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Safe Trick-or-Treat Event

Oak Valley Care Center will hold their annual Halloween Safe Door-to-Door Trick or Treat event on Monday, The event is open to the public and Oak Valley Care Center residents invite all local families to attend.

October 27, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News

Oakdale’s St. Matthias Church Welcomes New Faces To Fold

St. Matthias Church in Oakdale is welcoming a change in leadership from both a new Deacon-in-Charge and a new Diocesan Bishop. The Right Reverend Dr. Eric Menees, Diocesan Bishop of the more than 40 parishes in the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin, was installed on Oct. 22. His first parish visit as Diocesan Bishop was to St. Matthias in Oakdale.

October 26, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News

Playhouse Under Fire For Code Violations

One Oakdale resident has a tough decision to make: re-build the playhouse he created for his kids or appeal to City Council. The playhouse is eight inches too high to meet Oakdale City zoning codes. The resident appealed the code violation at the Oct. 19 Oakdale Planning Commission meeting, but it was denied by a 2 to 2 vote.

October 26, 2011 | | Local News

Jackson Named Livestock Man Of The Year

Oakdale resident Bill Jackson, a fifth generation Californian on his mother's side, was recently honored as the Livestock Man of the Year at the Grand National Rodeo and Stock Show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco for his accomplished career in the beef industry.

October 26, 2011 | | Local News

Local Livestock Man Lauded

An Oakdale rancher with deep Oakdale roots has followed in his father's footsteps by recently being named the Livestock Man of the Year at the Grand National Rodeo and Stock Show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Find out who he is in the Oct. 26 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

October 25, 2011 | | Local News

Sconza Factory Sale Slated

Sconza Candy Company will hold their annual candy factory sale Saturday, Oct. 22, just in time for the holidays. This is a great opportunity to support a local business. The sale will start at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Premium first and second quality candies will be for sale. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. No checks. Sconza Candy is located at One Sconza Candy Lane (1400 S.Yosemite Ave.) in Oakdale.

October 20, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Annual Festival Welcomes In Fall Season

Pony rides, face painting and the petting zoo were a few of the main attractions at the annual Bloomingcamp Ranch Octoberfest hosted on Oct. 15 and 16. Bloomingcamp's has been staging the fall festival for around 25 years.

October 19, 2011 | | Local News

2050 Boundary Map Discussion Tabled

Discussion at the Oakdale City Council was heated on Monday night, Oct. 17 during a review of the proposed 2050 agricultural preservation map. The map is a countywide effort to prepare a growth plan through the year 2050 to present to the Local Agency Formation Committee by December. The map will potentially serve as a guideline for a ballot initiative taken to voters some time next year.

October 19, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News

Election Lowdown Slated

Candidates are gearing up for the Nov. 8 consolidated election. The Oakdale Leader will have pre- and post-election coverage on Oakdale area candidates in contested races.

October 18, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Bloomingcamp To Host Octoberfest

A fall favorite is returning this year to Bloomingcamp Ranch with Octoberfest, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16.

October 14, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Looking Ahead: Plan Goes To 2030

Oakdale's General Plan update process is ready to move forward after the Oakdale Planning Commission and the Oakdale City Council hosted their last public study session on Monday night, Oct. 10. The joint meeting was the last in a series of public workshops to draft the language of the updated general plan.

October 12, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News

Hospital Preps For Tours

After two years of construction, $90 million dollars, and thousands of man-hours spent, the new Oak Valley Hospital will be open to the public on Dec. 10 for community tours. The pre-opening will be a one-day only event, and the new hospital building will not be in use until early 2012.

October 12, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News

CalFIRE: Too Many Firefighters

Although an email circulated recently by three fire agency chiefs hoping for a CalFIRE Schedule A contract reported that the state agency had declined support for the contract, CalFIRE Unit Chief Brian Kirk clarified the state's position.

October 12, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Possible Equine Virus Outbreak Causes Ripple In Community

Members of the equine community were concerned by the report of a September outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus discovered at Kennedy Meadows on the heels of a May outbreak in Utah confirmed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) where 400 horses were exposed to the virus, but local veterinarians were quick to dispel any fears that may have erupted over this common, but rarely fatal affliction.

October 12, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

CalFIRE Declines Contract Offer

CalFIRE recently delivered disappointing news to the three local fire agencies hoping to become a part of the state fire department when they declined the opportunity to support a Schedule A contract with Stanislaus Consolidated, Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District and Oakdale City Fire.

October 07, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

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Crosstown Big Fix Postponed

The weekend closure of the eastbound State Route 4/Crosstown Freeway scheduled for this weekend has been postponed due to inclement weather.

October 28, 2016 | | Local News

State Duck Stamp Dollars Support Waterfowl Population

It might seem incongruous for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to fund a habitat restoration project located somewhere outside of California. Yet ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

State Gas Price Falls Faster Than Average

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 5.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.56/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Wildlife Activities Scheduled At Various Spots In November

Coming up on Saturday, Nov. 12, plan to make time to enjoy the Stanislaus River Salmon Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Fall Art Show Winners Announced By Society

Members of the Oak Valley Art Society, which includes residents from Oakdale, Riverbank, Escalon and beyond, hosted its Fall Art Show on Oct. 15 and ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Red Ribbon Observance Urged By Highway Patrol

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recognizes Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31, as an excellent opportunity for families to have lifesaving conversations with their children about ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Oakdale Substitute Teacher Sentenced To 180-Day Term

An Oakdale substitute teacher, arrested in 2013, was sentenced on Monday, Oct. 17, to 180 days in jail by a Stanislaus County Superior Court judge.

October 26, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Halftime Honors 1996 Champs And Troops

A larger than usual crowd flocked to The Corral this past Friday night. Not only did the fans witness a varsity Mustangs 39-14 home win ...

October 26, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


The City of Oakdale has once again partnered with Kiwanis Club of Oakdale for the Annual Halloween Parade and Festival. The event will be held ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Young Coyotes Support Troops

Approximately 80 Sierra View first graders gathered in the Coyote Café this past Friday, as participants in Operation Gratitude, sponsored by BJ's Restaurants.

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Dickens Brothers Spotlight The ‘Mustang Way’ Of Life

It began as a simple idea. An idea described by Oakdale High School Class of 2013 alum Eriksen Dickens as a "hype video" highlighting Oakdale ...

October 26, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Soccer League Grapples With Charity Status Loss

After the scandal of one of its volunteers getting arrested on suspicion of embezzlement earlier this year, the Oakdale Youth Soccer League faces another financial ...

October 26, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Candy Alternatives Sought For Teal Pumpkin Project

With Halloween coming up next week, a local effort is hoping to get some area residents to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project. The goal ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News


Oakdale Senior Center Crafting Group will once again host its annual quilt raffle to benefit the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Community Center. Tickets are $1 ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Knights Ferry Hosts Annual Salmon Duathlon

On Your Mark Events presents its 20th Annual Salmon Duathlon and 5k Run on Saturday, Nov. 5, 8:45 a.m., in the historic hamlet ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

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