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State Fire Officials Remain On Alert

While recent rains and cooler temperatures have lowered the threat of wildfires in some areas of the State, CAL FIRE continues to have extra firefighter staffing statewide and remains at peak fire season in Central and Southern California. Last week alone CAL FIRE crews responded to nearly 50 new wildfires. Even as CAL FIRE transitions out of peak fire season in Northern California and into its winter preparedness mode, fire officials are still asking residents statewide to be cautious outdoors as 'One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire.'

November 18, 2015 | | Local News


Veterans Honored For Service

Veterans Appreciation Day ceremonies were held at the Veterans Monument in William A. Fish Veterans Park on Wednesday, Nov 11 by the local VFW Post 2922. The day of remembrance and appreciation of veterans included speakers, quilt presentations, an official Flag Retirement ceremony by the Boy Scouts and an 'open mic' session.

November 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


FESTIVAL FUN

Saturday's sunny skies and mild temperatures were the perfect fit to offer up the annual Salmon Festival, put on at the Army Corps of Engineers Park in Knights Ferry. Youngsters take part in one of the many craft activities, making colorful prints of salmon. Lions Club member Ralph Barajas serves up some barbecued salmon for hungry diners while the salmon mascot gathers some kids in for a hug. Many people also took the opportunity to search for the salmon making their way up the Stanislaus River, returning for the spawn.

November 18, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


“Ineffective” Homeless Meeting Causes Business Owners To Meet

"If you build it, they will come."

November 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Homeless Dialogue Dominates Meeting

Once again community interests of Oakdale's homeless and its associated problems were brought up to the city council resulting in the majority of the Monday, Nov. 16 meeting spent discussing the issues and the city's response. Included in the talk were some surprising figures on the amount of time officers spend with a select group of individuals.

November 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Distinguished Young Women Applicants Sought

Soroptimist International of Oakdale is seeking Junior Class girls to participate in the Distinguished Young Women of Oakdale for the Class of 2017 scholarship program. Over $6,000 in college scholarships and the Distinguished Young Woman of Oakdale title will be awarded at the program to be held Feb. 13, 2016 at Magnolia School Auditorium. Participants need not attend Oakdale High School, but must live within the 95361 zip code.

November 12, 2015 | | Local News


“Autumn Broadway Blast” Debuts On Stage Sunday

YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Company will stage its first-ever production of "Autumn Broadway Blast," a Broadway music review in a coffeehouse type setting with desserts and warm drinks served. A special project of the Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County, a limited number of tickets ($7-$10) are available at www.showtix4u.com. The event is scheduled for this Sunday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Mildred Perkins Multipurpose Room, 3920 Bluebird Drive, Modesto.

November 11, 2015 | | Local News


Soroptimists Offer Pair Of Scholarship Programs

Local service organization Soroptimist International of Oakdale is accepting applications for its annual Scholarship Award and Live Your Dream Award.

November 11, 2015 | | Local News


Transportation Bill Moving Forward Through Congress

Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) voted for passage of a six-year highway bill to reauthorize the nation's crucial infrastructure and surface transportation programs.

November 11, 2015 | | Local News


Refurbished Play Park Re-Opens To New Name

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, the Oakdale Children's Play Park re-opened with a ribbon cutting and new name: The Alex and Emma Play Park.

November 11, 2015 | | Local News


Saturday Salmon Fest Slated In Knights Ferry

Now that it's November, the view from the Knights Ferry Bridge is sure to include Chinook salmon during the peak of their migration. To celebrate the salmon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District, FISHBIO, and other local partners come together to put on the annual Stanislaus River Salmon Festival. The sixth annual event will be held in Knights Ferry at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Stanislaus River Park on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

November 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Spirit Of Oakdale Prepares For 22nd Year Of Giving

It's that time of year again and the Spirit of Oakdale Committee is once again gearing up for its annual Oakdale Thanksgiving Dinner so no one in the city can go hungry that day. This will be the 22nd year for the event.

November 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Dump Site Cleanup Adds $80K To Park Project

Environmental concerns by a state agency over the safety of a former dump site has caused the City of Oakdale to spend an unexpected $80,000 from its General Fund for environmental cleanup efforts before it can proceed with a grant-financed river trail.

November 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Holiday Boutiques Usher In November

The first Saturday of November heralded the arrival of the holiday shopping season with a couple of festive boutiques. The annual St. Mary' Catholic Church Craft Fair drew plenty of shoppers and diners both Saturday and Sunday, with breakfast and lunch available. Not far away, the Oakdale Family Church of the Nazarene played host to another craft fair, with tables set up outside and indoors. Food was also available for purchase there.

November 11, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Challengers Take OID Board Posts

With each taking 60 percent of the votes cast, the challengers to the Oakdale Irrigation District Board positions for Divisions 1 and 4 have defeated two longtime incumbents.

November 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Knights Ferry Fire Reported Contained

Cal Fire crews remain on the scene maintaining containment of the 19 acre fire in Knights Ferry just south east of the covered bridge and ...

July 19, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


National American Cowboy Day Observance Scheduled

The Oakdale Saddle Club and the Oakdale Cowboy Museum are joining forces for a special celebration. On Saturday, July 22, join them in observing the ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


County Fair Features Thrills, Chills, and Fun

A little more than halfway into its 10-day run, the Stanislaus County Fair has plenty to keep fairgoers busy, with non-stop fun running through Sunday ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


State’s Mutual Aid System Already Put To Summer Test

California's firefighting mutual aid system continued working at full speed this past weekend, sending firefighters and resources from across the state to join the ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Truck Hauling Cattle Crashes Into Oakdale Community Park

A Ford truck hauling a cattle trailer crashed into the still-under construction Oakdale Community Park in an afternoon accident on July 12.

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Pump Prices Stay Steady

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have not moved in the past week, averaging $2.78/gallon on July 16, according to GasBuddy's daily ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Never 2 Late Hits Friday Night Notes

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its traditional Concerts in the Park summer series every Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

July 19, 2017 | By AUTUMN NEAL Leader Correspondent | Local News


Local Run Club Hits the Tahoe Trail

It's an endeavor which many may find crazy, confusing or perhaps inspiring: 24 hours of trail running relay style in Lake Tahoe.

July 19, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


French Club Members Discover, Celebrate Canada

Oakdale High School's French Club has been fundraising to go on a trip for the past few years. That trip became a reality earlier ...

July 19, 2017 | by AUTUMN NEAL Leader Correspondent | Local News


State Transportation Funding Buoyed By New Senate Bill

The California Transportation Commission (Commission) has adopted guidelines to implement portions of Senate Bill (SB) 1. The Commission's actions for the State Highway Operation ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Senior Driving Course Set

Local senior citizens are encouraged to sign up now for the Age Well, Drive Smart senior driving course offered through the California Highway Patrol. State ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Fundraising Dinner

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Murphys Creek Theatre Offers Comical, Sentimental Production

Head out to the Murphys Creek Theatre this month and enjoy the comedy 'Over the River and Through the Woods' on stage, now through July ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Youths Ready to Merge

Local Christian youth groups and teenagers have been invited to fellowship with one another at a local event called The Merge. There, the church groups ...

July 19, 2017 | | Local News


Fires Along Tracks Keep Crews Busy

Fire believed to have been sparked by a passing train ignited in several spots along the tracks running parallel to Patterson Road and Highway 108 ...

July 17, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


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