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Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

As many look ahead to lazy mornings and summer schedules Oakdale High School's Dana McLain has other thoughts on her mind.

April 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

Monday night marked my fourth Oakdale Testicle Festival, taking me a long way from my first time as a newbie with only a few weeks on for The Leader, and an editorial staff of women (sans sports guy) when I was "chosen" to cover the annual event.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Reclamation Report: No Change In Water Allocation Status

The Bureau of Reclamation reports that, due to continued dry conditions, the initial 2015 water supply allocation released on Feb. 27 for Central Valley Project agricultural contractors and municipal and industrial contractors remains unchanged.

March 30, 2015 | | Local News


Runners Respond To Jessica’s Law Revisions

Jessica's Law authors George and Sharon Runner have responded to the recent decision by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to stop enforcing Jessica's Law residency restrictions statewide:

March 27, 2015 | | Local News


Museum Scholarship Offered

The Oakdale Cowboy Museum is proud to announce the 2015 Lowell C. "Doc" Dorius scholarship award to graduating high school seniors in the greater Oakdale area. This scholarship fund is in memory of Lowell C. "Doc" Dorius D.V.M. "Doc" had a passion for his profession and specialized in treatment of beef cattle and herd management. He took joy in mentoring young men and women on the care of cattle and they spent many hours with him making calls. A memorial scholarship was established through the Oakdale Cowboy Museum by friends and family after his passing in July of ...

March 26, 2015 | | Local News


Dried And Confused: Lunch Focuses On Water Rights

With California in its third drought year, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 42nd Annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon on March 19 brought in known attorney, Valerie Kinkaid, to discuss its chosen topic, "Three Major Threats to Water Rights."

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OTVB – What Direction Now?

With the recent shoot-down of "Pioneer Perfect," the Oakdale Tourism and Visitor's Bureau decided to finally "embrace" "Cowboy Capital of the World" as it continues its mission to develop and promote tourism for the City of Oakdale.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Opposes Fed Plan

With the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation planning to release significant water flows down the Stanislaus River during a time of continued drought in the area, the City of Oakdale took a stand and opposed the agency's planned actions, expressing serious concerns with its 2015 Drought Contingency Plan.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Panel Addresses Culture Of Violence In Schools

Audience members waited with bated breath as Oakdale Police Chief Lester Jenkins carefully formulated his answer on whether or not he personally believed that security personnel should be authorized to carry concealed weapons on school campuses.

March 25, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS | Local News


Civil War Battles Rage

Sometimes, the South won. Sometimes, the North prevailed.

March 25, 2015 | | Local News


Four Vying For Open Council Seat

The Oakdale City Clerk's office announced on Thursday, March 19 that four citizens applied and are being considered for the open city council seat vacated by Don Petersen last month.

March 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Aca Dec Team Journeys To State Competition

The glass appears to be half full as the Oakdale High School Aca Dec Team now heads to the state championships. As a result of winning the 35th Annual Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon, the team will represent Stanislaus County at the state level. The event will be hosted in Sacramento March 19 through 22.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Area Water Woes Linger As Irrigation Season Looms

Even as water began filling its canals this week, the Oakdale Irrigation District board discussed ways Tuesday morning to ensure there is enough to last until September.

March 18, 2015 | | Local News


Bond Refinancing Results In City Savings

Wearing a cowboy hat to reinforce his point, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pioneered the Monday, March 16 Oakdale City Council meeting, telling everyone that at no time the city was ever considering changing its 'Cowboy Capital' motto (see related story on this page).

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents Shoot Down Slogan

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Gas Station Robbed Over Weekend

Oakdale Police are investigating an armed robbery of the Valero gasoline station, 1590 East F St. from early Saturday, July 25.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Oak Valley Bancorp Reports Second Quarter Results

Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and Eastern Sierra Community Bank, recently reported consolidated financial results. For the three months ended June 30, 2015, consolidated net income available to common shareholders was $1,510,000, or $0.19 per diluted common share. This compared to consolidated net income of $1,526,000, or $0.19 per diluted common share, for the prior quarter and $2,537,000, or $0.32 per diluted common share for the same period a year ago.

July 26, 2015 | | Local News


Americans With Disabilities Passage Marks Anniversary

The day the Americans With Disabilities Act passed in 1990, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin delivered a speech from the Senate floor in a way most of his colleagues didn't understand.

July 25, 2015 | | Local News


Americans With Disabilities Passage Marks Anniversary

The day the Americans With Disabilities Act passed in 1990, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin delivered a speech from the Senate floor in a way most of his colleagues didn't understand.

July 24, 2015 | | Local News


Air District Training Workshop

The San Joaquin Valley Air District will hold a free training workshop on Tuesday, July 28 for enterprising individuals interested in being placed on the District's list of Registered Wood Burning Heater Professionals (RWBHP).

July 23, 2015 | | Local News


Tip Leads To Illegal Weapon And Marijuana

On Tuesday, July 21, Oakdale Police Detectives seized over 100 marijuana plants and a number of assault weapons after conducting a surveillance of a building on S. Sierra Avenue.

July 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Successful Run For Fair

Butterflies, midway lights, and daily concert nights were just a few of the many highlights as the Stanislaus County Fair celebrated its 104th year.

July 22, 2015 | | Local News


Senate Bill Could Affect Street Names

Fresh on the heels of the anti-Confederate hysteria that has swept the country following the heinous June 17 attack on a church in Charleston that killed nine, California state senator Steve Glazer of Orinda has jumped on the bandwagon and put forward a bill to ban the use of Confederate names for "schools, buildings, and other public facilities."

July 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Celebrate National Day Of American Cowboy

Oakdale is known as the Cowboy Capital of the World, so this weekend's observance of National Day of the America Cowboy should rope in plenty of participants.

July 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Concert Series Returns To River Oak Grace

The River Oak Grace Amphitheater will once again be alive with music from visiting musicians. On Friday, July 31 River Oak Grace Community Church will host Canadian Christian Rock group Hawk Nelson as they present the beginning of the 2015 Concert Series. Other bands scheduled to perform are I Am They on Aug.t 29 and Sanctus Real, Sept. 25. Tickets for the first and third performances in the series are $10 per person in advance or $15 per person at the gate. I Am They will be a love offering event.

July 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Approves Business Incentives

In an effort to attract new business in town, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, July 20 approved a program to provide grants to new businesses opening, or existing businesses expanding, within vacant store fronts.

July 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Vogel Earns Farm Bureau Endorsement For Assembly

Earlier this month, the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation (SJFBF) announced its endorsement of farmer and former County Supervisor Ken Vogel for the 12th Assembly District that covers portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. The seat is currently held by Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Modesto.

July 20, 2015 | | Local News


Community Forum On Homeless

An informational meeting regarding the homeless in Oakdale is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 and everyone in the community is encouraged to attend.

July 18, 2015 | | Local News


OID Leader Blasts State Water Board

Steve Knell, General Manager of the Oakdale Irrigation District called the state water board's attempt to restrict century-old water rights "a complete waste of time" Wednesday after the state partially rescinded thousands of curtailment orders.

July 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Locals Show Promise At County Fair

Somewhat mild temperatures following a temporary heat wave were a welcome surprise for organizers and attendees on Friday, July 10 as the first day for the Stanislaus County Fair. The annual event continues through Sunday, July 19. Carnival hours are 5 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday.

July 15, 2015 | | Local News


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