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Fair Changes Impact Oakdale Exhibitors

Changes were made to this year's Stanislaus County Fair, one of them being that the fair's date was moved to take place sooner in the month since the California State Fair did the same. However, even though the county fair dates were adjusted, there is still overlap with the state fair. In some cases, it worked out for some exhibitors to show at both fairs, but not for all of them.Oakdale FFA advisor Ed Hartzell stated that the overlap in dates especially affected breeding beef exhibitors, causing the junior exhibitors to have to make a choice to ...

July 21, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


City Fire Q&A On Budgets, Changes

With the new fiscal year in full swing, The Oakdale Leader thought it would be prudent to sit down with Oakdale City Fire Chief Michael Botto and find out how the city fire department is weathering the budget crisis and how the changes might affect the community. (Answers may have been edited for content.) What structural changes within the department will be made to accommodate the FY Budget 2010-11? BOTTO: We have reduced our administration staffing from two full-time chief officers and one half-time executive secretary to two part-time chief officers and one full-time executive secretary. Division Chief/Fire Marshal ...

July 21, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Communities Rocked By Tragic Loss

Four men, known for their deep and abiding friendship that spanned decades, were killed when their boat capsized in heavy surf off Point Reyes National Seashore, Wednesday, July 14 during an annual fishing excursion with a tight-knit group known as the "Oakdale Offshore Fishermen."Coast Guard crews pulled the bodies of Henry Medrano, 62, of Riverbank, and Melvin Cox, 67, of Imboden, Arkansas (formerly of Riverbank) from the frigid water while the body of boat pilot Ronald Fuentes, 65, of Riverbank, washed ashore Thursday morning and skipper of the 24-foot yellow-hulled boat, Jack 'Jackie' Taylor, 62, also from Riverbank was ...

July 21, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Group Seeks To Renew ‘Lost Youth’ Plaque

An idea for a plaque to memorialize Oakdale's "Lost Youth" originated in 1990 by families who had grieved the loss of their own children and wanted to memorialize all the young people in the area who had passed so they would not be forgotten.The plaque lists the names of young people in the Oakdale school district - Oakdale, Valley Home, Knights Ferry, and Waterford areas - who had lost their life, for any reason, before the age of 26.Oakdale residents Shannon Trent, Jackie Rankin, and Shirley Watson, who have been involved since its inception, are trying to revitalize the ...

July 21, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Community Blood Drive Scheduled This Month

On Friday, July 30 the Oakdale Leader and Riverbank News team up to sponsor the Oakdale Community Blood Drive for Life to be held at the Gene Bianchi Community Center between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.All registered donors will be treated to fun, live music, complimentary meal, candy from Sconza, event T-shirt to the first 100 donors and drawings for gifts from local merchants all day long.Delta Blood Bank provides all blood products to local hospitals and also contributes where possible to needs outside the local area, including disaster relief efforts. Here's why they ...

July 15, 2010 | | Local News


FFA, 4-H Clubs Prepare For Fair

Local 4-H and FFA members are washing and grooming their animals, canning fruits, decorating cakes, and working on sewing projects to exhibit at the upcoming Stanislaus County Fair, which runs July 16-25.That's just to name a few things that the young fair exhibitors are doing to prepare. There's a lot involved in getting ready for the fair. Along with Oakdale FFA, there are several 4-H clubs - Sierra, River Oaks, Valley Home, Orange Blossom, and Shooting Stars - that typically have members representing myriad projects at the fair. As usual, Oakdale will have a number of livestock exhibitors at ...

July 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Former Mayor Garcia Passes

Former Oakdale Mayor Elmo Garcia, 74, died Tuesday, July 6 with his family at his side after a long and courageous battle with cancer.He was born and raised in Oakdale to Pablo and Micaela Garcia. He attended Oakdale schools.By the age of 21, Mr. Garcia was already showing his commitment to the City of Oakdale when he assisted with forming Oakdale's first Police Reserves. He obtained the rank of Captain for three years and was a member of the reserves for 10 years.In his early 30s, he was elected to the Oakdale City Council, serving from ...

July 15, 2010 | | Local News


OID Vents Delta, Tri-Dam Concerns

The Oakdale Irrigation District's water counsel Tim O'Laughlin spoke to the Board of Directors at the regular July 6 meeting about the status of Delta issues regarding water rights and uncontrolled, unregulated, and possibly illegal diversions there. O'Laughlin's talk was part of an agenda item about possibly responding to a June 2010 editorial about "Delta attacks" in the San Joaquin Farm Bureau News penned by its Executive Director Bruce Blodgett.

