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Reptiles Visit Library

Lizards, snakes, a big, hairy spider, and an extra-large cockroach were found in the front room of the Oakdale Library on June 5 – much to the delight of library visitors.

June 18, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID ‘Very Good’ Financially

The financial condition of the Oakdale Irrigation District is in "very good" shape, according to the district's auditor Brian Nash of Richardson and Company.

June 18, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Local Realtors Express Fury With City

Learning of the city's move to go with Prudential Commercial Real Estate of Modesto to list the Downtown Hershey Building caused Oakdale real estate agents to voice their ire towards city officials at a monthly Realtors meeting at the Oakdale Country Club on Thursday, June 12. In return, the city has reversed its decision to contract with Prudential Commercial Real Estate and will now reintroduce the item at Monday's June 16 city council meeting.

June 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program? Part II – Second Amendment In The Crosshairs

(Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part piece. Part 1 was featured last week)

June 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Cooling Centers Officially Open As Temperatures Creep Into Triple Digits

Due to extreme temperatures expected today, the City of Oakdale has offered the Gladys L. Lemons Senior Community Center at 450 East A St. as a cooling center. The center will remain open until 6 p.m. today for anyone needing such assistance.

June 09, 2014 | | Local News


Richard Paloma to appear on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM today at 4pm

Oakdale Leader reporter, Richard Paloma, will be appearing on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM on the Dave Bowman Show today at 4:00 pm. Paloma will be discussing his article from today's Leader on firearm seizures by the DOJ.

June 04, 2014 | | Local News


Visitors Bureau Focusing On Public Market

With the goal of taking the weekly farmer's market and making it into an area known public market, the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) along with Roger Brooks of Brooks International, recently completed a day-and-a-half community workshop at the Gene Bianchi Community Center to improve tourism to the city.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City’s Proposed Budget Presented To Council

Because the Measure O sales tax enhancement carries the city through March 2015, the preliminary 2014-2015 budget presented by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer at the Monday, June 2 city council meeting didn't foresee any service cuts.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program?

(Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part special series.)

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


No 10-Day OID Rotations

"In light of drought and continuing water conditions," the Oakdale Irrigation District will forgo 10-day irrigation rotations for the 2014 water season, which will also leave some water in the district's "conservation account" at New Melones Reservoir, said OID General Manager Steve Knell at the June 3 regular meeting of the OID Board of Directors.

June 04, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Denham Announces Mobile Office Hours, Locations

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced Mobile District Office Hours for the month of June, with stops planned in Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon.

June 02, 2014 | | Local News


OTVB Focusing On Public Market

With the goal of taking the weekly farmers market and making it into an area known public market, the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) along with Roger Brooks of Brooks International, completed a day-and-a-half community workshop at the Gene Bianchi Community Center to improve tourism to the city.

May 31, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Traffic Impacts Due On Highway 99

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform various road construction and maintenance activities on State Route 99 (SR-99) from French Camp Road to SR-4/Crosstown Freeway. No two consecutive ramps will close at the same time.

May 30, 2014 | | Local News


Focus On Skin Protection For Summer Months

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month – and summer is quickly approaching. While this is a time of year when many Californians look ahead to lazy summer days at the beach or pool, it is essential to remember to protect yourself. Skin cancers are rapidly on the rise, and an estimated 1 in 5 Americans can expect to be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. In the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined and the incidence of skin cancers jumped 77 percent between 1992 and 2006 alone. According to Tim Turnham ...

May 29, 2014 | | Local News


Market Gears Up For Summer Run

The Oakdale Farmers Market is seeing a few changes this year. In addition to moving the Market to Wednesday nights and extending the hours just a bit, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., visitors will notice a huge change when they visit. The closure of E Street will allow market goers to safely browse all that the market has to offer. With this small closure it allowed organizers to move things around and get produce stands and other food offerings out of the sun.

