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Oakdale Girl Killed In ATV Wreck

A 17-year-old Oakdale girl was killed Thursday evening, June 23 when her ATV entered the path of a 2002 Chevrolet traveling westbound on Rice Road at 45 mph.

June 24, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Dangerous Depths - Officials Warn Of Conditions

It seems at the beginning of every warm weather season, water officials issue a dire warning about conditions on the Stanislaus River. The basics: it's moving fast, it's cold, and it's filled with hidden dangers, remain the same. The difference this year? Take the essence behind those typical warnings and multiply that by a hundred and you might have an inkling of what officials fear for the 2011 summer season.

June 22, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


ROTA Directors Mull County Takeover

Riverbank Oakdale Transit Authority (ROTA) directors will delay raising their public bus fares, originally planned to become effective July 1, pending consideration of a Stanislaus County proposal to assume transit operations for the cities of Riverbank and Oakdale.

June 22, 2011 | John Branch | Local News


Council Unanimous On New Budget

The City of Oakdale will enter the 2011-2012 fiscal year with a balanced budget, approved unanimously by council members at the Monday, June 20 city council meeting.

June 22, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID To Fence Out Unwelcome Cars

A new fence and locked walk-through gate will be erected at the Oakdale Irrigation District offices. In an action at the OID Board of Directors regular meeting on June 21, the board voted 4-0, with director Frank Clark absent, to install a 350 linear feet, six-foot high chain link fence on the east side of the OID property bordering the Live Oak Plaza. OID has a satellite office space in the Live Oak Plaza, those employees will have a key for the walk-through gate.

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


Park Host Volunteers Serve As Army Corps ‘Eyes’ And ‘Ears’

Sometimes the most important job or person is overlooked until you realize without them - you'd be in hot water, or as in the case of the Stanislaus River: frigid, rushing, and dangerous water.

June 22, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Fills Operations Manager Vacancy

The Oakdale Irrigation District recently announced the promotion of Eric Thorburn to Water Operations Manager. Because of Thorburn's dedication to his job and his knowledge of modern irrigation practices and system controls he was promoted to the position.

June 22, 2011 | Eric Thorburn | Local News


Oakdale Police History On Display

Retired Oakdale Police Lieutenant Vern Gladney acquired a vast assortment of duty gear over his 30 years of service with the city's police department, a career that spanned parts of four decades.

June 22, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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


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Fatal Stabbing In Rural Oakdale

Sheriff's detectives are investigating the case of a man found stabbed to death in the 9000 block of Sawyer Road, just outside the city ...

June 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Getting the most out of the early morning mild temperatures, youngsters were found making some summe

Getting the most out of the early morning mild temperatures, youngsters were found making some summer memories as Monday marked the first day of the ...

June 22, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Woodward Fireworks Celebration Scheduled

Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors presents the 21st annual Fireworks Celebration, in cooperation with the Stanislaus County Parks and Recreation, at Woodward Reservoir on Monday ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Reasons To Include More Dairy In Your Daily Diet

A healthy diet can improve quality of life and reduce a person's risk of developing disease or other negative health conditions. For example, a ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Health Experts Urge Caution During Summer Months

Hot weather is dangerous, and seniors are particularly prone to its threat. Elderly heat stroke and heat exhaustion can be a real problem. A recent ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Statewide Caltrans Survey: Motorists Guilty Of Littering

Caltrans released new survey data this week that shows nearly half of all motorists surveyed admit to sometimes littering along the state's highways. Nearly ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Federal Survey Will Help Shape Transportation Plans

This year, Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are asking thousands of Californians how they get around. Surveys are being distributed now through April ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Motorists Enjoy Sub-$3 Pump Prices Nationwide

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.73/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Special Shopping Spree

This past April at the Oakdale Cowgirl Luncheon, Carl and Kathy La Force, owners of the Oakdale Grocery Outlet, donated a two-minute shopping spree as ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Former Raider Makes Appearance At Kmart

Known as "The Judge" and "Lester the Molester" former Raider great Lester Hayes made a three-day appearance at the Oakdale KMart this past week. The ...

June 22, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


CHP Safety Tips Offered For Hot Summer Travel

California summers are an exciting time to enjoy traveling, vacations, and road trips. Many people consider the summer months a perfect opportunity to spend time ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Vote Aims To Strengthen U.S. Security, Preparedness

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) on June 16 supported the passage of H.R. 5293, appropriations for the Department of Defense for fiscal year ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Delicato’s Photo Show Wraps Up With Awards

The 20th annual Delicato Photography Show is in full swing at the winery's Tasting Room, off Highway 99 four miles north of Manteca. Off ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


Turlock Teen Selected District 6 Dairy Princess

Nicole Sanders of Turlock was selected as the 2016 Dairy Princess for the California Milk Advisory Board's (CMAB) District 6. The crowning took place ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


First Travel-Related Case Of Zika Confirmed In County

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency has confirmed that a 19-year-old male county resident has tested positive for Zika virus. The affected individual contracted the virus ...

June 22, 2016 | | Local News


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