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Newsworthy Final Six Months Of Year

A swift-running river, bad news for schools in terms of state funding, and an increase in gang activity all found their way on to the front pages of The Leader during the latter half of 2011. Following are some of the top stories, July to December.

January 04, 2012 | | Local News


Battery Ingestion Harms Toddler

Jaden Mayfield was doing what probably any two-year-old boy would do one afternoon when he found something shiny …he put it in his mouth. Little did he or his family know that his age-appropriate curiosity would turn into a long hospital stay.

January 04, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


California Rings In New Laws For 2012

The New Year brings fresh opportunity and challenges for most people but it also brings new laws for everyone to abide by. More than 800 laws will go into effect. Some laws directly affect your day-to-day, others not so much, but it's a good idea to know what's legal and what's not. Here is a small list of some of the more talked-about laws that will go into effect.

January 04, 2012 | | Local News


Locals Not Affected - Sears Holding Company Announces Store Closures

Although the list posted at the Sears Holding Company website is still not completely updated, the Oakdale Kmart and Sears locations seem to have escaped the chopping block as they are not among the 80 stores slated for closure throughout the country.

January 04, 2012 | | Local News


Redevelopment Decision Prompts Review

Oakdale city officials are scrambling to action after the California Supreme Court upheld the state's right to dismantle redevelopment agencies across the state in a Dec. 29 decision. The Supreme Court also ruled that an alternate strategy, which some were calling "ransom payments," was unconstitutional. This decision leaves the City of Oakdale scrambling to meet a four-month deadline to ensure repayment of around $1.5 million owed by the RDA to city held funds.

January 04, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Scarves For Seniors

Several Orange Blossom 4-H club members, in contributed photo at side, made approximately 110 scarves in December to contribute to the Oakdale Police Department's senior outreach program coordinated by CAPS (Citizens Auxiliary Police Services) member Lupe Aguilera.

January 03, 2012 | | Local News


Crime Scene Investigator Killed In Hughson

Sheriff Adam Christianson announced Friday morning, Dec. 30 that the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office lost a crime scene investigator while she was investigating an active crime scene in Hughson.

December 30, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oakdale Evaluates Retail Potential

Looking to capitalize on existing opportunities, members of the Oakdale City Council have approved spending $16,000 of Redevelopment Agency money to fund a retail business study.

December 28, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Wetland Treatment Project Completed

A new wetland treatment system, the first project of its kind in the Oakdale Irrigation District, is in its final stage and getting the finishing touches at the Union Slough on V.A. Rodden land between Crow Road and Ellenwood, south of Claribel.

December 28, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID Constructing New Wetland

The Oakdale Irrigation District is in the final stages of a wetlands and water treatment project. In the contributed photo at side, OID workers excavate material in an area of the project so a concrete spillway can be constructed on the central berm of the wetland. This is to prevent erosion of the berm if storm water flows exceed the capacity of the pipe and water goes over the spillway.

December 27, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


4-Hers Paint Holiday Windows

Members of Orange Blossom 4-H club recently painted the windows of Oakdale Feed and Seed for the Christmas holiday. Farmer Santa on his tractor being pulled by his "reindeer," also known as farm animals, supply the main theme for the windows. A cowboy snowman also appears.

December 23, 2011 | | Local News


Business Improvement District Topic Of City Council Debate

The Oakdale Tourism Business Improvement District (BID) was the topic of lengthy debate at Monday night's Oakdale City Council meeting. New potential appointments, the lack of a spending report, and confusion over BID funds were all hotly debated in the public meeting.

December 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


OID Directors Make Decision On Fringe Parcel Policy

After a year of investigating, interviewing and discussing, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously decided to adopt a policy on "fringe" parcels in an action at the Dec. 20 regular meeting.

December 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Annual Donation Aids Children’s Shelter

Oakdale's Children's Crisis Center Guardian House has been helping children when they need it most since 2002, but now they are getting some help to keep their doors open.

December 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Kids Get Busy Raising Money For Relay

Preparations for the Oakdale Relay For Life 2012 are under way, and this year children of all ages are taking the initiative to raise funds. From selling homemade crafts to collecting spare change, Oakdale kids are finding plenty of ways to help out.

December 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


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Caltrans Prepares For Winter Storm Systems

Caltrans' crews statewide are preparing for the next round of winter storms and will be working 24/7 monitoring state routes and keeping roadways open ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Learning To Prevent DIY Project Injuries

Thousands of people try their hands at do-it-yourself home improvement projects every year. Whether working indoors or outdoors, wearing safety gear and exercising caution is ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Did You Know?

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January 18, 2017 | | Local News


How To Improve Alertness During The Workday

A long workday can be both mentally and physically draining. As a result, office workers and professionals whose jobs are more physically demanding than office ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Foods To Boost Energy Levels

Diet can go a long way toward increasing or lowering energy levels. No one wants to consume foods that will make it harder for them ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Public Information Meeting On San Joaquin River Bridge

Members of the public are invited to a Public Information Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26 to visit exhibits and discuss the retrofit planned for the ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Contractors License Board Offers Flood Repair Advice

As property owners look to make repairs after a series of severe storms pounded northern California, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is offering advice ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Veterans Advisory Commission

The Stanislaus County Veterans Advisory Commission meets the fourth Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. This month's meeting will occur on ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Car Clean-Up Event Set

Are you a San Joaquin Valley resident? Have you owned your car for six months? Does your car fail emissions testing? If so, join Valley ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Nationwide Pump Prices Seeing Downward Trend

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.64/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Storm Water Collection Effort Sought By Denham

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) recently re-introduced H.R. 434, the "New Water Available To Every Reclamation State Act" (New WATER Act) to authorize ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


World Peace Rose Garden Pruning Event Set Jan. 24

All are welcome to attend a 'Rose Pruning Collaboration' at the Stockton Police Department Ambassador World Peace Rose Garden on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 1 ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


State’s Fish And Wildlife Department Recruiting Volunteers

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is currently seeking applicants for its Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) in the Sacramento Area.

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Junior Achievement And Service Nominees Feted By Chamber

Each year, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce honors members of the community for Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Junior Achievement, Community Service ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Merzon Tapped For Cal-Hi Coach Of The Year Honors

After 17 years at the helm of the varsity football Oakdale Mustangs, head coach Trent Merzon has been recognized at the state level for his ...

January 18, 2017 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


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