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Public Works Layoffs Go Forward

In a move that contradicts the Oakdale City Council's pledge to evaluate privatization proposals and bids before making any changes, the City of Oakdale issued layoff notices to two public works employees that were in Segment Two of the privatization plan discussed at last Monday's council meeting.

July 06, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Brush Fires, Illegal Fireworks Make For Busy Fourth

Illegal fireworks and two brush fires started by fireworks in two separate areas kept fire crews busy all night, Wednesday, July 4.

July 06, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Former Councilman Chastised By Grand Jury

The Stanislaus County Grand Jury issued a report critical of former Oakdale City Council Member Jason Howard's actions when serving on the council during his shortened term.

July 05, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News

City Weighs Concern Over Chapter 9

As local leaders watch the financial troubles of neighboring Stockton, many wonder if other cities in the region, such as Oakdale, are at the same risk for filing bankruptcy.

July 04, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Serious Steps - City Services Privatization?

(Editor's note: Due to early holiday deadlines, this article went to press prior to the July 2 Oakdale City Council meeting. Log on to for updates to this story and a report on the council meeting.)

July 04, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Woman Rescues Dog From Hot Car

Lynne Podesta didn't set out to be a hero that Monday, June 18, when she went to Costless Market for a few items but that's exactly what happened when she rescued a distressed Chihuahua from the confines of a locked car.

July 04, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Rafters Rocking River Fun

More than 120 people converged on Knights Ferry on Sunday, July 1 for the 96.7 co-sponsored 'Rock on the River' event to enjoy the rapids of the Stanislaus River. The event was co-sponsored by River Journey Adventures and the Institute of Technology (IOT) of Modesto and featured water games, a hot dog eating contest and various fun activities once the rafters reached the Orange Blossom Recreation Center. The IOT culinary program donated food and staff to provide a free lunch for the first 100 rafters to reach the end point at Orange Blossom. It was a day of laughter ...

July 04, 2012 | | Local News

Hospital Board Passes Budget, Plan

Members of the Oak Valley Hospital Governing Board moved the facility forward on Wednesday, June 27, approving the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year budget and a three-year strategic plan to carry the hospital into 2015 as it transitions into a new facility.

July 04, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Holiday Boat Parade, Safety Take Stage

To help celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, there will be a special Lighted Boat Parade on Lake Tulloch, set for 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Boaters should meet at the South Shore Marina. All are welcome to attend and enjoy the holiday lighting on the variety of boats. Last year, over 60 boats participated, according to parade organizers.

July 03, 2012 | | Local News

Taskforce Targeting Illegal Fireworks

Stanislaus County fire and law enforcement officials will be out in full force during the Fourth of July holiday period to vigorously enforce state laws that allow them to cite those who sell, possess or use illegal fireworks.

June 30, 2012 | | Local News

Suspicious Character Puts School on Alert

Parents with students enrolled at the Oakdale High School were alerted to the possiblity of a man seen videotaping a young high school girl Wednesday, June 27. In light of the recent report of a 16-year-old girl who was kidnapped Wednesday, June 13 as she was walking home from summer school and later raped before being returned to campus, the school thought it prudent to inform parents.

June 29, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Serious Steps Toward Privatization Of City Services

In a staff report released by Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman, the city will be considering privatization of all its public works services with the exception of two city garage mechanics.

June 28, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Oak Valley Board Passes Budget And Strategic Plan

The Oak Valley Hospital Governing Board moved forward on Wednesday, June 27, approving its 2012-2013 Fiscal Year budget and a three year strategic plan to carry the hospital into 2015 as it transitions into a new facility.

June 28, 2012 | | Local News

Lessons Grow In Garden

A community garden was recently planted at the Center for Human Services (CHS) Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center to help families focus more on healthy eating and nutritious foods.

June 27, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Hospital Seeks Amendment To Plan

Citing financial constraints, Oak Valley Hospital officials asked the City of Oakdale to amend a 2004 development plan that called for the hospital to demolish its old, and existing, facility when it opened up its new hospital this summer.

June 27, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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Bicycle Ride Benefits Food Bank

The Stanislaus County Bicycle Club is sponsoring the Golden Hills Century ride this Saturday, Oct. 10 beginning at the Odd Fellows Lodge in Knights Ferry.

October 08, 2015 | | Local News

Former Editor Of Oakdale Leader Remembered

"A soldier never dies – until he is forgotten" – that comment was made several times on a recent Saturday morning at the Oakdale Citizens Cemetery, as ...

October 07, 2015 | | Local News

Annual Museum Dinner Classified As A Success

The Oakdale Cowboy Museum announced that 470 guests were in attendance at their 18th Annual Dinner and Auction held at the Pioneer Equine Hospital on ...

October 07, 2015 | | Local News

Oakdale Airport Welcomes Community To Festivities

Local female aviator Alexandria Riedinger will be part of the festivities at the Oakdale Airport this weekend, as Airport Appreciation Day touches down on Saturday ...

October 07, 2015 | | Local News

Oakdale Elementary Students Prepare For Annual Jog Event

Music, merriment and sights of pure joy might be found on any one of the four Oakdale Elementary school campuses this Friday, Oct. 9 as ...

October 07, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Only 386 Legally Packing Concealed Weapons In City

The Cowboy Capital of the World may be a reference to the Old West history of Oakdale, but so far as the shoot-'em up ...

October 07, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Top Water Users Way Above Average

As the city seeks ways to conserve water to make its way through an intense drought, one Kimball Street home used an astonishing 816,873 ...

October 07, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Tourism District Revisions Discussed By City Council

Due to concerns with a lack of clarity and in an attempt for more transparency, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer asked the city council Monday ...

October 07, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Mustang Homecoming Week Festivities Set

Oakdale High School students got Homecoming Week off to a proper start with the traditional window painting hosted at the center of town this past ...

October 07, 2015 | | Local News

Student Challenges OHS Conduct Code

Cayley Elswick likes to color her hair.

October 07, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Registrar Of Voters Prepares 2015 Mailings

It is anticipated Sample Ballot booklets will begin to be mailed to voters on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015.

October 06, 2015 | | Local News

Students Share Impact Of Scholarships

As volunteers in the One Purpose Scholarship came together recently to report their fundraising progress for the campaign, Luke Gonzales was among the One Purpose ...

October 05, 2015 | | Local News

CHP Distracted Driving Enforcement

Year in and year out, thousands of people have been killed by distracted drivers and even more have been injured. By simply changing your driving ...

October 01, 2015 | | Local News

Oakdale Robbery Suspect Tied To Stockton Police Shooting

Oakdale Police investigators believe a late Tuesday night, Sept. 22, shooting by a Stockton Police officer on Highway 99 in Ripon is possibly tied to ...

September 30, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Police Investigating Car Dealer Robbery

Oakdale Police were called to a car dealership on West F Street and Reed Road regarding a possible strong-arm robbery where an employee was tied ...

September 30, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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