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Mayor Wants ‘Stronger Message’ Sent To Grand Jury

Calling the prepared response by City Attorney Tom Hallinan "soft," Oakdale City Mayor Pat Paul called for a consent agenda item regarding the city's response to the Stanislaus County Grand Jury to be pulled and opened for discussion at the Tuesday, Sept. 4 Oakdale City Council meeting.

September 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Stearns Area Residents Eager For Session

In a letter from Stanislaus County dated Aug. 24, Department of Public Works Director Matt Machado offered an apology to those Stearns Road area residents who were not notified of prior meetings regarding the North County Corridor Project.

September 12, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Solar Panel Proposal Lights Up Council Meeting

The Tuesday, Sept. 4 Oakdale City Council meeting – held a day later than usual due to the Labor Day holiday ‑ was highlighted with city officials discussing the likelihood of moving forward with a solar panel site at the wastewater treatment plant that is expected to dramatically reduce energy costs.

September 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Volunteer For Natural Bridges Cleanup, Trail Restoration

In celebration of National Public Lands Day and the annual Great Sierra River Cleanup, the Bureau of Reclamation's Central California Area Office will partner with the Tuolumne Resource Conservation District to host a recreation area cleanup and trail restoration event at New Melones Lake's Natural Bridges Recreation Area this Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9a.m. to 2p.m.

September 11, 2012 | | Local News


Patterson Man Awaiting Lifesaving Transplant

In 2010, while on vacation, Arthur Lopez, 53, began experiencing swelling and extreme fatigue. Upon returning home, he visited his doctor and was shocked to be diagnosed with stage-four nonalcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. Doctors say a liver transplant is essential to his survival, and he has been on the transplant waiting list for more than a year.

September 08, 2012 | | Local News


Fundraising Dinner Benefits Cancer Fighter

Mark the calendar and set aside some time to help out a local family in need this weekend.

September 07, 2012 | | Local News


Police Busy With Brazen Burglars

Oakdale Police are keeping busy following up on leads to identify the suspects in what looks to be two related brazen mid-day burglaries from Tuesday morning, Sept. 4.

September 06, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Response Agrees With Grand Jury Finding

In a very brief and to-the-point response drafted by City Attorney Tom Hallinan, the City of Oakdale will notify the Stanislaus County Grand Jury that it agrees with the four findings and all four recommendations from a report that criticized the actions of former councilman Jason Howard.

September 05, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Crews Wrapping Riverbed Restoration

Working in conjunction to reestablish salmon spawning and juvenile salmon rearing areas to the Stanislaus River at Honolulu Bar, Oakdale Irrigation District, FishBio, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Anadromous Fish Restoration Program (AFRP) have put in about $520,000 of shared cost into the habitat restoration project. OID and AFRP split the cost 50/50.

September 05, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Labor Day Weekend

Residents complained of a two-hour crawl on Monday, Sept. 3 as they attempted to return to Oakdale via Sonora on Highway 120/108 at the end of a long Labor Day weekend.

September 05, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Tractor Supply Enters Partnership For Television Show

Rural property owners never have a shortage of projects on their to-do list. With this in mind, Tractor Supply Company and GRIT magazine will team up to share their rural know-how in the new television show, "Tough GRIT."

September 04, 2012 | | Local News


Riverbank Girl Ambassador For Ripon Balloon Festival

Bring your family and friends and enjoy the largest hot air balloon festival in Central California! The 7th annual Color the Skies festival takes to the skies this Labor Day weekend, Sept.1-2, in Ripon. In a breathtaking ascent, the sky will fill with the color of 20 balloons during the carnival-like festival that donates all proceeds to Children's Hospital Central California.

September 01, 2012 | | Local News


COPS SEEK JUVENILE WEAPONS SUSPECT

Oakdale Police are in search of a known 17-year-old suspect who fled the scene leaving behind a sawed-off shotgun and ski mask after officers were called to the area of Stenson Drive and Branding Iron Street on Sunday, Aug 19.

August 31, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


The CHP Urges Safe Driving Over Labor Day Weekend

The three-day holiday is a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) for the CHP, beginning Friday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m. through Monday, Sept. 3, at 11:59 p.m. Throughout the MEP, all available officers will be on patrol cracking down on impaired drivers, speeders, and those who are a danger to themselves and others on the state's roadways.

August 30, 2012 | | Local News


Reform Of Youth Council Benefits City

With the loss of its volunteer coordinator and the inability to have a regularly scheduled meeting since June 2011, the Oakdale Parks and Recreation Department is restructuring its youth advisory commission into a youth council.

August 29, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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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


Civil War Battles Rage

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

March 25, 2015 | | 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


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


Report Card Issued For Caltrans Projects

Caltrans has published its third issue of The Mile Marker, a periodic reporting of areas where the department is excelling and where further improvement is needed.

March 17, 2015 | | Local News


OTVB Backs Off “Pioneer Perfect”

Following an afternoon press release by the City of Oakdale stating it had been "rumored" that the city was considering changing its slogan and had no intentions of doing so, the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau sent out its own Friday night statement that it would forego the launch of "Pioneer Perfect" and embrace the city's original motto "Cowboy Capital of the World."

March 14, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents View ‘Pioneer Perfect’ As Off Track

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 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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