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Fire Season - Prolonged Spring Prompts Concerns

There's no doubt the unseasonably cool spring weather coupled with late rains have kept the temperatures in a pleasant zone but not without cost. The rainy season has created an extra heavy fuel load as the official fire season declared by CAL FIRE - albeit delayed - approaches with an estimated late June or early July target. The date is driven by local and state burning conditions and activity.

June 02, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Holiday Weekend Busy But Safe

The Memorial Day holiday weekend traffic, both Friday and Monday, backed up Yosemite Avenue and clogged up F Street but in spite of heavy traffic flow and increased visitors through the city, law enforcement reported a relatively quiet holiday with the only spike being in DUI arrests due to the special grant-funded traffic enforcement.

"The calls were really run-of-the-mill," Lt. Lester Jenkins of the Oakdale Police Department said. "We had very heavy traffic throughout the weekend but not a lot of accidents."

June 02, 2010 | | Local News


Stanislaus County Releases Proposed Budget

The Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office has released the county's recommended proposed budget for the 2010-2011 budget year. The recommended proposed budget will serve as an interim spending plan for Stanislaus County operations until a final budget for 2010-2011 is adopted in September.

June 02, 2010 | | Local News


Service Clubs Make A Difference In Quake Zone

Delta BC Mexico: The largest earthquake in the California Region since the 8+ in 1906 that hit San Francisco did not stop 22 U.S. citizens from going six miles from the epicenter to do their service work through area clubs in April this year. Forty-two miles south of the border the town of Delta had no water and very little electricity, which made doing the medical clinics and work at the local elementary school a challenge. In spite of this, a total of over $92,000 worth of clinics, refurbishing and delivery of materials took place in two days.

May 26, 2010 | John C. Brunk Special To The Leader | Local News


Voices, Orb Captured During Leader Investigation

The investigative results are in from the Western Region Paranormal Research (WRPR) group - and it's enough to raise the hair on your arm if you're inclined to believe them.

May 26, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


SSJID Funding Improvements For Woodward Reservoir

A million dollars from the South San Joaquin Irrigation District is helping upgrade one of the more popular regional summer recreation destinations - Woodward Reservoir.

May 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt Special To The Leader | Local News


Reassignment - Task Force Gains Cop

Members of the Oakdale City Council recently approved Police Chief Marty West's request to reassign an officer to a grant-funded position within the Stanislaus County Anti-Drug Abuse Enforcement Agency (SDEA), which will likely save the officer's employment but will result in one less officer for Oakdale.

May 26, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Memorial Day Ceremonies Planned

Both of Oakdale's cemeteries will have Memorial Day observations for the community. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) Oakdale Lodge #228 will place flags at Oaklawn Cemetery (Memorial Park) on North Sierra Avenue on Saturday, May 29 at 9 a.m.

The Romain Schell Post #2922 Veterans Foreign Wars, Oakdale, will host a ceremony on Monday, May 31 at 11 a.m. at the Oakdale Citizens Cemetery, East J Street. Flags for the ceremony will be placed by the Oakdale Historical Society.

May 26, 2010 | | Local News


OID Approves Funds To City, Fire

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved over $146,000 to fund requests from the City of Oakdale's Parks and Recreation department and the Fire department in a 3-2 vote at the May 18 regular meeting. Directors Herman Doornenbal and Al Bairos were the dissenting votes.

May 19, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Hair Collection Drive Aimed At Helping With Oil Spill Clean-Up

If you're looking for an easy way to do your part in helping clean up the oil spill currently befouling the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico, the ladies at Pamyla's Salon and Spa have the answer: go get a hair cut.

May 19, 2010 | | Local News


Cowboys And Chocolate

Some years the weather during the annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival is the invisible and unwelcome festival goer when it brings triple-digit temperatures but this year, the 18th annual chocolate event had mild - even delightfully - perfect weather for the 70,000 attendees who flocked to Oakdale for the weekend.

