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Music Fest Meets With Success

Oakdale music lovers spent Saturday afternoon and evening rocking out with Montrose, Eddie Money and other headliners, including plenty of local musicians, at the Sierra View Music Fest. All proceeds from the Oakdale area concert went to the Heidi Brunk Scholarship Fund.

August 31, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Rural Fire Chief Not Renewing Contract

Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District Chief Lee Winton declined the rural fire board's offer to extend his contract at the end of his two-year commitment, yet agreed to return as a part-time consultant.

August 31, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Good Compliance For Tdap Vaccinations

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District reported that the district has had excellent compliance for required Pertussis, also known as "whooping cough," vaccinations to start the school year.

August 31, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


High Cost Of Retaining City Redevelopment

Oakdale City Council passed an ordinance at their mid-August meeting that will save the city's redevelopment agency, but at a cost of approximately $829,162 in the first year of participation.

August 31, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Flu Shot Clinic Attendance Low

Coordinators are blaming the hot weather for the less-than-anticipated turn-out at the flu shot clinic sponsored by Walgreens, Thursday, Aug. 25, at the community center and they're hoping the next scheduled clinic in October draws more people.

August 26, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Council Reviews Employee Performance

Oakdale's interim City Manager Greg Wellman appears to be doing a good job but that may not be the case with Public Works Director Joe Leach.

August 24, 2011 | | Local News


People’s Tree Stopping In Oakdale

The details haven't been finalized yet but it's official, The People's Tree will be making a stop in Oakdale on Nov. 8 with a special ornament celebration.

August 24, 2011 | | Local News


The People’s Tree Is Coming To Town

The People's Tree is coming through Oakdale and it's a huge honor. What is The People's Tree? Hint: It's part of a festive tradition related to our nation's capitol and it's going to make a stop here.

August 23, 2011 | | Local News


Denham Staff To Offer Mobile Office Hours In Oakdale

Mobile District Office hours will be held by staff members from the office of Congressman Jeff Denham in the Meeting Room of the Oakdale Library. For the month of August, the Mobile District Office will be Monday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

August 20, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Theft Results In Bus Crash, Horse's Death

An Oakdale family is grieving the loss of a beloved horse after the theft of the horse's pasture gate was stolen. The horse was killed by a bus on Highway 108 carrying a load of passengers returning from Black Oak Casino around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 4. Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft, saying it's likely the theft was spurred by methamphetamine users looking for metal that they could turn into valley scrap metal centers for quick cash. The horse, a 16-hand quarterhorse, was used to help austic children in therapuetic settings. For ...

August 19, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


New City Manager Sees Busy Schedule

Even before his Aug. 1 start date as interim city manager for the City of Oakdale, Greg Wellman was at city hall getting acquainted with the council members and the executive staff to get caught up on the issues.

August 17, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Suspected OPD Materials Thief Turns Self In

Yuri Pearson, 34, the man suspected of stealing a variety of items from a locked storage cabinet in the Oakdale Police Department during a remodel of the station last year, turned himself in Thursday, Aug. 11, according to police reports.

August 12, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Home Wine Making Class Featured

Potential home viticulturalists could be in for a treat as Delicato Vineyards will once again be holding its Home Wine Making Workshop on Saturday Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 for those just beginning or those wanting to hone their skills.

August 11, 2011 | | Local News


Duo Hired For Seeking City Grants

With cuts to city staff and the inability of a previously contracted firm to perform, the City of Oakdale has decided to go with a local, smaller firm that has a proven track record in the area of obtaining city grants from state and federal agencies.

August 10, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Charges Filed Against Valley Home School Superintendent

Valley Home School Superintendent Thomas Kevin Hart was charged with felony child molestation on Friday, Aug 5 by the Stanislaus District Attorney's Office, including two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, one count of sexual penetration, and one count of a lewd and lascivious act upon a child.

August 10, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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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


Residents View ‘Pioneer Perfect’ As Off Track

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 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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