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Administrative Matters - District Fire Chief On Paid Leave

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District embattled Fire Chief Steve Mayotte has been placed on paid administrative leave, effective Friday, Feb. 15. Officials are tight lipped regarding the reason, citing personnel confidentiality.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lawsuit Filed In Officer's Off Duty Death

The family of the late Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek, who was tragically killed on Nov. 8, 2012 when his Honda Accord was rear ended by a semi-tractor trailer on Highway 132 in Modesto, has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful death, negligence, and "survivor actions."

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hospital Obstetrics Closure Action Likely

Despite two heated public forums on the matter where citizens and employees alike opposed closing Oak Valley Hospital's Obstetrics Unit, CEO John McCormick will be recommending shutting the department at the hospital's Board of Directors meeting tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m.

February 27, 2013 | | Local News


Italian Dairymen Touch Down For Tour

Not your usual stop, but a tour bus pulled up in the parking lot of the A.L. Gilbert Company in Oakdale recently, filled with nearly four dozen Italian dairymen and their spouses. For the most part, the Italian visitors were in California on vacation, but decided to work a few days so they took a tour of the A.L. Gilbert Company and of a few dairies in the Stanislaus-San Joaquin County area.

February 27, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News


Woman On Scooter Struck By Truck

Oakdale Police responded to a traffic collision involving a Chevrolet pickup truck striking a 71-year-old disabled woman riding a motorized scooter on Monday, Feb 25.

February 27, 2013 | | Local News


Manager Seeks Cost Recovery

Newly appointed Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer hit the ground running in ways to ease the city's financial woes. Whitemyer, only on the job since Feb. 4, announced that recent California Department of Finance rulings have allowed California cities to recover some of their costs lost with the dissolution of former redevelopment agencies and the administrative costs now associated with the successor agencies.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sweeping Returns

A constructive Oakdale City Council meeting on Feb. 19 saw the council voting to bring back street sweeping services to the city that had gone without since 2009.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oak Valley CEO Still Presses Obstetrics Closure

Despite two heated public forums on the matter where citizens and employees alike opposed closing Oak Valley Hospital's Obstetrics Unit, CEO John McCormick will be recommending shutting the department at the board of directors meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

February 26, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lawsuit Filed In Death Of Off-Duty Officer

The family of the late Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek, who was tragically killed on Nov. 8, 2012 when his Honda Accord was rear ended by a semi-tractor trailer on Highway 132 in Modesto, has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful death, negligence, and "survivor actions."

February 22, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fire Chief On Administrative Leave

The Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District placed embattled Fire Chief Steve Mayotte on paid administrative leave pending an investigation on Friday, Feb. 15.

February 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Approves Annexation List

A revised list of parcels for agricultural annexation was approved by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at its Feb. 19 regular meeting. The approval was for a total of 812.1 acres, owned by seven applicants, to be annexed. This item had been tabled at the prior OID meeting.

February 20, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Tempers Flare, Accusations Fly At Hospital Forum

What started as an orderly public hearing on Wednesday night, Feb. 13, turned into shouting, arguing, accusations, and name calling from the audience as the Oak Valley Hospital board hosted its first forum on the proposed closing of the hospital's obstetrics department.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Area Congressman Responds To State Of The Union Address

Residents reacted with a blend of optimism and uncertainty after President Barack Obama delivered the 2013 State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, Feb 12.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Rotary Club Eyes Gazebo Revamp

After putting in a gazebo at C.E. Wood Park at a cost of $30,000 for the City of Oakdale in 1990, the Oakdale Rotary Club is looking at overhauling the wood marquee in favor of wrought iron or some other substance due to the neglect and vandalism it has had to endure.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Arrest Made In Infant Death

Oakdale Police announced that they arrested Nichole Todd-Smith, 31, in connection with the death of her 44-day-old daughter from December 11.

February 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Fire Marshal Urges Safe, Sane Use Of Fireworks

Tuesday began the sale of 'Safe and Sane' fireworks in nearly 300 communities across California, including Oakdale, which has CAL FIRE reminding everyone to do ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Distracted Driving Remains Major Highway Problem

Despite the well-known dangers of distracted driving, the number of California drivers who use mobile devices while they drive is on the rise.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Summer Gas Tax Cut Takes Effect

Board of Equalization Member George Runner on Monday announced the state excise tax on gasoline will drop by 2.2 cents per gallon beginning July ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Coordinated Effort Continues To Remove State’s Dead Trees

As wildfires burn across California, new estimates on the number of dead trees in California were announced, prompting continued concern for California's forest health ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Special State Recognition Honors CASA Non-Profit

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, of Riverbank, recently honored Court Appointed Special Advocates, Stanislaus County as Nonprofit of the Year for the 12th Assembly District during a ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Saturday Pet Adoption Event Offered At Petco

Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance will be hosting a pet adoption event at Petco in Riverbank on Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Survey Says: Pump Prices Vary Widely In California

Congratulations, Californians: you are probably paying more than you have to during your fill-ups, according to the "Pump Price Spread Report" issued by GasBuddy. Looking ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Stanislaus Animal Services Seeks Foster Care Volunteers

If you can foster kittens for a few weeks, Stanislaus Animal Services can find them homes for life.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Lounges Bring Comfort, Confidence To The Fair

The Stanislaus County Fair is excited to offer multiple lounges opened to guests throughout the 10 days of Fair.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Junior Fishing License In Future

Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) said California is one step closer to offering a junior fishing license. The Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee unanimously ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Maximum Enforcement Due For July 4 Holiday

Many Californians are looking forward to the three-day weekend this year to enjoy Independence Day, as is the case with all major holidays, and the ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Integrated Long Range Plan Mapped Out For Highways

Caltrans has just unveiled the California Transportation Plan (CTP) 2040, the State's new long-range integrated approach toward transportation planning that is multimodal, sustainable and ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Lifelong Friends Bring Dream To Oakdale Diners

Andres De La Torre and Juan Luis are living a dream come true.

June 29, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Beltran Tapped To Lead Contractors

Agustin 'Augie' Beltran of Oakdale was elected as the chair of the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) for the 2016-2017 fiscal year by his colleagues ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Summer Youth Instruction Offered At Oakdale MMA

A good way to beat the sizzling summer sun is to stay indoors, preferably in a nice, cool, air-conditioned environment.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


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