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Solar Eclipse This Sunday

This Sunday, May 20, there will be a partial solar eclipse visible from the Oakdale/Modesto/Sonora area.

May 19, 2012 | | Local News


Donations Sought As Family Fights Illness

Justin Myers, an Oakdale graduate, has been fighting a mysterious illness that was discovered when he was in junior high. The Oakdale Leader has followed Justin's journey through several stories, including when he received his restored 1969 Chevy Camaro through the Make-A-Wish program. After eight years of frequent blood transfusions for what they can only determine is Pure Red Cell Anemia (partial bone marrow failure), Justin is showing signs of major organ failure. His liver is in Stage 3 Fibrosis due to iron overload, which drops his odds to 70-75 percent. Treatments are no longer effective but they have ...

May 18, 2012 | | Local News


Council Candidate Has Past Rape Arrest

In a recent discovery, The Leader has learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested for rape and penetration with a foreign object that occurred in Nevada County in 2007.

May 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Feathers Tapped As Manager

The Oakdale City Council announced that former Atwater Assistant City Manager Stan Feathers will take over as the part-time interim city manager on July 1when current Interim City Manager Greg Wellman is required to leave the post.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Overworked, Understaffed - City Audits Arrive Late

After a series of city financial crises coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's tardy 2010-2011 audit would be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. Last week the council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit report that had been withheld for nearly a year.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Housecleaning Leaves Leadership Quandary

Since the seating of the current city council in November of 2010, the City of Oakdale tribunal has purged or presided over the departure of nearly all of its department heads. Of the two that remain; the public works director has been given notice he will no longer be employed after July and the finance director may be in jeopardy of being gone by this July also.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Former Mayor Speaks Out About City Finances

Past Oakdale Mayor Farrell Jackson believes much that is being declared about the city's financial status may not be completely accurate.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Special Session To Discuss Finance Director

The Oakdale City Council announced that it will be holding a special meeting on Monday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in closed session to discuss the performance of Finance Director Albert Avila.

May 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


DNA May Reveal Deceased Baby's Mother

On Dec. 1, 2011 Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Bait Barn located at 12505 Yosemite Blvd in Waterford for an infant found in a garbage can. Fire personnel immediately responded and the infant was pronounced deceased.

May 11, 2012 | | Local News


City To Finally Receive 2010-2011Audit

After a series of city financial standings coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila has assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's 2010-2011 audit will be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. The council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit that had been withheld for nearly a year.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Debates Vacancy

Gridlocked by a series of two-two split motions, a packed council chambers on Monday possibly saw a glimpse into the future of a polarized Oakdale City Council stalemated on controversial agenda voting items if a fifth and deciding member is not appointed.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Perfect Day For Celebrating Flight

When the forecast calls for clear and sunny skies with a light breeze, it is a perfect day for flying.

May 09, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | Local News


Oakdale Residents Fill Several ‘Wrath’ Roles

Ma Joad is a strong and resilient woman. Tested by a harsh life on the family farm in Oklahoma, she has been the cement that has kept her family together. But the Great Depression of the 1930s and the horrific dust bowl conditions that accompanied that event, have just about worn her down. According to Jenni Abbott who portrays Ma in the critically and audience acclaimed production, currently running at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, she is "a woman who faces a dilemma. What do you give when you have nothing? But she is a woman with ...

May 09, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | Local News


Hospital Audit Questions New Construction Costs

An independent audit done at the request of Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick earlier this year has identified $689,106 in questionable costs and $30,043 in unsupported costs for the new hospital construction project.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Treasurer Plans Resignation

City Treasurer Mike Murray has indicated he plans on resigning his position surrounding concerns of city financial mismanagement and a dispute in the process in which he was asked to sign overdue statements.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Community Joins In Operation Christmas Child

'Tis the season.

November 26, 2014 | | Local News


Cowboy Christmas This Weekend

An Oakdale holiday tradition – Cowboy Christmas – is among the special events coming up this weekend for the community.

November 26, 2014 | | Local News


Oakdale Serves Up Thanksgiving

All are invited to join in for fellowship and feasting this Thanksgiving Day, as the Spirit of Oakdale hosts its traditional community dinner at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.

November 26, 2014 | | Local News


Gas Prices Fall Ahead Of Turkey Day Travel

With the U.S. average price of gasoline at $2.80 as of Monday, Nov. 24, the national average is at its lowest level since December 2010. Especially this week, Americans should be grateful that 80 percent of the nation's gas stations are reporting prices under $3/gallon, compared to just 22 percent at this time in 2013.

November 24, 2014 | | Local News


Developer Requests Cut In City Fees

At least 125 construction jobs and 80 full-time health care positions are at risk if a local developer pulls the pin on an anticipated 110-room assisted living facility for seniors planned for the west side of town. The reason: fees assessed by the city for the project.

November 21, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Don’t Forget To Pay Your Use Tax

As California consumers load up online shopping carts this holiday season, they might not realize these purchases are taxed to support vital public services. Online shoppers who are not charged sales tax may owe use tax, which has been imposed on purchases from out-of-state retailers since 1935. Like sales tax, use tax helps fund public safety, education and more.

November 20, 2014 | | Local News


Community Spirit - Preparations Made For Thanksgiving Feast

In just barely one week, the kitchen area of the Gene Bianchi Community Center will once again be clanking and moving. Twenty one years later, the Spirit of Oakdale community meal is more than an institution; it is a fine oiled machine. On Thursday, Nov. 27 the small army and committee will once again open the doors at 11 a.m. and serve up a free Thanksgiving meal to anyone who stops by.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


City Addresses ADA Accessibility Issues

With the City of Oakdale required to do a self-evaluation of its Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and develop a formal transition plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, Nov. 17 unanimously approved an item for the city to address the changes necessary to implement accessibility in its buildings, parks and public rights-of-way.

November 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


CHP Receives Federal Funds For DUI Crackdown

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has announced receiving a federal "Reducing Impaired Driving" grant, which will fund 150 sobriety checkpoints, 75 DUI task force operations, proactive DUI enforcement patrols through Sept. 30, 2015, and at least 100 safety presentations.

November 17, 2014 | | Local News


Oakdale Ranks Fifth In State Water Conservation

While Central Valley residents are being urged to use water wisely during the drought, a new report shows that residents of Oakdale are coming through in their conservation efforts.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

A Sconza Candy Company employee has filed federal charges against a local bakers union and her employer for a litany of rights violations regarding mandatory union membership and a subsequent suspension she received for not joining the union in a timely manner.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Blue Star Moms Lead Donation Efforts

Veterans' Day now looks a bit different to Oakdale mothers Emmy McDaniel and Alicia London than it did two years ago. Both are now parents to sons who are on active duty in the military. That's a fact which prompted them both to become pro-active with Mid-Cal Blue Star Moms, a congressionally chartered Veteran Service Organization.

November 12, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Measure Y Wins Easily

Oakdale voters sent a message on Tuesday, Nov. 4 with a resounding "Yes" in approving Measure Y, the continuation of a local half-cent sales tax, passing it by a 70 to 30 percent margin.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Thanksgiving Day - OHS Freshman Earns Spot In Macy’s Parade

The 2014 Thanksgiving Break is going to start just a bit early for Oakdale High School freshman Hope Kindred. The 14-year-old will be boarding a plane on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 20, but she will not be headed for a tropical family vacation. Hope will be boarding a red eye flight out of Sacramento with a final destination of New York City.

November 12, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Operation Christmas Child Comes To Oakdale

Oakdale's The River Christian Community Church, 1351 E. G St., is a collection location this year for Operation Christmas Child.

November 12, 2014 | | Local News


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