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Summer Activities Offered At New Melones Lake

The Bureau of Reclamation's Central California Area Office announced the summer 2012 Interpretive Activities at New Melones Lake, located in Calaveras County. All activities are at the Amphitheater at the Glory Hole Recreation Area and are free of charge and suitable for all ages, and most do not require reservations. Please wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for weather conditions. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

May 29, 2012 | | Local News


Maximum Enforcement Period For Holiday Weekend

The Memorial Day holiday traditionally marks the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, when many Californians head out to picnics, barbecues, and outdoor events. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reminds those headed out on the road to buckle up, designate a driver, and eliminate distractions.

May 26, 2012 | | Local News


City Bond Rating Downgraded

Moody's Investors Service has slightly downgraded Oakdale's Sewer Enterprise Revenue bond rating, citing concerns about the city's lagging economy and uncertainty of future financial performance.

May 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chocolate Fest Goers Treated To Sweet Time

Tens of thousands of chocolate lovers came out for this year's Oakdale Chocolate Festival over the weekend with Mother Nature especially cooperative, bringing sunny skies with temperatures in the mid to upper-80s and a slight breeze to keep everyone comfortable.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council At Impasse With Appointment

The Oakdale City Council came to a stalemate during a recent special meeting for the appointment to fill the position left vacant by Jason Howard, who resigned in April. Without a selection by mid-June the matter goes to the voters in a special election in November.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Division 1 North - Oakdale Rural Moves Forward

If there ever was a general sense of confusion and frustration over what to do and how to do it, the situation facing Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District regarding area known as Division 1 North would qualify.

May 23, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Audit, Cell Tower Highlight Meet

With several items listed on Monday's Oakdale City Council agenda, two items – the city audit results and a proposed cell phone tower – sparked the most discussion between the public, city officials, and contracted commercial representatives.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Past Arrests - Candidate Drops From Race

In a discovery on Thursday May 17, The Leader learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested on suspicion of rape in December 2007.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local 4-Hers Show Their Fashion

Orange Blossom 4-H Club recently hosted the annual Stanislaus County 4-H Fashion Review at Valley Home Elementary School. Boys and girls ages seven to 17 years old competed in categories where they either made their own outfits or purchased them and then modeled the outfits in front of judges for a score. Orange Blossom 4-Hers Cory Barney and Matthew Black hosted the event to earn their Emerald Stars.

May 22, 2012 | | Local News


Solar Eclipse This Sunday

This Sunday, May 20, there will be a partial solar eclipse visible from the Oakdale/Modesto/Sonora area.

May 19, 2012 | | Local News


Donations Sought As Family Fights Illness

Justin Myers, an Oakdale graduate, has been fighting a mysterious illness that was discovered when he was in junior high. The Oakdale Leader has followed Justin's journey through several stories, including when he received his restored 1969 Chevy Camaro through the Make-A-Wish program. After eight years of frequent blood transfusions for what they can only determine is Pure Red Cell Anemia (partial bone marrow failure), Justin is showing signs of major organ failure. His liver is in Stage 3 Fibrosis due to iron overload, which drops his odds to 70-75 percent. Treatments are no longer effective but they have ...

May 18, 2012 | | Local News


Council Candidate Has Past Rape Arrest

In a recent discovery, The Leader has learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested for rape and penetration with a foreign object that occurred in Nevada County in 2007.

May 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Feathers Tapped As Manager

The Oakdale City Council announced that former Atwater Assistant City Manager Stan Feathers will take over as the part-time interim city manager on July 1when current Interim City Manager Greg Wellman is required to leave the post.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Overworked, Understaffed - City Audits Arrive Late

After a series of city financial crises coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's tardy 2010-2011 audit would be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. Last week the council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit report that had been withheld for nearly a year.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Housecleaning Leaves Leadership Quandary

Since the seating of the current city council in November of 2010, the City of Oakdale tribunal has purged or presided over the departure of nearly all of its department heads. Of the two that remain; the public works director has been given notice he will no longer be employed after July and the finance director may be in jeopardy of being gone by this July also.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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TEAR IT UP

Work has now started on another street project in town, this one on North Second Avenue between C and E streets. The project will include ...

September 21, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Harvest Festival Back At Bloomingcamp Ranch

Hay is being set for pumpkins, participants and hay rides as the staff of Bloomingcamp Ranch prepares for its annual Harvest Festival. The event will ...

September 21, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Directors Santos, Altieri Fire Back At OID

Oakdale Irrigation District board members Linda Santos and Gail Altieri filed statements with Stanislaus County Superior Court earlier this month explaining their actions from a ...

September 21, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Do-It-Yourselfer Brings Paint Nights To Downtown

Earlier this year, Lisa McDaniel-Norris was literally waiting for the next big thing.

September 21, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


City Council Plans For Airport Future

In a fast-paced meeting lasting only a half hour on Monday, Sept. 19, the Oakdale City Council heard two reports on the city's plans ...

September 21, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Symbiosis This Weekend

Symbiosis 2016 is coming to town; traffic will be heavy during the next several days as festival goers arrive in town; local motorists are advised ...

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


Private Land Areas Open To Hunting Opportunities

Now is your chance to hunt on private property usually off-limits to the public in the Fairfield and Merced areas. The California Department of Fish ...

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


Regional Gas Prices Slowly On The Rise

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.61/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


Fire Protection District Final Budget Presented

A special meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 27 for final adoption of the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


Crowd Turns Out For International Festival

By MARG JACKSON

September 21, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


City’s New ‘Western Days’ Fest Kicks Off Sept. 30

By RICHARD PALOMA

September 21, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Walking With Heart : Local Youth Setting Her Own Pace

By TERESA HAMMOND

September 21, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Air District Seeks Student Artwork

Do you know a kindergarten through high school student in the San Joaquin Valley with a passion for drawing? Here's an opportunity to showcase ...

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Classic Cars Displayed

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


Student Wellness Conference Aimed At Central Valley Teens

Stanislaus County Office of Education's Prevention Programs Department will host the annual "Friend to Friend" Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at the Modesto Centre ...

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


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