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Rural Fire District Laying Off Personnel

The Oakdale Rural Protection District is tightening its belt and making changes that, according to rural chief Lee Winton, have been long overdue.

February 17, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Rotary Clubs Recognize Public Service Standouts

For the seventh year running, a selection of Oakdale's finest public service employees received the red carpet treatment Tuesday evening, Feb. 9 at the awards dinner event held at the community center, hosted by the dual Rotary Clubs of Oakdale.

February 17, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Community Mourns Loss Of Antinetti

Longtime Oakdale educator and administrator Pam Antinetti died Friday, Feb. 5 after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer. She was 66.

February 10, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID Revisits New Office Location

The Oakdale Irrigation District has grown out of its office space and the issue has been an ongoing topic of discussion for the past few years. The district office currently leases office space at a neighboring property to accommodate the water department staff members for irrigation and domestic water. The district's Board of Directors discussed the district office's need to expand and possibly relocate at the Feb. 2 regular meeting.

February 03, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


School Board Must Cut $1.5M

Trustees for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District met Jan. 25 to discuss how to cut $1.5 million from the 2010-2011 budget during a special budget workshop. District staff said that cutting that amount from the budget will leave the district in good shape for cash, even in declining revenues.

January 27, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Drinking Water Risk? New Player Surfaces In Pond Mud Saga

A public meeting on Jan. 20 for a new, second permit filed to spread the remainder of Con Agra's byproduct pond mud onto rural Oakdale properties brought out less than a dozen people, including the presenters, but a new player is now in the mix.

The South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSJID) owns the Woodward Reservoir on the outskirts of Oakdale, which is bordered on the east side by portions of land listed on the permit that shed water to the reservoir.

January 27, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Promotion Pins: Oakdale Fire Honors Retirees

When retiring Oakdale City Fire Captain Gary Cortes made his farewell speech at the special promotional and retirement ceremony at Station II on Tuesday, Jan. 19, a person would have to have been made of stone not to feel something as the famously stoic man admitted with a tearful glitter that he didn't quite know how to put a cap on 30 years of service.

January 27, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Billboard Reminds Public Of Reward In Ross Case

On July 4, 2006, around midnight, 28-year-old Joseph 'Joey' Ross was stabbed to death while walking home from his business in the City of Oakdale. The Oakdale Police Department has pursued and exhausted all investigative leads and his murder remains unsolved.

January 27, 2010 | | Local News


Hershey Injury Ruling Announced

Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager announced that a resolution was reached with Hershey Chocolate and Confectionery Corporation "Hershey" arising from a March 24, 2007, incident at their Oakdale factory. The 'People' agreed to dismiss the pending criminal case against 'Hershey' in which Hershey was charged with violating Labor Code Section 6425(a), in exchange for a civil resolution pursuant to California's Unfair Competition Law, Business and Professions Code Sections 17200, et seq.

January 27, 2010 | | Local News


Six Troop 42 Scouts Earn Eagle

Six young men in Boy Scout Troop 42, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Oakdale 2nd ward, were honored and awarded the rank of Eagle Scout recently in an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony.

January 20, 2010 | | Local News


OID Scrutinizes Fringe Parcels

Oakdale Irrigation District's Board of Directors and OID General Manager Steve Knell held a lengthy discussion about the district's need and plans to limit water availability for out-of-district contracts and the use of OID water on lands outside OID boundaries at the Jan. 19 regular meeting.

January 20, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Record Attendance For Chamber Awards

It was a night of humble tears, joyous laughter, and appreciative smiles on Friday, Jan. 15 as the 64th annual Oakdale Chamber of Commerce awards dinner boasted record ticket sales and the community braved the chilly weather to celebrate and honor the community's best.

January 20, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Local Blood Drive Aids Two Firefighters

Rain, wind and less than desirable road conditions were not enough to keep people away from, of all things, donating blood.

January 20, 2010 | | Local News


Service Day: Volunteers Clean Up Community Garden

It was cold and wet, windy and dismal but the weather didn't dissuade a handful of people from participating in the first - and hopefully annual - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of community service on Monday, Jan. 18 at the Oakdale Community Garden and adjoining hiking trail on the north side of the city.

January 20, 2010 | | Local News


Oakdale Teen Reaching Goals, Dreams

He joined the Cub Scouts when he was eight years old and worked his way up through the ranks, earning merit badges and, according to his mom, maturing and learning to stretch and grow beyond his comfort zone.

January 13, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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CAL FIRE Urges Caution This Memorial Day Weekend

With most of California expecting mild weather conditions over the holiday weekend, CAL FIRE urges everyone to be cautious and not let their guard down ...

May 26, 2017 | | Local News


Crews Urge Caution For Memorial Day

This weekend marks the unofficial start to the summer, and it is a three-day holiday weekend for many, with Memorial Day being observed on Monday ...

May 24, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Annual Chocolate Festival Draws Thousands To Town

For the Central Valley, the weather in the third week of May is a wild card - you get either rain or shine - and this year ...

May 24, 2017 | By KIM VAN METER Special To The Leader | Local News


Gas Prices On The Rise Along With Temperatures

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 12.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.95/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


Delays Due On Roadways

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the eastbound and westbound State Route 4/Crosstown Freeway connector ramp to northbound Interstate 5 for construction ...

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


Irish Society Hosts Gathering For Eugene Commemoration

California Irish gathered for the first commemoration for the Great Irish Hunger on Saturday, May 20 at the California Irish Hunger Memorial, in Eugene, California ...

May 24, 2017 | By GEORGE TRAINOR Special To The Leader | Local News


Silver Anniversary Chocolate Festival A Gem

The heat may have been a little more than festival attendees would have liked, but that didn't really deter anyone from making the most ...

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


State Capital Features Family Fun With Fair

Excitement, anticipation and exhilaration await attendees of the 81st annual Sacramento County Fair.

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


Tea Time Fundraiser Planned To Aid In Stowe’s Cancer Battle

Betsy Stowe has long been known throughout the community as a giver; now she's due her turn.

May 24, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Community Briefs

Speechtrain Session

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


Celebrate All Military This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is celebrated each May to commemorate the people who died in service of the United States of America.

May 24, 2017 | | Local News


Farmer’s Market Arrives With ‘Soft’ Opening Night

Oakdale's downtown Farmer's Market is now open; running every Wednesday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. along North Third Avenue ...

May 17, 2017 | | Local News


Housing Project Info Session May 17

Visionary Home Builders of California (VHB), Stockton's non-profit housing specialist, will be hosting an informational meeting to discuss the vision of their new project ...

May 17, 2017 | | Local News


American Veterans First Outfits Vet With ‘Wheels’

Waiting for the new Stanislaus Veterans Center at Sylvan Avenue and Coffee Road in Modesto to open, holding on to a walker, was World War ...

May 17, 2017 | Virginia Still | Local News


Open Road Calls OHS Alum From California To Costa Rica

Anthony Trujillo always knew he wanted to do something memorable once he completed college.

May 17, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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