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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


Taking Health Into Their Own Hands

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, many people are looking for ways to quickly add healthy supplements to their diets to make up for when they can't or don't eat right. Some take a vitamin supplement, others take whole food supplements in the form of capsules, powders, or liquids.

April 18, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID Doles Out $$$

More than $75,000 in donations was given out to local interests in actions taken by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the April 17 regular meeting.

April 18, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Mud Masters! - Wild Weather, Mild Patrons

There were a few notable arrests during the Oakdale Rodeo weekend, April 13-15 but on the whole arrests and DUIs were down from the previous year, making for an enjoyable time for locals and out-of-towners alike.

April 18, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Burchell Hill Grabs ‘Leafing Out’ Grant

A CAL FIRE Urban Forestry Grant called "Leafing Out" has been awarded to the City of Oakdale in close cooperation with the Burchell Hill property owners. This unusual grant from CAL FIRE provides $7,500 for the planting of 80 trees in the Burchell Hill area. Matching funds of $2,500 from the City of Oakdale will create a total project budget of $10,000.

April 18, 2012 | | Local News


ROTA Eyes County System

Riverbank Oakdale Transit Authority directors on April 10 again discussed the public bus system's failure to meet state funding requirements by recovering at least 10 percent of their costs in fares and talked about possible options such as handing over its operation to Stanislaus County Regional Transit.

April 18, 2012 | John Branch | Local News


CHP Honors Its Communications Operators

In the midst of an emergency, a member of the public may have to call 911. It is the calm voice and gentle demeanor at the other end of the phone that can help soothe rattled nerves and calm a stressful situation. The U.S. Congress has designated the second full week of April of each year as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) takes this opportunity to thank communication workers who are on the front line of emergency response.

April 17, 2012 | | Local News


Rodeo Parade Kicks Off Wild Weekend

Overcast skies and a chilly wind gave way to some intermittent sunshine as more than 100 entries in the Oakdale Rodeo Parade made their way along F Street in downtown Oakdale Saturday morning, signaling the start of a busy weekend.

April 14, 2012 | | Local News


Sober Grad Night Looking For Volunteers, Donations

The Sober Grad Night committee is looking for donations and volunteers and invite interested community members to attend the next meeting on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m at Sierra View Elementary.

April 13, 2012 | | Local News


Ropin' and Ridin'

The Oakdale Rodeo grounds was the scene for a team roping competition, Tuesday, April 10. There was plenty of action going on and good competition for attendees and spectators. For more roping action, check out the Oakdale Rodeo slated for April 13-15.

April 12, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Community Mourns Passing Of Chevy Dealer Frank Steves

Frank P. Steves, Jr., 77, owner of Steves Chevrolet Buick, died Friday, April 6 at Pacifica Senior Living, Modesto.

April 11, 2012 | | Local News


Shelter Benefits From Alternative Work Program

The Oakdale Animal Shelter has found an unlikely source of manpower within the Alternative Work Program (AWP) to help bridge the gap between budget cuts and community need without costing the city a dime.

April 11, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Measure T Takes Stage

In an effort to promote awareness for the upcoming Measure T, which will appear on the ballots in June, as well as fundraise for the local library, coordinators have gathered 11 authors from various genres for an author event, Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Oakdale Senior Center.

April 11, 2012 | | Local News


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Reclamation Report: No Change In Water Allocation Status

The Bureau of Reclamation reports that, due to continued dry conditions, the initial 2015 water supply allocation released on Feb. 27 for Central Valley Project agricultural contractors and municipal and industrial contractors remains unchanged.

March 30, 2015 | | Local News


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


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