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Serious Steps Toward Privatization Of City Services

In a staff report released by Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman, the city will be considering privatization of all its public works services with the exception of two city garage mechanics.

June 28, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oak Valley Board Passes Budget And Strategic Plan

The Oak Valley Hospital Governing Board moved forward on Wednesday, June 27, approving its 2012-2013 Fiscal Year budget and a three year strategic plan to carry the hospital into 2015 as it transitions into a new facility.

June 28, 2012 | | Local News


Lessons Grow In Garden

A community garden was recently planted at the Center for Human Services (CHS) Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center to help families focus more on healthy eating and nutritious foods.

June 27, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Hospital Seeks Amendment To Plan

Citing financial constraints, Oak Valley Hospital officials asked the City of Oakdale to amend a 2004 development plan that called for the hospital to demolish its old, and existing, facility when it opened up its new hospital this summer.

June 27, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Animal Control To Offer Microchipping

In spite of your best efforts, Fido or Fluffy slipped out an open door or gate and vanished. If the pet was wearing a collar and identification tag, chances are good that you'll get him back.

June 27, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


McCarty Appointed New City Treasurer

After a series of split votes on Thursday night, June 21, the Oakdale City Council selected Retail Grocer J.R. McCarty to be appointed City Treasurer until the November election.

June 27, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fireworks Sales Start

With the Fourth of July just a week away, fireworks booths have popped up all over town to provide patriotic snaps, crackles, and pops in celebration of our nation's independence.

June 27, 2012 | | Local News


‘Anything Goes’ For Hawks At Home

Colleen Hawks can remember vividly the moment she got bit by the acting bug.

June 27, 2012 | Sabra Stafford Special To The Leader | Local News


Division 1 Debate Sent To Committee

Questionnaires sent by Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District (ORFD) to the residents in the Division 1 North response area were returned with 86 percent voting "No" that they did not want to be annexed into the rural district for fire protection service.

June 27, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Protect Your Home From A Wildland Fire

Every year many families unnecessarily lose their homes and possessions to wildland fire. These losses can be minimized if homeowners take the time to become aware of safety measures to help protect their homes and complete some effective actions. Here are some tips from the National Interagency Fire Center.

June 26, 2012 | | Local News


Council Selects McCarty As Treasurer

After a series of split votes on Thursday night, June 21, the Oakdale City Council selected Retail Grocer J.R. McCarty to be appointed City Treasurer until the November election.

June 22, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Surprise Bus Inspections Park Yosemite Buses

The California Highway Patrol in partnership with the National Park Service, recently conducted a surprise bus inspection at Yosemite National Park.

June 21, 2012 | | Local News


Water Charges Debated

The state's Water Use Efficiency Senate Bill 7, known as SBx7-7, is a regulation on agricultural water measurement and the Oakdale Irrigation District is among the water suppliers that will be affected. The OID Board of Directors discussed what's going to be expected of the district to comply with the law and the impacts it will have on OID water rates at the June 19 regular meeting.

June 20, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


ROTA Service Seeks Merger With County Transit System

Riverbank Oakdale Transit Authority directors have decided to merge their system with Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT) and have the county take over administration of the public bus program that has served the two cities since 1993.

June 20, 2012 | John Branch | Local News


Bleak Budget Accepted

After not being able to pass the first presented financial plan for the upcoming year over concerns about reserves, Oakdale city officials on Monday reluctantly accepted the city's budget but only with the acknowledgement that it would be revisited in October for another approval.

June 20, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Unsavory Spa Rubbing Some The Wrong Way

In the dark underground world of sex trafficking, acts of prostitution and its victims, the women forced to work in the sex trade, are often concealed in a single business: brothels posing as massage parlors.

April 24, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Mosquito Abatement Efforts Under Way

The California State Legislature has declared the week of April 19 as "West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week." Stanislaus County health officials have announced mosquito surveillance and control activities have been initiated by Eastside Mosquito Abatement District and Turlock Mosquito Abatement District. Residents are urged to play their part by eliminating standing water on their property and informing their local mosquito abatement district if they are being bitten by mosquitoes. West Nile virus has already been detected within California this year, most notably in neighboring Alameda and Santa Clara counties, along with Los Angeles County.

April 23, 2015 | | Local News


SOS Race Earns Thousands

The morning of Saturday, April 18 brought made to order weather for 272 runners, spectators and volunteers greeted by a blue, sun-filled sky as they participated in the Sixth Annual Support Oakdale Schools (SOS) Fun Run/Walk.

April 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Volunteers Tackle Love Oakdale Effort

Admitting he was kind of "de facto appointed" this year to oversee the Love Oakdale project, local resident Zach Greenlee wasn't complaining. He was, instead, excited to see the spirit of volunteerism that hundreds of residents brought with them to Wood Park early Saturday morning.

April 22, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Drivers See Slight Hike At Gas Pump

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.92/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 6.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.45/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

April 20, 2015 | | Local News


Cirque du Soleil At The Arena

The colorful costumes, the music, and the skillful acrobatics made the journey to Varekai a very unique and entertaining experience. The final act of twists, turns, and high flying action sure pleased the audience whom applauded continuously.The show will continue through Sunday, April 19 at the Stockton Arena, 248 West Fremont Street and tickets are still available. For more information visit www.stocktonlive.com.

April 18, 2015 | | Local News


Prank Sign Leads To CHP Stop

An Oakdale Joint Unified School District bus filled with over 45 students of the Oakdale High School track team had its journey to Lathrop interrupted by a stop from the California Highway Patrol due to possible distress and a welfare check of its occupants.

April 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City To Discuss “Big Box” Restriction Monday

The Oakdale City Council has slated for its next meeting, Monday, April 20, to discuss amending the current Municipal Code to make it easier for large retail developments to come to the city.

April 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Denham In Favor Of Tax Simplification

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) this week cast his vote in support of the State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015 and the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015. Both these pieces of legislation aim to reduce the tax burden on American families and small businesses by eliminating unnecessary taxes and simplifying our existing tax code.

April 16, 2015 | | Local News


Senior Reaches Great Heights For Birthday

Marie McAnally wasn't just interested in a cake and candles to commemorate her 83rd birthday; that would be too simple. According to McAnally's daughter Cindy Webb, she pondered her 'Bucket List' instead for ideas.

April 15, 2015 | | Local News


Countdown To Relay

Oakdale's annual Relay For Life is just around the corner – the 24-hour signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society will be hosted at Oakdale High School on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26.

April 15, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


City Meeting Water Goals

With California in its fourth year of drought and Governor Jerry Brown putting out an executive order calling for cutbacks of 20 percent, the City of Oakdale announced that their figures show that the city and its residents have nearly met that mark based on 2013 figures.

April 15, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Motorists Basking In Falling Gas Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 5.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.88/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.39/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

April 13, 2015 | | Local News


Dispatchers Saluted During Telecommunicators Week

The safety of the public, as well as law enforcement and first responders, frequently depends on a group of highly trained professionals who are heard far more often than they are seen. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) honors these skilled men and women during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 12 through 18, 2015.

April 12, 2015 | | Local News


Full Highway Closure For Bridge Work

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform a full highway closure of State Route (SR-12) from Interstate 5 (I-5) to SR-160 in Sacramento/San Joaquin County to perform repairs on the Mokelumne River Bridge.

April 10, 2015 | | Local News


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