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Mayor Calling For COG Volunteers

Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul is seeking an interested Oakdale resident to serve on the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) Citizens Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of 15 members from all the cities and unincorporated areas of Stanislaus County. Currently there is no representative from Oakdale.

February 10, 2011 | | Local News


Financial Advisor Takes On Labor Of Love

It's been said there are few things more challenging, more rife for disaster, than the remodel of a historic home. The risks are many, the financial undertaking staggering, and the frustration level epic.

February 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Police Concerns Resurface

Plenty of issues were on the Oakdale City Council agenda on Monday night, with general information on future bond sales, a budget update, traffic control changes, and city redevelopment. The issue that sparked the most conversation by council members and the audience, however, was the city's response - or lack of response, as claimed by some - to a written communication requesting answers to questions posed in a previous meeting.

February 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Cricket Connection

Even at a young age Brenda McDaniel had had an eye for the bad boy. When Paul McMillen managed to get himself kicked out of kindergarten in Knights Ferry, fate must've earmarked their futures together, for these two sweethearts spent a lifetime crossing each other's paths in one way or another and yet they led separate lives.

February 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Historic Rodden House Remodeled For Business

There's something special about a historic house - that's exactly what Kenneth Boone thought when he saw the Rodden house on North Third Avenue with its elegant architectural lines and forgotten stature but even as he loved the house, he wasn't quite sure he wanted to take on the project of restoring the old girl to her former glory.

February 04, 2011 | | Local News


Public Hearing Items Highlight Council Agenda

Four items will be up for review and discussion at the Oakdale City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 7.

February 03, 2011 | | Local News


Council Member Wants Handbook On Behavior

Because of some past public rifts between members of the city council, Oakdale City Council member Katherine Morgan is in the process of developing a policies and procedures handbook for the members.

February 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma Special To The Leader | Local News


Tattoo Boutique Seeks To Change Stereotype

It took six months of hang-ups, unreturned calls, and flat out refusals before Cristin and Jim McCoy, owners of Tainted Arts, found a landlord who would rent to them.

February 02, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Cop Consolidation? - Officials Eye Police Changes

In light of continuing tough budget times, change could be coming to the way in which police protection is delivered for Oakdale and Riverbank.

February 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma Special To The Leader | Local News


High Hopes For City’s Future

With dozens in attendance, Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul presented her State of the City address at a lunch hosted by the Chamber of Commerce at the Oakdale Community Center. The Jan. 26 event was attended by over 100 people, including city officials, local business owners, members of the Rotary Club, and Riverbank Mayor Virginia Madueno.

February 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma Special To The Leader | Local News


Oak Valley Hospital Selected As Rural Teaching Site

The UC Davis School of Medicine has selected Oak Valley Hospital to participate in a new medical outreach program. The program, Rural PRIME for "PRograms In Medical Education," is designed to encourage third year medical students to select small communities as their first choice to practice medicine.

February 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma Special To The Leader | Local News


Police Search Sonora For Armed Robbers

An anonymous tip received by Oakdale Police led officers to the Sonora area Tuesday, Feb. 1 to recover a 2004 Chevy truck that had been reported stolen 10 days ago in a residential burglary on River Bluff Drive that may be connected to the armed robbery that occurred at Cost Less Market Sunday evening, Jan. 30 around 10:40 p.m. where the bandits made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

February 02, 2011 | | Local News


Rural Fire To Reassess Parcels For Revenue

Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District volunteers will be paying a visit to the 1,900 parcels located within the district in the hope of discovering previously untapped revenue in the form of taxable improvements made on residential and commercial properties.

February 02, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Wish Warrior

Oakdale elementary school student Alivia Antinetti gets a lift from Stan State Warrior men's basketball player Reggie Jones on Jan. 29. Learn more about it in the Wednesday, Feb. 2 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

February 01, 2011 | | Local News


Council Sets Special Session

Members of the Oakdale City Council will gather for a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. in the council chambers regarding the issuance of two separate series of tax allocation revenue bonds.

January 29, 2011 | | 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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