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Voters Consider Raising Taxes

Oakdale voters will be faced with a decision on Nov. 8 that will help determine the city's finances for the next three years. Measure O will ask voters if they want to fund a half-cent sales tax increase on most purchases made within the City of Oakdale. The sales tax increase will go to Oakdale City general funds, which pays most of the city's expenses.

October 05, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Uneasy Negotiations - ORFD Labor Group Concerns

Upon the heels of Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District Chief Lee Winton's two-year term ending, negotiations have begun to bring on Steve Mayotte, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District Chief, on a limited, part-time basis as an administrative chief to Oakdale's rural district but the rural fire company's labor group members have been vocal in their concern.

October 05, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Analyzes Tech Upgrades

A need to further modernize and bring the Oakdale Irrigation District's technical capabilities up to higher standards were on the agenda at the Oct. 4 regular meeting of the Board of Directors.

October 05, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


City Shedding Light On Issues

Oakdale City Council is taking steps to get every streetlight in Oakdale turned back on in the near future. Council voted 5-0 at their Monday night meeting, Oct. 3, to seek loans to replace 810 city-owned streetlights with more energy-efficient magnetic induction fixtures.

October 05, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Oak Valley Hospital Welcomes New Medical Student

Members of the Oak Valley Hospital District board welcomed Escalon native Vincent Arthur Bacay as their third Rural PRIME medical student at their Sept. 28 board meeting. Bacay will be working on an eight-week primary care rotation with several Oakdale doctors until Oct. 21.

October 05, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Proposed Expansion Pushes City Boundaries

Oakdale Planning Commission members reviewed a proposed city boundary map at their Sept. 21 meeting that would plan the city's growth for the next 50 years. The map is part of Stanislaus Local Agency Formation Commission's effort to get public input on a 50-year agricultural preservation and city growth plan.

September 28, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Oakdale Prepares For Eye In The Sky

The fight against graffiti is getting an unexpected boost in the form of ROTA (Riverbank Oakdale Transit Authority) surveillance cameras funded by a grant issued by the Department of Homeland Security.

September 28, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


'Net Thieves Breach City Account

A breach in security by Internet hackers resulted in the theft of more than $118,000 from Oak Valley Community Bank that belonged to the City of Oakdale.

September 22, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Drowning Victim Recovered

The body of the 31-year-old man suspected of drowning at Woodward Reservoir last week was recovered by divers during the day on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

September 21, 2011 | | Local News


New Teen Center Starts Taking Shape

Janelle Scheper looked all over the Central Valley for the perfect location for a new youth center, and she found her ideal spot in downtown Oakdale. The Zone, scheduled to open in October, will offer entertainment for children and youth from toddlers to teens at its South Second Avenue location.

September 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Council Moves Forward On Housing

Oakdale City Council members finalized a development agreement for a 155-unit housing development at their Monday night meeting, Sept. 19. In addition to the development agreement, council took action on several agenda items, including a contract for fire services and three Parks and Recreation decisions.

September 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Saturday Showcase Offers Activities At Wildlife Center

Local kids got up close and personal with the animals at the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center on Saturday at the center's Day with Wildlife fundraiser.

September 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Students Stir Up Success With Recipes

What's the secret of success? Some Oakdale students have created "recipes" with real-life applications for achieving their goals. By identifying certain traits through the actions of successful people, they also looked deeper into their own values and how to apply them toward accomplishing their goals.

September 20, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Ceremony Remembers Fallen Hero

Two years and a week to the day he lost his life in Afghanistan, HM3 James Ray 'Doc' Layton was honored once again.

September 15, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local News


‘Appearance Of Impropriety’ - Council Begins Investigation

A divided crowd converged on the community center Monday evening, Sept. 12 as Oakdale City Council members held an open forum, followed by a closed session, to discuss the recent discovery of a Limited Liability Company (LLC) registered in the name of three current top administrative city employees and one former city manager.

September 14, 2011 | Kim Van Meter & Andrea Goodwin kvanmeter@oakdaleleader.com/agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | 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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