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Residents Air Out Concerns Over Pond Mud

A public meeting on July 21 filled the Oakdale Library with more than 70 concerned citizens regarding the potential spreading of by-product rinse mud dredged from the ConAgra facility's aerated ponds to be used as soil amendments on 13 farmland and orchard properties throughout the local area owned by Oakdale farmer John Brichetto.

Con Agra spokesperson Bob Kula reported that there are three ponds on the site but it is one pond that is relevant to this issue. The pond is 20 feet deep and, he said, has about 10 feet of solids in it and that the tomato ...

July 29, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


ORFD Deputy Chief Ready For Change

Five years ago, a young captain with years of tactical experience and a solid head on his shoulders was tapped, along with a then-administrative secretary, to assume the helm of the Oakdale Rural Fire District upon the retirement of long-time chief Bill Houk.

It was a temporary measure aimed at saving the beleaguered district much-needed cash until a fire initiative could be passed for an infusion of additional funds.

July 29, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Cowboy Capital Sign Welcomes Visitors

Visitors entering Oakdale from the South will now notice a new welcome sign, one that clearly identifies this as the city that is the 'Cowboy Capital of the World.'
The sign is at the same location as the original sign, on South Yosemite near the Oakdale Recycling Center.
"The Cowboy Museum received many suggestions following the Cowboy Capital of the World Contest last year stating that Oakdale should have a sign indicating that we're (still) the Cowboy Capital of the World," explained Cowboy Museum Executive Director Christie Camarillo. "A committee was formed and in February of this year, Director ...

July 22, 2009 | | Local News


OID Tunnel Project Bid Awarded

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors voted unanimously at their July 21 meeting to award the bid for the South Main Canal and Tunnel improvement project to the lowest bidder, which is Magorian Mines Services of Auburn. OID General Manager Steve Knell said that because of the "tight" bids he expected that bid protests would be filed by the competing bidders.
Magorian submitted a bid for $5.26 million, while the next lowest bidder was Sierra Mountain Construction of Tuolumne County, which came in with $5.38 million. The next bid was Johnson Western Gunite with $5.43 million ...

July 22, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Junior Exhibitors Prep For Fair

The countdown to the county fair is on. Oakdale's FFA and 4-H members are getting their project displays ready, checking the weights of their market animals, practicing showmanship, and getting their equipment together. The Stanislaus County Fair runs July 31 through Aug. 3.
Oakdale High School FFA member Presley Gravatt is taking a market lamb named "Elvis," three Suffolk breeding sheep, and a dairy replacement heifer - a pregnant Holstein named "Lola" - to this year's fair.
One of Gravatt's Ag teachers, Bob Joseph, recently weighed Elvis so that she would know how close she's getting with the ...

July 22, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Wildland Fire Threatened Homes

A 21-year-old woman suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital after she attempted to extinguish the flames threatening her home as a 20-acre wild land fire between Liberini Avenue and River Road burned trees and grass Sunday, July 12.

July 15, 2009 | | Local News


Public Meeting Set On Ag Spreading

Stanislaus County Department of Environmental Resources will host a meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21 at the Oakdale Library, 151 So. First Ave., Oakdale to consider: A request to issue a Stanislaus County Food Processing By-product Use permit to ConAgra Foods for the land application of food processing by-products.

July 15, 2009 | | Local News


Leadership Group Gets Public Safety View

A group of six community members enrolled in the Leadership course sponsored by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce took a day to get an up-close and personal view of the issues inherent to public safety by spending a day with the police department, Thursday, June 25.

July 08, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Presale Movie Night Fundraiser Tickets

Support your local Oakdale Gator swim team and take your family out to an evening at the movies by buying presale movie night fundraiser tickets for Ice Age 3 and Transformers 2, showing Thursday, July 9 at the Oakdale Theater. Tickets are $7 and they must be purchased in advance.

