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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


Clean Green Yard Machines Opens New Funding Round

Back by popular demand, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's Clean Green Yard Machines program opened June 4 with more funding and more lawn mower options than ever before.

June 06, 2013 | | Local News


O No - Citizens Protest Potential Cuts

Less than 18 months after voters passed a half-cent sales tax in November 2011 with Measure O to solidify public safety service and staffing levels, City Manager Bryan Whitemyer is proposing discarding those promises in an effort to balance the budget.

June 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Reviews Dispatch Services

With the goal of saving the financially-strapped City of Oakdale operational costs, City Manager Bryan Whitemyer has reached out to the City of Turlock regarding the idea of their police department to take over police dispatch services for Oakdale PD.

June 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Farmer's Market Resumes

The summer staple of Oakdale returns downtown to North Third Avenue this Thursday, June 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

June 05, 2013 | | Local News


MJC Earns Place In Cup Contest

The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), in association with the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA), has announced Modesto Junior College has placed 11th out of 105 Community Colleges in the final standings of the 2012-13 NATYCAA Cup.

June 04, 2013 | | Local News


Farmers Market Starts Thursday

The summer staple of Oakdale returns downtown on North Third Avenue this Thursday, June 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

June 01, 2013 | | Local News


Former Police Dog Passes

Retired K-9 Officer "Shadow" passed away on Monday, May 20 according to his owner Beth Baker of Turlock.

May 31, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Red Flag Fire Danger Warning For Region

With dry winds forecast for many parts of Northern California, CAL FIRE has increased its staffing and is urging the public to be extra cautious due to the heightened fire danger. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning stretching form Shasta County down through the Sacramento Valley to San Joaquin County starting Friday morning for high winds and low humidity lasting through Saturday evening.

May 31, 2013 | | Local News


Dairy Farmers Support Marketing Order Vote

California Dairy Campaign (CDC) members applauded Rep. Jim Costa, D-16, for his leadership in passing the "California Milk Marketing Order Act" in the House Agriculture Committee passed farm bill. Representative Jim Costa, D-16, spoke to the California Dairy Campaign board of directors and membership to discuss the farm bill, ethanol policy, immigration and water issues at the CDC office in Turlock.

May 30, 2013 | | Local News


Comment Period Open For Water Banking Criteria

The Bureau of Reclamation released Draft Water Banking Criteria for banking Central Valley Project water outside of a contractor's contract service area. Reclamation developed these criteria to implement water banking as authorized by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and as allowed by certain federal contracts.

May 28, 2013 | | Local News


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Caltrans Prepares For Winter Storm Systems

Caltrans' crews statewide are preparing for the next round of winter storms and will be working 24/7 monitoring state routes and keeping roadways open ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Learning To Prevent DIY Project Injuries

Thousands of people try their hands at do-it-yourself home improvement projects every year. Whether working indoors or outdoors, wearing safety gear and exercising caution is ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Did You Know?

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January 18, 2017 | | Local News


How To Improve Alertness During The Workday

A long workday can be both mentally and physically draining. As a result, office workers and professionals whose jobs are more physically demanding than office ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Foods To Boost Energy Levels

Diet can go a long way toward increasing or lowering energy levels. No one wants to consume foods that will make it harder for them ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Public Information Meeting On San Joaquin River Bridge

Members of the public are invited to a Public Information Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26 to visit exhibits and discuss the retrofit planned for the ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Contractors License Board Offers Flood Repair Advice

As property owners look to make repairs after a series of severe storms pounded northern California, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is offering advice ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Veterans Advisory Commission

The Stanislaus County Veterans Advisory Commission meets the fourth Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. This month's meeting will occur on ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Car Clean-Up Event Set

Are you a San Joaquin Valley resident? Have you owned your car for six months? Does your car fail emissions testing? If so, join Valley ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Nationwide Pump Prices Seeing Downward Trend

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.64/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Storm Water Collection Effort Sought By Denham

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) recently re-introduced H.R. 434, the "New Water Available To Every Reclamation State Act" (New WATER Act) to authorize ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


World Peace Rose Garden Pruning Event Set Jan. 24

All are welcome to attend a 'Rose Pruning Collaboration' at the Stockton Police Department Ambassador World Peace Rose Garden on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 1 ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


State’s Fish And Wildlife Department Recruiting Volunteers

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is currently seeking applicants for its Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) in the Sacramento Area.

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Junior Achievement And Service Nominees Feted By Chamber

Each year, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce honors members of the community for Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Junior Achievement, Community Service ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Merzon Tapped For Cal-Hi Coach Of The Year Honors

After 17 years at the helm of the varsity football Oakdale Mustangs, head coach Trent Merzon has been recognized at the state level for his ...

January 18, 2017 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


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