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Rim Fire Sends Smoke To Valley Floor

The Rim Fire in Tuolumne County has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for smoke impacts in six Valley air basin counties: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno and Tulare, especially the foothill and mountain areas. The caution is in place through Labor Day weekend, when visitors will be traveling to the Sierra Nevada.

August 31, 2013 | | Local News


OTVB Administrator’s Email Continues To Draw Heat

An email criticizing Councilman Farrell Jackson's position on not banning alcohol in city parks remains in the forefront as some business officials attempt to distance themselves from a correspondence they described as "a personal attack" and "personal vendetta."

August 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Conservation Corps Members Called In To Service

More than 400 young men and women of the California Conservation Corps are working 16-hour shifts supporting firefighters throughout California, according to the CCC Foundation.

August 29, 2013 | | Local News


FEMA Funds Available For Rim Fire Fight

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California combat the Rim Fire currently burning in Tuolumne County.

August 28, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Saddle Club Aids Fire Evacuation

With area fire crews battling one of the biggest wildfires in recent years, members of the Oakdale Saddle Club are supporting the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse and Animal Control staff with the evacuation of livestock in threatened areas.

August 28, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Donations Needed For Firefighters

As firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, local collections are gathering much needed items for them.

August 28, 2013 | | Local News


Park Alcohol Ban Feud Spreads

Oakdale's rising civil war over the decision to ban city park drinking has risen to other battlegrounds as two former city council candidates with opposing views exchanged shots, both contending their statements, criticized by the other, were made as private citizens and not part of the official city-related roles they now hold.

August 28, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Park Alcohol Ban Feud Spreads

Oakdale's rising civil war over the decision to ban city park drinking has risen to other battlegrounds as two former city council candidates with opposing views exchanged shots, both contending their statements, criticized by the other, were made as private citizens and not part of the official city-related roles they now hold.

August 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Crime Stopping Cuisine Food And Wine Tasting

Come to the annual Crime Stopping Cuisine Food and Wine Tasting on Friday, Sept. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Peterson Hall, 720 12th St. in Modesto.

August 22, 2013 | | Local News


Citizens Speak Out On Park ‘Drunkards’

An agenda item at the Aug. 19 Oakdale City Council meeting on a proposal to prohibit city park drinking brought out public comments by several residents, some spirited, in support of the ban.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


‘Negative Outlook’ Removed From City Bond

After the city's sewer enterprise bond rating took a beating last year from Moody's Investor Services and being downgraded, the financial firm announced on Friday, Aug. 16 that it had removed the "negative outlook" tag attached to the sewer bond.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Taste Of Oakdale On The Horizon

The rousing aroma of delicious dishes will fill the air at the Gene Bianchi Community Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27 when the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's Fifth Annual Taste of Oakdale opens its doors at 5 p.m.

August 21, 2013 | | Local News


Son Arrested In Pettit Homicides

With a history of being a security guard with a license to carry a firearm and reported past boasting of phantom employment within the fire service, it may not be surprising that Brandon Pettit, 25, was arrested in connection with the murder of his parents. The bodies of his mother and father were discovered after an Aug. 8 house fire in Modesto.

August 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


First Air Alert of season scheduled to begin Monday

In order to prevent the valley air basin from exceeding critical 1-hour ozone levels, local air officials are declaring the season's first Air Alert, to begin Monday, Aug. 19 and continue through Wednesday, Aug. 21.

August 17, 2013 | | Local News


Senior Center Taking Steps To Maintain Financial Health

With its funding severely slashed in the city's tough financial times, resourceful seniors are keeping their center afloat with fundraising activities, donations, and volunteering their time.

August 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Road Closure Notification

The City of Oakdale announced Friday morning that a road closure due to construction is planned for all day Friday, Aug. 18.

August 18, 2017 | | Local News


Annual Taste Of Oakdale Showcase Arrives Aug. 29

A highlight of summer, and the chance for local businesses to showcase their food and beverages, the annual Taste of Oakdale hosted by the Oakdale ...

August 16, 2017 | | Local News


Filing Deadlines Extended For November Elections

Deadlines are looming today, Aug. 16, for a number of races in the November election where no incumbent filed for the position.

August 16, 2017 | | Local News


Sutter’s Fort Offers Hands On History

Continuing a popular series of fun and interactive "Hands on History" activities offered each month, Sutter's Fort State Historic Park and Friends of Sutter ...

August 16, 2017 | | Local News


Caltrans Career Fairs Aim To Fill Vacancies

Caltrans is hiring, looking to fill more than 1,100 open positions, and is hosting career fairs statewide to attract potential employees.

August 16, 2017 | | Local News


Pump Prices Move Higher

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.81/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

August 16, 2017 | | Local News


Education Office Plans Livestream Of Solar Eclipse

A view from a solar telescope will provide live footage of the upcoming eclipse from the San Joaquin County Office of Education Campus in Stockton.

August 16, 2017 | | Local News


Biblical Historical Tour To Israel And Jordan

A Biblical and historical study tour to Israel and Jordan is scheduled to depart from San Francisco on Nov. 25, 2017. The 14-day Biblical journey ...

August 16, 2017 | | Local News


Videos For Sea Safety: A Girl Scout’s Project

It's fairly common to hear about young men's efforts in their Eagle Scout projects. It is, however, less common to hear about Girl ...

August 16, 2017 | By AUTUMN NEAL Leader Correspondent | Local News


Community Briefs

Summer Concert Series

August 16, 2017 | | Local News


Sheriff’s Department Identifies Suspect, Deputy In Shooting

Detectives continue to investigate the officer involved shooting that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 6 in Knights Ferry. The deputy involved in the shooting has been ...

August 10, 2017 | | Local News


AND THE BAND PLAYED …

Members of the Oakdale Community Band came out for National Night Out and played familiar tunes, much akin to those heard in Disneyland and at ...

August 09, 2017 | | Local News


StanCOG’S “Big-Picture Look” At Transportation In The Valley

Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) is looking to improve the quality of life valley-wide.

August 09, 2017 | By AUTUMN NEAL Leader Correspondent | Local News


Last Call: Local Business Is Brewing

There's something big brewing on the south end of town and it's not coffee.

August 09, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


City Faces Permanent Water Chlorination

If you live within the city limits and you think there's something stinky coming out of the tap - your nose isn't lying.

August 09, 2017 | By KIM VAN METER Special To The Leader | Local News


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