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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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Valley Home Students were recently acknowledged for their scholastic efforts at the Student of the Month assembly. Students honored were: Bryce Eskew, Derek Silva, Jamie ...

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Spooky Trekkers Walk

The Delta Tule Trekkers are hosting a fun "Spooky Walk" at Caswell Memorial State Park, 28000 Austin Road, Ripon, this coming Halloween weekend. Walks will ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

MJC Opens San Joaquin Blues Production On Stage This Week

The Modesto Junior College Theater Department presents San Joaquin Blues, an award winning original play about life in the mid-1960's in the Central Valley ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Meeting Offers Information On Pharmacy Tech Program

Modesto Junior College Workforce Development has scheduled a Pharmacy Technician Training Program information meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in John Muir ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Oakdale Animal Shelter Seeking More Volunteers

The Oakdale Animal Shelter, 9800 Liberini Avenue, serves Oakdale and Riverbank and they are in need of volunteers Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

K-9 Unit Keeps Busy With Searches, Arrests

Oakdale Police K-9 Officer Cruze had an active afternoon on Friday, Oct. 14 regarding two separate incidents. The result: two men in custody, both facing ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News


Sierra View Elementary school librarian Gwen Schmitt, left was recently joined by Kiwanis Club President Nanci Tougaw and Principal David Kindred in the school library ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

School Bus Safety Week

The school year is in full swing and so is the increase of school buses on our roadways. Over one million children in California ride ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Annual Jog-A-Thon Continues Strides Of Success

Weather proved to be the number one topic throughout Oakdale Joint Unified School District Elementary schools last week, as parents, administrators and teachers were faced ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Homecoming Powder Puff Battle Ends In Tie

The annual Homecoming week Juniors vs. Seniors powder puff flag football game took place on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Thousands of fans gathered to watch the ...

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News

Don’t Rain On Our Parade

Rainy weather arrived just prior to the start of the annual Oakdale High School Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon, with the parade stepping off a ...

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Chosen as the 2016 football Homecoming royalty were Homecoming Queen Deonna Osmundson, left, and Princess Grace Verdegaal, the two taking a moment to smile for ...

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News

Capital Projects, Budget Scrutinized At Session

As the city recovers its financial health, it will begin moving forward with some major street, water, and sewer projects, some of which had been ...

October 19, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

School Hosts Inaugural Junior High Color Run

Oakdale Junior High proved to be the most colorful OJUSD campus this past Friday, as the student body participated in an inaugural Color Run, hosted ...

October 19, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Council Selects New Police Chief

Twenty-year police veteran Scott Heller was named chief of police after he was unanimously approved by the Oakdale City Council prior to the start of ...

October 19, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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