Oakdale City Council members wasted no time appropriating Measure O sales tax dollars. The tax collection does not go into effect until April, but the council budgeted nearly $260,000 of the money at their recent meeting to keep two firefighter positions, two police officers, and operations of the senior and community centers. The adopted 2011-2012 budget included only partial funding for each of those services and hinged on the passing of Measure O to avoid cuts.
Oakdale will deck its halls for the holidays on Friday, Dec. 2 with the annual lighting of the Oakdale Christmas tree. This year's tree lighting was organized and sponsored by the Oakdale Garden Club, and will include 30 smaller trees, each sponsored by local organizations.
Cloverland Elementary School students help kick off holiday festivities by decorating a tree for the city's tree lighting event. The Old-Fashioned Downtown Christmas and city tree-lighting ceremony are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2. Look for information on both these local favorites in the Nov. 30 issue of The Oakdale Leader.
Cowboy Santa was sighted Saturday, Nov. 26 as he sauntered into the community center for his annual appearance at the Cowboy Museum's Cowboy Christmas event. Ever a popular staple to the western-themed community event, Cowboy Santa never fails to delight young and old. The Oakdale Leader will have the full story as well as more photos of the event in the Wednesday, Nov. 30 issue.
Whether it's sharing a holiday meal with friends or getting in some early holiday shopping, the season is alive and well.
Three irrigation districts are blaming the federal Bureau of Reclamation for failing to adjust water releases from New Melones Reservoir to protect spawning Chinook salmon in the Stanislaus River.
Sometimes it's easy to assume false truths when removed from the actual situation, such as assuming Community Sharing only feeds the homeless bums who are too lazy to get a job.
A new homework campaign was developed and recently launched by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Parent Involvement Committee to reinforce the importance for parents to check their children's homework every night.
Getting in your car and putting on your seat belt should be second nature, whether you are a driver or a passenger. Take a second of your time and always buckle up before heading out on the highway.
Police caught a wanted thief who'd attempted to run from Raley's with a 12 pack of Bud Light but was thwarted by the manager before he could pedal away with his stolen suds, Thursday, Nov. 17.
It's the end of an era for the Oakdale rodeo grounds as they finally cap the well that has historically provided the arena with water, and install the necessary piping to hook into the City of Oakdale's supply.
The gray and somber skies and accompanying drizzle didn't deter community members determined to pay tribute to the nation's veterans at a special ceremony held at William A. Fish Veterans Park on Pontiac Street in Oakdale on Friday, Nov. 11. They came armed with portable tents and umbrellas along with their patriotic spirit in spite of the dreary weather.
Measure O, a ballot initiative to increase sales tax by .5 percent within Oakdale City limits, has passed in the preliminary election results. Just over 56 percent of voters approved the sales tax increase, which will add one half cent to every $1 purchase made in Oakdale. This tax will go into effect on April 1, 2012 and will end March 31, 2015. Revenue from the tax will go directly to Oakdale's general fund.
Oakdale is hosting a unique pack of athletes this week for the National Retriever Championship. Eight-nine of the country's top retrieving dogs and around 300 owners, handlers and event coordinators are in Oakdale for the national championship event, which is held on the West Coast every four years.
Symbiosis Gathering is returning to Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale, CA on September 17 - 20, 2015 … and they're celebrating their 10 year anniversary! The Super Early-Bird tickets go on sale on March 3rd and the people behind Symbiosis want the local community to have first dibs on these. Producer Kevin KoChen promises, "This event will draw from the best of years past and look to the future in a production worthy of the decade of decadence."
The transition from 'winter blend' to 'summer blend' gasoline always brings increases in retail gasoline prices, but nothing you've seen over the past year is likely to match what GasBuddy anticipates over the next two to three weeks.
From the unexpected death of a Magnolia Elementary School sixth grader to a pair of deaths in violent auto accidents, the Oakdale community was reeling this week from the recent losses.
Fay Jacobsohn and Dorothy Villines are making lemonade from lemons, in the way of helping others. The two-woman team will facilitate the GriefShare Support Group as a service to the community.
Members of the Oakdale City Council are still sorting out and finalizing property issues associated with the now-defunct Oakdale Redevelopment Agency.
A pedestrian was killed while crossing F Street in Oakdale on Sunday evening and the driver that struck him was arrested a short time later.
An 'all call' that went out to all parents in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District on Friday, Feb. 20 announced the death of a sixth grade student.
True to his breed, "Stitch," is a lively spirited 7-year-old Standard Manchester Terrier that has game he loves to show.
The Oakdale City Council is still sorting out and finalizing property issues associated with the now-defunct Oakdale Redevelopment Agency.
A two-week long mystery was brought to a close Tuesday morning as Fair Oaks students were treated to a ceremonial ribbon cutting of their newest playground.
Body cameras could be coming to the Oakdale Police Department, outfitting officers with the new hardware.
Stanislaus County Health Services Agency officials are reporting the first influenza (flu) associated death of a county resident less than 65 years old for the 2014-2015 flu season. The decedent, a 43-year-old female, had underlying medical conditions, and died on Feb. 8, 2015.
With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, California has been ranked the number one most "Puppy Loving" U.S. state, according to new national data.
Throughout various Oakdale neighborhoods, there are those houses that tend to stand out and detract from the overall splendor and magnificence this quaint town of 20,000 typically has to offer.
After sitting vacant for nearly three years, the City of Oakdale announced Wednesday, Feb. 4 that it had accepted an offer for the former Hershey Building at 120 S. Sierra Ave.