October is the time for harvest. And in the Central Valley, including Oakdale, local drug agents have been busy taking down marijuana grows throughout Stanislaus County. For the second time in as many weeks, Oakdale Police have raided a pot plantation within the city and made arrests of the growers.
A new effort, "St. Matti's for Seniors" is a ministry of Saint Matthias Anglican Church, 101 S. First Ave., Oakdale. The new senior ministry will be providing transportation to local senior citizens who are in need. They will be matching up volunteers with seniors to provide transportation to appointments, the grocery store, or to run errands. They are currently looking for more volunteers who have a heart for seniors and would like to help. They are hoping the volunteers can give at least an hour or two of service during the week.
A former mayor and councilman, a former treasurer, and a lifelong Oakdale resident fresh to politics make up the slate to fill the two-year city council seat left vacant mid-term by the resignation of Jason Howard.
In a concise meeting with a tapered agenda, the Oakdale City Council heard a presentation from Finance Director Albert Avila on Monday, Oct. 15 that informed the council that all street lights would be back on in the city within a month. Some of the lights had been shut off more than two years ago due to city budget concerns.
Although there has been a 25 percent decline in large truck-involved fatal collisions from (2007-2010) nationally, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is working daily to save even more lives through enforcement and education. To further enhance that progress, the CHP is joining forces with other law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Operation Safe Driver, Oct. 14 to 20. This operation targets unsafe and aggressive driving by both passenger and commercial vehicle drivers by conducting high visibility enforcement operations and public outreach.
The Oakdale City Council, at its Monday meeting, will hear a presentation from Finance Director Albert Avila regarding the possible return of street sweeping of residential areas and restoration of street lighting to areas that were discontinued due to budget cuts.
The 10th anniversary of the Healthy Aging and Fall Prevention Summit is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Modesto Centre Plaza, 10th and K streets in Modesto. The free health screenings and Health Fair event for older adults (50-plus) and their caregivers is presented by the Healthy Aging Association, Kaiser Permanente and Stanislaus Area Agency on Aging. More than 1,000 people attended last year.
The Oakdale Oversight Board to the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency approved an auditor's report that proposes sending the remaining $123,000 to Stanislaus County from the former redevelopment agency's low and moderate income housing fund.
Oakdale Interim City Manager Stan Feathers gave an optimistic update on the city's current budget situation at the Monday, Oct. 1 city council meeting highlighting that Measure O has brought in more money than initially expected along with city payroll savings to the general fund from organizational changes.
The California gas prices that had been creeping down ever-so-slowly at the end of September have now shot up by as much as 60 cents a gallon. At the end of September, prices in Oakdale were as low as $3.85 a gallon. On Oct. 8 those stations were charging $4.45.
National 4-H Week is Oct. 7-13 and many 4-H clubs in the area are participating in different activities to bring attention and show people what 4-H is all about. The theme this year is "Join the Revolution of Responsibility." The week celebrates the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.
Oakdale Interim City Manager Stan Feathers gave an optimistic update on the city's current budget situation at the Monday, Oct. 1 city council meeting highlighting that Measure O has brought in more money than initially expected and savings from organizational changes.
California is making progress in its ongoing battle with auto thieves. According to recently released statistics from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), last year 156,796 vehicles were stolen in California, a 1.3 percent reduction from 2010. The rate of vehicle theft in California has dropped since 2006, a positive trend attributed to enforcement, education, and advancing theft deterrent technologies employed by the automotive industry.
Residents from Stearns Road showed up at the Monday, Oct. 1 Oakdale City Council meeting to voice their concerns about a proposed bypass that would cut through their property as part of the planned North County Corridor.
Tuesday's meeting of the ROTA, Riverbank-Oakdale Transit Authority, Board of Directors is scheduled to include approval of a Memorandum of Understanding to transfer operation of the service to Stanislaus Regional Transit, StaRT.
The Oakdale City Council will decide at its scheduled meeting on Monday, Nov. 4 whether or not to raise rates to pay for a 13 million loan for its waste water systems plant.
To help reduce the number of home fire fatalities, CAL FIRE is reminding all Californians to make sure they have working smoke alarms in their homes. Nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms. A little attention to these important life saving devices can go a long way in increasing your chance of surviving a devastating fire. Many people use the time change – such as this weekend as we 'fall back' early morning Sunday, Nov. 3 – to change the batteries and test their alarms.
The Valley's most important regulation for wintertime air-pollution reduction begins its 11th season on Friday, Nov. 1.
The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Thursday, Oct. 31, at approximately 9a.m., to allow for recreational boating through the weekend. The gates will be closed on Monday, Nov. 4, at 9 a.m., in order to meet Bay-Delta flow standards at Rio Vista, according to State Water Resources Control Board Decision D-1641. The gates will remain closed until further notice.
Local residents, including those from Knights Ferry and Valley Home, gathered at the Gene Bianchi Community Center on Monday night, Oct. 28, to hear a presentation at a special Oakdale City Council meeting regarding the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District absorbing the City of Oakdale Fire Department and Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District. In addition to council members, board members from both fire protection districts were on hand.
Just a few short months after settling his hostile workplace lawsuit resulting from defending the city's only African-American worker in another lawsuit, the City of Oakdale placed Public Works Supervisor Mark Ozbirn on administrative leave claiming an investigation now into his work performance.
Members of the Spirit of Oakdale Committee are gearing up for the 20th annual Oakdale Thanksgiving Dinner, to be served at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale.
Oakdale Police are investigating a bank robbery where a brazen robber presented his handwritten demand note on a napkin and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Oakdale Police responded to a reported bomb threat shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in a call that prompted a 'shelter in place' for students at nearby Oakdale High School.
After a week long investigation, Oakdale Police have made one arrest and are anticipating the arrest of a second identified suspect from the Oct. 17 shooting near the Oakdale Market where a 23-year-old male from Riverbank was shot two times.
During the winter months, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced Counties are plagued by extremely dense fog which poses a severe hazard to drivers. Typically the fog season begins during the month of November and continues through February. Despite this predictable seasonal occurrence, multi-vehicle accidents are commonplace due to the combination of fog, excessive speeds and traffic congestion.
The serenity of a cool autumn morning was disrupted on Thursday, Oct. 17 around 11:30 a.m. when shots rang out on I Street near the front of the Oakdale Market.
Citing that he has the right to an appeal hearing under the district's disciplinary policy and that he was not afforded the opportunity to confront witnesses, former Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Chief Steven Mayotte filed suit at Stanislaus Superior Court on Thursday, Sept. 12.
Homecoming Week festivities wrapped up successfully on Friday, Oct. 18 when the Oakdale High School Mustangs beat Sierra High School at the OHS Corral by a 24-17 final in Friday night football. The satisfying win (See story, photos in Sports, Page B1) capped a busy week that also saw a repeat Powder Puff victory by the Class of 2014 (Page B2) and the crowning of new royalty in the Homecoming Court.
The Salmon Festival is a go," said Krista Smith, 2013 Stanislaus River Salmon Festival co-organizer.