May 19, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Loan Modification Nightmare - Journey To Foreclosure Despite Attempts To Modify Loan

(Editor's note: the name of the lender has been withheld.)

May 19, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


State Grabs $13M From County, Cities

The Stanislaus County Redevelopment Agency was recently forced to turn over $2,818,246 to the Stanislaus County Auditor, a required payment resulting from the State's decision to raid $2.05 billion in local redevelopment funds as part of the 2009-10 State Budget. Instead of going to fund local job creation, economic growth and community revitalization projects, this money will now be siphoned off to help pay the State's obligations.

May 12, 2010 | | Local News


CEO Visits Local C21 M&M Offices

You know you're doing something right when the CEO of the company flies in from out of state to personally say hello.

May 05, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Stamp Out Hunger On May 8

On Saturday, May 8, Oakdale letter carriers will again help 'Stamp Out Hunger!' across America with the community's help in order to provide assistance to the rapidly increasing number of Americans who are struggling with hunger.

May 05, 2010 | | Local News


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Passions Rise At OID

With the irony of rain and stormy skies outside, the Oakdale Irrigation District held a water committee meeting to discuss this year's continuing drought from lack of rain and how the 106-year-old district was allocating its water to customers.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bicyclist Injured In Collision

A Friday night accident left one woman with major injuries and saw traffic along a bus stretch of North Yosemite shut down for a brief time while traffic was detoured around the scene.

May 13, 2015 | | Local News


Pabalan Captures Volz Scholarship

The newspaper business will be minus one well spoken, mature-beyond-her-years teen as Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan turns her sights elsewhere heading into her collegiate future.

May 13, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Crowds Come To Market

It didn't appear to be the largest opening night crowd in history – but it was also a little difficult to tell.

May 13, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Savvy Theft Victim Helps Trap Suspect

A citizen who thought she was helping a family friend became the victim of a large theft of personal items but turned things around in getting one of the thief's accomplices arrested when they tried to sell the stolen items back to her.

May 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Probation Search Nets Drugs, Two Arrested

A mid-day probation search in a quiet upscale neighborhood resulted in the seizure of narcotics, paraphernalia, and two subjects from the house taken to jail on drug charges.

May 09, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Man Tries To Light Roommate On Fire

A dispute between cohabitants on Thursday morning, May 7, escalated to the point where one of the participants was arrested for attempted murder after he doused his female roommate with gasoline and attempted to light her on fire.

May 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


National Police Week Begins May 10

The Oakdale City Council proclaimed recognition for National Police Week from Sunday, May 10 to Saturday, May 16 at its meeting on May 4.

May 06, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Directors, Farmers Battle In OID Water War

An emotionally charged debate about water allocations in the fourth year of drought broke out at Tuesday's Oakdale Irrigation District board meeting.

May 06, 2015 | | Local News


Every 15 Minutes: Lessons Learned

Upper grade classrooms were empty, halls sounded a bit hollow and local first responders stayed busy as Oakdale High School observed and brought to life the Every 15 Minutes Program on Thursday and Friday.

May 06, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Approves Project Expenditures

After a multitude of proclamations honoring Older Americans Month, National Police Week, Bike to Work Week, and National Public Works Week, the Oakdale City Council went to work approving funds for a host of projects across the city.

May 06, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Interupted Burglary Leads To Chase, Manhunt, And Arrest

An interrupted residential burglary in the Del Rio area off Stewart Road and McHenry Avenue on Wednesday, April 29, led to a high speed chase with the vehicle being discarded outside of Oakdale off Rodden Road. The suspect fled on foot and swam across the Stanislaus River back into the city causing police to lock down the area as sheriff's units conducted a neighborhood search for the man.

April 29, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Unsavory Spa Rubbing Some The Wrong Way

In the dark underground world of sex trafficking, acts of prostitution and its victims, the women forced to work in the sex trade, are often concealed in a single business: brothels posing as massage parlors.

April 24, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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