July 02, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Dorada Park Gazebo Dedicated

Con Agra Foods, a long time major employer in Oakdale, recently donated $15,000 to the City of Oakdale for a gazebo to shade the bandstand in Dorada Park.

July 01, 2009 | | Local News


Fire Agencies Urge Caution

The promise of hot temperatures and a Fourth of July holiday that lands on a Saturday has fire agencies gearing up for a busy - and fun - holiday but warn that being caught with illegal fireworks could result in fines that range from $500 to $5,000.

July 01, 2009 | | Local News


CHP Plans Special Enforcement Period

As motorists prepare to head out onto the highway for some summer fun this Independence Day, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is doing its part to help keep the fireworks where they belong … in the sky. And with some advance planning, the CHP hopes this can be a safe celebration for everyone.

July 01, 2009 | | Local News


Concerns Linger Over Corridor

Plenty of people turned out at the neighboring Riverbank Community Center on June 15 for a meeting on the North County Corridor State Route 108 East Route Adoption. At an estimated several hundred, there were probably more than the California Department of Transportation expected and they were without microphones, so it was virtually impossible for the organizers to direct the confused gathering.

June 24, 2009 | John Branch | Local News


OID Discusses 10-Day Rotations

The Oakdale Irrigation District is considering going to 10-day rotations in July. Water Operations Manager Kevin King told the Board of Directors that it's expected for temperatures to be high this week and the district may provide one or two 10-day rotations, then will go back to 12-day rotations.

June 24, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


City Budget Hearing Continued

The public hearing regarding Oakdale's 2009-2010 budget has been continued until Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m.

June 19, 2009 | | Local News


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February 22, 2017 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Violent Storm System Impacts Roads, Homes

Tree limbs came crashing down, power outages were reported, fences were damaged … the latest storm system to blow through the region left quite a mess ...

February 22, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Artists Display Talents At Local Event

Valley art enthusiasts were treated to a break from bad weather over the weekend, as Valley Art Association hosted its Annual 'Fall Carriage Art Show.'

February 22, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Tune In And Tune Up Event Slated Saturday

Free smog repairs are possible for those attending the Saturday, Feb. 25 Car Clean-Up Event in Stockton, with $500 vouchers available for repairs.

February 22, 2017 | | Local News


Focus On Safety For Night Driving

Though fewer cars are on the road at night than during the daytime, driving at night is still dangerous. In fact, the National Safety Council ...

February 22, 2017 | | Local News


Modesto Junior College Presents Screening Of Resilience Documentary

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a screening of the documentary film 'Resilience' on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 ...

February 22, 2017 | | Local News


Skinnovations Establishes Business Presence In Oakdale

Thirty minute commutes are now a thing of the past for Nikki Chiverrell. Chiverrell, a Licensed Cosmetology Esthetician (LCE), Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) and Holistic ...

February 22, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Square Dance Workshop Set

Calling all square dancers: Even if you haven't danced in some time, all are welcome to come and visit the Skirts 'n Flirts group ...

February 22, 2017 | | Local News


Program Honors Students Succeeding Despite Challenges

For the 12th consecutive year, the Stanislaus Association of School Administrators (ACSA) Charter, along with the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE), Mocse Credit Union ...

February 22, 2017 | | Local News


Community-Supported Ag Day Highlights Resolutions

If your New Year's resolutions about healthy eating are already in the rearview mirror, you're not alone, but you still have time to ...

February 22, 2017 | | Local News


Astoria Schedules Specialized Programs For Dementia Support

A Virtual Dementia Tour and an Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregiver Support Meeting are both planned on a regular basis at Astoria Senior Living, 700 Laurel ...

February 22, 2017 | | Local News


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February 22, 2017 | | Local News


Recognition Program Honors UPS Drivers For Safety

UPS, United Parcel Service, recently announced that 172 elite drivers from California are among 1,575 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an ...

February 22, 2017 | | Local News


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