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Tax Tip: Don't Forget The Child Tax Credit

If you paid someone to care for your child, spouse, or dependent last year, you may qualify to claim the Child and Dependent Care Credit when you file your federal income tax return. Below are 10 things the IRS wants you to know about claiming the credit for child and dependent care expenses.

April 06, 2012 | | Local News


Stanislaus River Levels Rising

Water levels on the Stanislaus River began increasing on April 1 for required spring fish flows. Information provided by the Oakdale Irrigation District shows that releases from Goodwin Dam have increased daily, starting at 300 CFS (cubic feet per second) on April 1 and rising to 1,250 CFS today, Wednesday, April 4. The river will continue to rise and peak at 2,000 CFS by Saturday, April 7.

April 04, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


City Nabs $4M Grant

The City of Oakdale announced the awarding of a $4 million grant issued through Prop 84 with the California Parks and Recreation Department that will fund the building of a brand new skate park plaza located on South Yosemite Avenue.

April 04, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Spring Fest, Safety Fair

It's time to spring into warm weather fun with the sixth annual Kids Spring Fest and Safety Day, Saturday, April 7 at Kerr Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 04, 2012 | | Local News


Solutions Sought - Council Talks Banning Alcohol From Parks

A hot topic discussion item drove citizens to the Monday, April 2 Oakdale City Council meeting to voice their opinions, both for and against, the proposed action to ban all alcohol from city parks.

April 04, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


City Council Agenda Lists Multiple Items

A decision whether or not to draft an ordinance against drinking in parks and several employment related items top the agenda for the Monday night, April 2 Oakdale City Council meeting.

April 02, 2012 | | Local News


Stanislaus River Levels To Rise Quickly

Beginning on Saturday, April 1, water levels on the Stanislaus River will increase rapidly for required spring fish flows. The Oakdale Irrigation District provided information that shows releases from Goodwin Dam will increase daily.

March 31, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Teams Hosting Pre-Relay Fundraisers

While teams are getting ready for the April 28-29 annual Relay For Life in Oakdale, they are already busy raising funds to add to this year's total from the American Cancer Society.

March 30, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oakdale Youths Represent At Challenge of Champions

Oakdale youth rodeo competitors represented the "Cowboy Capital of the World" among nine districts at one of the California High School Rodeos premiere rodeos, "Challenge of Champions" March 23-25 in Plymouth.

March 30, 2012 | | Local News


Steer Escapes Trailer Near Main Intersection

The noon hour lunch rush had a little bit of a different twist in Oakdale on Thursday, March 29.

March 29, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Survivors, Caregivers Celebrated Saturday

Oakdale's reason to relay – its cancer survivors, those still battling the disease and those who serve as their caregivers – will be feted in a special Saturday celebration on March 31.

March 28, 2012 | | Local News


Library Fundraiser Slated

A fundraising event for Save Stanislaus Libraries will be held at the home of Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul on Thursday, March 29 from 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. Co-hosted by Delsie and Roger Schrimp, the event will raise funds and awareness for Measure T, the ballot measure to renew the 1/8 of a penny sales tax that provides 87 percent of the funding for Stanislaus County libraries.

March 27, 2012 | | Local News


Safety and Smiles

Safety with a smile, that's what the Oakdale City Police Department were offering Thursday, March 22 at Magnolia Elementary as Interim Police Chief Lester Jenkins and traffic officer Daniel Peters entertained and educated the afterschool recreation students about bicycle safety. A full story with more pictures will be featured in the Wednesday, March 28 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

March 23, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


BMX Riders Honor Turnage’s Memory At Spreckels Park

Jason Turnage couldn't wait until the Spreckels Park BMX track finally opened.

March 21, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local News


Council Agenda Touches On Wide Variety Of Topics

A moderately attended Oakdale City Council meeting Monday evening saw a mixed bag of action and postponement on an agenda that included several items designed to publicize and promote the city. The meeting started at its usual 7 p.m. time after a two-hour closed door session in which existing and anticipated litigation was discussed. There were no reportable actions that came out of the closed session.

March 21, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | 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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