The appointment of Oakdale's new part-time interim city manager, who will start Aug. 1, was announced at the Oakdale City Council meeting Monday night, July 18. Gregory Wellman retired last year after more than four decades in the public sector.
For more information, read the July 20 issue of The Oakdale Leader.
Not seeing the need to use public money for educational material for the upcoming sales tax measure, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, July 5 declined to fund a $9,500 contract for a private consultant to handle informative services and materials.
Joining a distinguished list of honorees over the past 30 years, Longtime Oakdale resident and businessman Robert "Bob" Gilbert was celebrated as "2011 Agriculturalist of the Year" by the State of California.
Members of Oakdale's FFA and 4-H clubs are preparing their animals and getting other projects ready to exhibit at the Stanislaus County Fair, July 15-24. Oakdale will be represented with a large contingent of breeding and market livestock, as well as numerous building exhibits such as sewing and photography.
Some local exhibitors will also show their animals at California State Fair, which starts July 14, overlapping with the county fair.
Emergency responders likely exhaled a collective sigh of relief as the Fourth of July holiday passed without much of a hiccup and with only one notable rescue on the Stanislaus River involving a 90-year-old woman.
Weeding out a list that started with 23 possible names for Oakdale's part-time city manager, the city council's ad-hoc committee has narrowed down the choices from 16 potential applicants to two serious considerations and is now weighing the qualifications and fit of a potential candidate.
The saga that has centered on preserving Oakdale's redevelopment agency is still filled with as much jarring and ups and downs in the legislative arena as an eight-second ride on the back of a bull in a rodeo arena.
Capping off his morning travels on Tuesday, June 28 with a lunch stop at the local H–B Saloon, Congressman Jeff Denham heard from local constituents as he enjoyed the "Kim & Jim" special from the menu.
A 90-year-old woman was rescued from the Stanislaus River Monday, July 4 when her River Journey boat capsized near the Russian Rapids. She wasn't injured but she was sinking fast in spite of her life jacket. For full details and a snapshot of the Fourth of July holiday, don't miss the July 6 issue of The Oakdale Leader
Safety first should be the watchword this long holiday weekend, according to local officials.
River water is still running high and cold, making it all the more important for rafters and swimmers to use life jackets. Authorities also caution against boating and drinking, or 'floating' and drinking for rafters, as the alcohol will slow response time and could create added danger for those trying to enjoy a day on the water. Extra patrols will be implemented on the area's waterways as deputies crack down on drunken or impaired boaters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A fast-moving fire in the area of River Road and McHenry Avenue along the Stanislaus River in Escalon prompted closure of the McHenry Avenue bridge that links San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties at midafternoon Thursday.
In just a little over a week Riverbend Ranch will be transformed from the everyday chaos and homestead of Eric and Lisa Kjeldgaard and their family of eight children as they open the property to the community for the Eighth Annual Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival.
With the 2015-2016 fiscal year set to take begin in a few weeks, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer presented the preliminary city budget for approval at the Monday, June 15 Oakdale City Council meeting.
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 6.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.24/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.