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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


Sidewalk Project Riddled With Bureaucracy

The mayor, public works personnel, and the senior citizen advisory commission all want to put in a reasonably priced sidewalk at the northwest corner of A Street and Yosemite Avenue. The only hold-up seems to be what is described as "bureaucratic red tape" if the city is involved.

June 15, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


All Church Picnic And Concert

The Oakdale Family Church of the Nazarene will hold a fundraiser picnic and concert Sunday, June 12 to raise funds to send 12 Oakdale youths to the Nazarene Youth Conference in Louisville, Kentucky from July 5-10 for fellowship and to learn of the transformational power of God. Thousands of students from all over the United States and Canada will be attending.

June 10, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Joplin Journey - Group Lends Helping Hand

A contingent of Oakdale citizens has been in Joplin, Missouri for the past week, helping the town recover from a devastating tornado that happened just over two weeks ago.

June 08, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Sales Tax Initiative Prepped For Ballot

Meeting late into the night on Monday, June 6, Oakdale City Council members were part of a session that included several hours of discussion, finger pointing, and pleading over the possibility of the city going forward with a special sales tax measure. In the end, whether "begrudgingly" or "cautiously," the council unanimously approved going forward with the initiative and will ask the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors to place on the November 2011 ballot a vote for a half-cent sales tax increase over a three-year period.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Banking On Jail Booking Payments

As Gov. Jerry Brown continues pushing his tax plan toward the end of the fiscal year, Oakdale bean counters are closely watching the status of the state's vehicle license fee extensions as they are finalizing city budgets.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weather Cooperates For Farmers Market Opening

After several days of unstable weather, the sun did its June duty and came out to kick off the first evening of the Oakdale Certified Farmers Market on Thursday, June 2.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Big Draw - Annual Senior Information Day Meets With Success

The 11th annual Senior Information Day, held at the community center, Friday, June 3 drew a respectable crowd of senior citizens interested in learning about the newest services available and topics affecting their age group.

June 08, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Has Clean Audit

The Oakdale Irrigation District got a clean bill of health from the independent auditor Brian Nash of Richardson and Company. The OID Board of Directors heard Nash's report at its June 7 meeting and then unanimously approved the district's 2010 comprehensive annual financial report. The board also approved the 2010 annual financial report for OID improvement districts.

June 08, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Tight Lines - City Critters Come To The Country

During the past week, three separate incidents popped up that focused my attention on wild critters right in the middle of a city environment. First, I happened to be perusing the newspaper and came across an article about a rattlesnake being killed in someone's garage right in the middle of town. Rattlers in town? The State Capitol maybe, but a small town in central California? Hooda thunk it?

June 08, 2011 | Don Moyer | Local News


Oakdale Group Helps Joplin Residents

Dozens of Oakdale residents recently caravanned to Joplin, Missouri taking supplies and their helping hands to make a contribution toward tornado relief efforts. Members of the Oakdale Family Church of the Nazarene and Gilton Solid Waste Management employees have been in Joplin since June 2. Find out more about what they've been doing in Joplin in the June 8 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

June 07, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Sales Tax Survey Results On Council Agenda

The results of an ad hoc committee's sales tax study is set to be presented at the June 6 Oakdale City Council Meeting.

In May, the council commissioned Godbe Research of San Mateo County to perform a survey on the viability of the tax initiative that would raise the sales tax in Oakdale.

June 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Robbery, Assault Mar Memorial Day Weekend

The Memorial Day holiday weekend was busy with the usual traffic logjam heading up and from the Sonora pass through the heart of Oakdale and while there were no serious traffic accidents with only two minor crashes with property damage, and only two DUI arrests, there was plenty to keep officers on their toes.

June 01, 2011 | | Local News


ORFD Questions Division 1 Coverage

When hard times hit, budget scrutiny is the norm so it was no surprise when Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District Board members brought up the troubling confusion that surrounds the area known as Division 1 North and exactly, who is paying for their fire service coverage.

June 01, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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Library Is Designated Cooling Center

Oakdale Public Library officials are reminding local residents that the library at 151 S. First Ave. is a designated cooling center for the community.

June 23, 2017 | | Local News


Life Jacket Giveaway Friday

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department has received a grant from the California State Department of Health "Kid Plates" of 300 children sized life jackets ...

June 22, 2017 | | Local News


Total Of 65 Acres Burned In Ferry Fire

Crews were on scene at what Cal Fire listed as the #OrangeFire off Sonora and Orange Blossom roads on Wednesday for several hours, containing the ...

June 22, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Knights Ferry Acreage Blackened

Fire crews from multiple agencies were attacking a fast-moving multi-acre fire near Knights Ferry on Wednesday afternoon, June 21.

June 21, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Extreme Heat Prompts Market Closure

The weekly Oakdale Farmers Market normally schedule for Wednesday evenings has been cancelled for this evening, Wednesday, June 21.

June 21, 2017 | | Local News


OID Finalizes Annexation To Add 10,000-Plus Acres

Oakdale Irritation District (OID) recently completed an annexation deal that was in the works for several years, adding 10,476 acres to the district's ...

June 21, 2017 | By KIM VAN METER Leader Correspondent | Local News


Woodward Drowning Claims Modesto Man

A 51-year-old Modesto man, identified by Stanislaus County officials as John Nelson, drowned at Woodward Reservoir on Monday afternoon. Several 9-1-1 calls were received at ...

June 21, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Proposed Pot Ordinance Depends On Prospects

What can cannabis do for Oakdale?

June 21, 2017 | By KIM VAN METER Leader Correspondent | Local News


Bone Marrow Donation Helps Brazilian Youth

One truly never knows when their words or actions may have an effect on another's life. One such lesson was recently lived by Oakdale ...

June 21, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Rescue Teams Busy As River Dangers Remain

The higher than normal rainfall season that we had this past winter has officially removed us from being in a drought situation; however, it has ...

June 21, 2017 | Virginia Still | Local News


Trio Of Oakdale Athletes Qualify For Junior Olympics

The annual Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Region 22 Qualifier was hosted at Riverbank High School this past week. The prestigious youth event is normally held ...

June 21, 2017 | | Local News


Oakdale Golf & Country Club

Flag Day – One best ball red, two best ball white, three best ball blue.

June 21, 2017 | | Local News


All-Star Football

Tis the season for All-Star football games in the Valley and the State Champion Oakdale Mustangs are riding into them. This past week Cullen Bearden ...

June 21, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

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June 21, 2017 | | Local News


Stueve Family Settles In At Bloomingcamp Ranch

It's the type of story one might hear two cowboys sharing over an early morning cup of coffee.

June 21, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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