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Fatality Closes Highway

A deadly broadside collision involving a motorcyclist just before 5 p.m. on Friday, May 16 closed Yosemite Avenue at East E Street in downtown Oakdale and had the thoroughfare closed for nearly three hours.

May 21, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Crowds Gobble Up Festival Fun

After several days of near triple-digit temperatures, Mother Nature cooperated with pleasant weather for the 22nd Annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival.

May 21, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hershey Building On Market

After sitting vacant for nearly two years, the city-owned Hershey Visitors Center building was the focus of the Oakdale City Council at its meeting on Monday, May 20 when it decided to put it on the market for either lease or an outright sale.

May 21, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Voluntary Drought Initiative Aims To Protect Salmon, Steelhead

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries has announced a Voluntary Drought Initiative designed to protect populations of salmon and steelhead from the effects of the current unprecedented drought.

May 19, 2014 | | Local News


Fatal Accident Closes Main Road

A deadly broadside collision involving a motorcyclist right before 5 p.m. on Friday, May 16 closed Yosemite Avenue at East E Street had the thoroughfare closed for nearly three hours.

May 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OTVB Bringing Marketing Expert For Workshop

The Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau (OTVB)will be hosting a one-and-a-half day community workshop at the Gene Bianchi Community Center with featured speaker and facilitator, Roger Brooks later this month, on May 29 and 30.

May 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Equalization Chairman Applauds Assembly Action

California State Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton issued this statement upon passage of BOE-sponsored Assembly Bill 2681 (Dababneh) out of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation on May 13.

May 15, 2014 | | Local News


Leader Reporter Takes Film Festival Award For Screenplay

With the curtain falling at the Sacramento International Film Festival on Sunday, May 4 and winners of the event announced at a special gala that evening on the Sacramento Delta King in Old Sacramento, Oakdale Leader reporter Richard Paloma was announced as the winner of the Best California Screenplay for his script, The Beach Club.

May 14, 2014 | | Local News


On Patrol With B-Squad

Recently I was invited to ride along with the Oakdale Police Department on a random shift to experience a night on patrol and the unique things that come with patrolling the Cowboy Capital of the World. I took up the offer for a Friday night shift on May 9.

May 14, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Head On Fatal Near Knights Ferry

An early morning accident May 13 near Knights Ferry was still under investigation at press time on Tuesday, with CHP and emergency crews on scene of the fatality on Highway 120/108 in the area known as Lovers Leap near Lancaster Road east of Oakdale.

May 14, 2014 | | Local News


Public Offered More Time To Comment On Transportation Plan

The deadline to provide comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) associated to the Stanislaus Region's 2014 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) has been extended 15 additional days.

May 09, 2014 | | Local News


Christianson To Head State Sheriffs Group

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014 the California State Sheriffs' Association held its 120th Annual Conference Installation Banquet in San Luis Obispo County. The CSSA announced as its new president, Sheriff Adam Christianson of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.

May 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Drops Idea Of Contracting Dispatch

Moments after receiving a proclamation honoring National Police Week by the Oakdale City Council at its Monday, May 5 meeting, Police Chief Lester Jenkins was called to defend his department from additional cuts in response to inquiries regarding the possibility of contracting out dispatching services.

May 07, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weekend Win

Oakdale's Double Trouble Volleyball Club continues to roll as the 13's team placed first in their fourth and final league tournament over the weekend in Atwater. They will now be advancing to the Regional Championship Tournament May 17 and 18 in Sacramento at the Sacramento Convention Center.

May 07, 2014 | | Local News


OID Moves Ahead With Paulsell Costing

By a 3-0 vote, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved moving forward with developing a cost estimate for a conceptual engineering plan for water service to the Paulsell Valley. The action came at the May 6 regular meeting. Director Steve Webb was absent and director Al Bairos was absent until after action items were complete.

May 06, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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Council Kept Out Of Loop On FAA Complaint

Despite airport items on recent agendas, the Oakdale Mayor and City Council 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 01, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Invasive Species Action Week Kicks Off

The inaugural California Invasive Species Action Week is scheduled Aug. 2 through Aug. 10. The goal of Action Week is to promote public awareness of invasive species issues and to encourage public participation in the fight against California's invasive species and their impacts on our natural resources.

July 31, 2014 | | Local News


FAA Investigating Complaints About Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration San Francisco Airports District Office has informed the City of Oakdale it has received complaints that the Laughlin Road airport may be violating portions of its grants assurances sections as it applies to the condition and operation of the facility.

July 30, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Burchell Hill Hosts National Night Out

The Burchell Hill neighborhood and park will serve as the primary Oakdale city location for this year's 31st Annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

July 30, 2014 | | Local News


OTVB Names New Administrator

A new face with new enthusiasm and drive will be taking over as administrator for the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) after the departure of Ramona Howard who left the organization to pursue other career interests.

July 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Successful Run Concludes For 2014 County Fair

Midway lights, great food bites, and daily concert nights were just some of the many highlights as the Stanislaus County Fair celebrated its 103rd year.

July 24, 2014 | | Local News


Council Boosts Fees

A Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District (LLMD) agenda item on fee increases that prompted lengthy discussion at the previous meeting, and eventually delayed the vote until questions could be answered, was approved at a relatively brief Monday, July 21 Oakdale City Council meeting.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Water Plan Finalized

With California water regulators having voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, the City of Oakdale must now come up with a conservation plan for its residents and 7,000 water customers.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Breaking Bread, Breaking Ground

At a ceremony on July 15, Oakdale Joint Unified School District officials broke ground for the new 5000-square foot steel structure that will be the Central Kitchen. This will be the first of a handful of projects spearheaded by the Facilities Committee.

July 23, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


No Felony Charge For Death Of Off-Duty Officer

After the end of a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, May 20, Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Ricardo Cordova determined there was not enough evidence for Jose Hermosillo to stand trial for a felony count of manslaughter in the November 2012 death of off-duty Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek.

July 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale To Finalize Conservation Plan

With California water regulators having voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, the City of Oakdale must now come up with a conservation plan for its residents and 7000 water customers.

July 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Senate Resolution Recognizes Service Of Auxiliaries

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), co-chairs of the Senate Military Family Caucus, on Thursday introduced a resolution recognizing the patriotism and contributions of veterans service organizations (VSO) known as women's auxiliaries.

July 17, 2014 | | Local News


Swift Follow-Up By Police In Weekend Crimes

The man wanted in connection of the rape of a teenaged girl was spotted and arrested on the grounds of Oakdale High School Tuesday night, July 15.

July 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Statue Capstone Unveiling Celebrates Cowboy Day

The Oakdale Garden Club along with Project Coordinator Dan Holman will be hosting a champagne reception at the unveiling of the recently installed capstones surrounding Oakdale's famous "Yesterday Is Tomorrow" cowboy statue in front of the Oakdale Cowboy Museum on Saturday, July 26 at 12:30 p.m. The unveiling and reception are open to the public.

July 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Business Development Center Continuing Its Success

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with the City of Oakdale and Oakdale Chamber of Commerce operates an enhanced program to assist entrepreneurs and existing businesses in the City of Oakdale by providing no-cost one-on-one professional business consulting and low-cost business training programs.

July 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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