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Capitol Rally Focuses On Summer Learning

Hundreds of California middle school and high school students marked National Summer Learning Day with a "Read-In" at the California State Capitol on Thursday, joining together with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and a host of state lawmakers, school district leaders, and civic leaders to rally for expanded summer learning opportunities for all California students.

June 20, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Will See Tower Color Changed

In response to a June 12 Leader article, AT&T representatives have contacted the Leader and the City of Oakdale and advised them that they will be changing the color of the recently constructed lime green faux water tank cell phone tower.

June 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Charity Carnival - Quarters, Dollars Add Up To Thousands

At 25 cents a game, a dollar to try and win at the cake walk and just a few dollars for a plate of food, it took a lot of people to raise $11,000.

June 19, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local News


$540K Slashed - City Council Approves Budget

Meeting the wishes of the Oakdale City Council from an earlier meeting this month, City Manager Bryan Whitemyer laid out a revised city budget at the Monday, June 17 meeting that wasn't as aggressive in cuts and saving two firefighter positions that had been proposed for lay-offs.

June 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


First Responders, Students Train For The Unthinkable

On a weekday morning, two Oakdale Police patrol units respond to a call of a bomb threat at Oakdale Junior High School. When the officers arrive a fire alarm sounds. Within moments, gunshots ring out from the classroom area at the rear of the school, causing students to run.

June 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fundraiser To Benefit Arts Programs

Focus On…, a newly formed non-profit organization, is presenting a Cuban themed fundraiser, called "The Romance of Old Havana" on Saturday, July 27 from 6p.m. to 11p.m. to benefit arts programs in Stanislaus schools through the Boys and Girls Club Of Stanislaus County and the C.L.A.S.S. program through the Central California Art Association (CCAA)

June 18, 2013 | | Local News


Enforcement Effort Targets Distracted Drivers

Effective Monday, June 17, drivers in the greater Sacramento region who are observed texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone will be targeted in a special enforcement operation that will last through June 30. Thirty-seven local police departments and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will participate in the enforcement effort.

June 17, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Local News


First Responders And Students Train For The Unthinkable

On a weekday morning, two Oakdale Police patrol units respond to a call of a bomb threat at Oakdale Jr. High School. When the officers arrive a fire alarm sounds. Within moments, gunshots ring out from the classroom area at the rear of the school causing students to run.

June 15, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weekend Charity Carnival

The Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4500 River Road in Oakdale. The Carnival is a charity fund raiser that the Kjeldgaard family started in 2007 for an orphanage in Libera.

June 14, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Will See Tower Color Changed

In response to a June 12 Leader news article, AT&T representatives have contacted the Leader and the City of Oakdale and advised them that they will be changing the color of the recently constructed lime green faux water tank cell phone tower.

June 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Let The Donor Beware

You've cleaned out your closets as part of spring cleaning, or maybe you're left with clothing items that didn't sell at the latest garage sale. Donating the items to a charity for the less fortunate is a more likely alternative than just throwing them away, and besides, you can claim a tax deduction.

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Faux (Tower) Pas

Reminiscent of Petticoat Junction or Hooterville, the new faux water tower installed by AT&T greets travelers entering the city from the north along Highway 120 with "Welcome to the City of Oakdale."

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Discarded Election Assurances About Safety

It only took three months for City of Oakdale officials to go against the grain of its then recently passed sales tax measure designed to maintain public safety staffing levels.

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Another City Exec Gone

In an effort to make up a $1 million deficit in operating costs, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer confirmed Friday, June 7, that Human Resources Analyst Michelle McKinsey was given notice that her last day with the city will be June 30.

June 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Clean Green Yard Machines Opens New Funding Round

Back by popular demand, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's Clean Green Yard Machines program opened June 4 with more funding and more lawn mower options than ever before.

June 06, 2013 | | Local News


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Knights Ferry Fire Reported Contained

Cal Fire crews remain on the scene maintaining containment of the 19 acre fire in Knights Ferry just south east of the covered bridge and ...

July 19, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


National American Cowboy Day Observance Scheduled

The Oakdale Saddle Club and the Oakdale Cowboy Museum are joining forces for a special celebration. On Saturday, July 22, join them in observing the ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


County Fair Features Thrills, Chills, and Fun

A little more than halfway into its 10-day run, the Stanislaus County Fair has plenty to keep fairgoers busy, with non-stop fun running through Sunday ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


State’s Mutual Aid System Already Put To Summer Test

California's firefighting mutual aid system continued working at full speed this past weekend, sending firefighters and resources from across the state to join the ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Truck Hauling Cattle Crashes Into Oakdale Community Park

A Ford truck hauling a cattle trailer crashed into the still-under construction Oakdale Community Park in an afternoon accident on July 12.

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Pump Prices Stay Steady

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have not moved in the past week, averaging $2.78/gallon on July 16, according to GasBuddy's daily ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Never 2 Late Hits Friday Night Notes

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its traditional Concerts in the Park summer series every Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

July 19, 2017 | By AUTUMN NEAL Leader Correspondent | Local News


Local Run Club Hits the Tahoe Trail

It's an endeavor which many may find crazy, confusing or perhaps inspiring: 24 hours of trail running relay style in Lake Tahoe.

July 19, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


French Club Members Discover, Celebrate Canada

Oakdale High School's French Club has been fundraising to go on a trip for the past few years. That trip became a reality earlier ...

July 19, 2017 | by AUTUMN NEAL Leader Correspondent | Local News


State Transportation Funding Buoyed By New Senate Bill

The California Transportation Commission (Commission) has adopted guidelines to implement portions of Senate Bill (SB) 1. The Commission's actions for the State Highway Operation ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Senior Driving Course Set

Local senior citizens are encouraged to sign up now for the Age Well, Drive Smart senior driving course offered through the California Highway Patrol. State ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Fundraising Dinner

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Murphys Creek Theatre Offers Comical, Sentimental Production

Head out to the Murphys Creek Theatre this month and enjoy the comedy 'Over the River and Through the Woods' on stage, now through July ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Youths Ready to Merge

Local Christian youth groups and teenagers have been invited to fellowship with one another at a local event called The Merge. There, the church groups ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Fires Along Tracks Keep Crews Busy

Fire believed to have been sparked by a passing train ignited in several spots along the tracks running parallel to Patterson Road and Highway 108 ...

July 17, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


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