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Fun Fest A Springtime Hit

It's an event that draws the community in droves and with good reason, much like the Halloween parade, the Kid's Fest and Safety Fair is all about the kids.

April 23, 2014 | Kim Van Meter Special to the Leader | Local News


November Initiative - City Wants Tax On Ballot

Fearing a 17 percent cut in city services with the loss of current Measure O funds, the Oakdale City Council on Monday night voted 4-1 in favor of requesting the county to place an initiative basically extending the current sales tax measure another five years on the November ballot.

April 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Stanislaus Consolidated Chief Appointed

The search to lead the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection ended when the district's board voted 4-0 and announced the appointment of its new fire chief, Randall Bradley, at its April 10 meeting. He will be paid $157,000 per year to lead the department.

April 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


State Route 99 Enforcement Effort

The majority of collisions in the Central Division that end in death or injury begin with a speeding or aggressive driver. To address this issue, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has embarked on a yearlong, lifesaving endeavor to reduce the frequency of these collisions.

April 17, 2014 | | Local News


High-Flying Rodeo Success

From the nearly perfect weather to well-attended events throughout the week, Oakdale's 63rd annual PRCA Rodeo culminated with a fast-paced weekend of competition. All Around champion at the Oakdale Saddle Club-sponsored rodeo was Elko, Nevada resident Dakota Eldridge. He earned the title and the championship buckle, finishing in the money in both steer wrestling and tie down roping.

April 16, 2014 | | Local News


Saturday Parade Kicks Off Rodeo Weekend

The final event in nearly a week of festivities before the start of the actual rodeo, Saturday morning's parade along F Street through downtown Oakdale draws dozens of entries and hundreds of participants.

April 16, 2014 | | Local News


Join In Kids Spring Fest Saturday

Weather forecasters are calling for sunny skies and temperatures peaking in the 80s on Saturday, picture perfect for some egg hunting and fun.

April 16, 2014 | | Local News


REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK – One Greenhorn And 464 Cowgirls

I have to admit, this is my first experience with Rodeo Week due to usually taking anniversary vacations in April during my time here at The Leader.

April 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Screening Of ‘Chasing Ice’ Planned

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a screening of the documentary film "Chasing Ice" on Thursday, April 17, at 7p.m. in Forum 110 on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. This is the final event of the CEP Spring Film and Lecture Series and admission is free. Campus parking is available for $1 in student parking lots.

April 15, 2014 | | Local News


Reclamation Increases Stanislaus River Flows

Beginning on Monday, April 14 the Bureau of Reclamation began increasing releases from Goodwin Dam into the Stanislaus River to benefit Stanislaus River steelhead and San Joaquin River Chinook salmon. Goodwin Dam is located downstream from Tulloch Dam and New Melones Dam and Reservoir, features of the Central Valley Project.

April 14, 2014 | | Local News


Emergency Dispatchers Recognized For Service

You may be in the midst of a chaotic moment, a health crisis, or even worse and the three numbers that come to mind to call in the emergency are 9-1-1. The people answering the phones are highly trained professionals who may calmly give direction on what to do, or perhaps give life-saving instructions. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) honors the brave men and women you do not see who are behind the scenes. National Public Safety Telecommunicators week is April 13 – 19 and it is a chance to give thanks to the men and women on the other end ...

April 11, 2014 | | Local News


Computer Classes Legislation Gets Committee Nod

Assemblymembers Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, and Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, have announced that AB 1764, a bill that would encourage districts to expand computer science courses in high schools, has unanimously passed the Assembly Committee on Education.

April 10, 2014 | | Local News


Hundreds Turn Out To Love Oakdale

From one end of the community to the other, volunteers fanned out to attack overgrown lawns, clean up alleyways, spruce up planter boxes, help their neighbors and, just generally, Love Oakdale.

April 09, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Plethora Of Issues - Council Addresses Issues, Brennan Offers Apology

Plenty of action items for the Monday, April 7 Oakdale City Council meeting saw a proposal that the city half-cent sales tax be extended for another five years, a narrowly passed move to purchase water conservation software, opposing public comments on the Valley View River Access Trail, and a questionable apology by a city councilman regarding comments made in a recent Oakdale Leader article.

April 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


MJC Hosts Poetry Reading

The Modesto Junior College Visiting Author Series will host a poetry reading by Patricia Smith and June Sylvester Saraceno on Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30p.m. in the Music Recital Hall on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. The event is free and open to the public.

April 08, 2014 | | Local News


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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


County Fair Serves Up Family Fun

The fun continues daily at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, with concerts, fun on the midway, food, displays and more.

July 16, 2014 | | Local News


Blue Star Mothers Group Forms Locally

When Emmy McDaniel's son Clayton joined the Navy after graduating from Oakdale High School in 2013, she became one of many parents who are part of a special group, facing uncertainty as she waits to find out where his career takes him.

July 16, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Domestic Dispute Turns Into Barricaded Subject

Oakdale Police responded to a reported domestic disturbance on Old Bluff Court Thursday night, July 10 at 5 pm that resulted in the eventual arrest of one of the involved residents for kidnapping and false imprisonment.

July 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Landscape, Lighting - Questions Prompt Assessment Delay

A series of questions presented by residents regarding Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District (LLMD) assessments for Burchell Hill, Bridle Ridge, and The Vineyards developments resulted in over an hour of dialogue at Monday night's Oakdale City Council meeting. The final result was a 4-1 vote to delay the agenda item until those questions could be answered.

July 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Record Crop Predicted For Almond Growers

The Almond Board of California reported on Tuesday, July 1 that the state should expect a record harvest for this fall's crop. Based on 860,000 bearing acres – nearly 900 orchards – in the state, the California Almond objective forecast for the 2014-2015 crop is 2.10 billion meat pounds, an all-time high.

July 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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