquin County to perform repairs on the Mokelumne River Bridge.

April 10, 2015 | | Local News


Kids Spring Fest Fun

Saturday, April 4 marked the 2015 Kids Spring Fest as over 1,000 kids and adults gathered at Kerr Park for a fun day under the sun. The ninth annual event, presented by City of Oakdale and the Kiwanis Club, held four separate egg hunts for kids in varying age groups, up to age 12, along with lunch, games and prize drawings among other activities for both kids and adults.

April 08, 2015 | | Local News


Area Trio Opening Dialogue On Mental Illness

One in four adults, or approximately 61.5 million Americans, have an experience with mental illness in a given year. With a current estimated population of over 21,000 within the Oakdale City limits that's over 5,000 Oakdale community members who will be affected by mental illness in some way.

April 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat

With two members of the Oakdale City Council stating they wanted someone with the same "business sense" as former Councilman Don Petersen, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to appoint local commercial real estate developer Richard Murdoch to the dais for the remaining two years left when Petersen resigned in February.

April 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

An eBay ad and the sharp eye of a tenacious victim led Oakdale Police to recover a $10,000 piece of construction equipment that was taken from a work truck last year.

April 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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