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City Settles Discrimination Suit

The City of Oakdale this week entered into a non-disclosed monetary settlement with a former public works employee to settle a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, harassment, a hostile work environment, and retaliation. William Moffitt, who worked for the City of Oakdale from 2005 to 2006, claims he was forced to resign from his position as an equipment operator after having to tolerate racial slurs by co-workers and superiors, harassment after receiving a promotion to a higher paid position, and being threatened with a gun by a co-worker in the employee lunchroom. The final straw, according to the lawsuit, was when ...

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Wellness Educator Preps For Conference, Book Release

Local health and wellness educator Maureen Minnehan Jones of Oakdale will be having her new book released the same time she will be doing a presentation at the Alzheimer's International Conference in Toronto, Canada. Her book, "Wisdom To Wellness," is scheduled to be released March 25, the same weekend she will be in Toronto for the conference.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Councilman Leading Charge To Revise City’s Website

For anyone who's navigated the City of Oakdale's website, they know some of the barriers to obtaining information or a lack of available services such as paying bills online.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Putting Off Well Operation Start Up Costs City $73K

A delay in getting a city well operational has cost the City of Oakdale $73,000 in pump shaft repairs due to the manufacturer's claim that the warranty had expired during the three-year time the well sat inactive after the installation of the shaft and the actual time the well was put into service.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Dual Rotary Clubs Honor Oakdale’s Public Service Standouts

The dual Rotary Clubs - Oakdale and Sunrise - once again collaborated to honor the city's best in public service at a Wednesday, March 2 luncheon held at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

March 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Partnering Equals Success For Mexicali Trip

Five Rotary clubs and three Lions clubs met in Calexico on Thursday, Feb. 17 and off loaded 3000 pounds of clothing that made it to four orphanages and two mental hospitals for adults in Mexicali. Medical equipment of approximately $5,000 found its way to the Mexicali General Hospital that did not get the "wrecking ball" as was expected, due to last year's massive earthquake.

March 09, 2011 | John Brunk Special To The Leader | Local News


Oakdale Fire Cuts Looming

In protracted budget reductions that go on for years, such as the nation has experienced, there comes a time when there's simply no more fat to trim, no more tricks to pull, and the reductions are found in flesh and blood.

March 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Council Eyes iPads For ‘Green’ Meetings

In a proposed cost-saving measure and an attempt to "go green," saving the city the massive amounts of paper per member that is generated for meetings, the five-member Oakdale City Council discussed a proposed switch from printed agendas to the Apple iPad as a substitute for the agenda binders.

March 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Dog Park To Close For Turf Maintenance

Local pooches will have to forego their leash-free romps at the West Basin Dog Park twice a year due to the need for maintenance of the grounds.

March 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Adopt-A-Plot - Cemetery Board Appeals To Community

Times are certainly tough - no surprise there - and communities are being forced to get creative with how they solve problems. One such entity, the Oakdale Citizen's Cemetery, is making an urgent plea to the community for help in the upkeep of the cemetery grounds by proposing the Adopt-A-Plot program. Intrigued? You should be. For some community members, their loved ones are resting peacefully within the 13-acre endowment cemetery but the situation regarding the grounds upkeep is downright dire.

March 02, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Quarry Approval Could Impact Oakdale

An item with potential adverse effects for Oakdale residents, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors plans to hold a hearing regarding the recommendation to establish a rock quarry located in southwest Tuolumne County, adjacent to Stanislaus County, off Cooperstown Road.

March 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Report: Enough Water This Year

The Oakdale Irrigation District is expecting its full allocation of water this year and also expects to have water available that has previously been transferred (sold) to Stockton East Water District (SEWD).

March 02, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Adopt A Plot

February 25, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Dog Park Closure Slated For March

Oakdale dog owners and their pooches are going to have some down time twice a year, having to wait for their leash-free romps at the West Basin Dog Park due to the need for maintenance of the grounds.

February 24, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Gas Prices Again On The Rise

Oakdale and Riverbank motorists are going to have to dig into their pocketbooks a bit deeper for a gallon of gasoline this season as prices are over 50 cents per gallon higher than they were last year at this time. For the first time in three years, the cost of a gallon of gas could reach the intimidating $4 mark, which is certain to modify most drivers' habits after filling up at the pumps.

February 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Statewide Bicycle Safety In Focus Throughout May

May is National Bike Safety Month, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reminding motorists and bicyclists to share responsibility for roadway safety. California's ...

May 04, 2016 | | Local News


California Gasoline Prices Higher Than U.S. Average

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.61/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

May 04, 2016 | | Local News


Wildfire Awareness Week Highlights State Dangers

After a destructive fire season in 2015, conditions in California are already drying out prompting Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to declare May 1-7, 2016 ...

May 04, 2016 | | Local News


Denham Mobile Office Visits Oakdale, Escalon

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced Mobile District Office Hours for the month of May, with stops coming up in Oakdale and Escalon.

May 04, 2016 | | Local News


Pet Adoption Event Scheduled Saturday

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance will be hosting a pet adoption event at PetCo in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Riverbank on Saturday, May 7 ...

May 04, 2016 | | Local News


Local Students Presented Columbia College Degrees

Columbia College hosted its 47th Commencement on Friday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Oak Pavilion. A reception for the graduates, their ...

May 04, 2016 | | Local News


Caltrans Crews Clearing Passes

Caltrans maintenance crews are busy clearing highways, cutting through steep and narrow mountain passes, including the Sonora pass in Tuolumne County, and the Ebbetts and ...

May 04, 2016 | | Local News


Rescue Mission Plans Burgerfest Fundraiser

The Oakdale Rescue Mission is planning its inaugural Burgerfest Fundraiser event, set for Saturday, May 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with ...

May 04, 2016 | | Local News


California Gold Rush History Comes to Life

Columbia State Historic Park will present "Diggins Tent Town 1852" – its annual living history event this coming May 19 through May 22. Sponsored by Friends ...

May 04, 2016 | | Local News


Classic Cars Tour Rolls Into Region

Classics will soon be cruising in to the area, with trips to Oakdale and Knights Ferry, as part of the Western Gaslight one- and two-cylinder ...

May 04, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Agencies Recognize Peace Officer Memorial Week

National Police Week, May 15-21 in 2016, is a time to remember and honor those in law enforcement who made the ultimate sacrifice throughout the ...

May 04, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Future Looking Up For Oakdale Airport

In a swift Oakdale City Council meeting on Monday, May 2, that saw only three of the council members on the dais, Michael Renfrow, who ...

May 04, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Regional Honor Awarded To Fair Oaks VP Hamby

Janet Hamby has had quite a year … and it's only May.

May 04, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Revolutionary War Comes To Sierra View Elementary

A little taste of Colonial Williamsburg made a stop at Sierra View Elementary School this past week as approximately 100 fifth graders participated in Revolutionary ...

May 04, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Oakdale Golf & Country Club

Guest Day - 1 BB, 2 BB, 3BB of 4Some

May 04, 2016 | | Local News


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