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Hensley/ Menge Earn Coveted Spot Among Elite Crew

In March, SMART Exemplary Educators were invited to attend the 2014 SMART Summit to be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada from July 20-26. There was a written, as well as video portion to the application. The 2 minute video was on the applicant's "SMART Breakthrough Moment" and was posted on social media sites for public voting. In mid Spring the two educators were among the 76 notified from 17 countries that they were selected for the all expense paid, week long trip. Among those 76 were Amanda Hensley, sixth grade teacher of Sierra View Elementary and Danessa Menge, Seventh ...

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Sweepstakes Sweetheart - District Teacher Has Winning Year

The 2014 year is proving to be one 'winning' year for Danessa Menge. The Oakdale Junior High English teacher was featured in The Leader pages on Aug. 13 as one of 70-plus selectees for a recent SMART summit, a once described 'dream' experience for an educator.

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Approves Fire Service Transfer

After putting finishing touches on a fire contract to have the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District assume fire service for the City of Oakdale and transfer its existing fire personnel to become employees of the district, the Oakdale City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to approve the handover, which is expected to become effective Sept. 1.

August 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Rate Hike Study A ‘Go’

Oakdale Irrigation District directors moved a step closer Tuesday morning to raising agricultural water rates for the first time in three decades. Next, it will be up to the district's 2,900 customers to vote on whether they agree to pay significantly more for their water.

August 20, 2014 | | Local News


Fresh Made Fun

Just a couple more weeks remain for the city's Farmers' Market, offered each Wednesday night in the downtown area.

August 20, 2014 | | Local News


Survey Shows Continued Gas Price Decline

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.75/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.45/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

August 19, 2014 | | Local News


Officials Schedule Air Alert Dry Run

Due to good to moderate air quality expected next week throughout the Valley, local air officials are asking Valley residents to conduct a "Practice Air Alert" by making and implementing plans to reduce their driving Monday, Aug. 18 through Friday, Aug. 22.

August 15, 2014 | | Local News


New Public Safety Center Groundbreaking

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Adam Christianson along with other State and Local Officials in Stanislaus County are going to break ground for the historic $113 million public safety center expansion and the public is invited to attend.

August 14, 2014 | | Local News


ADA Information Workshop Aimed At Businesses

All local business owners are encouraged to attend a workshop focusing on ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance, set for Thursday, Aug. 14 in Escalon. A second session is scheduled in Manteca.

August 13, 2014 | | Local News


Fire Raging In Riverbank

An early morning multi-alarm fire in Riverbank has caused extensive damage to a couple of businesses along the main corridor through town.

August 13, 2014 | | Local News


Three Open Seats – Only Three File For Office

Residents of Oakdale will be voting for mayor and to fill two City Council seats during the November 2014 election. Since the filing period to run for office opened on July 14, only three individuals announced their intentions to run for elected office.

August 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Suspect From Oakdale Shooting Tied To Waterford Fatal Hit and Run

A gang member wanted in connection with a July 14 shooting in Oakdale was arrested by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Authorities say he is also suspected in the hit-and-run death of Oakdale resident Blake Barry, 20, in Waterford from December of last year.

August 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Riverbank Homicide Suspect Sought In Area

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Detectives are investigating the homicide of a 59-year-old man who was found dead in the front yard of a house in the 3700 block of Texas Avenue in Riverbank on Tuesday night, Aug. 5.

August 07, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Not Aware Of FAA Complaint

Despite airport items on recent agendas, the Oakdale mayor and city council members claim they were not advised of an April complaint letter from the Federal Aviation Administration and the city's May 5 response letter. Some of the agenda items approved by the council even included a quarterly street sweeping contract and $16,000 lighting upgrade to bring the airport up to standards addressed in the complaint.

August 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale's Measure Y Argument Unopposed On November Ballot

Oakdale City Clerk Kathy Teixeira's office advised the 'Yes on Measure Y Committee' that no arguments in opposition were filed with her office by the July 17 deadline. In addition, no rebuttals to the argument for the measure were filed by the July 29 deadline.

August 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Friday Night Fundraiser Scores Big For Padilla

Setting what they felt was an achievable $2,000 goal, organizers of the Hector Padilla soccer fundraiser more than tripled their expectations.

May 03, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Hospital Salutes Volunteers

Frank Ayala was named as the Junior Volunteer of the Year and Cathline Oliveira named as the Oak Valley Hospital District Volunteer of the Year ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


May Programs For All Ages At The Oakdale Library

Preschool Story Time and Wiggle Worms resume in May.

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Disaster Loan Application Deadline Set For May 31

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Field Operations Center - West today reminded California private nonprofit organizations of the ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Fruit, Veggie Fest Set

Community partners and local families will join the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency's Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention program and Champions for Change for ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Trout Releases Planned In Truckee Basin Waters

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will start releasing Pilot Peak Lahontan cutthroat trout into Truckee area waters to give Sierra Nevada anglers ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Partnership Formed To Aid Small Farmers And Ranchers

American AgCredit has announced a strategic partnership with Kitchen Table Advisors to support the economic viability of sustainable small farmers and ranchers. An independent project ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


T.P. Express Celebrates Three Decades Of Service

Some might say Michael Harris was born into a unique vantage point of Stanislaus County. From as far back as he can remember, Harris has ...

May 03, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Community Briefs

Classics On Display

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Pet Adoption Event Scheduled At Petco

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance volunteers will have a few adoptable pets from the Oakdale Animal Shelter at Petco in the Riverbank Crossroads Shopping Center ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Carrillo Earns Appointment As New Police Lieutenant

Oakdale Police Chief Scott Heller announced the appointment of Joe Carrillo as the Department's new Lieutenant on Monday afternoon, May 1. Carrillo is a ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Stanislaus Consolidated Crews Contain Storage Unit Blaze

There were several fire engines at a storage facility near the intersection of North Yosemite Avenue (Highway 120) and A Street due to a call ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Valley Vote Now Open

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) recently opened the "Valley Vote" contest, a public component of California's 10th District Congressional Art Competition. The online ...

May 03, 2017 | Nina Frisby | Local News


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