The OID directors voiced their displeasure with the editorial.

July 07, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Holiday Hectic For Region

There were no drownings, no major accidents and no fires in the Oakdale area but there was still plenty going on as heavy traffic clogged roadways and police chased down drunk drivers and busted criminals right and left during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

July 07, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Alternative Education Buildings Removed

An empty lot remains where two portable classrooms had stood together for many years at the Alternative Education location on the corner of Hinkley Avenue and G Street, just west of Oakdale High School. The two portables were approximately 25 years old and were recently removed to make way for three newer relocatables from Oakdale Junior High School, which are no longer needed due to the completion of permanent classroom buildings there.

June 30, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Local Family Participates In Television’s Wife Swap

A family who live the lifestyle of 1840s pioneers, including traditional roles for men and women, swapped with an Oakdale family obsessed with modern technology whose mom, Heather Logan, is the breadwinner, on "Wife Swap," which aired Friday, June 25 on the ABC Television Network.

June 30, 2010 | | Local News


Holiday Closures, Fireworks Scheduled

The Fourth of July falls on a Sunday this year, which means many locations will also be closed on Monday, July 5 for the holiday observance.

All Oakdale city offices will be closed on July 5. There will be no mail delivery that day, banks ad businesses have the option of closing. The Oakdale Leader office will be closed on Monday as well.

June 30, 2010 | | Local News


Budget Approved, District Faces Deficit

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees approved the 2010-2011 proposed budget at the regular June meeting. Trustee Mike Tozzi was absent.

June 30, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Students Learn By Doing At Art Day Camp

In an art studio tucked into the countryside of Oakdale, 12 young art students are learning about various art mediums while developing their self-esteem at an art day camp.

June 30, 2010 | Krista Anderson Special To The Leader | Local News


Budget Woes - City, Police Near Impasse

Negotiations remain ongoing but representatives of the Oakdale Police Officers' Association (OPOA) have revealed that the membership unanimously rejected the city's last, best and final offer, sending negotiations in the direction of an impasse as the June 30 deadline looms.

June 30, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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Knights Ferry Fire Reported Contained

Cal Fire crews remain on the scene maintaining containment of the 19 acre fire in Knights Ferry just south east of the covered bridge and ...

July 19, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


National American Cowboy Day Observance Scheduled

The Oakdale Saddle Club and the Oakdale Cowboy Museum are joining forces for a special celebration. On Saturday, July 22, join them in observing the ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


County Fair Features Thrills, Chills, and Fun

A little more than halfway into its 10-day run, the Stanislaus County Fair has plenty to keep fairgoers busy, with non-stop fun running through Sunday ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


State’s Mutual Aid System Already Put To Summer Test

California's firefighting mutual aid system continued working at full speed this past weekend, sending firefighters and resources from across the state to join the ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Truck Hauling Cattle Crashes Into Oakdale Community Park

A Ford truck hauling a cattle trailer crashed into the still-under construction Oakdale Community Park in an afternoon accident on July 12.

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Pump Prices Stay Steady

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have not moved in the past week, averaging $2.78/gallon on July 16, according to GasBuddy's daily ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Never 2 Late Hits Friday Night Notes

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its traditional Concerts in the Park summer series every Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

July 19, 2017 | By AUTUMN NEAL Leader Correspondent | Local News


Local Run Club Hits the Tahoe Trail

It's an endeavor which many may find crazy, confusing or perhaps inspiring: 24 hours of trail running relay style in Lake Tahoe.

July 19, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


French Club Members Discover, Celebrate Canada

Oakdale High School's French Club has been fundraising to go on a trip for the past few years. That trip became a reality earlier ...

July 19, 2017 | by AUTUMN NEAL Leader Correspondent | Local News


State Transportation Funding Buoyed By New Senate Bill

The California Transportation Commission (Commission) has adopted guidelines to implement portions of Senate Bill (SB) 1. The Commission's actions for the State Highway Operation ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Senior Driving Course Set

Local senior citizens are encouraged to sign up now for the Age Well, Drive Smart senior driving course offered through the California Highway Patrol. State ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Fundraising Dinner

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Murphys Creek Theatre Offers Comical, Sentimental Production

Head out to the Murphys Creek Theatre this month and enjoy the comedy 'Over the River and Through the Woods' on stage, now through July ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Youths Ready to Merge

Local Christian youth groups and teenagers have been invited to fellowship with one another at a local event called The Merge. There, the church groups ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Fires Along Tracks Keep Crews Busy

Fire believed to have been sparked by a passing train ignited in several spots along the tracks running parallel to Patterson Road and Highway 108 ...

July 17, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


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