May 28, 2014 | | Local News


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Senate Bill Focuses On Veterans’ Tax Benefits

A proposal sponsored by George Runner to protect California's disabled veterans cleared the Assembly this week with unanimous, bipartisan support, and now awaits action by Governor Jerry Brown.

August 21, 2014 | | Local News


Hensley/ Menge Earn Coveted Spot Among Elite Crew

In March, SMART Exemplary Educators were invited to attend the 2014 SMART Summit to be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada from July 20-26. There was a written, as well as video portion to the application. The 2 minute video was on the applicant's "SMART Breakthrough Moment" and was posted on social media sites for public voting. In mid Spring the two educators were among the 76 notified from 17 countries that they were selected for the all expense paid, week long trip. Among those 76 were Amanda Hensley, sixth grade teacher of Sierra View Elementary and Danessa Menge, Seventh ...

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Sweepstakes Sweetheart - District Teacher Has Winning Year

The 2014 year is proving to be one 'winning' year for Danessa Menge. The Oakdale Junior High English teacher was featured in The Leader pages on Aug. 13 as one of 70-plus selectees for a recent SMART summit, a once described 'dream' experience for an educator.

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Approves Fire Service Transfer

After putting finishing touches on a fire contract to have the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District assume fire service for the City of Oakdale and transfer its existing fire personnel to become employees of the district, the Oakdale City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to approve the handover, which is expected to become effective Sept. 1.

August 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Rate Hike Study A ‘Go’

Oakdale Irrigation District directors moved a step closer Tuesday morning to raising agricultural water rates for the first time in three decades. Next, it will be up to the district's 2,900 customers to vote on whether they agree to pay significantly more for their water.

August 20, 2014 | | Local News


Fresh Made Fun

Just a couple more weeks remain for the city's Farmers' Market, offered each Wednesday night in the downtown area.

August 20, 2014 | | Local News


Survey Shows Continued Gas Price Decline

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.75/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.45/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

August 19, 2014 | | Local News


New Public Safety Center Groundbreaking

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Adam Christianson along with other State and Local Officials in Stanislaus County are going to break ground for the historic $113 million public safety center expansion and the public is invited to attend.

August 14, 2014 | | Local News


ADA Information Workshop Aimed At Businesses

All local business owners are encouraged to attend a workshop focusing on ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance, set for Thursday, Aug. 14 in Escalon. A second session is scheduled in Manteca.

August 13, 2014 | | Local News


Fire Raging In Riverbank

An early morning multi-alarm fire in Riverbank has caused extensive damage to a couple of businesses along the main corridor through town.

August 13, 2014 | | Local News


Three Open Seats – Only Three File For Office

Residents of Oakdale will be voting for mayor and to fill two City Council seats during the November 2014 election. Since the filing period to run for office opened on July 14, only three individuals announced their intentions to run for elected office.

August 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Suspect From Oakdale Shooting Tied To Waterford Fatal Hit and Run

A gang member wanted in connection with a July 14 shooting in Oakdale was arrested by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Authorities say he is also suspected in the hit-and-run death of Oakdale resident Blake Barry, 20, in Waterford from December of last year.

August 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Riverbank Homicide Suspect Sought In Area

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Detectives are investigating the homicide of a 59-year-old man who was found dead in the front yard of a house in the 3700 block of Texas Avenue in Riverbank on Tuesday night, Aug. 5.

August 07, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale's Measure Y Argument Unopposed On November Ballot

Oakdale City Clerk Kathy Teixeira's office advised the 'Yes on Measure Y Committee' that no arguments in opposition were filed with her office by the July 17 deadline. In addition, no rebuttals to the argument for the measure were filed by the July 29 deadline.

August 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Not Aware Of FAA Complaint

Despite airport items on recent agendas, the Oakdale mayor and city council members claim they were not advised of an April complaint letter from the Federal Aviation Administration and the city's May 5 response letter. Some of the agenda items approved by the council even included a quarterly street sweeping contract and $16,000 lighting upgrade to bring the airport up to standards addressed in the complaint.

August 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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