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Oakdale Battles $ Woes

Interim City Manager Gregory Wellman has made no secret that the City of Oakdale has money problems and cites a lack of financial oversight and historically poor business habits as the cause.

May 02, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Strapped City - Oakdale’s Excessive Legal Fees A Financial Burden

With city coffers being slashed and worker lay-offs on the horizon, the City of Oakdale finds itself using much needed funds to pay legal fees by outside legal firms hired to defend the city.

May 02, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Explores Limited Service Privatization

While financial troubles for cities like Oakdale deepen, city administrators are discussing the possibility of contracting out some local city services.

May 02, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Honoree - Mayor Paul Receives Citizen Honors

The Stanislaus County Democratic Central Committee named Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul as one of its Citizens of the Year at the Ninth Annual Edmund G "Pat " Brown Award Dinner recently in Modesto. Also honored was area labor leader Marcie Bayne of Modesto.

May 02, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Relay Rallies Community

Everywhere you turned, there were stories of hope. Stories of triumph. And unfortunately, occasionally, the stories of loss.

May 02, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oak Valley Hospital Awarded Grant Money

At Wednesday's Board of Director's meeting, April 25, Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick announced that the State of California awarded the hospital a $350,000 grant.

May 01, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Teen Presumed Drowned In San Joaquin River

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office and Fire Department responded to the San Joaquin River near 8622 Dos Rios Monday afternoon, April 30 for a 17-year-old male in need of assistance. The teen was swimming with friends when he began having problems. A friend attempted to help him get to the river bed, but could not hold onto him. Both the Sheriff's and Fire Department are attempting to locate the teen's body with the use of the dive team. The teen was last seen floating north along the San Joaquin River.

May 01, 2012 | | Local News


Rene’s Boutique Offers Bargain Do-Dads

Rene Limirande, owner of Rene's Boutique on North Fifth Avenue, knows how to appeal to a girl on a budget.

April 27, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Bicyclist Killed On Rodden

Authorities have released the name of a bicyclist killed along Rodden Road early Sunday afternoon, April 22 as Michael Scherper, 68, of Oakdale.

April 25, 2012 | | Local News


Community Members Ready To Relay

Teams will take to the track set up around the Oakdale High School soccer fields this weekend, but they won't be looking to put any goals in the net.

April 25, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oakdale Car Show Debuts Hot Wheels

For gearheads and motor enthusiasts, the inaugural Oakdale Car Show, held Saturday, April 21 at Wood Park had plenty of shiny chrome to admire as more than 100 registered vehicles rumbled into Oakdale for the event.

April 25, 2012 | Mike and Jeff Burghardt Special to the Leader | Local News


Hospital Honors Volunteers For Service

Contributing more than 15,000 hours of service annually, the Oak Valley Hospital District's volunteers were honored at a reception on April 19 at the Oak Valley Medical Plaza.

April 25, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Information Faire To Highlight Student Events Program

Students, parents, teachers and school administrators are invited to attend a Student Events Program Informational Faire on Monday, April 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gallo Centre for the Arts in Modesto. Admission is free, and appetizers and beverages will be provided.

April 20, 2012 | | Local News


Pipe Bomb Forces Police Station Evacuation

A pipe bomb found in a backpack taken to the Oakdale Police Station forced police personnel to evacuate the facility early morning Friday, April 20.

April 20, 2012 | | Local News


County’s Public Health Lab Open House

On Tuesday, April 24, the Stanislaus County Public Health Laboratory has arranged an Open House to celebrate 50 years of Public Health Laboratory services and present new PCR testing capability.

April 19, 2012 | | Local News


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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


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 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Abnormal Conditions Create High Levels Of Pollution

Extreme weather conditions have led to abnormally high pollution conditions rarely seen in the Valley this time of year.

November 07, 2014 | | Local News


Bushwacker Bucks Legendary Career Into Retirement

The most prominent figure in sports to retire this year not named Derek Jeter lives right here in Oakdale.

November 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Irrigation District Enacts Higher Fees

With little fanfare and no public comment, the Oakdale Irrigation District raised the price of water for its 2,900 agricultural customers Tuesday. Later, board members moved to soften the financial impact of higher rates by supporting a proposal to help farmers pay for projects to improve irrigation efficiency.

November 05, 2014 | | Local News


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