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Sacrifices Pay Off For Rural Fire

Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District has achieved some financial security for the end of the fiscal year. Chief Lee Winton is in the process of saving for a rainy day; a reserve fund is something ORFD hasn't had.

For more details about how Rural Fire improved the bottom line, read the June 29 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

June 28, 2011 | | Local News


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


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January 18, 2017 | | Local News


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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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