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Expo Boosts City Image, Coffers

A three-day tradeshow hosted by a local distribution company brought in much needed revenue to bolster local businesses.

June 22, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Blueberry Thrills - Murphy Road U-Pick Farm Lures Families

Jeremiah Hinkle clutched his bucket tight as he maneuvered between the rows of blueberries, picking the biggest ones he could find.

June 22, 2011 | Jason Campbell Special To The Leader | Local News


Valley Home Dedicates New Community Park

Nearly five years in the making, Valley Home's Community Center Park was dedicated on Saturday, June 18 with a few dozen residents who turned out for the event. The new park replaces the old Valley Home Clubhouse, which was razed approximately four years ago due to the inability to bring the dilapidated building up to code. A new covered structure with lighting and a concrete floor called the "pavilion" is the focal point of the park. New picnic tables, park benches, new chain link fencing, grass, shrubs and trees, boulders, a flagpole, dedication plaque, an irrigation system, and more ...

June 22, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Bypass Overview Draws 100 Plus To Meeting

Planning for the "bypass" - otherwise known as the North County Corridor project - hasn't gone away. While planning began in 2008 and the first phase of construction is not slated to begin until 2018, the public interest continues to run high. Area residents just haven't had a recent meeting.

June 22, 2011 | John Branch | Local News


Cautions Abound For River Safety

Leaders in Oakdale's fire and police departments, as well as the irrigation district are cautioning people about recreation activities on the Stanislaus River.

Oakdale Irrigation District General Manager Steve Knell said very high river flows are expected as of July 1 because water must be released from New Melones Reservoir due to the Federal Bureau of Reclamation's operating permit that states it cannot store water behind the dam after June 30.

June 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Rural Fire Talks Continue

Action was tabled but discussions are ongoing with the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District Board (ORFD) in regards to the current brown out schedule affecting the outlying posts of Valley Home and Knights Ferry with differing opinions on which station should receive the lion's share of summer staffing.

June 15, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Criticism Follows Lengthy Meetings

After a series marathon council meetings, some of which contained hot topic items lasting nearly until midnight, the common question heard within the audience before the start of many Oakdale council meetings nowadays is not about posted agenda items, but, "How long will this one last?"

June 15, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sidewalk Project Riddled With Bureaucracy

The mayor, public works personnel, and the senior citizen advisory commission all want to put in a reasonably priced sidewalk at the northwest corner of A Street and Yosemite Avenue. The only hold-up seems to be what is described as "bureaucratic red tape" if the city is involved.

June 15, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


All Church Picnic And Concert

The Oakdale Family Church of the Nazarene will hold a fundraiser picnic and concert Sunday, June 12 to raise funds to send 12 Oakdale youths to the Nazarene Youth Conference in Louisville, Kentucky from July 5-10 for fellowship and to learn of the transformational power of God. Thousands of students from all over the United States and Canada will be attending.

June 10, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Joplin Journey - Group Lends Helping Hand

A contingent of Oakdale citizens has been in Joplin, Missouri for the past week, helping the town recover from a devastating tornado that happened just over two weeks ago.

June 08, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Sales Tax Initiative Prepped For Ballot

Meeting late into the night on Monday, June 6, Oakdale City Council members were part of a session that included several hours of discussion, finger pointing, and pleading over the possibility of the city going forward with a special sales tax measure. In the end, whether "begrudgingly" or "cautiously," the council unanimously approved going forward with the initiative and will ask the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors to place on the November 2011 ballot a vote for a half-cent sales tax increase over a three-year period.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Banking On Jail Booking Payments

As Gov. Jerry Brown continues pushing his tax plan toward the end of the fiscal year, Oakdale bean counters are closely watching the status of the state's vehicle license fee extensions as they are finalizing city budgets.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weather Cooperates For Farmers Market Opening

After several days of unstable weather, the sun did its June duty and came out to kick off the first evening of the Oakdale Certified Farmers Market on Thursday, June 2.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Big Draw - Annual Senior Information Day Meets With Success

The 11th annual Senior Information Day, held at the community center, Friday, June 3 drew a respectable crowd of senior citizens interested in learning about the newest services available and topics affecting their age group.

June 08, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Has Clean Audit

The Oakdale Irrigation District got a clean bill of health from the independent auditor Brian Nash of Richardson and Company. The OID Board of Directors heard Nash's report at its June 7 meeting and then unanimously approved the district's 2010 comprehensive annual financial report. The board also approved the 2010 annual financial report for OID improvement districts.

June 08, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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Eggman Involved In Bera Campaign Funds Scandal

In obtained public records, The Leader has discovered that Michael Eggman, a current candidate for California's 10th Congressional District, is possibly involved in the ...

May 25, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Annual Catfish Derby June 4 At Oak Grove

San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation and the Delta Fly Fishers will host the 32nd annual Catfish Derby on Saturday, June 4 beginning at 6 ...

May 25, 2016 | | Local News


KIWANIS HONORS

Kiwanis Club of Oakdale recently acknowledged Magnolia Elementary School students with the Hope of America award. Fifth grader Molly Terpstra, left, and sixth grader Lydia ...

May 25, 2016 | | Local News


Study Shows Trees Moving To Higher, Cooler Elevations

Signature tree species in the high Sierra Nevada forests – including mountain hemlock, red fir and western white pine – are shifting toward higher, cooler elevations according ...

May 25, 2016 | | Local News


Seat Belt Use Campaign Highlights Safety Issues

From May 23 to June 5, local law enforcement personnel are participating in the national Click It or Ticket campaign in an effort to save ...

May 25, 2016 | | Local News


Legislation Passage Effort Supported By Rep. Denham

Passage of H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and H.R. 4974, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, were supported ...

May 25, 2016 | | Local News


Graffiti Car Show Comes To Modesto

The North Modesto Kiwanis Club expects more than 1,200 classic vehicles – all vintage 1979 and older – for its 18th annual American Graffiti Car Show ...

May 25, 2016 | | Local News


OJHS Rams Bring Home The Bling

Seven Oakdale Junior High students put together respectable performances as they participated in the 69th Annual Harold Pope Junior Relays on Saturday, May 7. A ...

May 25, 2016 | | Local News


Trio Vying For District 6 Dairy Princess Crown

Three young women will compete for the prestigious title of Dairy Princess during ceremonies at the upcoming District 6 Dairy Princess Contest. The gala event ...

May 25, 2016 | | Local News


National Lab Joins Almond Industry Groundwater Recharge Research Effort

Almond Board of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have announced a new partnership focused on better understanding subsurface water storage, quality and ...

May 25, 2016 | | Local News


Drugstore Project Continues Prevention Education

Over 800 elementary school students and several dozen adult and high school volunteers made a somewhat unique pilgrimage to Fair Oaks Elementary School earlier this ...

May 25, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Memorial Day Flags Placed At Cemetery

Volunteers are being sought to help place small American flags on the gravesites of local veterans this weekend.

May 25, 2016 | | Local News


Olivo Holding On To MLB Goal

In AAA minor league baseball, the typical age range is 23-24, maybe 25, over 26 is considered "old." At age 37, as starting catcher for ...

May 25, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chocolate Lovers Descend For City’s Sweet Festival

With threatening skies days before the annual event, Mother Nature cooperated over the weekend, providing pleasant, but occasional cloudy, weather for the 24th Annual Oakdale ...

May 25, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Graduation Ceremonies Make For Busy Week

Caps and gowns are being pressed and hung as schools in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District prepare for the pomp and circumstance of graduation ...

May 25, 2016 | | Local News


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