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California Producers Earn USDA Grants

USDA Rural Development California State Director Janice Waddell recently announced and congratulated 15 recipients of Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program funds. The nearly $2 million in grants awarded will help California cooperatives, farmers, ranchers and other small businesses develop and expand new value-added products.

November 02, 2016 | | Local News


House Speaker Ryan Rallies In Valley For Denham

With a hotly contested race for the Valley's 10th Congressional District, Republicans are banding together as House Speaker Paul Ryan came to Modesto on Thursday, Oct. 27 to spur local campaign staff and supporters for incumbent Congressman Jeff Denham.

November 02, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


DATEBOOK

Datebook lists upcoming events in and around the Oakdale area.

November 02, 2016 | | Local News


Everybody Loves A (Halloween) Parade

It was the traditional Halloween Parade and Festival for Oakdale on Monday, Oct. 31 as the city, in cooperation with the Oakdale Kiwanis Club and several other community and business supporters, put on the festivities. Along with a parade along G Street, there was food, games, music, candy and fun for the young trick-or-treaters in the early afternoon, before they hit the streets to go door-to-door for some more sweet treats. Following are some photos from the festive event.

November 02, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


MUSIC IN MOTION

Oakdale High School band members as well as the color guard maintained the tradition of leading the way for ghouls, goblins, super heroes and princesses alike during the Annual Halloween Parade and Festival on Monday evening, Oct. 31. The annual event is hosted by the City of Oakdale in partnership with Kiwanis Club of Oakdale.

November 02, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Annual Knights Ferry Pumpkin Roll Sunday

This year marks the 53rd annual Pumpkin Roll to be held in historic Knights Ferry on Sunday, Nov. 6. It is always held on the first Sunday after Halloween.

November 02, 2016 | | Local News


Cruz Saluted For 50 Years Of SIO Service

The year 1966 may feel like a lifetime ago to some. The past 50 years much has changed about the world. While the political climate still leaves many to ponder, there is no disputing many of the changes and their effects on the world at large.

November 02, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Election Day Looms With Few Local Races

Voters go to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 8 in the Presidential General Election, with a few local races of note as well.

November 02, 2016 | | Local News


Heller Set At Helm Of Police Department

In his first week at the Oakdale Police Department, newly appointed Police Chief Scott Heller hit the ground running, meeting with city officials, department staff, and members of the Oakdale community in his first few days on the job.

November 02, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Crosstown Big Fix Postponed

The weekend closure of the eastbound State Route 4/Crosstown Freeway scheduled for this weekend has been postponed due to inclement weather.

October 28, 2016 | | Local News


State Duck Stamp Dollars Support Waterfowl Population

It might seem incongruous for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to fund a habitat restoration project located somewhere outside of California. Yet, doing so is a very important part of biologists' efforts to protect and manage the approximately five million waterfowl that winter in California annually – and is a very important use of the conservation dollars provided by waterfowl hunters.

October 26, 2016 | | Local News


State Gas Price Falls Faster Than Average

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 5.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.56/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.21/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

October 26, 2016 | | Local News


Wildlife Activities Scheduled At Various Spots In November

Coming up on Saturday, Nov. 12, plan to make time to enjoy the Stanislaus River Salmon Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 17968 Covered Bridge Road in Knights Ferry. The free event will feature fly casting, interactive exhibits and CDFW law enforcement officers will be present to answer questions. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/srsfest or call (209) 403-1046.

October 26, 2016 | | Local News


Fall Art Show Winners Announced By Society

Members of the Oak Valley Art Society, which includes residents from Oakdale, Riverbank, Escalon and beyond, hosted its Fall Art Show on Oct. 15 and 16 and recently announced the winners of the competition.

October 26, 2016 | | Local News


Red Ribbon Observance Urged By Highway Patrol

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recognizes Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31, as an excellent opportunity for families to have lifesaving conversations with their children about drug use. The Red Ribbon Campaign, organized by the National Family Partnership, is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation.

October 26, 2016 | | Local News


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New Cannabis Businesses Face Tax Responsibilities

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the cannabis cultivation tax and excise tax will take effect. Cannabis businesses need to be aware of the new tax rates ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Turkey Is Nutritious Throughout The Year

Aside from the occasional sandwich, many people think turkey is solely for the Thanksgiving dinner table. However, turkey is much more than a holiday centerpiece ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Slowing Trend In Central Valley Employment Growth Continues

In line with predictions made in previous San Joaquin Valley Business Forecast Reports, total employment growth in the San Joaquin Valley continues to slow. Since ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


MJC Agriculture Fundraiser Benefits 4-H Program

As the holiday season approached, Modesto Junior College agriculture students felt compelled to give back to the community. The Young Farmers Club organized a BBQ ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


CalGuard Bonus Debacle Now Nearing Conclusion

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) on Monday met with CalGuard Commander, Major General Baldwin, during a meet and greet at the Manteca VFW Hall ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


City Earns National, State ‘Night Out’ Honors

The City of Oakdale is ranked second for California and 20th in the United States for this summer's National Night Out event.

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Highest Thanksgiving Gas Prices Since 2014

GasBuddy, the only smartphone app connecting 70 million drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop, has projected that Thanksgiving will see the highest average gas prices ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Keep Holiday Light Decorating Safe, Efficient, Festive And Fun

Every Thanksgiving, after the turkey has been devoured and families settle down for an evening of parades and football, many people begin to think about ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Another Night Before Christmas At Sierra Rep

Closing Sierra Repertory Theatre's 2017 Season is a contemporary musical about cynicism, belief, and the real meaning of Christmas. 'Another Night Before Christmas' plays ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Red Cross: Saving Lives Easier Than Ever

The holidays are known for the giving spirit and a hectic pace. This holiday season, the American Red Cross is sharing three ways to give ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Turkey Trot, Gobbler Walk Planned For Thanksgiving Day

Modesto Junior College Cross Country Team invites anyone looking for some exercise before their Thanksgiving Day dinner to participate in the 18th Annual Modesto Turkey ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Soroptimists Help Girls Learn To Dream And Do

Local service organization Soroptimist International of Oakdale hosted 23 girls from seventh through tenth grades at its "Dream It, Be It" conference held in the ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Office Closed For Holiday

The 122 S. Third Ave., Oakdale, office of The Oakdale Leader, The Riverbank News and The Escalon Times will be closed both Thursday, Nov. 23 ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Festival Of Trees

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


FANCY FEAST

Youngsters at The Learning Tree Preschool in Oakdale enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast recently, practicing for the real deal this week. They enjoyed turkey, mashed potatoes ...

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


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