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Manager Seeks Cost Recovery

Newly appointed Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer hit the ground running in ways to ease the city's financial woes. Whitemyer, only on the job since Feb. 4, announced that recent California Department of Finance rulings have allowed California cities to recover some of their costs lost with the dissolution of former redevelopment agencies and the administrative costs now associated with the successor agencies.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sweeping Returns

A constructive Oakdale City Council meeting on Feb. 19 saw the council voting to bring back street sweeping services to the city that had gone without since 2009.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oak Valley CEO Still Presses Obstetrics Closure

Despite two heated public forums on the matter where citizens and employees alike opposed closing Oak Valley Hospital's Obstetrics Unit, CEO John McCormick will be recommending shutting the department at the board of directors meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

February 26, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lawsuit Filed In Death Of Off-Duty Officer

The family of the late Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek, who was tragically killed on Nov. 8, 2012 when his Honda Accord was rear ended by a semi-tractor trailer on Highway 132 in Modesto, has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful death, negligence, and "survivor actions."

February 22, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fire Chief On Administrative Leave

The Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District placed embattled Fire Chief Steve Mayotte on paid administrative leave pending an investigation on Friday, Feb. 15.

February 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Approves Annexation List

A revised list of parcels for agricultural annexation was approved by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at its Feb. 19 regular meeting. The approval was for a total of 812.1 acres, owned by seven applicants, to be annexed. This item had been tabled at the prior OID meeting.

February 20, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Tempers Flare, Accusations Fly At Hospital Forum

What started as an orderly public hearing on Wednesday night, Feb. 13, turned into shouting, arguing, accusations, and name calling from the audience as the Oak Valley Hospital board hosted its first forum on the proposed closing of the hospital's obstetrics department.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Area Congressman Responds To State Of The Union Address

Residents reacted with a blend of optimism and uncertainty after President Barack Obama delivered the 2013 State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, Feb 12.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Rotary Club Eyes Gazebo Revamp

After putting in a gazebo at C.E. Wood Park at a cost of $30,000 for the City of Oakdale in 1990, the Oakdale Rotary Club is looking at overhauling the wood marquee in favor of wrought iron or some other substance due to the neglect and vandalism it has had to endure.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Arrest Made In Infant Death

Oakdale Police announced that they arrested Nichole Todd-Smith, 31, in connection with the death of her 44-day-old daughter from December 11.

February 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Arrest Warrant For Mom Of Meth OD Baby

Oakdale police have obtained a felony arrest warrant for the mother of a 44-day-old girl that died in December. Toxicology results returned in January showed the infant had a high level of methamphetamine in its system at the time of its death.

February 18, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weekend Fundraisers Aim To Aid Local Youngsters

On Saturday, Feb. 19 at Karate For Kids, 3342 Santa Fe in Riverbank, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a car wash and bake sale to raise funds for one of the Karate For Kids students who is in need of heart surgery. They are accepting donations in any amount for the car wash. While the supporters' cars or trucks are being washed they can enjoy some food and beverages that will be available, again for an unspecified donation amount. On the menu, they will have hot dogs, chips, cookies, baked goods and beverages. Everyone ...

February 15, 2013 | | Local News


Oak Valley Forum On Obstetrics Closure Impassioned

What started as an orderly public hearing on Wednesday night, Feb. 13, turned into shouting, arguing, accusations, and name calling from the audience as the Oak Valley Hospital board held its first forum on the proposed closing of the hospital's obstetrics department.

February 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Merchants Battling Blight

Hours after the Oakdale City Council on Monday night, Feb. 4 approved Police Chief Lester Jenkins' recommendation to remove the downtown benches in an effort to combat loitering by vagrants, city crews were out on North Third Avenue Tuesday morning unbolting and hauling away the benches for "refurbishing." With the benches now gone, downtown merchants await to see if the result is positive.

February 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID To Revisit Select Parcel Annexation

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors chose to table an action item regarding the list of selected parcels for annexation at its Feb. 5 regular meeting. The item will come back before the board at the Feb. 19 regular meeting. OID General Manager Steve Knell said the board wants to make refinements to the selection criteria for the annexation, possibly by implementing a variance to increase the available water for annexed lands.

February 13, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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McHenry Traffic Alert

Expect traffic delays in Escalon on Tuesday, Sept. 26 starting at 7 p.m. through Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 5 a.m., with work continuing ...

September 25, 2017 | | Local News


City Enjoys Celebration As Community Park Opens

It was a much anticipated day for many in the City of Oakdale. On Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 community members, city officials, honorary guests and ...

September 20, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Makes Choice: Prefers Alternative 1B

Oakdale's City Council on Monday night voted 4-0 in favor of their preferred alternative for the North County Corridor Project.

September 20, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Burns Heads Up OTA For 2017-18 School Year

Keith Burns isn't new to the education system.

September 20, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


River Effort Sees Quick Clean Up

Volunteers that turned out on Saturday morning to help with the annual river clean up found themselves working a much shorter shift than anticipated.

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Community Turns Out To Support Park Opening

From the morning ribbon cutting to music that lasted well into the evening, Saturday was a day of celebration for Oakdale, as the new Oakdale ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Library Foundation Meet

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Service Academy Info Night

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) will host a Service Academy Information Night on Thursday, Sept. 21 at Gregori High School in Modesto. This event ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Colorful Flair, Tasty Fare At International Fest

Dancers, musicians, and food booths of all types took up residence on the lawn area adjacent to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oakdale on ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Library, OID Endorsements

The Republican Party of Stanislaus County has announced its Endorsements of the Republican Candidates and Measures on the Nov. 7, 2017 ballot:

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Candidate Debate In Turlock

The Central Valley Democratic Club is hosting a debate on Wednesday, Sept. 20 among all of the declared Democratic Party candidates on the issues of ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


MJC Science Series Begins

Modesto Junior College's weekly Science Colloquium will kick off the fall semester series with the topic "Global Climate Change Update" presented by Richard Anderson ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


New Downtown Business Receives Great Response

Finding a little something special just got a bit easier for the Oakdale shopper looking to find fashion and style on a limited budget.

September 20, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Escalon First Baptist Hosting Bible ‘Walk-Through’

A five-session Bible "walk-through" covering both the entire old and new Testaments, from Genesis through Revelation, will be offered at Escalon First Baptist Church from ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Motorists Urged To Observe Watch Out For Wildlife Week

Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) remind motorists to remain alert for wildlife on roadways during Watch Out for Wildlife Week ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


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