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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


Civil War In Ferry

The sounds of muskets and cannons and the smell of gunpowder will linger in the air over Knights Ferry this weekend, as visitors to the picturesque hamlet are transported back in time.

March 21, 2012 | | Local News


Oakdale City Fire Hosts Badge Pinning

The public is invited to an open house event at the Willowood Drive fire station Friday, March 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. where three Oakdale City firefighters will receive their promotional badge pinning.

March 21, 2012 | | Local News


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Jones Recognized As Veteran Of The Year

Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, honored Army National Guard Capt. Cynthia Jones as the 2015 Veteran of the Year for the 12th Assembly District. Capt. Jones is currently serving as the Company Commander for the Chinook Unit in Stockton, Bravo Company, 1-126th Aviation Regiment – and is the first woman to serve in this capacity.

July 03, 2015 | | Local News


Air Officials Urge July 4 Fireworks Restraint

As Independence Day approaches, local air officials remind Valley residents that July 4 fireworks increase levels of dangerous particulate matter (PM) and pose a health threat to themselves and their neighbors. Historically, the Valley experiences dangerous particulate levels four or five times higher than the health based federal standards. These spikes are largely attributable to personal fireworks use throughout Valley neighborhoods.

July 02, 2015 | | Local News


‘If Cancer Was A Fish’ picture book is meant to help kids cope with tragedy

If cancer was a fish, Tiffany Berg Coughran and her five kids would definitely throw it back.

July 02, 2015 | Peter Rosen KSL | Local News


Park Rape Investigated

Oakdale Police were on site at a crime-scene tape cordoned off William Meyer Park on East G Street Wednesday morning, July 1, investigating an early morning sexual assault that occurred overnight.

July 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Record Crowd Flocks To Annual Carnival

It was a made to order day, as the Kjeldgaard family opened their property to the community for the Eighth Annual Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival on Saturday, June 27. The upper parking lot of the River Road location remained full and a steady stream of cars came in and out between the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event hours.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


State Backtracks On H20 Curtailment

The Oakdale Irrigation District reported on Wednesday, June 24 that state attorneys backed away from curtailment notices directed at more than 200 senior water rights holders in California, now saying they were "courtesy notices" and "advisory" only.

July 01, 2015 | | Local News


Charter Student Propels Forward

Oakdale resident and Valley Charter School graduate Matthew Gery is spending some time this summer taking final steps toward his future as he attends orientation at Arizona State University.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Grand Jury Says No Flaws Found

In its annual 2014-2015 published report, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found no fault with the Oakdale Airport or its operation with the exception of a minor issue that involved a segment of fencing being too low.

July 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Pump Price Relief Prompts

There's good news and bad news. First, the good news: We're still saving money on gasoline. The bad news? Your government wants more of it in their hands, not yours.

June 29, 2015 | | Local News


Grand Jury Finds No Flaw With Airport Operations

In its annual 2014-2015 published report, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found no fault with the Oakdale Airport or its operation with the exception of a minor issue that involved a segment of fencing being too low.

June 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Irrigation Districts Sue Water Board

A group of Central California irrigation districts filed a lawsuit Friday, June 19 that challenges the state's authority to curtail their century-old water rights on the Stanislaus River.

June 24, 2015 | Report Abuse account | Local News


Fresh From The Farm

It was a setting befitting a fine Home and Garden magazine as guests arrived for the inaugural Farm to Table dining experience hosted Friday night on the east end of town at Bloomingcamp Ranch. Under the watchful eye and hospitality of husband/wife team Matt and Courtney Smith, along with Bake Shop manager Vickie Thompson, guests were welcomed and encouraged to have something to drink and get comfortable.

June 24, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Gas Prices Still Top $3 Per Gallon

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.20/gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.80/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

June 23, 2015 | | Local News


Businessman Fights Carjacker To Avoid Abduction

A local check cashing business owner thwarted his own kidnapping during a carjacking Friday morning, June 18 that left him with only a scraped knee and a bump on his head. His car, a black BMW 525i was taken during the incident but later recovered.

June 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Moves Forward With Vacant Properties

With three city properties standing vacant, some for years, the Oakdale City Council decided to resolve their statuses, one of which consisted of having a building on one of the properties demolished despite a proposal by a local business person to use it to expand its existing services.

June 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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