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Oakdale Car Show Debuts Hot Wheels

For gearheads and motor enthusiasts, the inaugural Oakdale Car Show, held Saturday, April 21 at Wood Park had plenty of shiny chrome to admire as more than 100 registered vehicles rumbled into Oakdale for the event.

April 25, 2012 | Mike and Jeff Burghardt Special to the Leader | Local News


Hospital Honors Volunteers For Service

Contributing more than 15,000 hours of service annually, the Oak Valley Hospital District's volunteers were honored at a reception on April 19 at the Oak Valley Medical Plaza.

April 25, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Information Faire To Highlight Student Events Program

Students, parents, teachers and school administrators are invited to attend a Student Events Program Informational Faire on Monday, April 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gallo Centre for the Arts in Modesto. Admission is free, and appetizers and beverages will be provided.

April 20, 2012 | | Local News


Pipe Bomb Forces Police Station Evacuation

A pipe bomb found in a backpack taken to the Oakdale Police Station forced police personnel to evacuate the facility early morning Friday, April 20.

April 20, 2012 | | Local News


County’s Public Health Lab Open House

On Tuesday, April 24, the Stanislaus County Public Health Laboratory has arranged an Open House to celebrate 50 years of Public Health Laboratory services and present new PCR testing capability.

April 19, 2012 | | Local News


Taking Health Into Their Own Hands

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, many people are looking for ways to quickly add healthy supplements to their diets to make up for when they can't or don't eat right. Some take a vitamin supplement, others take whole food supplements in the form of capsules, powders, or liquids.

April 18, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID Doles Out $$$

More than $75,000 in donations was given out to local interests in actions taken by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the April 17 regular meeting.

April 18, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Mud Masters! - Wild Weather, Mild Patrons

There were a few notable arrests during the Oakdale Rodeo weekend, April 13-15 but on the whole arrests and DUIs were down from the previous year, making for an enjoyable time for locals and out-of-towners alike.

April 18, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Burchell Hill Grabs ‘Leafing Out’ Grant

A CAL FIRE Urban Forestry Grant called "Leafing Out" has been awarded to the City of Oakdale in close cooperation with the Burchell Hill property owners. This unusual grant from CAL FIRE provides $7,500 for the planting of 80 trees in the Burchell Hill area. Matching funds of $2,500 from the City of Oakdale will create a total project budget of $10,000.

April 18, 2012 | | Local News


ROTA Eyes County System

Riverbank Oakdale Transit Authority directors on April 10 again discussed the public bus system's failure to meet state funding requirements by recovering at least 10 percent of their costs in fares and talked about possible options such as handing over its operation to Stanislaus County Regional Transit.

April 18, 2012 | John Branch | Local News


CHP Honors Its Communications Operators

In the midst of an emergency, a member of the public may have to call 911. It is the calm voice and gentle demeanor at the other end of the phone that can help soothe rattled nerves and calm a stressful situation. The U.S. Congress has designated the second full week of April of each year as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) takes this opportunity to thank communication workers who are on the front line of emergency response.

April 17, 2012 | | Local News


Rodeo Parade Kicks Off Wild Weekend

Overcast skies and a chilly wind gave way to some intermittent sunshine as more than 100 entries in the Oakdale Rodeo Parade made their way along F Street in downtown Oakdale Saturday morning, signaling the start of a busy weekend.

April 14, 2012 | | Local News


Sober Grad Night Looking For Volunteers, Donations

The Sober Grad Night committee is looking for donations and volunteers and invite interested community members to attend the next meeting on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m at Sierra View Elementary.

April 13, 2012 | | Local News


Ropin' and Ridin'

The Oakdale Rodeo grounds was the scene for a team roping competition, Tuesday, April 10. There was plenty of action going on and good competition for attendees and spectators. For more roping action, check out the Oakdale Rodeo slated for April 13-15.

April 12, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Community Mourns Passing Of Chevy Dealer Frank Steves

Frank P. Steves, Jr., 77, owner of Steves Chevrolet Buick, died Friday, April 6 at Pacifica Senior Living, Modesto.

April 11, 2012 | | Local News


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Kids Spring Fest Fun

Saturday, April 4 marked the 2015 Kids Spring Fest as over 1,000 kids and adults gathered at Kerr Park for a fun day under the sun. The ninth annual event, presented by City of Oakdale and the Kiwanis Club, held four separate egg hunts for kids in varying age groups, up to age 12, along with lunch, games and prize drawings among other activities for both kids and adults.

April 08, 2015 | | Local News


Area Trio Opening Dialogue On Mental Illness

One in four adults, or approximately 61.5 million Americans, have an experience with mental illness in a given year. With a current estimated population of over 21,000 within the Oakdale City limits that's over 5,000 Oakdale community members who will be affected by mental illness in some way.

April 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat

With two members of the Oakdale City Council stating they wanted someone with the same "business sense" as former Councilman Don Petersen, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to appoint local commercial real estate developer Richard Murdoch to the dais for the remaining two years left when Petersen resigned in February.

April 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

An eBay ad and the sharp eye of a tenacious victim led Oakdale Police to recover a $10,000 piece of construction equipment that was taken from a work truck last year.

April 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Annual Pioneer Rodeo In Late Fall Offers Oakdale Lasting Success

Covered Calistoga wagons and settlements complete with chow carts will descend on Oakdale this November as various Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone characters arrive in the city for the debut of Pioneer Days and the Pioneer Rodeo, The Leader has learned.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

Monday night marked my fourth Oakdale Testicle Festival, taking me a long way from my first time as a newbie with only a few weeks on for The Leader, and an editorial staff of women (sans sports guy) when I was "chosen" to cover the annual event.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

As many look ahead to lazy mornings and summer schedules Oakdale High School's Dana McLain has other thoughts on her mind.

April 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Annual Spring Fest Saturday

The City of Oakdale, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Oakdale, is hosting the ninth annual Kids Spring Fest on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 01, 2015 | | 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


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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